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Grab & Go Easy Craft Bags
New Bag Available Each Week (While Supplies Last)
June 7 through August 3
No Registration Necessary
Our Grab & Go Bags will keep you creating over the summer! All ages welcome.
July 26: Rainbow Fish Stained Glass and Salt Crystal
August 3: Dragon Pencil Cup and Homemade Ice Cream: CELEBRATE your Summer Reading accomplishments! Our final Grab and Go Craft bag will provide directions and materials to make a Dragon Pencil Cup with a long curvy tail. This Dragon will hold all your pencils as you start to prepare for the start of a new school year! It will also be an awesome craft to celebrate your Summer Reading Program achievement! A STEAM activity explaining how to make your own "easy" homemade ice cream will also be included in this bag. August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Yum!
Spice Up Your Life: Homemade Hoisin Sauce
Video Available on Monday, August 9
Continuing our summer of sauces, the library will show you how to make your own homemade hoisin sauce for stir-fries or for grilling. Making your own means you can make it as mild or as hot as you'd like, adjust the sugars and sodium, and make as little or as much as you'll use so it doesn't go to waste.
Tails & Tales: Homemade Animal Crackers and Cookies
Looking for a fun activity for yourself or you family? In this video, we'll offer ideas of how to make animals for lunches and snacks using bread, crackers and cookies with healthy options available.
Seasonably Good: Peas, Please!
Peas have a short season in Central PA, so get them while you can from your own garden or from the local farmers. They're nutritious and can be easily added to many tasty dishes. The library will offer suggestions for how to prepare fresh local peas to enjoy now and to save for later since the season is so short.
Seasonably Good: Blueberries
Blueberries are in season all through July. The library will show you how to store and prepare this healthy and delicious fruit so you can enjoy them now and save some for later if you'd like. Whether you just have a pint or you got a whole crate of them, we have some suggestions you might find helpful.
Spice Up Your Life: Spicy Miso Dip
July and August are the time to eat fresh veggies, so if you're looking for ideas beyond salads, spicy miso dip can add some variety to your summer meals and snacks. If you've eaten ramen, you've eaten miso, a condiment made from fermented beans that's popular in East Asian cuisines. The library will show you how to make your own spicy miso dip, which can be mild, medium or hot, depending on your preference.
Seasonably Good: Rhubarb
May is the heart of rhubarb season in Central PA. If you're looking for ideas of how to use your rhubarb, or if you're looking for ideas of something different for Memorial Day, the library has some suggestions of ways to store, prepare and enjoy rhubarb.
Spice Up Your Life: Garlic Chili Oil
With plenty of fresh produce and many days for grilling, summer is the time to try different ways to season our produce and grilled foods. The library will show you how to make garlic chili oil, a versatile condiment that stores well in the fridge for months. Make it to your preferred heat level from mild to hot, and serve it with raw produce, breads and other snacks for dipping, or drizzle it on roasted or grilled food during cooking or at the time of serving.
Spice Up Your Life: Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Warmer spring weather means it's time to grill food. Making your own barbecue sauce can be easy and fun, and it allows you to control the amount of salt, sugar, spices and other ingredients. We'll show you how to make your own sauce that you can refrigerate for several months or freeze or even can for longer storage.
Seasonably Good: Asparagus
May is the prime month for Asparagus in Central PA. Looking for some different ideas to enjoy this healthy and tasty veggie? The library will offer some recipes and suggestions for how to enjoy asparagus while it's in season and year-round.
Eating for the Earth: Making Earth-Friendly Food and Drink Choices
We won't tell you to stop eating meat (unless that's what you really want to do)! Interested in finding ways to improve your food and drink choices to preserve the Earth and its resources? We'll offer suggestions for manageable but important steps we can take as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint.
Spice Up Your Life: Grilled Cheese Variations
For those days when you don't feel like cooking, grilled cheese is a great stand-by. In our video, we'll suggest ways to spice up your grilled cheese options to add some variety to your meals.
World Health Day 2021
April 7 is World Health Day 2021, and the theme this year is "Building a fairer, healthier world" (World Health Organization). This video outlines ways the WHO would like people to get involved in world health this year and provides a few practical suggestions for individuals, families and groups to get involved.
