The Altamont Free Library’s annual I Love My Library! Gala is quickly approaching. Our biggest fund-raiser of the year is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 6.

As of Monday morning, there are still seats available, but it sells out every year, so send in your responses or pick up an invitation at the library now, while there are still some left.

The I Love My Library! Gala takes place at the Altamont community room at village hall from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and will feature a fantastic dinner and dessert, entertainment, neighborly camaraderie, and live and silent auctions.

This year, we’ll be honoring Jim and Wanda Gardner, longtime publishers of The Altamont Enterprise and owners of the Enterprise Print and Photo. Our community's involvement is what makes AFL unique among libraries, so please come on down to support your library. See you there.

Book signing 

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event.  Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, "Stand Tall Against the Odds."

Rau was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years. He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is.

Co-author Laura Shore worked with Rau for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Book talk

On Monday, Feb. 1, the First Monday book group will be meeting at noon to discuss "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. This novel has the distinction of being the world’s most widely translated book by a living author.

Many of you may have already read it, so please join us. There is lots of interesting stuff in this book to discuss. 

Take Your Child to the Library Day

This is going to be fun! Saturday, Feb. 6, is Take Your Child to the Library Day here at AFL. This is a great opportunity to bring your young folks to the library and let us introduce them or reintroduce them to all the library has to offer.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m., as we stretch our muscles and our minds with adult kid yoga led by the fabulous Christine Carpenter. We’ll also have crafts and story times throughout the day. It’ll be a hoot and a great way to start off a library filled day, ending with the I Love My Library! Gala.

Trustee opening

The library’s board of trustees is looking for a few new members. Anyone in Altamont, Knox, Guilderland Center, and the surrounding area high school age and older is eligible. You just have to have community spirit, a few spare hours per month and the willingness to roll up your sleeves. For more information, please contact the library at 861-7239 or email us at Director@AltamontFreeLibrary.org before Feb. 1.  

With the beginning of the new year, it is time for the Altamont Free Library to say goodbye and thank you to a few members of our board of trustees, the group of dedicated volunteers who are in charge of managing the library. Sally Dague, Christine Lennard, Christine Capuano, and Megan Connelly have each dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to the library and we are all better off for their commitment. Thank you all. 

In their absence, the board of trustees is looking for a few new members. Anyone in Altamont, Knox, Guilderland Center, or the surrounding area who is high school age or older is eligible. You just have to have community spirit, a few spare hours per month, and the willingness to roll up your sleeves.

For more information, please contact the library at 861-7239 or e-mail us at Director@AltamontFreeLibrary.org before Feb. 1.  

Thailand potluck

On Monday Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., we’ll hold our first Eat Around the World potluck of the year. This is always a fun opportunity to try a new cuisine, make a new friend and connect with the community.

This month, we’ll be sampling the hot and spicy food of Thailand. If you don’t have a favorite Thai recipe on hand, feel free to check out a few of the many cookbooks we’ve got here at the library. Bring a friend and a dish to share and join us, won’t you?

Energy efficiency

If you own or manage a business or non-profit, you know how important it is to increase your energy efficiency. On Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be holding a workshop on making your business more energy efficient.

This program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. 

Book signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event with authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore discussing and signing copies of their new book, "Stand Tall Against the Odds."

Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years here. He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is.

Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

This is going to be fun! Saturday, Feb. 6, is Take Your Child to the Library Day here at AFL.

This is a great opportunity to bring your young folks to the library and let us introduce them (or reintroduce them) to all the library has to offer. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. as we stretch our muscles and our minds with adult kid yoga led by the fabulous Christine Carpenter.

We’ll also have crafts and storytimes throughout the day. It’ll be a hoot and a great way to start off a library-filled day.

The I Love My Library! Gala

Our biggest fund-raiser of the year is coming up, also on Saturday Feb. 6. It sells out every year, so get your tickets at the library while there are still some left.

The I Love My Library! Gala take place at the Altamont Community Room at village hall from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and will feature a fantastic dinner and dessert, entertainment, neighborly camaraderie, and live and silent auctions.

This year, we’ll be honoring Jim and Wanda Gardner, longtime publishers of The Altamont Enterprise and owners of the Enterprise Printing and Photo shop.

Our community's involvement is what makes AFL unique among libraries, so please come on down to support your library. See you there.

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For every one of us who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the Altamont Free Library is here for. Whether it’s a new phone, laptop, tablet, or eReader that won’t do what it’s supposed to do, we can probably help. Call the library at 861-7239 to book an appointment to sit down with a librarian for up to a half-hour and sort out your gizmo issues. And hey, if we can’t help you, it just means that you’re not alone in your confusion. 

Dress-up and sing-along

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., we’ll be showing the sing-along version of “Frozen.” The young folks will be home from school, so what better way to spend it than at the library singing along with friends to your favorite movie? Wear your Anna or Elsa dress if you like and sing your heart out. We’ll even make icy treats for all.

Book discussion

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet to discuss the phenomenal 2014 novel “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. A coming of age story set in rural Minnesota in 1961, the book tells the story of a boy’s first encounters with death, secrets, and the adult world. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us. 

Energy efficiency

If you own or manage a business or non-profit, you know how important it is to increase your energy efficiency. On Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be holding a workshop on making your business more energy efficient. This program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. 

Thailand potluck

On Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., we’ll hold our first Eat Around the World potluck of the year. This is always a fun opportunity to try a new cuisine, make a new friend and connect with the community. This month, we’ll be sampling the hot and spicy food of Thailand. If you don’t have a favorite Thai recipe on hand, feel free to check out a few of the many cookbooks we’ve got here at the library. Bring a friend and a dish to share and join us, won’t you?

