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Spooky times await you at the library

Posted September 11, 2013 in Altoona, Community Blogs

We have some creepy, spooky programs in store at the Altoona Public Library in October, both for adults and kids.

Kids Activities


Discover the facts and fiction behind Greek myths on Wednesday, October 2, at 6 p.m. during our program called, “Heroes of Olympus.” Those of you who enjoy Rick Riordan will want to attend. It’s for grades 4-8.


Be sure to join us for Lego Club every first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. It’s interesting to see what the youngsters can create. No pre-registration is required.


We are hosting a Sensory Story Time. It’s full of hands-on activities, movement, and stones at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5. This story time is geared toward children with sensory issues-or who just can’t sit still. All ages are welcome to attend this short story time.


Homeschool children in grades K-5 are invited to show off their performance skills at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 8. Sign up to share a short 3-5 minute story or simply come to hear something spooky. Prizes will be awarded for creepiest story, best delivery and more. Registration is required.


Your kids are probably ready for another break from school by now. Send them down to the library for a movie on Wednesday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m.  They’ll have a great time watching The Croods.


So you want to be another 007? Here is your chance. We’ll train you on Thursday, October 10 from 8-10 p.m. during our Spy Training Lock-In.

It’s for grades 4-5. By the end of the day you will be a full-fledged secret agent, able to deal with any situation.

You’ll need to pre-register because it’s a top-secret training session. Sign up at the circulation desk or call, space is limited.


Fine tune your reading with our Book Buzz book club at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 24.


Family Game Night is Tuesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. Our theme is “Lego Mania.”


Looking for something to do after school? Join us Wednesday, October 30, at 3:30 p.m. for a Halloween craft and a special appearance by Count Davula.

Kids from K-5th grades are invited.



Zombies are coming! Enjoy dinner and a movie for teens on Wednesday, October 23 at 5 p.m.

The featured movie is World War Z.  The world is overrun by a plague of zombies-need we say more?

The movie is rated PG-13. Sixth graders under the age of 13 requires a signed, parental permission form.

Be prepared to be scared on Saturday night, October 26. It’s our Zombie Survival Lock-in for teens. Zombie-inspired activities include scary face painting, World War C (cupcake war) and various other fun activities.

Please pre-register.


Seek out the unknown. Vote for your favorite books online or in the library to be entered into a prize drawing.

To coincide with Teen Read Week attend our 5 p.m. “Let’s Get Graphic: Crafts with Graphic Novels,” Tuesday, October 15.

“Edible Books: Take-Out,” is a tasty offering on Thursday, October 17. Stop by any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to grab your take-out box of sweet treats.



For those of you who are encountering computer problems at home you’ll want to drop by our Tech Lab from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, October 3.


Attend a program sure to send chills down your spine-if you dare. Author and paranormal investigator Chad Lewis returns to the library to discuss all kinds of bizarre and unexplained occurrences that frightened the Midwest through the years, including a story about a winged creature which terrified an Iowa town back in 1903.

Lewis has published a number of books about his paranormal investigations and has been a featured guest of the well-known radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM.”

Please reserve your seat by calling or stopping by the library.

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