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Altoona library sets activities for November

Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., has announced its activities for November. 

n “NanoWriMo” writing sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in November. Discover how you really can write a novel in a month. Brainstorm story ideas with other potential participants and learn about past published novels. This is a free program for anyone 13 and older. To register, call 946-0417, ext. 125.

n Girls in grades six to 12 are invited to participate in “Girls Who Code: Cybersecurity” Wednesday and Nov. 13 and 20. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required, at http://bit.ly/GWCalt19. Middle- and high-school girls will learn about cybersecurity topics and have a chance to work on their own website.

n A free Sensory Story Time will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. It is especially for children ages 2 to 16 with autism, special needs and sensory concerns. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending. Call 946-0417, ext. 123, to register.

n A special reading of the book “Thank You, Omu!” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Each family will receive a copy of the book to take home, while supplies last. Fun activities based on the book will follow the reading. Recommended for ages 8 and younger, but all are welcome. Call 946-0417, ext. 123, to register.

n A Fired Up Ceramics Class will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $6 for smaller items and $17 for larger ones. Children are welcome with adult supervision. Register by calling 946-0417, ext. 125.

n Sea Turtle Day Homeschool Hub will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. There will be a sea turtle escape room, sea turtle dichotomous key activity, rescue the sea turtle eggs races, turtle games, a turtle art project and special building sets for the little ones. This is a free program. Register by calling 946-0417, ext. 123. All ages are welcome.

n The library will hold classes on a different app at 2 p.m. each Thursday (Facebook, Thursday; Twitter, Nov. 14; Instagram, Nov. 21). Call 946-0417, ext. 125 to register.

n Learn the fundamentals of computers and Microsoft Windows during a series (9:30 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Nov. 14 and 21). There will be a $5 registration fee due at sign up. Call 946-0417, ext. 125, to register.

n A “Medicare 101 Educational Seminar” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Jocelyn Wolf will review the As, Bs, Cs and Ds of Medicare in easy-to-understand terms. This is a free program. Register by calling Jocelyn at 707-3124.

n A night of fun, games, stories and sleeping is planned for stuffed animals. Drop off your animal by 3 p.m. Friday and pick it up at 10 a.m. Satur-day and watch “Toy Story 4.” The library will provide a breakfast snack. Only stuffies get to stay the night. Call 946-0417, ext. 123, to register.

n Children ages 2 to 4 can “Full STEAM Ahead” in a free program at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12. Little learners will have fun exploring basic STEAM concepts through simple experiments, projects and play. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n A free family movie: “Family Movie: Yogi Bear” will be shown at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in the library theater.

n Children ages 6 to 13 are invited to join a Lego Club at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the library. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n The library will offer classes on Microsoft Office and how to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Attend one or all. There is a $5 registration fee for each class. Call 946-0417, ext. 125, to register. MS Word, noon Thursday; MS Excel, noon Nov. 14; and MS PowerPoint, noon Nov. 21.

n Kirby, the lovable golden retriever and Kristen Gill will be at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Call the Youth Room to sign up for a 10-minute time slot to read with Kirby. Take a book from home or choose a book from the library. Gill is owner of the pet service Live, Love, Bark in Central PA. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n Children ages 8 and younger are invited to join the fun at “Minute to Win It Super Saturday” at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Register by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

n Pokemon Swap Meet will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. Kids/adults of all ages are welcome to attend.

n Join Carol Scarbro at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 for “Essential Oils for the Digestive System.” This is a free program, but registration in advance is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 125.

n The book club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18 in the alumni room. November’s selection is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

n Girl Scout sign up night will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. Hear about available troops in the area as well as starting new troops.

n Join the library at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 for a Waldorf-inspired time of storytelling, fingerplays, movement and songs, art and creative play celebrating nature and the seasons during “A Magical Garden.” To register, call 946-0417, ext. 123.

n “Assassination of JFK: A Missing Witness,” presented by the Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the library theater. Thirty-five years ago, a tip from a friend started Barry Ernest on a quest to find a missing witness to the JFK assassination. Ernest, author of the book “The Girl on the Stairs,” will discuss his findings during this free program. Ernest, originally from Altoona, now lives with his wife in Harrisburg.

n Make your own snowman at 6 p.m. Nov. 21. The cost will be $3. Sign up to reserve your space at the Adult Circulation Desk or call 946-0417, ext. 125. This is an adult/teen program.

n 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, enjoyable programs for children ages 1 to 6 are offered weekly. Registration is required by calling 946-0417, ext. 123.

Toddler Time: 9:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 20 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21.

Story Hour: 1 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 20 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Mother Goose: 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 and 21 and 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18.

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