Book signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event: Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, “Stand Tall Against the Odds.” Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years here.

He was nearly 90 years old when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is. Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Library gala

Tickets are now available for the library's annual I Love My Library! Gala, which will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at the Altamont village hall. Contact the library to reserve your tickets now, because this is the social event of the season, and it always sells out.

With the start of a new year, it’s a time for resolutions and positive changes. To help you keep your money-related resolutions, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be holding another of our great financial literacy workshops.

This time, Maria DeLucia-Evans of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead a workshop titled Save Energy, Save Dollars, focusing on the easy steps we can all take to make our homes greener and less costly. All attendees will receive three free CFL light bulbs and be entered into a drawing for a free home energy kit.

Energy efficiency for your business

On a related note, we’ll be following up on the Save Energy, Save Dollars program with a workshop two weeks later on Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m.,  on making your business more energy efficient.

This second program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. Please join us for either or both programs.

Dress-up and sing-along

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., we’ll be showing the sing-along version of “Frozen”. The young folks will be home from school, so what better way to spend it than at the library singing along with friends to your favorite movie? Wear your Anna or Elsa dress if you like and sing your heart out. We’ll even make icy treats for all.

Book club

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet to discuss the phenomenal 2014 novel “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. A coming of age story set in rural Minnesota in 1961, “Ordinary Grace” tells the story of a boys’ first encounters with death, secrets, and the adult world. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us. 

Book-signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event: Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, “Stand Tall Against the Odds.” Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his ninety-six years here.

He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is. Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event!

Save the date

Mark it on your calendar: The library's annual I Love My Library! Gala will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tickets will be available at the library soon, and we hope to see many of you there.

Many thanks to all of the community members who supported out annual Library Lights campaign. We received many donations to dedicate holiday lights on the Orsini Park gazebo in honor or in memory of loved ones. This year, we dedicated lights to the following people:

Jean Ahlbach, Anna Atkinburg, Catherine Balio, Carmela Bernardi, Anita Booth, Frederick Booth, James Brennan, Lillian Brennan, Tom Brennan, Sandra Brunk, Ray Brunk, Alice Brunk, Mark Burlingame, Millie Carpenter, Erik Carpenter, Don and Kay Cavanaugh, Dodi Cechnicki, Marshall Chapman, Lucy Chapman, Dave & Fran Cowan, Arthur R Crounse, Evelyn T Crounse, Frederick R Crounse, Gus Cure, Rod Dague, Nate Dickinson, John Dornbush, Orson Dunham, Nancy Dunham, Hank Elario, Mona Feingold, Jean Forti, Mopu , Eva, and Mojmir Frinta.

Also: Eleonora Gaspary, Dawn Gill, Charles Gill, Rodger Gill, Father Joseph Girzone, Merritt Glennon, Esther Goodfellow, Barbara Green, Mayhalia Grossi, Ottorino Grossi, Elizabeth Harper, Robert Hawkins, Irene Hentrich, Anne and Arthur Hill, Mary Kate Kitteridge, Dominick Kossman, Thomas Kossman, John Kossman, Gustav Kramer, Manfred Kramer, Frank Lee, Esther Lee, Norma Lee, Thomas Lee, Arthur Loomis, Irene Loomis, Paul Loomis, Helen Luty, Ted Luty, Ted Luty Jr., Mabel Mau, Milton Mau, Walter Mau Jr., and Walter Mau Sr.

And: Alexander Dennison McConchie, Helen McCullen, Buffer , Misty, Brodie , Sophia McNeil, Fritzie Miller, Charles Mohr, Marie Mohr, Norma Cranker, Carl Cranker, Dagmar Muller de Schongor, Dwight Murphy, Mark Howe Murphy, Walter Nerz, Joseph O'Connor, Daniel O'Mara, Mary O'Mara, John O'Mara, William O'Mara, Ernest Orsini, The Seven Orsini Brothers , Kathryn Paige, William Quay, Rachel Quay, Jack Reilly, Justin Reilly, Lyle Ritter, Frances Ritter, Charles Robinson, Carmelo Rosano, Ruth Rosano, Alice Rosano, and Richard Rumsey.

Also: Chester Rumsey, Alicia Satas, Phyllis Schilling, loved ones gone before in the Schinnerer and Borden families, Sue Seargroatt, Jackie Smith, Dick Spadaro, Pat Spadaro, George Spohr, Olive Spohr, Bob Spohr, Ann Spohr, Marge Stevens, loved ones of Tara and Travis Stevens, Emma Jane Terplak, Stephen Terplak Sr., Osee Thorington, Lottie Thorington, Harold Thorington, Carmen Trifilo, Alice B. Trout, Kenneth Trout, Victor J. Tymchyn, Olive M. Tymchyn, Doris Vroman, Win Warner, Larry Warner, John Warner, Haley Williams, Robin Williams, Florine Writsell, and Edwin Zyskowski.

Thank you all!

“Miracle on 34th Street”

If you still need to get into the holiday spirit, please join us at 2:30 on Sunday, Dec. 20, for a showing of that old holiday classic film, “Miracle on 34th Street.” This heart-warming story of a young girl’s struggle with her belief in Santa Claus will surely bring a smile to your face and a Christmas carol to your lips. 

“Holidays on Ice”

Speaking of holiday classics, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec, 21, the Penultimate Monday book club will be meeting to discuss “Holidays on Ice,” a hilarious collection of Christmas-themed short stories by David Sedaris.

From working as a department store elf to writing his annual Christmas newsletter, Sedaris takes a pointed look at our holiday traditions and finds the humor in the dark and the light sides of Christmas. Please join us for a festive discussion.

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