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Teen Reading Lounge is Coming!

Posted by Altoona Library on December 11, 2014, 11:58 am

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, 10:35 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, 11:17 am

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, 9:01 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...

Author Lori Closson to read new children's book

Posted by Altoona Library on September 4, 2014, 9:37 am

Local author Lori Closson will be reading her new children's book Macaroni Makenzie on Monday 9/22 at 5:30pm, Tuesday 9/23 at 10:30am and 1:30pm, and on Thursday 9/25 at 9:30am and 10:30am.

Children ages 2-6 and caregivers are invited to join us for hands-on activities and macaroni crafts too!


Excited About School?

Posted by Altoona Library on August 18, 2014, 8:37 am

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

Posted by Altoona Library on May 8, 2014, 10:27 am

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! Relevant to local environmental concerns, take a look at the Habitat Havoc series including "Fracking" and "Strip Mining." New books on teen mental and social health are up to date...

Encouraging Diversity Through Children's Books

Posted by Altoona Library on May 1, 2014, 10:59 am

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,...

PA One Book Every Young Child Event

Posted by Altoona Library on May 1, 2014, 10:54 am

Over 40 children ages six and under and their caregivers attended the Altoona Area Public Library's special event, PA One Book Every Young Child on Friday April 11th, 2014 at 10:30 am. The event was sponsored by The Common Wealth Library of Pennsylvania, The Family Resource Center at the United Way of Blair County, AASD Family Literacy, The Blair County Conservation District and the Altoona Area Public Library. Participants enjoyed songs, crafts, activities and a special reading by Altoona...

Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library prepare for book sale!

Posted by Altoona Library on March 19, 2014, 3:20 pm

You won’t want to miss the Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library USED BOOK SALE.  There are 1000's of items featuring hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, audio books, puzzles, games and more.  Special Book Sale hours will be Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 from 9 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, April 28, 2014 ($5.00 a bag day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  All money will benefit the library.  Preparing for the sale are (from left): Rita Holz, Lois...