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Friends of the Library Present Check

Posted by Altoona Library on February 12, 2015, 9:10 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, 12:49 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, 12:18 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, 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...