There’s nearly a roomful of adventuresome food fanciers already signed up for the Altamont Free Library’s upcoming stop in Japan. Things get underway at 6 p.m., on Monday, March 31.

As always, we’ve gathered together a collection of appropriate cookbooks for those who need ideas or instruction.  If you’d like to join in, sign up at the circulation desk.

Music and more

Looking for something Friday night-ish? The library will host its second Open Mic Night of the season on Friday evening, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Performers should be here by 7 p.m.

A couple of quirks should be noted. The night is free — for performers and audience members. The event is also unplugged. Our size and acoustics make sound amplification unnecessary. And we hope it makes for a pleasant change of pace.  If you have questions call us at 861-7239.

Our first show back in February was a mix of acoustic guitar-accompanied singers and stand-up comedians. We expect more of the same. We also expect the unexpected.

Peace, brothers and sisters

Anyone who feels the need for a small jolt of optimism should visit the library and spend some time with the peace flag display. A mixed group of people — patrons, children, staff, and library board members created Tibetan prayer flags based on the theme of world peace.

Eventually these prayers will be exchanged with people of similar hopes and aspirations. Who knows what may become of their efforts?  Who truly knows?

Personal display

This month’s entryway display is the creation of Guilderland High School student David Lennard. It is truly unique.

He explains that he has long been interested in armor as well as theatrical props and costuming. That interest led him to a perfect-fit website, one devoted to sharing “pepakura work”. 

He feeds card stock into his computer and then downloads printed plans for cutting, folding, gluing, and hardening the paper into a desired shape — primarily intricately designed helmets and other body armor.  One of his helmets called for 20 separate sheets of card stock.

His first piece took him two months. Presently, he finished one in less than two weeks. His personal description of what he does is a perfect definition of a hobby: “It’s time-consuming...” he says, “but it’s fun.”

When asked what becomes of his completed work he says, “They sort of sit around in the basement. My dad likes to show them to people,” he continues, chuckling.

The banners from the Global Art Project currently hang in the large window facing the train tracks, mutely saluting the tons of steel and spray-paint that rumble past the building on occasion. Come in to the Altamont Free Library and see them before they become expatriates.

Open Mic

On another, hopefully well-tuned note, the Unplugged Open Mic Night hosted by David Warner is now a certainty, and we look forward to holding it on Friday, March 28. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Kids’ double header

For the Superintendants’ Conference Day on Wednesday, March 26, we’ve got something to keep the kids occupied: at 2 p.m., we’ve got Trivia, and at 3 p.m., we’ve got “Squishy Circuits”, a remarkable toy that uses play-dough to let children create circuits and explore electronics. Clearly, play-dough has undergone some significant technological advances in the last few years, though we’re still waiting for the remote-controlled stuff. 

Author visit

On Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m., the retired Schenectady Gazette columnist Carl Strock will come to the library to discuss  From D’Burg to Jerusalem: the Unlikely Rise and Awful Fall of a Small-Town Newsman. The book in question chronicles the author’s various journalistic exploits, from police corruption to religious nationalism in Jerusalem.

Couch 2 5K

Finally, C5K has made a return. This spring, there will be a library-sponsored 10-week program in which participants will meet three times a week to prepare for a Spring 5K. Things will begin with an interest meeting on Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m., when things will hopefully have thawed. Our end date on June 1, coincides with the Friehoffer’s Run for Women. Our schedule will largely depend on the needs of our participants, but will probably include 2 weekday sessions at 4:30 p.m. that have a babysitter, and a weekend morning session.  Get off the couch, and get on the sidewalk. Taunting stragglers is highly discouraged.

Think spring! A seed-starting gathering will be held at the Altamont Free Library on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. bring your own containers, scoops and the seeds you’d like to start. A $5 material fee will cover the cost of the seed starting matrix and a limited selection of additional seeds for early spring veggies. 
Have extra seeds or planting supplies you’d like to share? Swapping of these along with your gardening tips and techniques for growing gorgeous plants from seed is encouraged. 

Global art project

The banners from the Global Art Project currently hang in the large window facing the train tracks, mutely saluting the tons of steel and spray-paint that rumble past the building on occasion. Come in and see them before they become expatriates.

Open Mic

On another, hopefully well-tuned note, the Unplugged Open Mic Night hosted by David Warner is now a certainty, and we look forward to holding it on Friday, March 28. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Kids’ double header

For the Superintendants’ Conference Day on Wednesday, March 26, we’ve got something to keep the kids occupied: at 2 p.m., we’ve got Trivia, and at 3 p.m., we’ve got “Squishy Circuits”, a remarkable toy that uses play-dough to let children create circuits and explore electronics. Clearly, play-dough has undergone some significant technological advances in the last few years, though we’re still waiting for the remote-controlled stuff. 

Author visit

On Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m., the retired Schenectady Gazette columnist Carl Strock will come to the library to discuss  From D’Burg to Jerusalem: the Unlikely Rise and Awful Fall of a Small-Town Newsman. The book in question chronicles the author’s various journalistic exploits, from police corruption to religious nationalism in Jerusalem.

Couch 2 5K

Finally, C5K has made a return. This spring, there will be a library-sponsored 10-week program in which participants will meet three times a week to prepare for a Spring 5K. Things will begin with an interest meeting on Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m., when things will hopefully have thawed. Our end date on June 1, coincides with the Friehoffer’s Run for Women. Our schedule will largely depend on the needs of our participants, but will probably include 2 weekday sessions at 4:30 p.m. that have a babysitter, and a weekend morning session.  Get off the couch, and get on the sidewalk. Taunting stragglers is highly discouraged.

 

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.

 

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