Altoona library announces April programs

The Altoona Area Public Library has announced its activities for April.

The library will be closed on April 18 and April 19 for Easter.

Families of young children are invited to check out the library’s free educational story time programs for caregiver and child to enjoy together. Developmentally appropriate programs for children ages 1 to 5 are offered weekly. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n Would you like to learn how to download and read the library’s ebooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or Android tablet? Check out the following free classes:

Kindle Class: 2 p.m. April 3 in the board room.

Nook Class: 2 p.m. April 10 in the board room.

iPad/Tablet Class: 2 p.m. April 24 in the board room.

n Learn the basics of your iPad: how to use the App Store, download apps, etc., at 2 p.m. May 1. To register, call Amy Horell at 946-0417, ext. 129, or email digital@altoonalibrary.


n Facebook 101, a free informational class about Facebook, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 7 in the library theater. Learn how to set up an account, how to find friends and how to manage photos and life events. There will also be information on how to set up an event and organization page. To register, call 946-0417, ext. 161.

n A Prom Beauty Blowout for Teens will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 9 in the board room. The library’s teen services department will conduct complimentary facials and teach top- trending beauty secrets with Mary Kay beauty consultant Carol Scarbro. Register by calling Amy at 946-0417, ext. 129, or email to digital@

n The book discussion group will meet at 6:45 p.m. April 14 on the balcony to discuss the novel “Elsewhere” by Richard Russo. Participants may borrow a copy of the book at the adult services desk. The topic for May 12 will be “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.

n Are you vegan or are you looking to experiment with vegan cooking or baking? Do you want to sample new heart healthy recipes? A vegan feast will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 17 in the board room. To participate, simply choose any recipe out of the book “500 Vegan Recipes” and bring it in for sampling. The best recipe will win a copy of the cookbook. Register by April 11 by calling 946-0417, ext. 161.

n Celebrate National Library Week April 13 to 17 with “Lives Change @ the Altoona Area Public Library.” Special programs will be held all week, and the library will offer free replacement for damaged library cards. Bring a friend to become a new member and you will both receive one free DVD rental.

n The Exquisite Corpse Poetry Game for Teens will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 15 in the board room. Collaborate with your friends to create a unique, absurd, yet surprising poem. Play the Altoona Library Teen Services’ Exquisite Corpse poetry game. The crafted poem will be displayed in the Young Adult area of the library.

n Children ages 6 and younger and their caregivers are invited to a special event, “PA One Book Every Young Child” at 10:30 a.m. April 11. Participants can enjoy stories, songs, crafts, activities, give-aways and more. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n The Altoona Area Public Library/Altoona District Center announced the presentation of seven independent films through “Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue,” a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies.

Only eight locations in the world were selected to host this prestigious program and, by a grant to the State Library, Pennsylvania was among them. Libraries throughout the state and their partners are presenting these films during the month of April. Free screenings and discussions of the thought-provoking films are scheduled at the Altoona Area Public Library and the Devorris Center via a Partnership with Penn State Altoona. For a complete listing, visit

n Teen Coding Party will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 16 in the board room. Participants can have some snacks and fun using M.I.T.’s Scratch online to program your own interactive stories, games and animations – and to share your creations with others in an online community.

n The Silent Library Game for Teens will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 17 in the board room. Participants can relax, hang out and play the Silent Library Game (based on the MTV game show). The challenges are funny, but you can’t laugh.

n The Blair Clearfield Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering free visual screenings and eye safety storytime program for children ages 2 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 22 in the youth room. (Permission slips are available at the youth room desk; parent/guardian signature required.)

n The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and 26 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28, which is $5-a-bag day. There are thousands of items featuring hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, audio books, puzzles, games and more. All proceeds will benefit the library.

n Families are welcome to enjoy a free movie on the library’s big screen at 1 p.m. April 26 in the library theater. “Smurfs 2” (Rated PG, running time 105 minutes)?will be shown.