The Altoona Area Public Library has recently joined the ranks of other libraries that have uploaded digital collections to Power Library’s PA Photos and Documents which is an online digital repository for preserving our history. The first collection uploaded was selected as a test case to prepare for future public scanning sessions. The collection consists of one digitized book, Architecture: Practical and Theoretical by the Beezer brothers of Altoona, PA published in 1894.

We were alerted to the value of the book by a Seattle architectural historian who searched for the book on WorldCat and found the only known copy was located at our library in our Pennsylvania room. We decided that the book would be an excellent test case for the new ScanPA equipment, so we digitized the book. The book is now full text searchable and you can browse it yourself by clicking on the link below. The book contains several photos of historic Altoona houses created by the famous architects. We encourage you to explore the book and to check out the many other collections that are available from other libraries. Be on the lookout for many more collections to be uploaded in the future!

Architecture: Practical and Theoretical

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf Governor. © 2016

This summer during the new Summer Learning, we’re featuring the Teen Reading Lounge in a new, six week, summer session. Each week we’ll explore a theme related to building a better world. We’ll also have a summer book club just for young adults, featuring the book All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Books will be provided to those who register. Call 946-0417 ext 133 for more information.

Week Three: Demolition & Restoration
–Demolishing Stereotypes crafts
–Blackout Poetry
–All American Boys discussion
–Building Awareness discussion

Are you new to computers? Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows during this 4-week series, held Wednesdays 2:30-3:30PM 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, Suite 2B at the Altoona Area Public Library. Topics include file management, word processing, accessing the Internet, and email. The cost for this course is $10.00, due upon registration. Please call 814-946-0417 x129 to register.

Families are welcome to enjoy a FREE movie on the Altoona Area Public Library BIG screen, Wednesday July 5th, 1:30pm, “Trolls” Rated PG, 92 minutes.

Sorry we are closed July 3rd and July 4th. We will reopen at 8:30 am on July 5th.

The Blair Conservation District will present a program on “Native Plants” on June 29th at 6pm in the Library Theater. This program is free.

The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library presented a check for $50,000 to the Altoona Area Public Library. The friends work year round to raise money for the library through the Spring and Fall book sale, pecan sale and other activities. The Friends are always looking for new members to join them!

Pictured Left to right: Altoona Area Public Library Director Jennifer Knisely, Friends Secretary Alice Balest, AAPL Board President Debra Leberfinger, Friends President Paula Ford. Absent from photo Ann Wolf, Used Book Sale Chair and Helen Gorsuch, Treasurer.

This summer during the new Summer Learning, we’re featuring the Teen Reading Lounge in a new, six week, summer session. Each week we’ll explore a theme related to building a better world. We’ll also have a summer book club just for young adults, featuring the book All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Books will be provided to those who register. Call 946-0417 ext 133 for more information.

Week Two: Literary Foundation
–Dystopian book crafts: paperback wallet, book charm necklace, paper flower wreath
–All American Boys discussion
–Building Awareness discussion

Families are welcome to enjoy a FREE movie on the Altoona Area Public Library BIG screen, Wednesday June 28, 1:30pm “Ice Age: Collision Course” Rated PG.

In celebration of the Altoona Area Public Library 90th Birthday, we are presenting a Historical Film Festival continuing with the showing of “Fantasia” (1940), Rated G, on Monday, June 26th.  There is no fee for this event and all are welcome to attend. The film begins at 5:30pm in the theater.