Spice Up Your Life: Easy Indonesian Soy Sauce
March is National Sauce Month, so let's make some kecap manis, an Indonesian version of soy sauce that you can use on rice and noodle dishes, as well as eggs, sandwiches and more.
Let's Go Bananas with Peanut Butter
March 1 is National Peanut Butter Day, so we're going to share a healthy banana peanut butter oatmeal bar recipe to kick off National Nutrition Month. Get some ripe bananas, peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter), oats, and favorite add-ins, and join us!
Spice Up Your Life: Healthy Homemade Marinara
Since March is a month for nutrition and sauces, we're going to make homemade marinara. Make it on the stovetop or slow cooker to enjoy immediately or to freeze or can for longer storage. Marinara is versatile and low in fat but full of nutrients and flavor.
Foods You'll Love That Will Love You Back
Whether you're spending Valentine's Day on your own or with family or with somebody important to you, you can show yourself and others that you care with nutritious and delicious food. The library will present a video with menu options for everyone.
Deliciously Healthy New Year's Treats
Are you looking for healthy options to celebrate the New Year or just looking for ideas for tasty foods in general? The library will offer a video session with ideas for tasty and healthy foods that don't require much work!
Spice Up Your Life: Quick and Easy Veggie Broth
January is soup month, and if you're trying to eat healthier after the holidays, vegetable broth can be a tasty way to reduce fat and sodium in your soups and other foods. Check out this video for suggestions for how to make your own broth from scraps of vegetables and your favorite seasonings. This recipe is quick and easy, and the broth can be used immediately or canned or frozen for longer-term storage.
Seasonably Good: Local Winter Veggies
January can seem dull, but one way to cheer things up is with some new recipes that allow you to enjoy those local winter veggies. From the storage crops to greenhouse produce, PA farmers offer plenty of local options to keep the harvest bountiful year-round. This video covers tips on how to store, prepare and enjoy these veggies.
Fun Frosty Cookies
Looking for a fun cookie idea you can make yourself or with kids? Check out this video and learn how to make Frosty cookies with balls of dough, frosting and candy decorations, no cookie cutters or rolling out dough!
Deliciously Spiced Warm Beverages
Winter is almost here, but we have some recipes for different ways to spice up your favorite warm beverages, from healthy green tea to comforting hot chocolate! Check out our video for recipes you can make for yourself or gift to others in airtight containers.
Thanksgiving Options for Vegetarians and Vegans
Do you have vegans or vegetarians in your family and struggle to have enough suitable food for them at your Thanksgiving celebration? The library is offering an online session with tips and recipe suggestions to make your meal vegetarian or vegan friendly, while also offering more protein options than just turkey or tofurkey. Ages 13 and up.
Seasonably Good: Apples and Pumpkins
Just because neighborhood apple and pumpkin festivals for this season have been canceled doesn't mean we can't still enjoy those fruits while they're in season locally. The library will offer an online session about ways to prepare apples and pumpkins during the local harvest for enjoyment immediately and year-round. Ages 13 and up.
Seasonably Good: Berries and Cherries
June is the month for strawberries, blueberries and cherries. The library is offering an online program with ideas for how to prepare these summer fruits to enjoy now and through the year. Ages 13 and up.
Spice Up Your Mealtimes: Easy and Healthy World Cuisines
Does the quarantine have you looking for different ways to prepare those foods you bought for your pantry and freezer? Let's talk about healthy and easy ways to spice up our mealtimes with cuisines from around the world. Whether you like things mild or hot, with meat, seafood or vegetarian, there are plenty of tasty dishes that can add variety to your meals even if you're relying on frozen and canned vegetables. Ages 13 and up.
Tasty and Healthy Plant-Based Burgers
Looking for alternatives to meat burgers for the Fourth of July and other summer grilling? There are plenty of tasty plant-based alternatives to ground meat. The library is offering an online session with recipes and tips for making your own plant-based burgers that are tasty and healthy and probably less expensive too! Ages 13 and up.
