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Funding needed for our littlest cancer patients

November 4, 2013 Pink is prolific in October. Even NFL players don pink to raise awareness in the fight against breast cance. more »»

Kids throwing a party? Hmm...

November 1, 2013 With the major holidays just around the corner, I imagine that many of you will be throwing or attending a festive party over the next few months. more »»

Pros and cons of coaching

November 1, 2013 As a parent of two very active boys who are just beginning their journey through sports and recreation I have been faced with a decision that all parents will certainly come across — to coach or not... more »»

Read ‘Believe It or Not’ if you dare!

November 1, 2013 You’ve always loved dogs. You love playing with them, throwing sticks for them to retrieve, wrestling with them on the floo. more »»

Explaining mammograms

November 1, 2013 Should you get a mammogram? A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. more »»

What’s sweet, soft and homemade? Marshmallows!

November 1, 2013 What could be better than a crispy fall evening around a campfire than toasting marshmallows? How about homemade marshmallows? Homemade marshmallows are a simple and delicious alternative to the... more »»

Crafts for the holidays or any day

November 1, 2013 All kids love to make things and show them off! The following crafts will keep little hands busy and make great gifts and decorations. more »»

Tap into childrens’ creativity with Legos

November 1, 2013 Here at the Altoona Area Public Library Youth Room, we’re constantly thinking of ways to get more children in the door, so that we can help facilitate a lifelong love of reading. more »»

Library card can lead to life of learning

November 1, 2013 Parents, do you remember your first library card? For many of us, a first library card is an important childhood memory that leads to a lifetime of recreation and learnin. more »»

Take the stress out of your child’s school day

September 2, 2013 If your family is pushing for perfectionism at school, you and your kids already need a brain break. more »»

Adults, children identify, work through dyslexia

August 26, 2013 After a summer of freedom and fun, school can be a dreaded switch for kids with learning disabilities. more »»

Prepping your new student for the beginning of kindergarten

August 5, 2013 If you’re anxious about whether your child is prepared to start kindergarten this fall, don’t pass along your jitters. Kids need encouragement, not worries. Skip any last-minute ABC drilling. more »»

Tips to get your kids un-spoiled from the summer

July 29, 2013 Are your kids acting like spoiled brats this summer? Most parents think their children are at least somewhat spoiled, surveys suggest. more »»

When, how to have 'the talk'

May 1, 2013 How’s this for a lunch-time conversation with your kid? One of my 9-year-old sons asked me a question about the birds and the bees, and I got through the topic without passing out on the kitchen... more »»

Want a happy family? Have plan, work at it

May 1, 2013 Six o’clock, right on the nose. That’s when your family sat down for the evening meal when you were a kid, and nobody dared be late. more »»

Pregnant? Eat the right stuff

May 1, 2013 Most people know that a baby in the womb can be harmed when a pregnant woman smokes, abuses drugs or takes certain medications. more »»

What's that about pickles?

May 1, 2013 Several weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk and overheard one of my staff members talking with a gentleman about pickles. more »»

Watch out for concussions

May 1, 2013 Having a child who engages in athletic activities can be both fun and rewarding. My son is 16 years old and has been playing football for the last four year. more »»

Fun family projects

May 1, 2013 The following three crafts will keep you and your child busy on those days when you can’t go outside because of the weather. more »»

Make your own snacks

May 1, 2013 Hooray for the warm weather! One of the best things about being outside with your kids all day is that there is so much less mess inside the hous. more »»

Kids’ programs lead to learning

May 1, 2013 The joy of sharing books is a gift you can give children from the time they are born. more »»


KITS After-School Program April 23, 2014

The Salvation Army and Skills of Central PA have collaborated to provide a free after-school program to children in first through sixth grade. This program is offered 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. more »

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Happy 5 to my super hero

April 21, 2014 Dear Johnny, You sure surprised us last night. As we gave you one last hug as a 4-year-old, you began to cry. “I don’t want to turn 5,” you whispered, with a pouty lip. “I just love being 4. more »

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