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Bulletin board: StoryWalk to open in Reading City Park

The Reading Public Library will hold a grand opening for its first StoryWalk Sunday at 1 p.m. at the 11th and Walnut streets entrance to Reading City Park. Family activities and refreshments will accompany the unveiling of the first featured book, “We Laugh Alike,” which is told in both English and Spanish. People can enjoy the story together while exploring the park.

StoryWalk offers a way for children, and adults, to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.  Laminated pages from a children’s book, mounted in frames installed along an outdoor path, direct people to the next page of the story as they stroll the trail.

“I’m thrilled that the library was able to partner with The Wyomissing Foundation, the City of Reading, and Reading Climate Corps to bring this StoryWalk to the Reading community,” library Executive Director Melissa Adams said in the organization’s announcement of the event. “It is my hope that our StoryWalk will encourage families to spend time outside together, being active and enjoying the beautiful city parks while engaging their children’s imaginations and strengthening their literacy.”

The event is free of charge, and pre-registration is not required.  For more information, contact 610.655.6365

Kutztown toy drive

The Allentown & Auburn Railroad is hosting its annual toy collection Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Kutztown station, 232 Railroad St. The railroad’s Operation Toy Train is being held in conjunction with Toys for Tots. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to participate.

Historical society

The Sinking Spring Historical Society meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Sinking Spring Borough Hall, 3940 Penn Ave. Bill Minnich will perform the “accordion organ.” Use the front entrance and park in the rear lot and along Columbia Avenue (one side)  via Hull Street due to construction detours. Call 610-678-4219 to learn more.

Herb program

The Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society is hosting a public program Thursday at 9 a.m. at West Lawn United Methodist Church 15 Woodside Ave.  Reading Public Museum educator Rebeka Birch will discuss “Poison: The Natural Choice.”

Holiday craft show

The Gov. Mifflin Music Association Holiday Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gov. Mifflin Middle School, Shillington. Handmade items for sale include wood carvings, ornaments, jewelry and clothing. Food, drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase. No admission fee.

A look at homelessness

The League of Women Voters of Berks County’s monthly program on Berks Community Television is set for Tuesday from 8 to 9 p.m. The topic will be youth homelessness in Berks.

Guests are state Rep. Mark Rozzi, Mary’s Shelter Director Christine Folk and Allyssa Kovich of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program

The program can be viewed on local cable systems. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m., next Monday at 11 a.m. and the following Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Streaming available at YouTube Channel or

Library open house

The Adamstown Area Library, 110 W. Main St., is hosting an open house Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the Extraordinary Give and its third year in the new library building.

The library will offer food and drinks, including hot dogs donated by Denver Meats and apple cider and donuts donated by Brecknock Orchards. There will be a Thanksgiving basket giveaway, crafts for kids, music, games, a 3-D printing demo, and tours of the building.

The library invites the community to come out to see all the improvements made since last year, enjoy free refreshments and entertainment, and learn about the services the library offers.

Card sale

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley has announced its annual seasonal card sale for 2023. The card features a peaceful snow scene of the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum. Cards will be sold in packets of 10 for $15. Supply is limited to 40 packets. The society also is selling poinsettias for $15 each.

Order cards and plants by calling Deb Martin at 717-466-0885.

Orders can be picked up at the HSCV Library Education Room, 237 W. Main St., Ephrata, on Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poinsettia sale

Friends of Mifflin Community Library is holding a poinsettia sale. Each 6-inch pot has five to seven blooms. Plants are available in three colors. Cost is $9 each. Order at the library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., by Nov. 25 and pick up Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Snowmobile safety

The Dutch Trail Cutters snowmobile club’s youth Pennsylvania snowmobile safety course will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Bellegrove Fire Company Social Hall, 1725 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville. Class participants qualify for their certificate by completing their workbooks and achieving a score of 80% or better on the final examination.

Parents must be present for registration so the required forms may be completed. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; class starts promptly at 8 and will end no later than 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Henry or Peggy Hartman at 717-633-5051 or

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Source: Berkshire mont

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