Children in grades 1 -3.

Developing their knowledge of states of matter, young scientists learn to describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and categorize them by their identifiable properties in Changes. We will investigate the freezing, melting, evaporation, and condensation of water as an introduction to phase change. Rusting, dissolving, crystallization, gases created by effervescent tablets, and ink separated through chromatography are other phase changes we will create and observe in the lab. This unit strengthens our abilities to observe and describe the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. It also provides many opportunities to predict results, plan and perform simple tests, and analyze, interpret, and discuss results. Adults must stay with and assist their children throughout the program.

Due to social distancing requirements, all activities will be spaced out and limited to the number of active participants. Activities will be individually setup with no sharing of materials. Due to the current capacity limitations, pre-registration is required. Masks are required.

Please call the library at 946-0417 ext. 123 to register.


This program is made possible through a grant provided by Walmart Altoona Supercenter

Ages Teen & Adults

In ages past, an ancient town was lost and destroyed to a siege of orcs. Only one building survived and to this day, the manor is the only still standing building to be seen for miles around. Some say it is haunted, a few whisper of great treasures within, whilst others whisper that it is the manor itself that lives! No one knows for sure, only that a great evil haunts its halls. Do you dare enter Montarthas Manor?! This is a D&D 5th Edition adventure designed for beginner players. Characters will be pre-generated and provided so there is no prep work involved! The campaign will span over 5 weeks so please plan to attend all sessions. All participants will be spaced out to meet social distancing requirements.


Due to social distancing requirements, all activities will be spaced out and limited to the number of active participants. Activities will be individually setup with no sharing of materials. Due to the current capacity limitations, pre-registration is required. Masks are required. Please call the library at 946-0417 ext. 125 to register.

Join us for a 6-week learn to crochet program designed for beginners age 10-14. We will be learning how to make several basic crochet stitches including the chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. There is a $5 fee per person that encompasses all 6 classes. Participants must attend all 6 classes. Due to social distancing requirements, participants will be spaced apart and masks must be worn at all times. Crafting materials will be provided for each participant to take home and bring to each class. Due to the current capacity limitations, pre-registration is required and will be capped at 8 children. Call 814-946-0417 ext 123 to register. provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation, and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. No appointment is needed. Tutors are available from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review SAT®/ACT® Essentials to study 24/7.

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CSB2 STEM Ecosystem school and library access to is made possible by a PAsmart grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Gov. Tom Wolf has recorded a special message inviting Pennsylvanians to connect with their local public library’s SummerQuest program.  In it, he also reads a popular children’s book I Just Like You by Suzanne Bloom (Boyds Mills Press, 2018).  Bloom’s book uses pencil and watercolor artwork of young animals to communicate a message of tolerance and acceptance.

Applications for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners will be
available June 29; application submissions can begin July 6


PA Housing Finance Agency


The library administration is carefully working through the guidance from the Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries to provide a safe environment for staff and the public. The library will continue to offer the WIFI DRIVE-IN ZONE, READBOX, ONLINE CARD APPLICATIONS, PHONE REFERENCE, AND SCHEDULED CURBSIDE PICKUP.

Additionally, as part of a progressive strategy for opening the Altoona Area Public Library, the following services will be added
beginning Monday, June 8, 2020: APPOINTMENTS FOR LIBRARY COMPUTER USE AND APPOINTMENTS FOR MATERIALS BROWSING. Please see the attached PDFs for the procedures to schedule appointments.

Book Browsing Appointments

Computer Appointments

As part of the strategic reopening plan for the Altoona Area Public Library, the following limited services will be offered beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.



The library will continue to offer free Wi-Fi with a limited range outside the building. The parking lot parallel to 17th Street (Youth Room parking lot) is the designated DRIVE-IN ZONE.  Patrons may use the Wi-Fi from the convenience of their vehicles, using their own devices. We ask that all patrons remain in their vehicles while using the Wi-Fi and that all vehicles are parked in a parking spot. Any vehicles parked alongside the building will be required to move.


The library will be providing a READBOX, a shelf stocked with books, puzzles and other materials, Monday – Friday between the hours 10am – 3pm.  Community members are encouraged to browse this collection and borrow as needed, and return items in the book drop at the front door when they are finished with them.  The READBOX will be clearly marked and stationed at the main door, 5th Avenue entrance.


In order to provide access to our digital collections and databases, the library will be issuing library cards via phone and online application.  Please call the library 946-0417 ext. 125, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm to request your card.  Patrons may also visit to apply online for a card. It is very important to provide a valid phone number so that library staff can provide you with your card number. Once the card has been activated, patrons may access CloudLibrary (eBooks and eAudio), Newspaper Archive, POWER Library, and other resources.


Staff is available to continue to provide reference services via the phone.  Please call 946-0417 ext. 161, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm.


The Library is trying to do our part in making it easier for people to stay at home and promote social distancing by offering an individualized, scheduled curbside pick-up service during the closure.

Below are the guidelines for scheduling a curbside pick-up.

  • All books requested must be currently available at the Altoona Area Public Library. (Books from other locations are unavailable)
  • Materials may be requested by phone, 946-0417 ext. 125, or by email at . Please include in the email:
    • First and Last Name
    • Phone number
    • Library card number, if possible
    • Please include as much information about your selections as possible
  • Incomplete information may delay your email request.
  • You will be notified when your items are ready for pick-up
  • Items ready for pick-up will be located on a shelf next to the Youth Room door, along the 17th Street side of the building. Items will be bagged with the patron’s first name and last initial stapled to the outside of the bag.
  • Due dates for all materials will be on a receipt, included in the bag.
  • Instructions will be included about how to return materials when you are done with them.
  • Staff will not be available to assist during pick-up.
  • All materials will be sanitized before they are lent out and after they are returned.


Please feel free to call the library if there is anything else that we may assist you with while continuing to follow the social distancing guidelines.