Our summer reading program and summer concerts series are over half-way over!  But hark! It’s not too late to join in.

Maker Mondays

Join us Mondays at 2 p.m. for Maker Mondays, in which kids of all ages have the meeting room all to themselves to build with Legos, K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more.

Science and Bubbles

Come back Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. for Science Story Time, where we are talking about the human body. That afternoon, we are doing bubble science. Join us to make big ones, bouncy ones, and any kind you want ones.

Concert and Award

Tuesday at 7 p.m., we’re welcoming Rusticator, an acoustic band with sound inspired by Wilco and the Avett brothers. The event will be preceded by a visit from Dan McCoy, who will unveil the plaque for the Preservation League of New York State award.


Wander back Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. for family story time, followed by Volunteens at 4 p.m. Kids entering grades six and up and invited to help us make fleece cat mats to be donated to the animal shelter.


Friday is for those not afraid. We’re venturing into the world of the gross and learning about snot and foul scents at 2 p.m.

Bingo card

Any day of the week you can come in to redeem your reading bingo card, or hunt down Curious George. This week, everything’s coming up roses for George, and we hope the same is true for you.

It’s summertime so there’s lot to cover in a weekly library note.  So let’s go for the high spots:

— Kick  off : The program begins with fun and festivity.  A giant party in Orsini Park on Monday, July 7, at 4 p.m.  The gala event includes science experiments, ice cream sundaes, lawn games, and more.  More fun for the whole family.

— Science Story Time: This one is geared toward kids in pre-kindergarten to first grade, and parent help is welcome.  The five-part extravaganza will focus on Color Science, Gardening, Strength, Body, and Counting /Measuring. 

Day and time for this one is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Experimenters: This is hands-on science for independent learners.  It’s geared toward kids in elementary school.  It meets at the library on Tuesdays, beginning July 8, at 3 p.m.  The individual topics include volcanoes, flight, eggs away, bubbles, and construction.

— Grossology: Ever hear of it?  Probably not.  Think you can guess?  Probably.

The fun is set for Fridays, starting at 2 p.m., and it’s designed for kids in grades 2-5.

Summer music

Our second summer concert features Sensemaya, a favorite from past years. The concert is on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m., in the park!

Catch next week’s Enterprise library notes for more summer goings-on.  They may not be as uplifting and intriguing as slime and vomit, but don’t count on it.  It is the library and it is summer.

This summer, on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 4 p.m., the Altamont Free Library is beginning a new program — volunteens.  It’s for all kids in grades 6 and up.

Community-service credits are important items these days.  Caring and kindness have always been important.

The fun will include planting and harvesting summer vegetables, which will then be donated to the village food pantry; making fleece cat mats; and Teen Tech Help — teens teaching basic computer skills like email and Facebook.

Summer Concert Series

One of the library’s most successful, most welcome contributions to summer fun in the area is the Summer Concert Series. 

The coming concert, on July 15, is Running the River. Their music is a blend of classic traditional Irish, country, rock, and folk, with covers of the Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, and others.

County executive visits

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy will be holding “Office Hours” at the library between 4 and 5:30 on Tuesday, July 15. Come on by!

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.


(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.