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Library offers new online database - NewspaperARCHIVE

Posted by Altoona Library on April 2, 2015, 9:05 am

The Altoona Area Public Library is very excited to announce the addition of NewspaperARCHIVE to our growing list of products available to our patrons. You can now search over a hundred Pennsylvania newspapers, including the Altoona Mirror, for FREE. All you need is an Altoona card. Please go to the Digital Library tab on...

Introduction to the Ukulele Class to be held at Altoona Library

Posted by Altoona Library on April 1, 2015, 2:28 pm

Join Mike Holzer for a workshop with a touch of the tropics. Registration is required - call 946-0417. The cost is $5.00. If you have a ukulele please bring it, if not, one will be provided. 

Jay Paterno to give presentation at Altoona Library

Posted by Altoona Library on February 18, 2015, 11:19 am

Jay Paterno, author of Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father will be at the Altoona Area Public Library on Thursday, February 19th at 6pm in the library theater for a presentation and book signing.  All are welcome to attend.  Books will be available for purchase.

Jay is offering the library a portion of the sales from the evening.

Friends of the Library Present Check

Posted by Altoona Library on February 12, 2015, 10:10 am

On February 9, 2015 “Friends” Helen Gorsuch (left) and Ann Wolf (right) presented a check for $50,000.00 to Executive Director, Jennifer Knisely (center) for the Altoona Area Public Library. The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library are always seeking new "Friends" to assist with fund raisers and semi-annual used book sales.

Basket Bingo to Benefit the Library

Posted by Altoona Library on January 30, 2015, 1:49 pm

Its coming! The Altoona Library's annual Shamrock Basket Bingo on March 15th, 2015 at 2PM in Father Kelley Hall, 5th Street & 25th Avenue in Altoona. Fabulous bingo prizes will include the world-famous Longaberger Baskets & Vera Bradley products. Support the Altoona Area Public Library while having a great time. Stop by the Library and get your tickets today. They sell fast!

Featured in photo: Event coordinators Nanci Hall and Barbara Knopp

Teens Get Creative during Teen Reading Lounge at the Altoona Library

Posted by Altoona Library on January 30, 2015, 1:18 pm

Teen Reading Lounge is finally here and the young adult participants are having a great time. So far they have had a group discussion on the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and have created movie posters and designed their very own "peculiar" picture of themselves. These teens are getting to experience the Altoona Library's new Creation Lab through this program as well. The teens are led by Altoona Area Junior High School's Instructional Literacy Coach &...

Teen Reading Lounge is Coming!

Posted by Altoona Library on December 11, 2014, 12:58 pm

What is it? TRL is an interactive book club for teens in grades 7-12. There will be book discussions, snacks, and art activities featuring the Library's new creator lab (we have a 3-D printer)! Also, there will be a kickoff pizza party on January 14th at 3:30PM and a talk about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. What an awesome book. Plus, everyone who participates gets a free copy of each book the club reads. Sessions are as follows: January 14, 21, 28 and February 4,...

Youth Room is Toasty Toddler Program Drop-off Site

Posted by Altoona Library on November 17, 2014, 11:35 am

The Youth Room is a drop off site for United Way of Blair County’s Toasty Toddler program. Hats, scarves, gloves, coats and snowsuits in sizes Newborn to 4T, 5/6 or small are being collected and distributed to children in need in Blair County.

Halloween Secrets in the Library - 13 Favorite Spooky Books 'Buried' in the Stacks

Posted by Altoona Library on October 21, 2014, 12:17 pm

Happy Haunting in the Youth Room – Bwahahaha

 

JF COV Oddly enough / stories by Bruce Coville; illustrations by Michael Hussar.

JF HOW The celery stalks at midnight.  Author: Howe, James.

JF SPE How not to be killed by a zombie.  Author: Specter,...

Create Your Own Content - Altoona Library offers new and exciting Creation Lab!

Posted by Altoona Library on October 2, 2014, 10:01 am

Something new and exciting is happening at the Altoona Area Public Library. On the second floor, overlooking the adult circulation desk below, there is a glass room unlike anything we have ever had at the Library. This room, dubbed the Creation Lab, is filled with some of the latest technology for doing something revolutionary for a public library—creating content!

Traditionally libraries have always been places where people can come and enjoy...