October is National Apple Month. We’ll be celebrating our region’s most delicious natural resource all month long here at the Altamont Free Library. Drop in any time all month to add your favorite book to our apple tree, play a game of apple bean bag toss, do an apple puzzle, or make an apple craft. 

Scary movies to watch in the dark

Over the month of October, please join us for family-friendly but super-scary movies every Sunday at 3 p.m. First up, the hilarious animated film “The Witches” on Sunday Oct. 18. We’ll have the popcorn ready for you.

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 to discuss the novel “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler. This book, which follows the fortunes of the Whitshank family over seven decades of the 20th Century, was recently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It’s sure to provoke a great conversation, so please join us.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi classes with Kyoshi Joe Mansfield are still going strong. On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet at the gazebo in Orsini Park for a free hour-long class in this Chinese martial art form, which is renowned for its meditative and healing properties. The class is open to all ages and experience levels so, please join us even if you missed the previous classes. 

Adult craft night

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you still need a costume, or just want to hang out with some other crafty friends? If so, please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 as Dee Woessner helps us make cool and unique Halloween masks. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 

Halloween kids’ craft

Pumpkins and cobwebs and ghosts, oh my. It’s the spookiest time of the year and we’re getting out some of our nervous energy by making scarily cool crafts. Please join us for an afternoon of crafts, laughs, and frights. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 

 

Story times

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have fun. 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.

 

 

With the kids back in school, shouldn’t the adults get to have some fun too? Well, Trivia Night is back at the Altamont Free Library.

Mary Beth Mulligan will host this always fun and challenging event on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Bring a team (ages 21 and over, please), and BYOB! Entry is $5 per person and the winning team splits the pot. 

Back to (Wizard) School

Now that school’s back, Sunday hours are back too. With all the homework you’ve got, you’ll need to take a study break. What better way than by joining us to go back to school with our favorite wizard, Harry Potter!

On Sundays in September, we’ll be showing Harry Potter movies, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. 

Book discussion

Please join the First Monday Book Club at noon on Monday, Sept. 14, for a discussion of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by JK Rowling, the author of the beloved “Harry Potter” series, writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

This is a hard-boiled detective story about the mysterious death of a supermodel and a private eye who’s in way over his head. There’s still time to pick up a copy of this gripping and entertaining novel, so please join us.

Estate planning

Planning for the future is can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable, especially when finances are involved. Still, it’s something that all responsible people should do, and what better way than with a friendly face in a friendly place without any pressure to buy something?

On Tuesday, Sept.15, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be hosting our good friend Ronnie Lindberg for a discussion of estate planning. Bring your questions and concerns and bring a friend along too. This will be the first in a series of biweekly programs the library will be hosting on financial literacy.  

Tai Chi is back

After a unplanned break, Tai Chi classes with Kyoshi Joe Mansfield are back. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m., we’ll meet at the gazebo in Orsini Park for a free hour-long class in this Chinese martial art form, which is renowned for its’ meditative and healing properties. Please join us for the first of a series of four classes. 

Author visit

On Thursday, September 17th at 7pm, the library will be hosting James Schlett, the author of “A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks” just published by Cornell University Press.

In his book, Schlett, a former reporter for “The Schenectady Gazette,” now “The Daily Gazette,” tells the story of an 1858 camping excursion to Follensby Pond in the Adirondack Mountains attended by the famous essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet James Russell Lowell, future United States Attorney General Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and other intellectual and cultural luminaries of the pre-Civil War period, and the effect the trip had on the participants later work.

The author will give a discussion of his fascinating and widely praised work, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. We would love you to join us for this exciting event!

Bird walk

It’s that time of the year again when the leaves start turning, the sweaters reappear, and the birds start heading south. On Friday, Sept. 18, we’ll be holding a migratory bird watching expedition led by Dan Capuano.

Please join us at 9 a.m. here at the library for a one-hour walk around the village to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

 

 

 

With the kids back in school, shouldn’t the adults get to have some fun too? Well, Trivia Night is back at the Altamont Free Library.

Mary Beth Mulligan will host this always fun and challenging event on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Bring a team (ages 21 and over, please), and BYOB. Entry is $5 per person and the winning team splits the pot.

Book discussion

Please join the First Monday Book Club at noon on Monday, Sept. 14 for a discussion of “The Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling, the author of the beloved Harry Potter series, writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

This is a hard-boiled detective story about the mysterious death of a supermodel and a private eye who’s in way over his head. There’s still time to pick up a copy of this gripping and entertaining novel, so please join us!

Estate planning workshop

Planning for the future can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable, especially when finances are involved. Still, it’s something that all responsible people should do, and what better way than with a friendly face in a friendly place without any pressure to buy something.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be hosting Ronnie Lindberg for a discussion of estate planning. Bring your questions and concerns and bring a friend along too. This will be the first in a series of biweekly programs the library will be hosting on financial literacy. 

Author discussion

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the library will be hosting James Schlett, the author of “A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks” just published by Cornell University Press.

In his book, Schlett, a former reporter for “The Schenectady Gazette,” now “The Daily Gazette,” tells the story of an 1858 camping excursion to Follensby Pond in the Adirondack Mountains attended by the famous essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet James Russell Lowell, future United States Attorney General Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, and other intellectual and cultural luminaries of the pre-Civil War period, and the effect the trip had on the participants later work.

The author will give a discussion of his fascinating and widely praised work, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. We would love you to join us for this exciting event.

