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Altoona library sets June programs

The Altoona Area Public Library has announced its June activities. For more information, call 814-946-0417 or visit www.altoonalibrary.org. The library’s temporary location is in the Altoona Transportation Center, 1231 11th Ave., Altoona.

Please note: Due to the Fifth Avenue library facility being closed for repairs, most programs/events are being held in other locations.

SummerQuest 2021 Tails & Tales Kickoff will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Lakemont Park, Altoona. Children ages 14 and younger, plus caregivers, are invited to join the library for a fun afternoon to kick off “Tails and Tales” Summer Quest 2021. Stroll through the park to discover the wide variety of homes that animals build with our new StoryWalk “Whose House is That?”, drop-in for story time fun, make a stuffed animal friend and visit a variety of community organizations’ stations for activities and crafts. This is a free event. Register by calling 946-0417, ext. 125, or online at https://altoonalibrary.org/summerquest2021/

SummerQuest Tails and Tails 2021 Story Times (for younger children) — Our wild summer learning options continue with SummerQuest Tails & Tales Storytimes. This free program for younger tots runs for eight weeks — starting the week of June 14 at the Logan Valley Mall, second floor, across from the Food Court. Register by calling 946-0417, ext. 125. Choose from the following programs/days/times:

Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 12-24 months): 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Toddler Times (ages 2-3): 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Story Hour (ages 4 and older): 4:40 p.m. Mondays.

SummerQuest 2021 Tails & Tales (kindergarten through seventh grade) — Join the library for a summer of fun and learning. This free program will be held for eight weeks from the week of June 14 through the week of Aug. 2. Join the library’s Youth Room crew for an exciting summer to explore the many unique habitats of animals around the world. Special weekly prizes will be awarded for attending library SummerQuest programs. Programs will be held at the Logan Valley Mall, second floor, across from the Food Court. Preregistration is required by calling 814-946-0417, ext. 125

The Roaming Rabbits (kindergarten and first grade) — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

The Magnificent Monkeys (second through fourth grades) — 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays or 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The Eccentric Elephants (fifth through seventh grades) — 5:30 p.m. Mondays or 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

For a complete list of SummerQuest activities, including registration for the kickoff at Lakemont Park and avirtual option through Beanstack, visit https://altoonalibrary.org/summerquest2021/

Story Time at Lakemont Park — Join the Youth Room library staff for a fun family story time full of books, songs and rhymes. This is an all-ages program to be held in Pavilion 9 at Lakemont Park at noon every Wednesday and Thursday from June 16 to Aug. 5. No registration is required.

Virtual Book Club: Bonding Over Books — Join the library for Bonding Over Books, held virtually on Google Meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month and at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. We pick the theme, you pick the book. The theme for June is FANTASY. Sign up online as space is limited. This is an adult program. Registration for each month you would like to participate is required Registration does not carry over from month to month. Call 946-0417 ext 125 to register.

Fantastic Fridays — As part of SummerQuest 2021, every Friday the librarywill be offering special free Fantastic Friday programs. All ages are welcome. Fantastic Fridays will be held at either the Logan Valley Mall (second Floor, across from the Food Court in the former Ooh La La space) or at Heritage Plaza (1401-07 11th Ave., Altoona). Masks are required for anyone ages 3 and older. Register bycalling 814-946-0417, ext. 125, or at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLiieboPgGE51I_7GUbsu9XOXob9A389DrHdkn2h_sY4GKWg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spice It Up! — The next Virtual Cooking Club, Spice it Up, will be held on Google Meet at 6:30 p.m. June 21. Spice it Up is held on the third Monday of every month. Each month will feature a different spice. Pick up your free spice sample, make a dish with it and share your recipe with others during this virtual meeting. We pick the spice, you pick the recipe. Spices can be picked up at the Altoona Transportation Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Space is limited. This is an adult program. Registration is required for each month you would like to participate. To register, call 814-946-0417, ext. 125.

Teen Paracord Bracelet Making — Miss Rachel will hold a paracord bracelet making event for teens at 3 p.m. June 25 outside the Altoona Area Public Library Fifth Avenue location. Registration is required by calling 814-946-0417, ext. 125. Space is limited. The cost is $3.

Dewey Decimal Challenge — Explore something new, try nonfiction. Read one book from each of the Dewey Decimal categories by Dewey Decimal Day, Dec. 10. Earn virtual badges as you explore the many corners of our nonfiction shelves in a multi-month celebration of Dewey Decimal Day. This challenge is geared toward adult nonfiction titles but anyone is free to participate. Log your books online at Beanstack, sign up for the challenge at blaircountylibraries.beanstack.com.

June Staff Picks — Looking for new book ideas? Beanstack has our monthly staff suggestions. See current and past staff picks online at blaircountylibraries.beanstack.com

Story Walk In Downtown Altoona — The Altoona Area Public Library, in cooperation with the Altoona Area Business Community, is offering a Story Walk throughout Downtown Altoona. A Story Walk is a fun, educational family activity that places a children’s story along a route in the community. Through Aug. 27, children and their families can walk along Downtown Altoona to find 15 story pages in business windows. The Story Walk begins at the Altoona Transportation Center, where you can pick up a map from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The Story Walk book, “Cat’s Colors” by Airlie Anderson, is about a cat that explores her natural environment and collects colors that reflect her feelings as she wanders.

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