Summer’s been surprisingly cool as of late, though I hesitate to have this printed in any sort of widespread publication, lest I place a jinx on the weather. If I do indeed force you to turn on the A.C., then I offer my apologies.


This Friday, the Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., the Altamont Free Library’s last “Grossology” class for school-aged kids will be dissecting an alien and recording the results for science. We take no responsibility for missing cattle or shorted-out electrical equipment caused by an unseen EMP. Thank you.

Lawn league

As always, the lawn league will be in full swing this Wednesday for our younger patrons, join us on the Aug. 13 or the 27th at 6:30 p.m., for croquet, bocce ball, ladder golf, and other classic lawn games in Orsini Park. Please leave your own lawn at home, we will provide the playing field. Thank you.

Meet the author

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m., you can come meet Altamont author Phil Horendor, author of the Maximilian P. Mouse: Time Traveler series. A Canajoharie high school history teacher, Horendor will talk about writing an elementary school historical fiction series starring one brave mouse!

Summer reading


On Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., we’ll kick off the end of summer reading with a performance by Rick Kupersberg of KO-MOTION Movement Theater. Kupersberg incorporates mime, music, and theater into his performance for all ages. Afterwards, there will be ice cream sundaes for all.

Story time

Summer Reading may be drawing to a close, but story time marches on every Wednesday morning at 10:30 p.m. Drop-in for books, song, rhymes, bubbles, and some serious silliness. All ages.

Summer’s either getting warmer or wetter, but it can’t seem to make up its mind on which it wants to be. With any luck, we won’t have too many more hot baths unleashed upon our unwitting town, heralded by giant lightning bolts two feet from our windows at 8 a.m.

As always, our Maker Mondays will be held with Lego, K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more on Monday at 2 p.m. If your kids haven’t caught up on their summer reading BINGO sheets, or tried to find Curious George, it’s about time they did!

Science Story Time

This Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m., our science story time for kids in pre-kindergarten to first grade will be devoted to counting and measuring.

We’ll share a pizza story, and make our own dough. Shaping it into a little man in a baker’s hat is optional.


A little later on Aug. 5, at 3 p.m., our hands-on science for kids in elementary school will be focusing on construction. Educators from Skidmore College will teach us about balance and the center of gravity.


Geared towards kids in second through fifth grades, this class, held on Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., will conclude the summer’s revolting lessons with an alien autopsy

Dissect an alien, and record the results for science! Large black helicopters and intimidating government agents are encouraged to keep a safe distance.


This program for kids in sixth grade and up will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. Teens will teach basic computer skills like email and Facebook to willing students who hope not to be feeling too old by the end of the lesson.

Music in the park

For our last summer concert, on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., we’ll be listening to Swing Shift, a swing band with male and female vocalists, and a vast range of styles from the 1930s to the early ’50s. Dancing shoes are more than welcome.

Our summer reading program and summer concerts series are over half-way over!  But hark! It’s not too late to join in.

Maker Mondays

Join us Mondays at 2 p.m. for Maker Mondays, in which kids of all ages have the meeting room all to themselves to build with Legos, K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more.

Science and Bubbles

Come back Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. for Science Story Time, where we are talking about the human body. That afternoon, we are doing bubble science. Join us to make big ones, bouncy ones, and any kind you want ones.

Concert and Award

Tuesday at 7 p.m., we’re welcoming Rusticator, an acoustic band with sound inspired by Wilco and the Avett brothers. The event will be preceded by a visit from Dan McCoy, who will unveil the plaque for the Preservation League of New York State award.


Wander back Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. for family story time, followed by Volunteens at 4 p.m. Kids entering grades six and up and invited to help us make fleece cat mats to be donated to the animal shelter.


Friday is for those not afraid. We’re venturing into the world of the gross and learning about snot and foul scents at 2 p.m.

Bingo card

Any day of the week you can come in to redeem your reading bingo card, or hunt down Curious George. This week, everything’s coming up roses for George, and we hope the same is true for you.

It’s summertime so there’s lot to cover in a weekly library note.  So let’s go for the high spots:

— Kick  off : The program begins with fun and festivity.  A giant party in Orsini Park on Monday, July 7, at 4 p.m.  The gala event includes science experiments, ice cream sundaes, lawn games, and more.  More fun for the whole family.

— Science Story Time: This one is geared toward kids in pre-kindergarten to first grade, and parent help is welcome.  The five-part extravaganza will focus on Color Science, Gardening, Strength, Body, and Counting /Measuring. 

Day and time for this one is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Experimenters: This is hands-on science for independent learners.  It’s geared toward kids in elementary school.  It meets at the library on Tuesdays, beginning July 8, at 3 p.m.  The individual topics include volcanoes, flight, eggs away, bubbles, and construction.

— Grossology: Ever hear of it?  Probably not.  Think you can guess?  Probably.

The fun is set for Fridays, starting at 2 p.m., and it’s designed for kids in grades 2-5.

Summer music

Our second summer concert features Sensemaya, a favorite from past years. The concert is on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m., in the park!

Catch next week’s Enterprise library notes for more summer goings-on.  They may not be as uplifting and intriguing as slime and vomit, but don’t count on it.  It is the library and it is summer.

This summer, on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 4 p.m., the Altamont Free Library is beginning a new program — volunteens.  It’s for all kids in grades 6 and up.

Community-service credits are important items these days.  Caring and kindness have always been important.

The fun will include planting and harvesting summer vegetables, which will then be donated to the village food pantry; making fleece cat mats; and Teen Tech Help — teens teaching basic computer skills like email and Facebook.

Summer Concert Series

One of the library’s most successful, most welcome contributions to summer fun in the area is the Summer Concert Series. 

The coming concert, on July 15, is Running the River. Their music is a blend of classic traditional Irish, country, rock, and folk, with covers of the Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, and others.

County executive visits

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy will be holding “Office Hours” at the library between 4 and 5:30 on Tuesday, July 15. Come on by!