In the hot old summer time, it’s a common expression. Or almost. So is summer reading.  Maybe you’d like to do some.  Maybe you’d like your child to do some.  Come to the Altamont Free Library.  We’d love to help you out.

We’re also busy preparing for other summertime activities.

Sound of music

The Summer Concert Series will soon begin. The first performers are a fine local group called Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass. So you know what they sound like. The members all come from one or another of the hills in the area. They’re sure to be authentic. That’s July 1, starting at 7 p.m., at the gazebo in Orsini Park.  In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the village hall.  Free-will donations will be accepted to defray concert expenses.

Open mic

The last Friday of the month is as close as the books on the new mystery bestseller shelf.  That means Open Mic entertainment.  All kinds.  Music, comedy, and philosophical ranting.  We hope to have it all. It’s free. It’s fun.

Volunteers

(Older) kids! We’re planning a summer lawn games league run by teen volunteers. Volunteer training will be Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m.  E-mail us to sign up.  Volunteer credit is available. 

Parents of younger kids, keep this announcement in mind.  It’s going to be a blast.  Remember what a  blast was?

Summer does not hold back; summer is not shy. Summer shouts, billows, and bellows. There is so much to do! So much fun to embrace and enjoy. Here are a few quick samples of what’s coming up at the Altamont Free Library in the next few weeks. And keep an eye out for future Enterprise Library Notes.  A single issue can’t hold them all.

Summer concerts

The Summer Concert Series is made possible with support from the village of Altamont, the Arts Council of the Capital Region, and Mio Vino. The schedule includes:

— July 1:  Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass;

— July 8:  Sensemaya;

— July 15:  Running the River;

— July 22:  David Warner and Kevin Begazo;

— July 29:  Rusticator; and

— August 5:  Swing Shift.

World Cup

Watch live matches on our 70-inch screen.  Drop in, watch, and snack.

— Ghana vs. United States on Monday, June16, at 2:30 p.m.; and

— Ecuador vs. France on Wednesday, June 25, at 3:30 p.m.

Steel drum potluck

We’re meeting Jimmy Buffet for this month’s feast.  Join us at the library for a Jamaican potluck. It’ll be good, Mon!  The potluck is on Monday, June 30, at 6 p.m.

Chicken barbecue

What says Altamont, summer, feasting, fun, library, friends all together, all ready to burst with pleasure and goodness better than chicken barbecue. This year’s event is down for Friday, June 20, at the village park from 5 to 7 p.m.

Advance sales at the library for $9. Will rise to $10 on June 20.  All dinners include a half chicken cooked with the library’s secret sauce, baked potato, roll, coleslaw, drink, and brownie.  Veggie option available for pre-order. Eat in the park with music from Traditional Strings, or take your dinner home.

Do a good deed, get a great deal, meet all your friends, eat a lip-smackin’ meal.

We’re so proud of our brand new video displaying facilities. So we’ve linked them up to one of the most exciting sports events in all the world The World Cup.

On Thursday, June 12, at 3:30 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be screening the match between Brazil and Croatia. The whole world, with the possible exception of Joe Namath, will be watching. Get here in timely fashion. We’ll have snacks and sideline fun.

Yummy

Our entryway display area is currently the home of another collection of artistic material you don’t see every day. We’re featuring Laura Shore’s paintings of local produce. The works include red peppers, blueberries, peas, cabbage, onions, and more. Come have a long look at all this luxuriant health, right living, and good gustatory choice making. Plus you might know the backyard gardener who grew it.

Double yummy

You heard it first right here, right now.  On Friday, June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Altamont’s Orsinsi Park, is the time and location for this year’s annual Library Chicken BBQ. Advance sale tickets will go for $9. Same day sales are $10. All dinners include a half chicken cooked with the library’s secret sauce, baked potato, roll, coleslaw, drink, and brownie. Veggie option available for preorder. 

Story time

Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., all year round, story time happens. Kids and parents are welcome to drop in and join us for stories, music, rhymes, and crafts.

 

We’re so proud of our brand new video displaying facilities. So we’ve linked them up to one of the most exciting sports events in all the world The World Cup.

On Thursday, June 12, at 3:30 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be screening the match between Brazil and Croatia. The whole world, with the possible exception of Joe Namath, will be watching. Get here in timely fashion. We’ll have snacks and sideline fun.

Yummy

Our entryway display area is currently the home of another collection of artistic material you don’t see every day. We’re featuring Laura Shore’s paintings of local produce. The works include red peppers, blueberries, peas, cabbage, onions, and more. Come have a long look at all this luxuriant health, right living, and good gustatory choice making. Plus you might know the backyard gardener who grew it.

Double yummy

You heard it first right here, right now.  On Friday, June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Altamont’s Orsinsi Park, is the time and location for this year’s annual Library Chicken BBQ. Advance sale tickets will go for $9. Same day sales are $10. All dinners include a half chicken cooked with the library’s secret sauce, baked potato, roll, coleslaw, drink, and brownie. Veggie option available for preorder.

Story time

Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., all year round, story time happens. Kids and parents are welcome to drop in and join us for stories, music, rhymes, and crafts.

 

In recent years, one of the Altamont Free Library’s most stalwart supporters has been volunteer Elfriede Erickson. She lives on the Berne Altamont Road and twice a week, every week, she comes down the hill on Monday and Friday mornings. 

She enjoys her tasks.

 “I like to do whatever comes my way,” she says.

But she does admit to a special spark concerning the story time crafts. Each week a craft is selected for the Wednesday morning children’s program. It is Erickson’s job to make a prototype version of the craft. This gives the children the opportunity to see what their project should look like, and also uncovers possible problems, and solutions, for the younger fingers.

 “I enjoy making crafts for the little toddlers,” Erickson explains happily.

New addition

We’re happy to report the addition of a new projection screen in our community room. Jeff Gregory was very helpful with this project, and we thank him.  To celebrate the new toy, we’ll be providing coverage of the World Cup on June 12,, at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  Fans, however, are not allowed to hit, or otherwise cause damage to, fans of opposing teams.

Book clubs

Looking for something to read?  Looking for the opportunity to discuss what you’ve read with others?  A book club may be the answer.  Two groups will meet in the month of June, at the library. We have copies of the selected books. Why not try one out?

The first book discussion will be The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri  on June 2, at noon, and the second one is With or Without You, by Domenica Ruta on June 23, 7 p.m.

Adult crafting

June’s Adult Crafting Hour is scheduled for Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. We’ll be making book wreaths – large wall hangings composed of the innards of recycled books. It’s always a fun, social time.  Check it out.

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