School is out and the Northern Cambria Public library is offering free summer programming to keep students engaged, active and occupied throughout the dog-days of summer. The animal-themed “Tails and Tales” summer reading programs start the week of July 5 through August 12 for all age groups.

Children’s storytime on Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., are for 0-5 year-olds and involve animal-themed stories, songs, dances finger-plays and a craft. This program helps foster early literacy skills by teaching pre-readers the sound and rhythm of language, helps them recognize letters, number and simple words and gets them excited about reading.

On Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., students 6-10 years-old will learn about different animals and participate in activities that engage their crafty side. This program keeps students learning outside of school, and it allows them to express their creativity.

For tweens and teens (11-18), we have a special six-week DIY learning program. On Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., students will learn the foundational concepts for understanding, drafting, writing, drawing and physically crafting comic books. It is highly recommended they attend the first three programs (July 8, 15 and 22), as they will have mini-lessons on understanding comic books, storyboarding and DIY comic-book making.

Registration for these programs is highly encouraged, as to ensure enough craft and activity supplies.

Summer Youth Café

The library, in collaboration with The Pittsburgh Foodbank and sponsorship from the Cambria County Child Development Corporation, will also be hosting a summer food program until August 12. Students 18 and under are welcome to grab a free to-go lunch, snack and drink from 12:00-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No registration required for the food program. Additional sites are available across Cambria County.

To register for programs, or for more information, patrons are encouraged to visit the library Facebook page at, visit the website at, call 814-948-8222 or stop in and talk to library staff

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