Kids Programs

KIDS' 2021 Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program

Altoona Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program will, once again, be in an online format vs. an in person program.  Most aspects of the multi-age program will retain its familiarity, in that we’ll still be offering guessing games, mystery picture/puzzle challenges, and, of course, opportunities to log and meet weekly reading goals.  The more participants take part in all that the library has to offer via their fun, interactive 8-week online summer reading program (June 7th – July 31st), the more prize tickets they will earn to put toward our fabulous prize line-up. 

Like past summer reading programs, this “for fun” online version is open to readers (and future readers) of all ages and abilities.  Those entering grade 6 and under this fall will want to enroll in the Kids’ Summer Reading Program for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.  Likewise, students entering grades 7-12 in the fall will want to enroll in the Teen Summer Reading Program.  There’ll also be an Adult Summer Program for those “grown ups” who want to get in on the prize action as well. 

Please keep in mind, however, that even though online registration is open, reading/activity challenges won’t be accessible until June 7th.  Those interested in an offline option may call the library (715-839-5029) starting the week of June 7th to register and to schedule a visit to pick up their paper packets.  Please visit Altoona Public Library’s website and Facebook page for more information about online registration and links to the program. 

All in person programming has been temporarily suspended until regular pre-Covid library operational hours resume.

1,000 books before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Altoona Public Library has a new early literacy program for families with children who have not yet entered kindergarten (ages 1-5).  The goal of the program is for parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter school.  It’s never too early to start reading to your child!

To get started, simply visit the library and let a staff member know that you are interested.  We will send you home with a blue sheet of paper to be used to record the books that read to your child. You can record the titles of the books, or just cross off the numbers as you read. Books read by grandparents, siblings, babysitters, teachers, etc. count as well, and if your child has a well-loved book that they want to read over and over again, each reading counts as a book.  After you and your child have read 100 books, bring your record sheet back to the library where we’ll stamp it, give you your sheet for your next 100 books, and a train mural for your child to take home. Your child will get a sticker to put on the train for each 100 books, and they’ll also get to put a sticker on our giant train mural at the library!  Your child will receive a free book after they’ve reached 500 books and 1,000 books.  When your child finishes the program, they will receive a certificate and their name will proudly be displayed on the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten wall of fame in our lobby.

1,000 books may sound like a lot, but you’ll be amazed by how fast they add up.  No matter how far you get, your child will learn and grow as they read with you.


Monday 10am-4pm
Tuesday 1pm-7pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm
Thursday 1pm-7pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday: Closed

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Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720


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