A Universe of Stories is our 2019 Summer Quest for children ages 3 and up. Starting on Monday, June 10th, sign your child up for the program and they can earn prizes for reading (or being read to) and doing other fun activities! Get their A Universe of Stories Summer Quest starter kit at the checkout desk. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 2nd.
A Universe of Stories Summer Quest is made possible by generous support from M&T Bank and Pennsylvania Skill
Starting on June 11th and continuing every Tuesday until July 9th, at 6:30 PM the library presents A Universe of Stories Summer Quest Activity Nights for Kids. Children ages 3 and up and their families can join us for stories, activities, and crafts, and stock up on more books for the A Universe of Stories Summer Quest!
A Universe of Stories Summer Quest Activity Nights are made possible by generous support from M&T Bank and Pennsylvania Skill.
Tai Chi is a gentle and slow practice with numerous health benefits, and we’re excited to announce that Blair Senior Services is presenting FREE Tai Chi classes for individuals age 60 and over at the library this summer. Tai Chi classes will begin on Wednesday, June 12th at 1 PM and continue every Wednesday at 1 PM through July 31st. Sign up at the checkout desk, or by messaging us on Facebook.
Summer Sprouts is our summer toddler time for children ages 18 months-3 years. Families can join us every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM through August 15th for stories, fingerplays, and fun. No sign-ups required, new families always welcome. Please note that there will be no Summer Sprouts session on Thursday, July 4th as the library will be closed for Independence Day.
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)
The Club will meet at the library from 5:00-6:15 PM on June 25 and 26 and July 2, 9, and 10. More dates may be added. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, July 8 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!
Our final Kids’ Activity Night on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30 PM is going to be an extra special one as we welcome local author Cathy Breisacher to the library for a reading of her children’s books Chip & Curly and Cavekid Birthday. Hear a local author read her stories, and learn how she wrote her books!
Classical Music is out of this world! On Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 PM, kids of all ages (and grown-ups, too) can meet four members of the Altoona Symphony string section, hear Celtic music, and learn how fun it is to play an instrument!
Legos + Laguna Splash = Legona Splash! At the July Lego Club on Saturday, July 13th from noon-2 PM, kids are challenged to design their own Water Park out of Legos! Lego Club is free, and no sign-ups are required, but we ask that parents stay in the building while children construct.
Our first Kids’ Week event is taking the library to a galaxy far, far, away with a Star Wars Night on Monday, July 15th at 6:30 PM. Families can meet real Star Wars characters, hear Star Wars stories from Jedi Knight Rey, do Star Wars crafts, and visit the Mos Eisley Parks & Recreation Droid Petting Zoo.
Get ready to reach for the stars! At our second Kids’ Week event, local science teacher Miss Barb will be teaching kids all about stars with fun, hands on activities on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30 PM.
Families are invited to celebrate the hatching of this summer’s flock of library chickens at a special program with Miss Suzanne of the Blair County Conservation District on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 PM. Chicken stories & activities, and live baby chicks!
Kids’ Week concludes on Thursday, July 18th at 6:30 PM with another fun building workshop presented by the Altoona Home Depot. Hands-on construction fun for kids ages 3 and up with sporty projects!
At our July Lego Challenge Night on Monday, July 22nd at 6 PM, kids are challenged to use Lego bricks (and other blocks) to create a twisting and turning marble run!
Lego Challenge Nights are for kids ages 5-15. Library Lego events are free and no sign-ups are needed, but we ask that parents stay in the building while children construct.
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, July 27th at noon. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.
Kids ages 8-12 are invited to learn cursive writing through fun-filled, arts-based activities like cartooning, painting, and mixed media projects at the Write Stuff Arts Camp presented by local artist Annie Bickel from Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd from 1:30-4:30 PM daily. The Write Stuff Arts Camp is made possible by M&T Bank and Pennsylvania Skill.
NOTICE: As of June 10th, the Write Stuff Art Camp is full. To have your child placed on a waiting list, message the library on Facebook, call us at 742-8234, or ask at the checkout desk.
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.
This is a fundraiser, and 15% of food vendor’s profits will be donated to the library, Space is VERY limited, so register your truck as soon as possible. Interested vendors can message the library on Facebook, call 742-8234, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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.