Altamont Library Notes for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fritters, Bhuna Quail, Tandoori Fish, Kheer. These are four popular dishes from a place halfway around the world.  Sound interesting?  Sound tantalizing?  If so, the next paragraph is for you. 

On Monday, Jan. 27, at the Altamont Free Library, the Eat Around the World Potluck is docking in Pakistan. The time is 6 p.m. sharp. The library is the place.  Please sign up if you plan to attend. We have cookbooks for those of you made more comfortable by their guidance.


Some weeks ago the library placed the dismembered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on the front shelf of our circulation desk. Patrons who read a borrowed book and checked it back in were invited to find and fit one piece into the puzzle. The finished product was Ron Ginsburg’s much admired photograph of the library, all shiny, made over, and new.

Patrons enjoyed the puzzle game.  Now we have a new one.  It’s a Lego version of the Empire State Building. For every book someone checks out they’re allowed to snap one piece of the structure into place.  Check it out.

Younger set

A two-part construction project for kids is also in the works. The final product is a piñata. Part one, building the piñata, will take place on Wednesday Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m.  Part two, decorating the piñata, will take place a week later, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m.  

Ideally, these works of art are meant to be kept and admired, not crashed, mashed, and smashed.

New art

There’s a new display in the library’s meeting room, photography by the local team of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner.  The photos concentrate on the natural world, and include several mega close-ups of insects.