1303 Lynn Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720
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Mon.-Thurs. 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
The library is closed on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The library closes at noon on New Years Eve.

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Upcoming Events @ Your Library

Apr. 15 - Vegetable Gardening Basics, 6:30 p.m. 

Apr. 16 - Patron Appreciation Day!

Apr. 17 - One-on-one Technology Help, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Apr. 18 - Library Closed

Apr. 26 - Blackout Poetry, 1:00 p.m.

Apr. 28 - Food for Thought Book Club, 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 29 - Author Visit: Frederick Blanch: Poetry Reading & Workshop 

May 3 - Saturday Knit & Crochet Club, 10:00 a.m.

May 8 - PJ Story Night, 6:30 p.m.



1000 Books Before Kindergarten
According to researchers, reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading. In support of these efforts, the Altoona Public Library has a new early literacy program for families with children who have not entered kindergarten (ages 1-5). The ultimate goal of the program is for parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter school.  For more information, click here or visit the library.

Winter 2014 Story Time Sessions for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Sessions run January 21-March 19. Click on the Kids Tab for more information on specific days and times.

2nd Mondays of the month from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. October 2013 - May 2014. Click on the Kids Tab for more information.

Chess Club
2nd Tuesdays of the month from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. October 2013 - May 2014. Click on the Kids Tab for more information.

Evening PJ Story Time
2nd Thursday evenings of the month from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. October 2013 - May 2014. Click on the Kids Tab for more information.

Eau Claire County Library Contract Agreement

Altoona Public Library participates in the Eau Claire County Library Contract Agreement which compensates libraries for use by non-residents. Currently, Altoona residents pay $2.99 per item checked out directly from the Eau Claire Public Library (10 items x $2.99 = $29.90). It adds up fast! Please remember, the city is not assessed $2.99 per item if you reserve books, videos, CDs, DVDs, and magazines through the MORE system and choose Altoona as the pick-up location. However, if you reserve items online and pick them up at the Eau Claire Library the per-item charge will still apply. Save time, save parking fees, and log onto www.more.lib.wi.us to reserve library materials and choose Altoona as the pick-up location. You may also call the library at 839-5029 for assistance in placing a reserve.

Only you can help us save this money that could be used to purchase materials for the Altoona Library.

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