Seasonably Good: Peaches and Nectarines
Anyone who's eaten a well-ripened local peach or nectarine knows that these fruits should be enjoyed when they're in season locally. The library is offering a virtual program with cooking demonstrations to offer ideas of how to enjoy these fruits immediately and even save some for later. Whether you like sweet or savory foods, we have ideas for everyone. Ages 13 and up.
Seasonably Good: Healthy Dips and Condiments
In September the harvest in Central PA is still producing plenty of fruits and veggies as we think about final barbecues, sports and holiday parties. The library is offering an online session with cooking demonstrations to provide recipes and ideas for enjoying local vegetables while they're at their peak. We'll talk about dips and other condiments you can make fresh to enjoy with those raw and grilled veggies, as well as ways to quickly pickle veggies like cucumbers, peppers and cauliflower. We even have some recipes that might make more people in your family like eggplant! Ages 13 and up.
Mother's Day Paper Flowers
Join Miss Kristy for a beautiful Mother's Day craft (template, PDF, 173KB). You will learn how to make colorful, realistic-looking paper roses to fill a vase for Mom! The materials needed can be found at home. Miss Kristy will also teach you how to make a cute paper flower with a silly face!
Rag Tie Wreath
Join Miss Kristy and learn how to make a Rag Tie Spring Wreath for your door or wall. If you can cut fabric, tie a knot, and are creative, this is a craft you will enjoy! We will be using a wire wreath frame and colorful spring fabric to make this easy wreath. Miss Kristy will demonstrate how to make the wreath and make sure you have all the correct measurements for your fabric ties!
Easter Egg Salt Portrait
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual family craft (template, PDF, 119 KB)! You will learn how to make a colorful Easter Egg Portrait for a decoration or a gift. All you need is paper, salt, glue, and colorful spring paints. This craft will be a colorful way to enjoy the holiday! This craft is a great way to involve everyone in the family!
Edible Easter House and Car
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual family craft! In this video, you will learn how to make "edible" Easter decorations. We will be making an Easter Bunny House out of graham crackers and some fun candy decorations. We will also be making a Marshmallow Bunny Car to park in front of our house. This is a fun holiday-themed activity. The house or car could be used for decoration or for a place setting on your holiday table.
Join Miss Kristy for another fun virtual mask making craft. In this video you will learn how to make a beautiful springtime butterfly mask for play. You can flutter around the house playing and flying with this cool mask. It will be great to ring in spring! This mask is easy to make using craft foam (mask template, PDF, 282 KB).
Pom Pom Hand Puppets and Monster Glove Puppet
Join Miss Kristy and learn how to make Pom Pom Hand Puppets and a funny Monster Glove Hand Puppet. Both of these crafts are easy to make with a few easy supplies. Be sure to save a finger style glove for this project!
Hand Print Leprechaun
Join Miss Kristy for a fun St. Patrick's Day hand print craft. Miss Kristy will show you how to make an Irishman for St. Patrick's Day using your hand print (template, PDF, 166 KB). This craft is fun, quick, and easy to make. You can give it to someone you miss, or stick a magnet on the back and hang it from the refrigerator at home.
Animal Masks: Sheep and Pig
Join Miss Kristy for the second mask making video. You will learn how to make two new animal masks to add to your collection. You will Bhhaaa with your new Sheep Mask and snort with your new Pig Mask. You can use your new masks for story time and play acting. The masks are made from materials you have at home, and you can use these mask templates (PDF, 294 KB). They are easy to make and fun to use for retelling stories. This is the second in a series of videos on mask making. We will continue to add on to our mask collections!
Animal Masks: Cat and Dog
Join Miss Kristy for another fun virtual mask making craft. In this video, you will learn how to make a Dog and a Cat Mask for playtime fun (mask templates, PDF, 1.2 MB). You can bark and bark when you have your doggy mask on. Your cat mask will help you sneak around and meow like a maniac. These masks are easy to make using craft foam!
