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Library and Elementary Schools Partner to Promote New Children’s Reading Materials

Posted by Altoona Library on March 21, 2013, 11:12 am

The Altoona Area Public Library is pleased to announce the purchase of its new children's eSebco e-books that can be read on any Internet browsing device. The books are available to any patron with a library card and the books can be viewed by multiple users simultaneously. In addition, the titles are also read regularly in local elementary classrooms. Teachers and principals were so excited to promote the free materials that they asked AAPL's children's librarian to conduct a Parent...

Teens and CareerLink at the Library

Posted by Altoona Library on February 7, 2013, 1:18 pm

Altoona Library Teen Services is proud to host CareerLink which offers area teens career planning and employment services. The CareerLink offers several programs for youth ages 14-21: Journeys, Workforce Investment Act Year-round Programs, and the Summer Youth Employment Program. They currently have openings in these programs and will be available to talk with teens at the Library every Monday starting at 3:30. Please call 946-0417 ext. 129 for more information.

Smoke-free homes and cars

Posted by Altoona Library on February 5, 2013, 2:30 pm

To promote PA Forward's Health Literacy initiative, the Youth Room has partnered with Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program to promote smoke free homes and cars. Stop by and check out our display offering parent pledges, helpful books, and more information on the program.

photo: Mother, Sarah Tower pledging "Fresh Air Now" to protect daughter, Lydia Tower and expecting baby boy.

Read Aloud Favorites of 2012

Posted by Altoona Library on January 15, 2013, 2:45 pm

Read Aloud Favorites of 2012

This list reflects a mix of old and new titles that have been read to our young friends during Library Visits to area Preschool Programs.  Children ask us to read these again and again.  And so, from the mouths of our youngest  - Here are 24 favorites – to enjoy during the New Year.


All the Colors of the Earth by Hamanaka

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See by Martin/Carle

Bear Feels Sick by Wilson


15 + ways to share a favorite book

Posted by Altoona Library on September 23, 2012, 10:43 am

15 + ways to share a favorite book  - for those umpteen repeats of a favorite story.

(The first read should always be for discovery of the tale.)

After that you can expand the experience by…

Predicting the next page – What do you think will happen?

Changing an action – What would happen if this didn’t work?

Acting out an emotion – Overact to emphasize.

Reversing the pages – Change the order of events, play with the...

Blog subscriptions by email

Posted by Altoona Library on September 11, 2012, 5:36 pm

The Library now offers a way to have all of our latest blog posts delivered direct to your Inbox. On the right side of our Website you will find an email address entry form that will subscribe you to this new, free feature. You will receive an email the morning after we post a new Blog!

Teens! September is "Library Card Sign Up Month"

Posted by Altoona Library on August 28, 2012, 9:27 pm

Come to the Library and get a library card any time during the month of September. You will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Best Buy gift card. Bring a friend in to get a card and you get another chance to win (and your friend gets a chance to win too). Get the card that lets you do so much at the Library -- its the smartest card!  Drawing for the Best Buy card will be held October 1. Winner will be notified by phone.   

AAPL Golf Outing

Posted by Altoona Library on July 27, 2012, 3:46 pm

CALLING ALL GOLFERS! AAPL Golf Outing is set for Sept. 24, 2012 at Iron Masters Country Club. Registration and lunch at 12:00pm with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. Scramble format. Prize reception with light refreshments afterwards.

  • "Shootout" Contest to win a one year membership to Iron Masters ($800 value)
  • 1st PLACE TEAM - $200 in Iron Masters Gift Certificates AND 18 holes for 4 at Rocky Gap Lodge!
  • 2nd PLACE TEAM - $160 in Iron Masters Gift Certificates!
  • ...

The Five Literacies in the Lives of Children

Posted by Altoona Library on April 7, 2012, 10:23 am

Moms, dads, nannies and grammas of children enrolled in story time programs often ask me after class, "Where do you get the idea for today's programs?" I usually don't have a simple answer to this question. Everything motivates my story time content from formal sources like the Early Childhood Learning Standards to a more organic approach like a story time about Guinea Pigs which features Weezy, our official library pet. Since January though, the Youth Room has been creating and...

Swing into the Youth Room and turn sounds and rhythms into reading!

Posted by Altoona Library on March 11, 2012, 10:05 am

Learning language is a complex process, with sounds, tones, variations of pitch and nuances of enunciation.  The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes helps to simplify that process.  When books are included, with various pictures and styles by various illustrators, an important extension for learning is established. By reading a book of nursery rhymes, you are helping your child make a leap in learning language, and enhancing a crucial mental pathway from concrete to abstract thinking. ...