The initial Friday Night Open Mic Night was a well-rounded success last week. Audience members enjoyed being entertained.The performers were prepared and polished. The possibility of an ongoing “Unplugged” Open Mic Night at the Altamont Free Library is currently being discussed. Stay tuned for the results of that discussion.

Potluck plans

This month’s Potluck Round the World destination is Japan. The high point will be our Mount Fujiama. Please let us know if you’re coming and what you’re bringing. The party is planned for Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m.

Couch 2 5K

This spring, the library will sponsor a 10-week program in which participants meet 3 times a week to prepare for a spring 5k race. Our end date will coincide with the Friehoffer’s Run for Women on June 1. Our schedule will be determined by the needs of the participants, but will likely include 2-weekday sessions at 4:30 p.m., which will include a babysitter, and a weekend morning session.

We’ll start things off with an Interest Meeting on Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m.  That gives you lots of time to rev yourselves up. Let’s do it.

Kid’s double header

On Wednesday, March 26, at 2 and 3 p.m., (Superintendent’s Conference Day) we’ll be offering Kids Trivia and Squishy Circuits.  Squishy Circuits is a unique toy that allows kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough. You already know what Trivia is.

Here’s your answer to the “There’s nothing to do” refrain.  In fact there’s lots to do.

Author visit

Retired Schenectady Gazette columnist Carl Strock will visit to talk about his book From D’burg to Jerusalem: The Unlikely Rise and Awful Fall of a Small-Town Newsman, which chronicles the author’s journalistic adventures.  See him on Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m.

Do you think music is overdue in Altamont?  You may be right.

Your local library is looking to fix this situation.

Our remedy?   An Open Mic Night this Friday evening, Feb. 28.

And along with singers and players, groups and soloists, we’re also hoping for writers, poets, and comedians — anyone with material to present to an appreciative audience.

Sign-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30.

Global art

This program should attract people of all ages.  Participants will design and create flags that express a personal vision of world peace.

At the conclusion, the flags will be sent to and exchanged with another group of peace-seeking artists.

It’s a small step.  Lots of good things start with small steps.

Meet at the library on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

Pinterest

The next adult craft project features making a purse from a used book.  Join us and see how it’s done: Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

We’ll supply the books, or you can bring a favorite of your own.

Book Club

The first adult book-club gathering of the month will take place on Monday, March 3, at noon, in the library.  We’ll be discussing Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

 

Do you think music is overdue in Altamont?  You may be right.

Your local library is looking to fix this situation.

Our remedy?   An Open Mic Night this Friday evening, Feb. 28.

And along with singers and players, groups and soloists, we’re also hoping for writers, poets, and comedians — anyone with material to present to an appreciative audience.

Sign-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30.

Global art

This program should attract people of all ages.  Participants will design and create flags that express a personal vision of world peace.

At the conclusion, the flags will be sent to and exchanged with another group of peace-seeking artists.

It’s a small step.  Lots of good things start with small steps.

Meet at the library on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

Pinterest

The next adult craft project features making a purse from a used book.  Join us and see how it’s done: Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

We’ll supply the books, or you can bring a favorite of your own.

Book Club

The first adult book-club gathering of the month will take place on Monday, March 3, at noon, in the library.  We’ll be discussing Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

For a while there was music in Altamont. At Desolation Road right in the center of town. Concerts and open-mic nights. Then everything stopped. “Desolation” turned out to be sadly apt.

The Altamont Free Library wants to bring the music back.  Music and more. We’re hosting our first ever Open Mic Night this Friday, Feb. 28. We’re welcoming musicians, singers and players, poets, writers, comedians, and others. We’re also hoping for an enthusiastic audience.  

Sign up begins at 7 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. You won’t need any Do Re Mi. It’s free. Call us at 861-7239 if you have questions or comments.

Downton Abbey tea

We’ll mark the end of the Downton Abbey season with a tea party, while we screen episode 8 of season 4, on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m. Be so kind as to let us know if you plan to attend.

Que bueno

We’re off to Mexico for this month’s Pot Luck Around the World. The date is Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., at the library. Let us know if you’re coming, por favor.  Bring a dish to share.

Global art project

This is one for all ages.  We’ll be designing flags that express a vision of world peace and exchange them with another group of artists from somewhere far away. It might make the world smaller, and safer. The date is Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

The Altamont Free Library currently houses a scale model of itself, something like an architectural homunculus. It rests on top of the Young Adult Fiction bookcase; and it’s 5-feet long,                    1-foot and a half wide, and 2-feet high, including cupola.  

It’s constructed of gingerbread, uncountable cookies, candies of various colors, shapes, and dimensions, all cemented in place with dried white frosting. Written description can go no farther.  You’ll have to come see it.

The model was built by Kevin Efaw, a chef at Orchard Creek Restaurant on the banks of the Bozenkill. It has been on display there for many months, where tickets were advertised and sold in conjunction with the library’s recent I Love My Library Gala. The winning ticket was drawn at the Gala this past Friday evening. The lucky ticket holder was Travis Stevens, our county legislator, and he in turn donated the sweet structure back to the library.

Potluck

Our February destination is Mexico. We don’t have to tell our patrons how wonderful Mexican food is, or how much fun the dinner is likely to be — so just the facts. The date is Monday, Feb. 24, starting at 6 p.m. The place is the la biblioteca.

Downton Abby tea

Not since the Beatles has British culture captivated us so. Be ever so nice and plan to join us on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m., for a tea party. We’ll be screening Episode 8 of Season 4. It should be enjoyable. If not, we shall be very cross.

Meant to invent

That heading, evolutionary arguments aside, might be a perfect description of the human mind. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m., the library will sponsor a program to show school aged people and up (way, way up)  how neat it is to make something new — to make it up and then make it.  Every necessary tool and material we can think of will be available for you to fiddle, fool, and fabricate with.  Things will get underway with a brief program about inventors in Altamont’s history                  

Coat alert

At the close of last weekend’s fund-raising Gala someone accidentally headed for home in the wrong black coat. If it might have been you, please check your closet. If you find the wrong coat – in this case the right coat – please call us.  Our number is 861-7239.

 

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