Animal Masks: Lion and Elephant
Join Miss Kristy and learn how to make two easy masks from materials you have at home. You can use your new masks for story time and play acting. You will roar with your new Lion Mask and snort with your Elephant Mask! This is the first in a series of videos on mask making. We will continue to add to our mask collections!
Join Miss Kristy for this easy-to-make virtual craft. These hearts would make great gifts for friends and family for Valentine's Day! They are easy to make with felt, cotton balls, glue, and anything you would like to use to decorate them. Everyone loves to get a homemade gift!
Way Out Weaving
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual family craft! Miss Kristy will show you how to make a colorful yarn weaving using materials you can find at home. You'll have the opportunity to make a beautiful weaving you can hang up or use for a gift! This craft will let you show your "favorite true colors."
How to Make Hanging Holiday Stars
Join Miss Kristy for a fun, family, virtual holiday craft. You will learn how to make gorgeous holiday stars to decorate the house, or give to a family member for a gift. They are easy to make, using paper bags, pompoms, paint, and glue.
How to Make a Snow Paint Snowman
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual Winter Craft. You will learn how to make a snowman using white glue, shaving cream, construction paper, and a few odds and ends. This is a great activity when it is too cold to make a real snowman! And it's a great way to entertain kids after a long day!
Join Miss Kristy for this family fun fall craft and learn how to make different shapes and sizes of 3D paper pumpkins. These pumpkins can be hung as paper lanterns or arranged as a decoration on a table. They are easy and fun to make for everyone in the family!
Join Miss Kristy and learn how to make a November Thankful Calendar. This calendar is made out of an old picture frame, silk fall leaves, and clothespins. Each day for the month of November, everyone in the family can write something they are thankful for on a small note and clip it to the leaf. On Thanksgiving Day, you can share all of the things everyone was thankful for throughout the month! This is a great family activity.
Leave your handprint for the future with this fun family project. In this video, Miss Kristy will show you how to make a handprint leaf, using dynamic fall colors. Miss Kristy will also be sharing ideas to use this project to support school subjects.
Fall Decoupage Vase
Join Miss Kristy for another fun craft! From where to find the materials to the end product, you'll learn how to create your own Fall Decoupage Vase. This is a great family project! Ages 5 to adult.
Apple Stamp Prints
Fall is here! Apples are in season, are fun to eat, fun to share, and fun to use in family projects. Join Miss Kristy for this video on Apple Prints, made from paint and fresh halved apples. Fun for the whole family!
Join us for this virtual program to learn how to make easy paper string puppets. These puppets can be used for puppet shows from home and for your family. You will learn to make these with a few easy supplies and your own creativity. Completed puppets will hang down and be manipulated using strings, just like old time puppet shows. This program will be fun for all ages, with some adult help.
Colorful Beaded Butterfly
Join us for this virtual program and learn how to create a Pony Bead Butterfly, a colorful craft that is fun and easy to make. We will use pipe cleaners, beads, a clothespin, google eyes, and our creativity! With some magnetic tape, this can easily be turned into a refrigerator magnet. For ages 4-14.
Family Time Capsule
Need a fun activity for the whole family? Making a family time capsule is a creative and fun activity that brings the entire family together. Share your family's past with the future, while remembering the fun activities your family has shared. Get our time capsule sheets (PDF, 914 KB).
How to Make a Sun Catcher
Join Miss Kristy to learn how to make a Sun Catcher using simple clear/colored beads. The materials and supplies will be shown, along with easy steps along the way to make a beautiful beaded Sun Catcher. This program is designed for ages 8 to adult.
Learn how to make designs and pictures using your own homemade stamp pads and Legos. The pictures can be filled in with color or left with just the color of the ink. This program is designed for ages 5 to adult.
Virtual Story Time: SkippyJon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Join Miss Kristy for virtual story time featuring the Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner. In the third book, "Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble", Skippyjon goes on a closet adventure to ancient Egypt. Find out how Skippyjon solves the riddle of the Finx to enter the Mummy's tomb!
Virtual Story Time: Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual story time featuring the Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner. In the second book, "Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House," Skippyjon has a timeout in his bedroom and goes on an imaginary adventure, saving his friends from the bad guys who take over their doghouses!
