Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For every one of us who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the Altamont Free Library is here for. Whether it’s a new phone, laptop, tablet, or eReader that won’t do what it’s supposed to do, we can probably help. Call the library at 861-7239 to book an appointment to sit down with a librarian for up to a half-hour and sort out your gizmo issues. And hey, if we can’t help you, it just means that you’re not alone in your confusion. 

Dress-up and sing-along

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., we’ll be showing the sing-along version of “Frozen.” The young folks will be home from school, so what better way to spend it than at the library singing along with friends to your favorite movie? Wear your Anna or Elsa dress if you like and sing your heart out. We’ll even make icy treats for all.

Book discussion

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet to discuss the phenomenal 2014 novel “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. A coming of age story set in rural Minnesota in 1961, the book tells the story of a boy’s first encounters with death, secrets, and the adult world. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us. 

Energy efficiency

If you own or manage a business or non-profit, you know how important it is to increase your energy efficiency. On Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be holding a workshop on making your business more energy efficient. This program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. 

Thailand potluck

On Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., we’ll hold our first Eat Around the World potluck of the year. This is always a fun opportunity to try a new cuisine, make a new friend and connect with the community. This month, we’ll be sampling the hot and spicy food of Thailand. If you don’t have a favorite Thai recipe on hand, feel free to check out a few of the many cookbooks we’ve got here at the library. Bring a friend and a dish to share and join us, won’t you?

Book signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event: Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, “Stand Tall Against the Odds.” Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years here.

He was nearly 90 years old when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is. Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Library gala

Tickets are now available for the library's annual I Love My Library! Gala, which will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at the Altamont village hall. Contact the library to reserve your tickets now, because this is the social event of the season, and it always sells out.

With the start of a new year, it’s a time for resolutions and positive changes. To help you keep your money-related resolutions, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be holding another of our great financial literacy workshops.

This time, Maria DeLucia-Evans of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead a workshop titled Save Energy, Save Dollars, focusing on the easy steps we can all take to make our homes greener and less costly. All attendees will receive three free CFL light bulbs and be entered into a drawing for a free home energy kit.

Energy efficiency for your business

On a related note, we’ll be following up on the Save Energy, Save Dollars program with a workshop two weeks later on Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m.,  on making your business more energy efficient.

This second program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. Please join us for either or both programs.

Dress-up and sing-along

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., we’ll be showing the sing-along version of “Frozen”. The young folks will be home from school, so what better way to spend it than at the library singing along with friends to your favorite movie? Wear your Anna or Elsa dress if you like and sing your heart out. We’ll even make icy treats for all.

Book club

On Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet to discuss the phenomenal 2014 novel “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. A coming of age story set in rural Minnesota in 1961, “Ordinary Grace” tells the story of a boys’ first encounters with death, secrets, and the adult world. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us. 

Book-signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event: Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, “Stand Tall Against the Odds.” Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his ninety-six years here.

He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is. Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event!

Save the date

Mark it on your calendar: The library's annual I Love My Library! Gala will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tickets will be available at the library soon, and we hope to see many of you there.

Many thanks to all of the community members who supported out annual Library Lights campaign. We received many donations to dedicate holiday lights on the Orsini Park gazebo in honor or in memory of loved ones. This year, we dedicated lights to the following people:

Jean Ahlbach, Anna Atkinburg, Catherine Balio, Carmela Bernardi, Anita Booth, Frederick Booth, James Brennan, Lillian Brennan, Tom Brennan, Sandra Brunk, Ray Brunk, Alice Brunk, Mark Burlingame, Millie Carpenter, Erik Carpenter, Don and Kay Cavanaugh, Dodi Cechnicki, Marshall Chapman, Lucy Chapman, Dave & Fran Cowan, Arthur R Crounse, Evelyn T Crounse, Frederick R Crounse, Gus Cure, Rod Dague, Nate Dickinson, John Dornbush, Orson Dunham, Nancy Dunham, Hank Elario, Mona Feingold, Jean Forti, Mopu , Eva, and Mojmir Frinta.

Also: Eleonora Gaspary, Dawn Gill, Charles Gill, Rodger Gill, Father Joseph Girzone, Merritt Glennon, Esther Goodfellow, Barbara Green, Mayhalia Grossi, Ottorino Grossi, Elizabeth Harper, Robert Hawkins, Irene Hentrich, Anne and Arthur Hill, Mary Kate Kitteridge, Dominick Kossman, Thomas Kossman, John Kossman, Gustav Kramer, Manfred Kramer, Frank Lee, Esther Lee, Norma Lee, Thomas Lee, Arthur Loomis, Irene Loomis, Paul Loomis, Helen Luty, Ted Luty, Ted Luty Jr., Mabel Mau, Milton Mau, Walter Mau Jr., and Walter Mau Sr.

And: Alexander Dennison McConchie, Helen McCullen, Buffer , Misty, Brodie , Sophia McNeil, Fritzie Miller, Charles Mohr, Marie Mohr, Norma Cranker, Carl Cranker, Dagmar Muller de Schongor, Dwight Murphy, Mark Howe Murphy, Walter Nerz, Joseph O'Connor, Daniel O'Mara, Mary O'Mara, John O'Mara, William O'Mara, Ernest Orsini, The Seven Orsini Brothers , Kathryn Paige, William Quay, Rachel Quay, Jack Reilly, Justin Reilly, Lyle Ritter, Frances Ritter, Charles Robinson, Carmelo Rosano, Ruth Rosano, Alice Rosano, and Richard Rumsey.

