— Photo from Joe Burke
In celebration of Earth Day, Altamont library patrons, 14 in all, make wildflower seed balls.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 8!) and, if you don’t yet have a card for the special moms in your life, we’ve got you covered.  Please join us anytime from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, to make a unique, hand-crafted card. We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need to make a beautiful and special gift, so please join us.

Book and Garage Sale

On Saturday, May 7, Altamont Free Library will hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the PTA’s village-wide garage sale. In addition, this year, we will hold a garage sale to raise funds for the library.

From noon on Wednesday, May 4, until the day of the sale, we will be very grateful to accept your books which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs.

We will begin accepting donations of garage sale items in good condition (no clothes, please!)  on Thursday, May 5.  We will be happy to make up a receipt for you for tax purposes if you like. Please don’t forget to visit us during the sale to find your next favorite book.

Memorial Day parade banner

The library will be proudly marching in the Altamont Memorial Day Parade on May 22, and we need a hand in making a banner for the parade. In fact, we need 100 hands! To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we’ll be making a banner with 100 hand prints, so please stop by the library during the book sale on Saturday, May 7, to add your mark to our banner. Thanks for lending a hand.

100 for 100

On the topic of our 100th anniversary, there are countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next 100 years.

Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at (518) 861-7239 or email me at director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

 

 
Many thanks to all of our friends who joined us at Mio Vino last Thursday evening for our Centennial Night fundraiser. We were able to raise a considerable amount of money for the library, but more importantly we were able to share our 100th anniversary celebration with the community.

Special thanks are due to Mike Giorgio and the entire staff over at Mio Vino for their hospitality and generosity. There will be numerous other ways to share in our centennial celebrations throughout the year, so keep an eye on this space for more ways to get involved.

100 for 100

On the topic of our 100th anniversary, there are countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next 100 years.

Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at 861-7239 or e-mail me at director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

Earth Day craft

Celebrate Earth Day and the spring season at the library. This Saturday April 23, at 11 a.m., we’ll be making wildflower seed balls that you can strew about your yard and watch the beautiful, bright flowers bloom.

Please pre-register to ensure that we have craft materials for all by calling the library at  861-7239, e-mailing at director@AltamontFreeLibrary.org or stopping  by the library and signing up in person. We’ll also have stories, snacks, and more, so circle the date on your calendar with a bright green marker and join us.

Cuban Potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m., on Monday, April 25,  for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers, this month focusing on the food and drinks of Cuba. We’ve got some good friends who’ve just returned home from a visit to Cuba and they’ll bring some photos and stories from their trip to share.

Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite Cuban recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here. Call ahead at 861-7239 to register in advance.

Book and garage sale

On Saturday, May 7, the Altamont Free Library will hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the PTA’s village-wide garage sale. In addition, this year, we will hold a garage sale to raise funds for the library. From noon on Wednesday, May 4, until the day of the sale, we will be very grateful to accept your books which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs.

We will begin accepting donations of garage sale items in good condition (no clothes, please!)  on Thursday, May 5. We will be happy to make up a receipt for you for tax purposes if you like. Please don’t forget to visit us during the sale to find your next favorite book.

One-on-one tech help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at 861-7239 or e-mailing director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

 

Save the date! Throughout the year, the Altamont Free Library will be offering “Centennial” events to celebrate our 100th anniversary as your community library.  On Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4 p.m. 9:30 p.m., Mio Vino, located at 186 Main Street in Altamont, will graciously be donating 15% of all drink and meal proceeds — including those from its menus of AFL Centennial drink specials — to help raise funds for the Library. Call Mio Vino at (518) 595-5095 to make your reservations and help us get the 100th year party started!

Easter Egg Decoration

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us this Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m. for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Closed for Easter

Please note that the Library will be closed on Sunday, March 27.

Make a Birdfeeder

April is just around the corner, and with April comes the return of the birds to our area. On Friday April 1 at 3 p.m., we’ll be making birdfeeders to welcome our feathered friends back from their migrations. We’ll have a bunch of different types to make, so there will be something to make for every age and skill level.

One-on-One Tech Help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at (518) 861-7239 or emailing director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us at the Altamont Free Library this Friday, March 18, at 3 p.m., for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday March 21,  at 7 p.m., to discuss “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This novel, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, concerns a blind French girl and a young German soldier obsessed with the new technology of radios and their intertwined fates. There’s plenty of time to pick up a copy at the library, so please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about one of the year’s most popular books.

Library closed

Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, March 27, in observation of the Easter holiday.

Make a birdfeeder

April is just around the corner, and with April comes the return of the birds to our area. On Friday April 1, at 3 p.m., we’ll be making birdfeeders to welcome our feathered friends back from their migrations. We’ll have a bunch of different types to make, so there will be something to make for every age and skill level.

100 for 100

The Altamont Free Library will have our 100th  anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, we will be celebrating in many ways throughout the year, and there will be countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next one hundred years. Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at  861-7239 or e-mail me at director@altamontfreelibrary.org.  

One-on-one tech help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at 861-7239 or e-mailing director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

Photo from Joe Burke
A wide-eyed young artist proudly displays her work, created at the Altamont Free Library,  which will be sent to some far-flung country as part of the Global Art Project for Peace.

Photo from Joe Burke
Give peace a chance: Organizers of the Altamont library’s Global Art Project for Peace, Ellen Howie, left, and Ruth Dickinson share an embrace.

This past Saturday, the Altamont Free Library hosted an extraordinary event known as the Global Art Project for Peace. Every two years, people all around the world participate in this wonderful project where groups create a piece of art expressing the hope for a more peaceful world

Once the art is created, the groups exchange their art with a group from another country. In years past, we have exchanged art with groups in Australia and Germany. We cannot wait to see who we’re paired with this year, and how they express their vision of global peace.

The peace flags that our children (and adults) created this year will be on display in the library’s community room for the next month before they are shipped off to their next destination, and we invite you to come and take a look

Many thanks are due to Ruth Dickinson and Ellen Howie for organizing and overseeing the project. We hope that our small contribution to an international dialogue on peace will play a role in making this a more just, free, and peaceful world.

Easter egg decoration

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday March 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss “All The Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. This acclaimed and bestselling novel, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, concerns a blind French girl and a young German soldier obsessed with the new technology of radios and their intertwined fates. There’s plenty of time to pick up a copy at the library, so please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about one of the year’s most popular books.

 

100 for 100

As I may have mentioned once or twice before, the library will mark our 100th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, we will be celebrating in many ways throughout the year, and there will be countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next 100 years. Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at  861-7239 or e-mail me at director@altamontfreelibrary.org.  

One-on-One Tech Help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at 861-7239 or e-mailing director@altamontfreelibrary.org.

 

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