Virtual Story Time: Skippyjon Jones
Join Miss Kristy for a Virtual Story Time featuring the Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner. In this first book, "Skippyjon Jones," we meet Skippyjon Jones, an adventurous Siamese kitty boy with a very active imagination! Skippyjon would much rather be a great sword fighter, saving the world. In this first adventure, Skippyjon is fearless, fun, and gets the job done!
Virtual Story Time: The Zax by Dr. Seuss
Join Miss Kristy for virtual story time celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America. "The Zax" by Dr. Seuss is the story of two Zax who refuse to move out of each other's way to continue on their journeys. Watch what happens as the two characters learn that being hard-headed doesn't help them get their way, and the world goes on around them!
Virtual Story Time: What Was I Scared Of by Dr. Seuss
Join Miss Kristy for virtual story time featuring "What Was I Scared Of?" by Dr. Seuss (pants template, PDF, 360 KB). In this funny and sometimes scary story, the narrator meets a pair of pants with no one inside. At first the narrator is afraid of the pants. Suddenly, he realizes that the pants are scared of the same things he is afraid of. By the end, they become good friends!
Virtual Story Time: Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk
Join Miss Kristy for another fun Jimmy's Boa adventure. In "Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk" by Trinka Hakes Noble, Jimmy's Boa comes along to basketball practice. You'll laugh and laugh at the trouble this causes for Jimmy and the team. And the pictures by Steven Kellogg are awesome!
Virtual Story Time: The Giving Tree
Join Miss Kristy for virtual story time featuring the story "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. This story is about a boy and tree whose friendship grows as the boy grows up. The tree makes many sacrifices to make sure the boy/teen/adult is happy. This is a beautiful story about peace and friendship!
Virtual Story Time: One Mitten
Join Miss Kristy for a Virtual Story Time featuring "One Mitten" by Kristine O'Connell. In this story, one girl learns how much fun you can have with just one mitten. She waves, has puppet shows, and shows others how much you can do to spread joy and fun with just one pair of mittens. Miss Kristy will also be sharing a template (PDF, 201 KB) for you to make your own 3D mitten.
Virtual Story Time: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Join Miss Kristy for a Virtual Story Time featuring "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" by Trinka Hakes Noble. Start off the new year with this funny story about a very hungry boa constrictor who causes mayhem during an ordinary class trip to visit the farm. The story will keep you laughing with every new predicament, and Illustrator Steven Kellogg has drawn detailed pictures that go perfectly with all the crazy stuff that happens!
Virtual Story Time: The Little Reindeer
Join Miss Kristy for virtual Story Time featuring "The Little Reindeer" by Nicola Killen. This is a fun, magical story about a friendship that forms between a little girl and a lost reindeer on Christmas Eve. They set off on a magical adventure together for a night she will never forget. At the end, Miss Kristy will show you how to make a "magical" reindeer hat to wear!
Virtual Story Time: Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual story time, just in time for the holiday season! "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney is a funny, true-to-life holiday drama. Llama Llama learns the importance of patience while counting down the days to Christmas. Miss Kristy will also share a quick craft to hang on the tree, just like the stick present Llama Llama makes for his mama in the story.
Virtual Story Time: The Magic School Bus at the First Thanksgiving
Join Miss Kristy for another Virtual Story Time with "The Magic School Bus at the First Thanksgiving"! Read along with Miss Kristy, while Miss Frizzle takes the class on a trip back to the First Thanksgiving feast in America.
Virtual Story Time: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
Miss Kristy will be reading another silly story, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie". We will be using our "old lady" from the last story we read. You will be able to print and use new props (PDF, 1.8MB) for the what the crazy old lady swallows in this silly story.
Virtual Story Time: There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat
Join Miss Kristy for Virtual Storytime, featuring the book "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat"! During this crazy, mixed-up story, Miss Kristy will show you how to make an old lady and all the things she swallowed using the patterns and a large baggie. You can retell the story using your own props with these templates (PDF, 2.3 MB).