Bird walk

It’s that time of the year again when the leaves start turning, the sweaters reappear, and the birds start heading south. On Friday, Sept. 18, we’ll be holding a migratory bird watching expedition led by Dan Capuano. Please join us at 9 a.m. here at the library for a one-hour walk around the village to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

 

 

Real-life heroes: Altamont Fire Chief Robert White, right, and Assistant Chief Kyle Haines visited Superhero School at the Altamont Free Library on Tuesday, July 28, to teach young folks about fire safety. 

It’s Fair Time! Over the next week, we will welcome thousands of visitors to our village from all over the Capital District. If you’re in from out of town, please visit us here at the Altamont Free Library. If you happen to live in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you’re welcome to borrow from our great collections of books, movies and music. If you’re from further afield, we’d love for you to check out our unique library building housed in the historic Altamont Train Station right in the center of the village. 

As if we needed any more excitement, here are some great events going on here this week: 

Summer Reading Program

There’s a ton of neat stuff going on this week for kids as part of our Summer Reading Program. On Thursday at 4 p.m., join Etaseme Elonge for another in his series of comic book drawing classes for kids ages 7 and up.

Join us for Maker Mondays on Aug. 10, at 2 p.m., to play with our collections of Legos, K’Nex and Snap Circuits.

On Tuesday Aug. 11, attend Superhero School and make cool superhero gear, like jetpacks and super writstbands for kids ages 4 to 8. There’s also still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program here at the library and pick up your BINGO card to win prizes.

Find Mr. Bee!

We need the help of every superhero in town to find the villain Mr. Bee. He’s been spotted at Stewarts and Agway recently, but we hear that he’s changing his hideout every week, so please be on the lookout for him. You can find a clue as to his whereabouts in the library or on our Facebook page. If you do find him, let us know and you’ll be entered to win a special prize at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

Pinewood Heromobile Derby

You can still pick up a free pinewood car kit at the library and make your own hero mobile with an adults’ help before our big pinewood car race at 4 p.m., on August 6. If you’ve ever built a pinewood car for the scout or seen your brother or sister build one, you know how fun it can be. Please join us for this exciting event.

Friday matinée

Get out of the heat and join us for a summer-long series of free family-friendly hero movies every Friday at 2 p.m. On Aug. 7, we’ll be showing “Spy Kids,” the widely loved movie about a family of super spies and the lengths that children will go to, to save their parents. We’ll even pop the popcorn for you! Next, week it’s “The Lego Movie.”

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday Aug. 17, at noon to discuss “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. Yes, I know that Aug. 17 is not the second to last Monday of the month, but more folks are able to make it on the 17th instead of the 24th. Anyhow, this acclaimed and bestselling novel follows a wide cast of fascinating characters over 50 years from the sunny Italian Riviera to glamorous Hollywood to gloomy Edinburgh.

Please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about a fun and memorable novel.

Ice cream with veterans at the Home Front

We’ve spent a lot of time learning about heroes this summer. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2:30 p.m., you can spend some time getting to know some real superheroes, our military veterans. Take this opportunity to sit with local heroes, veterans of conflicts from the Second World War to Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn about the history they’ve witnessed while enjoying free ice cream at the Home Front Café.

Summer reading closing celebration

It’s hard to believe that the Summer Reading Program is nearly at an end, but it is. Please join us on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m., to celebrate all the reading you’ve done (so far) this summer by joining us at the Summer Reading Program Celebration with Magic Man Chris LeBarge and prize drawings, magic, snacks, and fun.

— Photo by Mike Seinberg

A superhero takes flight at the Altamont Free Library Summer Reading Program kickoff party on July 8.

All summer long, the Altamont Free Library’s Summer Reading Program will be celebrating heroes of every kind here at the library: Superheroes, animal heroes, historical heroes and many more.

On Tuesday, we used the occasion of our third free summer concert to shine a spotlight on the local heroes we interact with everyday. Our police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, and veterans truly embody all of the best qualities we look for in superheroes.

They keep us safe and secure, protect us from harm and make sacrifices so that we can enjoy the quality of life that we cherish. So, again, we say: Thank you, heroes!

Here’s a bunch of neat things going on this week:

Adult trivia

With so much going on for the kids, should the adults get to have some fun too? Well, Trivia Night is back! Mary Beth Mulligan will host this always fun and challenging event. Bring a team (ages 21 and over, please), and BYOB. Entry is $5 per person and the winning team splits the pot.

Summer Reading Program

There’s a ton of neat stuff going on this week for kids as part of our Summer Reading Program. On Thursday, at 4 p.m., join Etaseme Elonge for another in his series of comic book drawing classes (ages seven and up).

Join us for Maker Mondays on Monday at 3 p.m., to play with our collections of Legos, K’Nex, and Snap Circuits.

On Tuesday, July 21, meet a real live animal hero, LULA the service dog. This program is for children age four through eight. There’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program here at the library and pick up your BINGO card to win prizes.

Friday matinee

Get out of the heat and join us for a summer-long series of free family-friendly hero movies every Friday at 2 p.m. First up we have “Brave,” about a Scottish princess who would rather practice archery than get married. We’ll even pop the popcorn for you.

Book discussion

Join the Penultimate Monday Book Club on Monday, July 20, for a discussion of “Travelling With Pomegranates: A Mother Daughter Story” by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Taylor Kidd.

This travel memoir of a mother and daughter writing team chronicles the pairs’ travels through Greece and France and connections they make with each other. It’s a short and summery one, so pick up your copy today and join us for what will definitely be a good conversation.

All Paul Band concert

The always-popular free Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 21. Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by The All Paul Band, paying tribute to the music of Paul McCartney, the Beatles and Wings. In the event of rain, this and all of our other concerts will be relocated to the pavilion at Bozenkill Park. Next up, on July 28, we’ve got The Tommy Verrigni Trio, playing jazz standards. 

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