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The Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., Altoona, is partnering with Mainline Pharmacy to host a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, September 19 in the meeting room. A pharmacist will be on hand to administer one of the three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J). Participants can receive a blow in any part of the sequence (first blow of the series, second blow of the series, recall blows). This clinic is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Other upcoming events at the library include Basic Computer Classes for Adults, Shrinky Dink Keychains, Homemade Dog Treats and more. To register or for more information about any of the programs, call the library at 814-946-0417 or visit the website at

* Basic computer courses for adults take place at 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Windows BASIC will be introduced on September 8. Attendees will learn about storage, files, window navigation and more. The introduction to the Internet is scheduled for September 15, while the introduction to email will take place on September 22.

*Shrinky Dink Teen Keychains will take place at 3:30 p.m. on September 9. The event is free, but registration is required to reserve the material.

*Adults can reward their dogs by learning how to make homemade dog treats at 6 p.m. on September 13. The event is free; pre-registration is required.

* Newspaper Archive 101 will be held from 3-4 p.m. on September 16. Newspaper Archive is an online database of over 100 Pennsylvania newspapers, including Altoona Mirror. This short course will explain the basics of using the system for personal genealogy research. Laptops will be provided for guided research assistance after the presentation. Registration is mandatory.

* Super Saturday – Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated from 10:30 a.m. to noon on September 17. Activities include snacks and crafts, and Spanish students from Saint Francis University will present information about Hispanic Heritage Month and Spanish-speaking countries around the world. The program is aimed at elementary school students. Registration is mandatory.

* Ancestry 101 will take place from 3-4 p.m. on September 23. Attendees can learn the basics of using Ancestry Library Edition, how to search census records, death certificates, and more. Laptops will be provided for guided research assistance after the presentation. Registration required.

* The Shelf Indulgence book club will start at 10 a.m. on September 24. The book club is a little different from normal clubs, in that participants will be given a topic, genre, or book pace as well as a list of books to choose from. This is a BYOM (bring your own cup) event and there will be a choice of coffee or tea. Registration required.

*Adults are invited to step outside for LEGO fun at 6 p.m. on September 27. Meet and chat with other adults who love building blocks. Registration required.

* The Chess Club meets 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the front tables near the adult traffic counter. No registration necessary.

* Next Chapter story time will be from 5:30-6 p.m. on Thursdays. Aimed at children ages 7-12, this elementary-age book club will feature a new chapter book each month. Excerpts will be read aloud and a discussion will take place after the reading. Crafts/activities will be centered around the book. Prior registration is mandatory.

* Sensory Storytime is designed for children who may need additional sensory support. It combines traditional storytime components with sensory elements to enhance the experience. This is an inclusive program for 5-year-olds and will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. on September 9 and 23. This program is suitable for children who may be on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues, or feel overwhelmed by noises and crowds. Registration required.

* 1-2-3 Play with Me is for caregivers and children 3 and under to share special, developmentally appropriate playtime together. A different community resource professional will join the playgroup each session to informally answer any questions and provide advice and information. The group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Registration required.

* Knitting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 10. Beginners should bring size 8 needles and light colored yarn. This is a free program for adults. No registration required.

* The Teen Book Club, for children ages 13-17, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on September 16. All teens who sign up will receive a list of suggested books. The group meets at the back tables near the young adult section. For more information, email [email protected]

* Homeschool Hub for homeschool families will meet at 1 p.m. on September 23 to explore the history of Pennsylvania. Participants can complete a variety of independent stations to explore facts about the state. The program is aimed at school-aged students. Registration is mandatory.

* Super Saturday – The Reading Dragons launch party will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on September 24. This event will celebrate a new reading incentive program for elementary school children, Reading Dragons (and their friends). There will be dragon-themed crafts and activities, a reading pamphlet, and starter cards. Entrants can enter a coloring contest to turn the winning art into a future map. This program is for customers 5 years and older. Prior registration is mandatory.

* Individual technical appointments can be customized to meet your technical needs. Sessions will take place by appointment only. Dial 814-946-0417 ext. 125 to schedule a time.

* The library offers a variety of free educational story time programs that caregivers and children can attend together. Programs include Mother Goose (ages 12-24 months) at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Toddler Hour (2-3 years old) 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and story time (from 4 years old), Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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