Altoona library sets programs for April

The Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., has announced its programs and activities for April. For more information, call 946-0417 or visit

“Fun With Reading” story time for cognitively challenged adults, April 6, 13, 20 and 27. This free program, featuring stories, songs and games, meets from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the library theater. Call 946-0417, ext. 125, or sign up at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Beginners Zentangle Class, for ages 15 and older, 6 to 8 p.m. April 7. Zentangle is an easy to learn drawing method that uses simple, structured patterns to create a piece of art. The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern. The class is $5 for the kit. Call 946-0417 to sign up.

Program featuring PA One Book Every Young Child author Will Hillenbrand, for children ages 6 and younger, 10:30 a.m. April 8, youth room. Children will enjoy story reading, songs, activities, crafts, free prizes and more. Call 946-0417, ext. 123, to register.

Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library used book sale, April 15, 16 and 18.

All Day Knit-In, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, board room. Come for a few hours or stay all day. Enjoy the company of others who enjoy doing handiwork. Teachers will be available. Beginners should take size 8 needles and some light-colored yarn.

Maggie the Greyhound with “Greyt” Listening Ears, children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to read a book to Maggie. Space is limited so be sure to register by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

National Library Week, April 10 to 16, the theme is “Libraries Transform.” In honor of that, the teen programming will follow the theme with the following programs at 3:30 p.m. in the teen lounge:

n April 11 – Math Transforms.

n April 12 – Art Transforms.

n April 13 – Science Transforms.

n April 14 – Engineering Transforms.

n April 15 – Poetry Transforms.

Also during National Library Week, the library will offer free replacement for damaged library cards. Bring a friend to become a new member and both will receive one free DVD rental.

The library, in conjunction with the Tri County Patriots for Independent Living, will hold a Tech Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 in the library’s board room. The Tech Petting Zoo will highlight the Assistive Technology Program, any device that allows individuals with disabilities to live, work and play more independently and effectively. This event will show ways to make life easier through assistive technology. Call 946-0417, ext. 161, for more information.

The “Talk About a Good Book” discussion group, 6:45 p.m. April 11 in the alumni room. April’s selection is “The Invention of Wings” by Monk Kidd. The group meets on the second Monday of each month.

Local author Loretta Radeschi will read her book “Buddy and His Pals” at 10:30 a.m. April 20. Children and caregivers will enjoy the story, activities, crafts and more. Book copies will be available for sale. Call 946-0417, ext. 123, to register.

Free movie on the library’s big screen, 1 p.m. April 23, library theater. “Inside Out” (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes) will be shown.

Cookbook Connoisseurs Cooking Club, 6 p.m. April 25, with a Vegan Challenge theme. Call 946-0417, ext. 133, to register.

Lego Club, for children ages 6 to 12, 6:30 p.m. April 4 and 11 or 5:30 p.m. April 7 and 28. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

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 and enjoyable programs for children ages 1 to 5 are offered weekly. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.