Tai Chi is a gentle and slow practice with numerous health benefits, and Blair Senior Services is presenting FREE Tai Chi classes for individuals age 60 and over at the library. This is the second level of the class, but new members are welcome to participate. Sign up at the checkout desk, or by messaging us on Facebook. Tai Chi classes will begin on Wednesday, August 14th   and continue every Wednesday from 1:00-1:45 PM through October 2nd.


Baby Sprouts Toddler Time is sprouting into two days and two times this fall: our Toddler Time for families with children ages 18 months-3 years will now be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM from September 17th through November 19th and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM from September 19th through November 21st. Pick the time that best suits your family’s schedule! New families are always welcome at Baby Sprouts, and no sign-ups are needed.




Do you love playing video games? Want to build and program your own? Kids entering grades 7-12 are invited to join the Door‘s Bellwood Computers Gamers Club for a summer of learning and fun. You will build and program a retro arcade game and learn the basics of Raspberry Pi Scratch programming. You will get to keep the computer you build and all the equipment and programming book (over $150 in equipment)

Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt and all your equipment, which you get to keep if you attend the first five sessions. Space is VERY limited. To register, you must call the Door at 814-935-9971 or e-mail Registration is not complete until your class fee is paid. Registrations can be dropped off at the Door Monday through Friday from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Door (521 Main Street). This program was made possible with generous support from Operation Our Town and PC Works.

NOTICE: Bellwood Computer Gamers & Builders Club is going to be rescheduled pending more registrations. For more information on new dates for the club, please call the Door at 814-935-9971 or e-mail


The library is the August non-profit organization of the month for Martin’s Foods Bags 4 My Cause fundraiser. If you purchase a reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag at the Martin’s Foods location at 2032 E Pleasant Valley Rd, Altoona, PA 16602  this August, Martin’s Foods will donate $1 to the library for each bag purchased.



Dine to make a difference! The Altoona Bob Evans at 317 West Plank Road is doing a community fundraiser for the library from Monday, August 12th, 2018-Thursday, June 15th, 2018 from 6 AM-9 PM daily.

Get a flyer at the checkout desk, or print one by clicking here , and if you present it during checkout, Bob Evans will donate 15% of your check to the library.


The library is holding our first ever pre-game Food Truck Tailgate Party for this year’s Backyard Brawl! On Friday, August 23rd, from 3-7 PM, food trucks will be set up in the library’s parking lot for a pre-game tailgate party. Participants are  Cookin N Bookin , who specialize in melts, wraps, pasta salad, buffalo chicken dip, quesadillas, hot dogs, grilled cheese and will also be serving fresh squeezed lemonade and iced coffee, our neighbors at the Pastry Box who will be offering baked goods and other items, and Phoenix Rehabilitation will be selling snow cones. As a bonus incentive, all of our tailgaters will be entered in to a free raffle for Altoona Curve tickets (August 27th game against the Akron Rubber Ducks) courtesy of Stiffler McGraw.

This is a fundraiser, and 15% of food vendor’s profits will be donated to the library. Space is limited, so register your truck as soon as possible. Interested vendors can message the library on Facebook, call 742-8234, or e-mail for more details.



At our September Lego Club on Saturday, September 7th from noon-2 PM, we challenge kids ages 5-15 to create the job of their dreams in Lego form! Lego Club is free, and no sign-ups are required, but we ask that parents stay in the building while children construct. Many thanks to Miss Jocelyn for giving us the idea for this Lego Club!




Author Judith Redline Coopey will speak about the historical background and research that went into her new book Don’t You Cry for Me at a special program at the library on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.



Let’s do launch! At the September Lego Challenge Night on Monday, September 16th at 6:00 PM, we challenge kids ages 5-15 to build a wall and then design a catapult to launch projectiles over it.

Lego Challenge Nights are free, and no sign-ups are needed, but we ask that parents stay in the library while children build.


Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, September 16th from 6-8 PM.  Bring your own materials & project and get to know your fellow fiber artists. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art welcome!



Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will present a free Sensory Saturday Story Time especially for children ages 2 and up with Autism, special needs, and sensory concerns on Saturday, September 21st, at noon. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.



The library is home to a number of community organizations with meetings and programs that are open to the public. Visit our community meetings page for information on these programs.