Also: Chester Rumsey, Alicia Satas, Phyllis Schilling, loved ones gone before in the Schinnerer and Borden families, Sue Seargroatt, Jackie Smith, Dick Spadaro, Pat Spadaro, George Spohr, Olive Spohr, Bob Spohr, Ann Spohr, Marge Stevens, loved ones of Tara and Travis Stevens, Emma Jane Terplak, Stephen Terplak Sr., Osee Thorington, Lottie Thorington, Harold Thorington, Carmen Trifilo, Alice B. Trout, Kenneth Trout, Victor J. Tymchyn, Olive M. Tymchyn, Doris Vroman, Win Warner, Larry Warner, John Warner, Haley Williams, Robin Williams, Florine Writsell, and Edwin Zyskowski.

Thank you all!

“Miracle on 34th Street”

If you still need to get into the holiday spirit, please join us at 2:30 on Sunday, Dec. 20, for a showing of that old holiday classic film, “Miracle on 34th Street.” This heart-warming story of a young girl’s struggle with her belief in Santa Claus will surely bring a smile to your face and a Christmas carol to your lips. 

“Holidays on Ice”

Speaking of holiday classics, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec, 21, the Penultimate Monday book club will be meeting to discuss “Holidays on Ice,” a hilarious collection of Christmas-themed short stories by David Sedaris.

From working as a department store elf to writing his annual Christmas newsletter, Sedaris takes a pointed look at our holiday traditions and finds the humor in the dark and the light sides of Christmas. Please join us for a festive discussion.

This is your last chance this year to honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont Village Gazebo! Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.

The honorees’ names will be read out at the lighting ceremony this Sunday and will be published on the library’s website. Look for the submission form this week in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate.

Whether you donate or not, please join us for our annual gazebo lighting ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m.  Thank you!

“Elf!”

There are some pretty good holiday movies out there, and even a few great ones, but the best of them all has to be “Elf,” the 2003 classic starring Will Ferrell as the Buddy the Elf.

This hilarious tale of a human raised by Santa and his elves and his quest to find his real father is sure to bring Christmas cheer to your heart.  Please join us at 2:30 on Sunday, Dec. 6, for a free viewing of this great movie.

Gingerbread houses

One of our favorite annual events for young folks is taking place next week. Come decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. The gingerbread houses will be displayed form the Victorian Holidays Celebration at the Altamont Masonic Lodge and will be available afterwards for you to pick up and display (or eat!) yourself.

We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need to make a creative and delicious holiday treat! Space is limited, so please stop in or call the library at 518-861-7239 to register in advance.

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Please visit us during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 13th. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m., and we’ll be hosting storytellers, authors and artists with gifts for sale.

Don’t forget to be here at 5 p.m. for a very special train arrival with a very special passenger. (I don’t think anyone told Santa that the library isn’t a train station anymore! Let’s keep that a village secret, shall we?)

Quilt drawing

While you’re here for Victorian Holidays, you’ll have one final opportunity to buy a ticket for our annual quilt-drawing fundraiser. Our beautiful hand-stitched quilt made and donated by Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. of Delmar will be raffled off on Sunday, Dec. 13, during the Victorian Holidays Celebration.

Tickets are a dollar for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library. Tickets can also be purchased from any of our wonderful library Trustees.

Centennial gifts

Next year, Altamont Free Library will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and how better to show your library pride than with an official Altamont Free Library Centennial tote bag, coffee mug, mouse pad or set of note cards?

These will make the perfect gift for every library lover in your life and all feature a beautiful new Centennial logo designed by Christine Capuano. Stop in today to order your gifts today and they will be delivered in plenty of time for the holidays.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at noon, the First Monday Book Group will meet to discuss “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery at the Altamont Free Library. This French novel tells the story of the surprising friendship between a landlady of a Parisian apartment building and two of her tenants. Please join us. 

Guatemala Stove Project

Throughout the Third World, poorly ventilating indoor stoves lead to widespread illness and blindness. The Guatemala Stove Project (GSP) raises money to build safe stoves in Guatemala to save and improve lives. On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., local volunteer Tom Doyle will discuss the GSP and present a short film on their work. 

Teen Lock-In

On Friday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. we’re having an after-hours party just for teenagers at the library. If anyone ever told you to be quiet at the library, this is your chance to get as loud as you like. There will be music, games, snacks and more. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 

A community conversation

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. meet with our state legislator, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy. Bring your questions, comments, and concerns about state government or issues like the environment, jobs, taxes, or education and have them addressed. 

Story times

Please join us with your favorite young folks for stories, songs, crafts, and bubbles at story time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesdays we focus on our preschoolers and Wednesdays are for our toddler friends, so please join Miss Mary Beth and Mr. Joe for a fun time.

Quilt Drawing

If you didn’t get a chance to enter our fantastic annual quilt drawing over the summer, please pay a visit to the library and enter for a chance to win a beautiful hand-stitched quilt made and donated by Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. of Delmar. Tickets are $1 for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit the library. Tickets can also be purchased from any of our wonderful library trustees. The raffle drawing will be held in December at the Victorian Holidays Celebration. 

 

 

 

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