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Posted by Altoona Library on August 8, 2013, 8:01 am
We would like to extend a great big thank you to all of the local businesses who helped to make our Summer Reading Programs a success through their generous donations:
Altoona Mirror, "Making It Happen For You"
AASD Planetarium, Auntie Anne’s, Applebee's, Benzel's Pretzels, Bernice Berndt, Blair Co.Conservation District, Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Eat n' Park, Galactic Ice, Indian Caverns, Lakemont Park, Lincoln Caverns, McDonald's at...
Posted by Altoona Library on May 31, 2013, 2:12 pm
The Youth Room at the Altoona Area Public Library has a fresh new look to its children’s book display section. The shelves now feature books focused on the five literacies of the PA Forward State Initiative. Each column has a label at the top stating the featured literacy and a description of the each including Civic Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Informational Literacy and Basic Literacy. Materials on the rows of shelves below represent the corresponding theme. Titles chosen...
Posted by Altoona Library on May 15, 2013, 2:23 pm
Join the Summer Reading Elementary Club, share your creations with the library, and we can add them to the Altoona Mirror Summer Reading Club Special Edition in August. Happy Reading!
1. Make a mask of your favorite character with a paper plate or paper bag.
2. Draw your favorite part of the story on paper or on the sidewalk.
3. Write a new book or chapter with yourself as a character.
4. Make paper plate or sock puppets of your favorite...
Posted by Altoona Library on March 26, 2013, 1:43 pm
Babies are born with an amazing ability to learn. In fact, a recent article in Education Week, March 6, 2013 affirms that "Young children are natural-born scientists and engineers... the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 to 4... " Books that repeat sequences and include numbers are a great way to encourage that innate ability. Here are a dozen favorites you can find at your favorite neighborhood Altoona Area Public Library:...
Posted by Altoona Library on March 21, 2013, 11:12 am
The Altoona Area Public Library is pleased to announce the purchase of its new children's eSebco e-books that can be read on any Internet browsing device. The books are available to any patron with a library card and the books can be viewed by multiple users simultaneously. In addition, the titles are also read regularly in local elementary classrooms. Teachers and principals were so excited to promote the free materials that they asked AAPL's children's librarian to conduct a Parent...
Posted by Altoona Library on February 7, 2013, 1:18 pm
Altoona Library Teen Services is proud to host CareerLink which offers area teens career planning and employment services. The CareerLink offers several programs for youth ages 14-21: Journeys, Workforce Investment Act Year-round Programs, and the Summer Youth Employment Program. They currently have openings in these programs and will be available to talk with teens at the Library every Monday starting at 3:30. Please call 946-0417 ext. 129 for more information.
Posted by Altoona Library on February 5, 2013, 2:30 pm
To promote PA Forward's Health Literacy initiative, the Youth Room has partnered with Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program to promote smoke free homes and cars. Stop by and check out our display offering parent pledges, helpful books, and more information on the program.
photo: Mother, Sarah Tower pledging "Fresh Air Now" to protect daughter, Lydia Tower and expecting baby boy.
Posted by Altoona Library on January 15, 2013, 2:45 pm
Read Aloud Favorites of 2012
This list reflects a mix of old and new titles that have been read to our young friends during Library Visits to area Preschool Programs. Children ask us to read these again and again. And so, from the mouths of our youngest - Here are 24 favorites – to enjoy during the New Year.
All the Colors of the Earth by Hamanaka
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See by Martin/Carle
Bear Feels Sick by Wilson
Posted by Altoona Library on September 23, 2012, 10:43 am
15 + ways to share a favorite book - for those umpteen repeats of a favorite story.
(The first read should always be for discovery of the tale.)
After that you can expand the experience by…
Predicting the next page – What do you think will happen?
Changing an action – What would happen if this didn’t work?
Acting out an emotion – Overact to emphasize.
Reversing the pages – Change the order of events, play with the...
Posted by Altoona Library on September 11, 2012, 5:36 pm
The Library now offers a way to have all of our latest blog posts delivered direct to your Inbox. On the right side of our Website you will find an email address entry form that will subscribe you to this new, free feature. You will receive an email the morning after we post a new Blog!