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Library Offers Summer Reading Program June 19, 2018

It is not too late for youngsters to get involved with the Summer Reading Program at the Coatesville Public Library. The program, which has a "Libraries Rock!" theme, began on June 7 and will run through Tuesday, July 31.

Children are asked to stop by the library, located at 501 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, to obtain a program folder, a reading guide, a newsletter and a book bag. The information also includes a sheet with a drawing of three music records.

In keeping with the program's music theme, students are asked to color each record's track as they complete specific requirements. They will receive a prize when the whole disc is filled in, as well as a ticket for a chance to win a grand prize.

The first of the three records, titled "Read 2018," asks children to read various genres, including mysteries, poetry and nonfiction. For children who are too young to read, parents may read to them. Also, there are no time requirements. "We just want kids to read - anything, any time, anywhere," said Penny Williams, library director and youth services librarian. "It doesn't have to be on grade level, (and) it doesn't have to be a library book; it is just supposed to be fun."

The second record, "Music," asks children to sing a song or listen to classical music, among other related activities.

The third record, "Random Acts of Kindness," asks children to perform a service project such as picking up litter, cleaning up at home or holding the door for someone. "We all want kind and responsible adults, (and) it starts with kind and responsible kids," said Williams.

She noted that the grand prize is a secret and the winner will be drawn the week of Monday, Aug. 6. "There will be other prizes, too, that we will call the winners about," she added.

Along with the reading incentive program, the library will host special activities. Magician Stu Rudnick will be featured on Saturday, June 30, at 1 p.m. His show combines magic, comedy, audience participation and live animals. There will be free prizes for all children attending the show.

Story time and meditation class will be offered on Saturdays, July 14 and Aug. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will read a children's story and discuss it, after which they will take part in short, guided meditation.

Also, during the summer all Coatesville Library's children's DVD rentals are free, with a limit of three at a time.

For complete programming details, readers may call the library at 610-384-4115 or visit or

Special Events

Dog Agility Trial Planned June 19, 2018

The Harrisburg Shetland Sheepdog Club invites dog lovers to an All-Breed Agility Trial to take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bella Vista Training Center, 730 Mount Airy Road, Lewisberry. Only competing dogs will be permitted, but admission to the family-friendly event is free.

Agility competitions are designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations that require conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Hundreds of dogs of all breeds, including mixed breeds, and their owners will get the chance to negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Dogs will maneuver through the obstacle course, featuring hurdles, poles, tunnels, and more, as part of three different levels of agility competition.

There will also be an opportunity to meet 2018 American Kennel Club (AKC) European Open Agility team member Bonnie Opal and her Shetland sheepdog, Edward, who will be competing in the European Open in Austria in late July.

Opal's involvement in agility began in 2004 with Petto, a Rough Collie. She tried out for a world team with her first sheltie, Lina, and also competed for a world team with Wonder, the offspring of Petto. In December 2017, Opal and Edward attended a tryout for the 2018 world team and were asked to travel to Austria.

For more information on the June 27 event, readers may visit

Things to Do

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) will present its annual June Series production from Wednesday through Saturday, June 20 to 23, at the Whitaker Center, 222 N. Market St., Harrisburg. CPYB is the resident ballet company at the Whitaker Center.

The showcase, which is the result of 10 months of work in the studios, will include ballets performed by dancers ages 5 to 20. Each performance is unique, and the series will include classic, contemporary, and brand-new works.

The June Series will include Alan Hineline's "Quindectet," with live music from the Mendelssohn Piano Trio; classics like George Balanchine's "Who Cares?" set to the music of Gershwin; and modern movements from emerging choreographers.

Tickets are available by calling 717-214-2787, by visiting, and at the Whitaker Center box office.

CPYB is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. Its founding artistic director is Marcia Dale Weary. The school of classical ballet utilizes a teaching methodology that couples performance opportunities with educational initiatives, a qualified faculty, and a tested syllabus. To learn more, readers may visit


Senior SEPTA ID cards Available

Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. will offer seniors the opportunity to receive a free SEPTA Key Senior ID card on Wednesday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown.

The key card enables people age 65 and up to ride free on transit services including bus, Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, trolley and the Norristown High Speed Line. Regional rail fares for seniors will continue to be $1 for rides within the Commonwealth.

While Pennsylvania seniors who possess a valid (unexpired) driver's license or state-issued ID are automatically eligible to participate in the program, people who do not want to use either form of identification can register and have their picture taken for the SEPTA Key Senior ID card. The SEPTA key cards will be mailed at a later date.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, readers may call Lewis's Downingtown office at 610-269-1289.

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