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Thaw Out at the Library

Posted January 21, 2015 in Altoona, Community Featured

This is about the time of year everybody is hoping for the so-called “January Thaw” which means winter won’t last forever.

To help speed along the process we suggest you stop by the Altoona Public Library. We have some programs that will certainly help cure any old case of cabin fever.


We’re making some minor changes to our programming lineup.  We will continue to hold Pipsqueak playdate on Fridays at 10 AM, but we’re adding a second session on Thursday afternoons at 1 PM.

Baby Bounce will continue to meet at 10 AM on Monday mornings, but our 2 PM session has concluded for the winter.  Check back with us in the spring for more afternoon bouncing.

Our Wednesday and Thursday storytimes will continue to meet at 10 AM with no changes.


Just about everybody loves dinosaurs. Be sure to come to our Digging Dinos program for kids at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 30th. Help us hunt down dinosaurs, assemble skeletons, and do dino-related crafts.


Learn how much fun science can be at our Science Club Wednesday, February 18th at 4 p.m. It’s all about hands-on experiments!


We’re reading Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library in February. Extra copies available at the library. We’ll meet to talk about the book every Tuesday in February at 2 p.m.


You think you’ve had a bad day? Well, wait until you see our movie, Alexander & the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 11th.


If you are in grades K-3, then this book club is for you! Grades K-3 are invited. Read one of the Cam Jansen books and then come to Beginner’s Book Club on Monday, February 16th at 6 p.m. to learn more about the author and chat about your favorite part.


We’re hosting a Play-Dough party on Friday, February 20th at 1 p.m. You’ll make your own dough and then stick around to build sculptures, and take your creations home with you. Kids from tots up to fifth grade are welcome to attend.


Children ages 2-7 are invited to a session of “Making Music” on Saturday, February 21st at 10 a.m.



The Teen Advisory Council of Students (TACOS) is looking for new members interested in website maintenance and blogging about their favorite books.  We are in the process of making our new website 4Teens look as awesome as can be, so if you want to give us your input, stop by on February 2nd at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided.


Close out the month of January with a Teen Dinner and Movie on Wednesday, January 28th at 5 p.m. Subs, chips and dessert will be provided, along with the movie The Maze Runner.

Be sure to pencil in February’s movie as well: Dumb and Dumber Too. It’s on Wednesday, February 25th at 5 p.m.

This program is for Grades 6-12. Under 13 years of age requires signed, parental permission.


Come to our after-hours evening at the library on Saturday, January 31st from 5-9 p.m. There will be a variety of games and fun activities planned, with plenty of time to just hang out with friends. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Participants must be on time and stay for the entire evening. Registration and signed permission form is required.


Love? Whatever! Join us for an interesting take on the sweetest of all days, Valentine’s Day, at our “ANTI-VALENTINE’S Day” party on Saturday, February 14th from 3-5 p.m., where the focus is all on you. We will be trying out quick beauty solutions and stress busters. You’ll leave the party equipped to look and feel better from head to toe. Snacks will be provided, so please plan on staying for the entire party.


Play a life-size version of Monopoly meets the Hunger Games on Friday, February 20th at 3 p.m. You can buy your way around the board and test your knowledge, all while trying to avoid the reaping. Will you be the big winner or end up in the arena? Snacks are provided.



Everyone wants to be healthier in 2015. To help guide you in the right direction, the Iowa State Extension Service presents “Food Preservation 101” on Sunday, January 8th at 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to preserve your food for better health and savings. Please pre-register in person or by calling 967-3881.


It’s another creative session of Pinteresting Parents on Thursday, February 12th at 7 p.m.


Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Library Book Sale on Saturday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The sale will feature hundreds of gently used books, both fiction and nonfiction, for various age groups, including children through adult.  We’re clearing the way for new books so take advantage of the savings!

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