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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...

Patron Diana Hite donates pennies to win February's gift certificate.

Posted by Altoona Library on March 5, 2014, 8:53 am

Congratulations to Diana Hite, winner of the $20.00 Dutch Hill Chocolates gift certificate.  She donated Pennies to help fund Children's Programming at the Altoona Area Public Library.  The drawing took place March 1, 2014. Thank you to everyone who donated pennies!

From March 1 - 31 we are offering a chance to win a "Johnny on the Spot"  sparkle car wash...

Sharing Stories in Our Community

Posted by Altoona Library on January 29, 2014, 2:10 pm

Did you know that Fantasy and Fairy Tales help children to learn?  Recognizing patterns, predicting actions and understanding choices are a few of the skills that help youngsters become readers and writers.  Comparing tales helps focus on patterns and predictions in familiar stories.    We had so much fun doing exactly that when we shared The Story of the Gingerbread Man during the Juniata Gap Elementary 17th Annual Day of the Arts. 

Together we discovered several...

Hand-carved marionettes on display in Library foyer case

Posted by Altoona Library on December 5, 2013, 3:53 pm

The Altoona Area Public Library invites you to  view these hand carved marionettes made by Laura Conrad which will be in the foyer case through December 27, 2013.

Thank you Summer Reading Program Sponsors!

Posted by Altoona Library on August 8, 2013, 8:01 am

We would like to extend a great big thank you to all of the local businesses who helped to make our Summer Reading Programs a success through their generous donations:

Altoona Mirror, "Making It Happen For You"

AASD Planetarium, Auntie Anne’s, Applebee's, Benzel's Pretzels, Bernice Berndt, Blair Co.Conservation District, Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Eat n' Park, Galactic Ice, Indian Caverns, Lakemont Park, Lincoln Caverns, McDonald's at...

New Youth Room Book Display

Posted by Altoona Library on May 31, 2013, 2:12 pm

The Youth Room at the Altoona Area Public Library has a fresh new look to its children’s book display section. The shelves now feature books focused on the five literacies of the PA Forward State Initiative. Each column has a label at the top stating the featured literacy and a description of the each including Civic Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Informational Literacy and Basic Literacy. Materials on the rows of shelves below represent the corresponding theme. Titles chosen...

10 ways to have summer fun with your favorite books

Posted by Altoona Library on May 15, 2013, 2:23 pm

Join the Summer Reading Elementary Club, share your creations with the library, and we can add them to the Altoona Mirror Summer Reading Club Special Edition in August.  Happy Reading!

1.  Make a mask of your favorite character with a paper plate or paper bag.

2.  Draw your favorite part of the story on paper or on the sidewalk.

3.  Write a new book or chapter with yourself as a character.

4.  Make paper plate or sock puppets of your favorite...

Encouraging Your Little Scientist

Posted by Altoona Library on March 26, 2013, 1:43 pm

Babies are born with an amazing ability to learn.  In fact, a recent article in Education Week, March 6, 2013 affirms that "Young children are natural-born scientists and engineers... the brain is particularly receptive to learning math and logic between the ages of 1 to 4... "   Books that repeat sequences and include numbers are a great way to encourage that innate ability.  Here are a dozen favorites you can find at your favorite neighborhood Altoona Area Public Library:...