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  • Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of
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Excited About School?

Whether you and your child are excited or worried about the beginning of the school year, our collection has over 1000 titles that have some story to tell about school.  We have picture books to help explain the new friends one can find, mysteries for detective types, jokes for pranksters and many more.  Here are just a few of our favorites:


New Juvenile Non-fiction Books for the Youth Room

The Youth Room is excited to announce several new series of juvenile nonfiction books are now available to borrow. Interested in truly nasty villains? Check out our new biography series featuring "Gangsters, Bootleggers and Bandits", "Merciless Monarchs and Ruthless Royalty" and more!


Encouraging Diversity Through Children's Books

Diversity – a variety.  This very simple definition from The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary reminds us to include stories, songs and games from multiple cultures with our children.  Here are a dozen of our favorite tales about the world around us, a small portion of the resources available at the Altoona Area Public Library to explore a global variety of stories with your child.


Alborough, Jes. Hug.  Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.  One little one searches for a hug, the universal sign of love.