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The Great Migration

Posted by Altoona Library on June 10, 2016, 3:15 pm

Behind the scenes, over the past several months the staff of the Altoona Area Public Library have been preparing for a big move. The move has nothing to do with our physical location; it has to do with our data. On June 16th the library will officially be using a different ILS (Integrated Library System). ILS software helps us manage the vast amount of items and patrons we keep track of so you can check out our materials. In addition to saving us money, the move to the new ILS will connect us to many other...

Engage for Health: Questions are the Answer!

Posted by Altoona Library on March 3, 2016, 2:13 pm

Today, as part of our PA Forward health literacy initiative, we were happy to have Christopher Holland, Physician Assistant at the UPMC Altoona Emergency Department, to assist in presenting a new pilot program titled, Questions are the Answer. The program was developed by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network. It was then modified by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. This program highlights...

Retirement of Mrs. Catherine Burr

Posted by Altoona Library on February 5, 2016, 9:46 am

Mrs. Catherine Burr has served the Altoona Area Public Library for over 30 years. She recently retired and the Library staff had a party for her at Hoss's on Valley View Boulevard in Altoona. Mrs. Burr is very near and dear to the hearts of the staff at the Library. She will be missed!



The Altoona Area Public Library offers BookFlix for young readers!

Posted by Altoona Library on January 27, 2016, 11:52 am

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Good news – Through the Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania, Altoona Area Public Library patrons now have access to a fun, new reading program that you and your child can access from home!  Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early...

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.