The Altoona Area Public Library will be closing at noon on Wednesday November 25th, 2015 and closed on both Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Library will re-open on Saturday, November 28th.

The Altoona Area Public Library is mourning the loss of one of its own, very special librarians, Linda Filkosky, District Consultant. Please join us in remembering the happy life and times of a great friend and colleague.

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  • Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.On
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Altoona Area Public Library supports the Lights On Afterschool Initiative

We at the Altoona Library support the Lights On Afterschool Initiative and its powerful message that millions more kids need quality after school programs. "Every day across this country, afterschool programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families. Given the economy, it is more important than ever that we sustain the quality afterschool programs we have and support new ones.


2015 Book Signing Fair!

The Blair County Genealogical Society and the Altoona Area Public Library invite you to join us for a very special event, Saturday, November 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. 10 authors will be present at one time to sell and sign their books and 4 of those authors will be giving talks about their work. Gift cards and books will be available as door prizes. For more information about the authors and speakers, visit


The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library to Hold Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library will hold a used book sale from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday October 23rd, Saturday October 24th, and Monday, October 26th, which will be $5.00 a bag day. There will be no Sunday hours. The sale will include hard and paperback books, games, DVDs, CDs, VHS, audio books, and records. All money benefits the library. Sorting the books for the sale are (from left to right):

Helen Gorsuch, Mary Shumaker, Judy Brown, Anne Wolf, and Daisy Costanza.