As the air cools off, the skies become grim, and the kids are bouncing merrily off to school (sometimes led by a tractor, some very thick ropes, and inch-deep claw marks in the pavement).
At the same time, Mr. Sun starts slacking off until he gets a warning slip on his desk in mid-December. In the midst of the chaos, our Altamont Free Library activities will continue as always.
Name That Tune —
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., teams will test their knowledge of songs with the musical styles of Don Snyder. For a time, quiet shall not be enforced in the library as strictly as usual. No, the owner of the Washington Redskins will not be able to arrive here.
Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., bring the kids out to the library to build stuff. We have Lego (I’m informed that this is the correct plural), K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more. Leave the steel girders at home this time, please.
The Lawn Games League will be rolling on into the fall. Join us on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Don’t leave us a-lawn. And don’t pun-ish us for that last joke.
As always, story time will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers, and on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers.
It’s fall migration time! Join Dan Capuano as we search out warblers, raptors and other autumn travelers. Meet at the Altamont Free Library on Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., and we’ll carpool to our birding destination.
Determine the density of a marshmallow, test pixy stix for acidity – we’ll explore the principals of science through a most delicious medium. For school aged kids. This program is on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.
School is back in session and story time is in full swing. This month we’re offering two sessions a week – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., geared toward kids in pre-kindergarten, and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers. All programs are drop-in and sibling are welcome.
In other autumnal news, the library has resumed its Sunday hours. Come in between 2 and 5 p.m., to read the paper, print out homework, browse books, or movies or just avoid your messy kitchen.
The library’s Penultimate Monday book club is meeting a week early! Join us at 7 p.m. on the antepenultimate Monday of the month (that’s Sept. 15) to talk about Karen Slaughter’s mystery BlindSighted.
Summer’s almost over (much to everybody’s sadness), and things are going to be changing around at the Altamont Free Library; starting on Sept. 7, we’ll be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
However, we will be closed on Sunday and Monday on Labor Day weekend. (That’s Sunday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 1). Remember, if you need a crowbar to get in, we’re probably closed.
In the event that you are out of reading material when we are closed, fear not! Your library card gets you access to over 18,000 downloadable ebooks. So next time it’s two a.m. and you are desperate for a good read, go to altamontfreelibrary.org and follow the link for downloadable ebooks. Need help? Schedule an appointment for one-on-one help with your Kindle, Nook, iPad or thingamabob.
Our next book club meeting will be on Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., and will be The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Copies of the book are available for borrowing in the library. The meeting after that will be Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, on Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
Murdoch on Main Street
The library is now receiving The Wall Street Journal on a daily basis. Stop by and catch up. Thanks to Mike Seinberg for donating the subscription.
As always, this will be held for all ages every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.; story time is followed by a craft and free playtime.
Summer is finally winding down, with moderately warm weather and patchy rainfall the unwavering norm (cue the boiling hailstorm). As the Altamont Fair tromps out of town for another year, leaving us slightly pudgier than we were the previous week, we’ll be holding a few community events of our own at the Altamont Free Library.
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., join us for games of croquet, bocce ball, ladder golf, and a number of other classic lawn games in Orsini Park. Or rather, we’ll play “on” Orsini Park, because the tunneling equipment that we used to play “in” the park last time seems to have been misplaced.
This time around, we’re going for a potluck dinner that’s a little closer to home. Altamont, N.Y. is the target of this dinner, and we’ll be eating from your local garden, CSA, or the farmer’s market. Dr. Gary Kleppel, Director of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy Program at UAlbany, will be joining us for dinner. Dinner will be on Monday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. Please stop in ahead of time to sign up.
Just what it sounds like, just like last time. Teams of four contestants will compete to pursue the less-than-trivial half of the door prize. Feel free to sign up as a team, or on your own. The cost is $5 per person, you must be 21 years old and over, and BYOB. Please leave your bioluminescent yodeling overweight bats at home this time, please.
The next book club meeting will be held on Sept. 8, at noon, and will be for The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Copies of the book are currently available in the library. Get ‘em while you can, we don’t know how long they’ll stay.
As always, story time will be this Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome; join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. Story time will be followed by a craft and free playtime
Less than a week to turn in your summer reading bingo at the Altamont Free Library. Turn your cards in by Tuesday, Aug. 19 to get your last drawing tickets. Congratulations to all the kids who got reading bingo this summer.
End of summer party
We’re celebrating all this reading with an end of summer party. Join us Wednesday, at 3 p.m., at the village community room for a performance by Rick Kuperberg of KO-MOTION movement theater. Kuperberg incorporates mime, music and theater for a performance that is for all ages. Ice cream sundaes for all afterwards!
Adult Trivia is back! Join us Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., for a trivial evening. There is a $5 a person charge to play and the winning team takes half the door. Come as a team of four or on your own and we’ll match you with a team. BYOB snacks will be served.
Monday Aug. 18, the penultimate Monday book club will be discussing Liane Moriarity's The Husband’s Secret at 7 p.m. If you appreciate more lead/read time, check our website for upcoming book club selections.
Maker Mondays are still going on. Bring a friend and build stuff with our K’Nex, Snap Circuits and more. This program is every Monday at 2 p.m.