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Altoona Area Public Library supports the Lights On Afterschool Initiative

Posted by Altoona Library on October 16, 2015, 9:11 am

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. As we celebrate the 16th year...

2015 Book Signing Fair!

Posted by Altoona Library on October 13, 2015, 12:05 pm

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

Posted by Altoona Library on September 25, 2015, 3:41 pm

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...

Did You Know???

Posted by Altoona Library on September 17, 2015, 4:05 pm

Did you know that the Altoona Library has FREE Nook Simple Touch eBook readers loaded with books for you to checkout and take home? Some of the genres that you can check out are: New York Times bestsellers, mystery, historical fiction, romance, and sci-fi/fantasy to name a few. You can also check out a Nook with non-fiction titles on it including subjects such as health, business, and travel too. All you need to check out a Nook is your current Altoona Library card and a valid credit card (used for...

Altoona Library to Celebrate International Read an eBook Day 2015

Posted by Altoona Library on September 11, 2015, 10:37 am

The Altoona Area Public Library will take part in and celebrate International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices on September 18. In recent years, the popularity of eBooks has soared and readers are taking advantage of the eBook technology and popular titles available at their local library. Through July 2015, public library customers have borrowed 94.7 million eBooks and audiobooks, a 24 percent increase over the same period in 2014 (...

Love Manga? The Library is the Place to be...

Posted by Altoona Library on July 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

The Altoona Library will host a Mini Manga Con on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 2PM-5PM on the ground floor. Barnes & Noble will be selling Manga (buy two get one free); Gamestop will be hosting a gaming tournament featuring the new Manga game J-Stars Victory; Cutie Pie Kawaii will be selling Japanese candy and other items too; participants can have their picture taken in front of our green screen in our Creation Lab or get a 3-D print out of a Manga symbol.

Plant Clinic to be held by PSU Extension Office

Posted by Altoona Library on July 13, 2015, 11:10 am

Come to the Library for a Plant Clinic! Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions on Saturday, August 1, 2015 9AM-1PM.

AASD Enrichment Students Promote Summer Reading Program with Video

Posted by Altoona Library on June 18, 2015, 2:44 pm

The library would like to say THANK YOU to all of the AASD Enrichment students who helped to promote the 2015 Summer Reading program!



Splish Splash Library Cash to Benefit Library

Posted by Altoona Library on June 18, 2015, 10:02 am

Splish Splash Library Cash 50/50 raffle to benefit the Altoona Area Public Library. Soak up some big money and help Library meet its goal to sell 1,000 tickets!   First, second & third prizes to be awarded on Friday, August 21, 2015 based on intake of proceeds.  Tickets may be purchased at the library for $10.00 each.

Summer Reading Programs Kick Off at the Altoona Library

Posted by Altoona Library on June 18, 2015, 7:51 am

View the following link to learn all about our Summer Reading Programs for kids, adults, and teens! The program kicks of Thursday, June 18th with a magic and illusion show performed by M&M Magic. Show times are 10AM and 2PM.

WTAJ New Coverage of Altoona Library's Summer Reading Programs