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Altoona library sets Oct. activities

Friends’ Grab Bag Book Sale set Oct. 24

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

Due to social distancing requirements, all activities will be spaced out and limited to the number of active participants. Crafts will be individually setup with no sharing of materials, or will be bagged to be taken home and completed. Due to the current capacity limitations, preregistration is required. Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2. Call the library at 946-0417, ext. 123, to register. For more information, call 946-0417 or visit www.altoonalibrary.org.

n Brush Pen Calligraphy for Beginners — A free online course. This calligraphy course aims to teach basic brush pen calligraphy techniques through video follow-along practice. The three videos go through brush pen care, basic strokes, alphabet and putting letters together to create words. Brush pen and practice sheet packets will be available at the library for pickup. However, supplies are limited so call the adult circulation desk ASAP to reserve. This is intended for ages 13 and older. Call 946-0417, ext. 125, for more information. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the library.

n Advanced Brush Pen Calligraphy — A free online course. The second calligraphy course aims to teach more creative techniques, such as fonts, color and style. This course is recommended for students with prior knowledge and skill in brush pen lettering. Brush pen and practice sheet packets will be available at the library for pickup. However, supplies are limited so call the adult circulation desk ASAP to reserve. This is intended for ages 13 and older. Call 946-0417, ext. 125, for more info. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the library.

n Family Movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be shown at 1 p.m. Oct. 10. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. But his well-meaning mission unwittingly puts Santa Claus in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for all good little boys and girls everywhere. Due to the current capacity limitations movies will be shown in the board room, preregistration is required and will be capped at eight participants.

n Super Saturday: “I Dig Dinosaurs” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17. If you love dinosaurs, this is the place for you! Join others for an exciting morning of making fossils, digging for dinosaurs and other arts and activities. This free program is for children ages 8 and younger.

n Children ages 3 to 5 can Full STEAM Ahead in this free program at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 and 27. Little learners will have fun exploring basic STEAM concepts through simple experiments, projects and play.

n Join others at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 for a Waldorf-inspired time of storytelling, fingerplays, movement and songs, art and creative play celebrating nature and the seasons during “A Magical Garden.”

n Your favorite used book sale is back … with a twist. On Oct. 24, the Friends of the Library will present a Grab Bag Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Altoona Area Public Library. Each bag will be labeled by theme and the cost is only $5 per bag. Books will be available for children and adults. Don’t miss this new spin on your old favorite. Stop by the Grab Bag Book Sale in the downstairs hallway of the library.

n A Spellbound Book Bonanza will be held Oct. 24. Sponsored by Beauty, Brains and Heart & Ms. Pennsylvania USA Ambassador 2020, this fa-BOO-lousHOWLoween event is geared toward kids ages 4 to 12. There will be games, crafts and a costume contest with trophy rewards. Each child will take home a treat bag and a free book. Two sessions are available — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

n This year’s Read for the Record book is “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29. The library will be partnering with the Family Resource Center for a special reading of the book followed by activities. Each family will receive a copy of the book to take home.

n Story Times: 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 1-6 are offered weekly.

Toddler Time (ages 2 and 3): 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 20 and 27; and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28.

Story Hour (ages 4 and older): 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26; and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28.

Mother Goose (ages 12 to 24 months): 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26; and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29.

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