Virtual Story Time: The Sneetches
Join Miss Kristy for a Virtual Story Time! The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss teaches children that what's inside a person is important, not what they look like on the outside.
Virtual Story Time: The Very Busy Spider
Join Miss Kristy for a Virtual Story Time featuring "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle. This story is about a spider focused on building a web. The farm animals along the way try to distract the spider but are unsuccessful! The lesson in the story is to remain focused on what you are doing, and in the end you will achieve your goal. The story is read using stick puppet characters. There are also templates (PDF, 118 KB) included for the stick puppets shared during the story. This program is designed for kids and parents of all ages.
College Reading Strategies Tutorial 1: Textbooks
This tutorial introduces strategies and tips for effectively reading college textbooks. Viewers can work through the video with an actual assignment or prepare for upcoming college classes by working through the exercises.
College Reading Strategies Tutorial 2: Monographs
This tutorial offers strategies and tips for reading books and chapters from books that are not classified as textbooks. Viewers can work with an actual assignment, but it is not necessary to have a current assignment to practice the activities in the video and learn how to more efficiently read for college.
College Reading Strategies Tutorial 3: Individual Readings
This tutorial focuses on assigned readings from a variety of sources, including journal articles, book chapters and online resources. Reading from several sources for one class can be challenging, and this tutorial offers tips on how to read efficiently, especially when you are expected to connect the readings.
The Art of College Scholarship and Essay Writing
An excellent essay is one of the most important components of any college or scholarship application. Join our presenter, Dr. Kelly Whitcomb, who has expertise in academic writing, as well as experience working in colleges and universities. We will discuss the art of crafting essays for college, university, and scholarship applications. Ages 16 and up.
College Writing Strategies: Getting Started
Whether you’re looking for a general overview of what to expect from college writing or looking for specific advice on how to navigate college writing assignments, this video will help you get started. Bring paper and a writing utensil and work through the short writing activities to help you discover some helpful habits to improve your time management, get over mental blocks and get writing!
College Writing Strategies: Writing and Revising
It’s not necessary to view the first video, but you’ll want to have a piece of writing, some paper and a writing utensil to work through the short activities in this video. If you don’t have a piece of writing, you can work through the first video to create one. Strategies in this video include ways to outline, ways to effectively edit your own work and ways to connect your ideas to create a coherent essay.
The Historical Society of East Pennsboro Virtual Tour - Enola Miller House, Part 2
Join Miss Kristy as we continue our video series with Jim Leonard from the Historical Society of East Pennsboro. In the second "Enola Miller House" video we will be on the site where the house is now located, at the corner of First and Miller Streets in Summerdale. Jim will be giving us more details from the move to the future plans for the homestead.
The Historical Society of East Pennsboro Virtual Tour - Enola Miller House, Part 1
Join Miss Kristy as we welcome back the Historical Society of East Pennsboro's Jim Leonard to our virtual programs. Jim will be sharing the history of the Enola Miller House and its significance and value to Township residents. He will also discuss the recent move from its nearly two-century old location on Valley Road to the new location on the corner of First and Miller Streets. A second video will take place on the new property next week!
Virtual Tour of the Historical Society of East Pennsboro
Join Miss Kristy for a virtual tour of The Historical Society of East Pennsboro. Jim Leonard will be taking us through different parts of the museum and explaining our history through artifacts in the museum.
Part Three: In this third tour, we will be meeting Jim Leonard at The Nail Mill Museum, located in Adams Ricci Park. We will be touring the museum and looking at artifacts. Jim will also be demonstrating how to use the nail press to make a nail. Finally, we will learn how the project for the museum began and when it was completed.
Part Two: Jim Leonard shares artifacts about the Historical Society's participation in Community Celebrations and Projects since 1999. The celebrations included are: The Enola Yard 100th year, Summerdale 100th year, and West Fairview 200th year celebration. Projects included are: The Enola Legion Memorial project, Nail Mill Museum project, and the Enola Miller House project. Jim also shares highlights from the undefeated 1959 EPHS Football Team!
Part One: The first virtual segment focuses on how Enola got its name and on the railroad as the hub and beginning of the town. This series will occur twice a month through December.