Family Place Library

As a Family Place Library, the Altoona Area Public Library strives to ensure that parents and caregivers of young children perceive the library as a place to play, learn, and grow.

A designated play area equipped with developmentally appropriate toys and games is open for the public to use during regular library hours. Parents/caregivers can play with the kids or select a book from our special parenting and child development collection to peruse. This special collection is located right beside the play area, so parents/caregivers can supervise their children while researching a variety of topics such as toilet training, sibling rivalry, special needs, bedtime, and developmental milestones.

Connecting families with the services and information they need to raise successful children is an important goal of the Altoona Area Public Library. Because of this, the library has formed many partnerships with local human service agencies, non-profit agencies, and service groups. We encourage parents to use our staff as a valuable resource in seeking services or activities appropriate for their specific needs.

Please be sure to check out the Event Calendar to see upcoming programs for families and children of all ages.

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