Summer is finally winding down, with moderately warm weather and patchy rainfall the unwavering norm (cue the boiling hailstorm). As the Altamont Fair tromps out of town for another year, leaving us slightly pudgier than we were the previous week, we’ll be holding a few community events of our own at the Altamont Free Library.

Lawn League

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., join us for games of croquet, bocce ball, ladder golf, and a number of other classic lawn games in Orsini Park. Or rather, we’ll play “on” Orsini Park, because the tunneling equipment that we used to play “in” the park last time seems to have been misplaced.

Potluck dinner

This time around, we’re going for a potluck dinner that’s a little closer to home. Altamont, N.Y. is the target of this dinner, and we’ll be eating from your local garden, CSA, or the farmer’s market. Dr. Gary Kleppel, Director of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy Program at UAlbany, will be joining us for dinner. Dinner will be on Monday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. Please stop in ahead of time to sign up.

Trivia night

Just what it sounds like, just like last time. Teams of four contestants will compete to pursue the less-than-trivial half of the door prize. Feel free to sign up as a team, or on your own. The cost is $5 per person, you must be 21 years old and over, and BYOB. Please leave your bioluminescent yodeling overweight bats at home this time, please.

Book talk

The next book club meeting will be held on Sept. 8, at noon, and will be for The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Copies of the book are currently available in the library. Get ‘em while you can, we don’t know how long they’ll stay.

Story time
            As always, story time will be this Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome; join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. Story time will be followed by a craft and free playtime

— Photo from Judith Wines

Young alienologists perfect their dissection skills and log their findings. The aliens may be quaking because they are terrified, or perhaps it is because they are made of Jell-O.

Less than a week to turn in your summer reading bingo at the Altamont Free Library. Turn your cards in by Tuesday, Aug. 19 to get your last drawing tickets. Congratulations to all the kids who got reading bingo this summer.

End of summer party

We’re celebrating all this reading with an end of summer party. Join us Wednesday, at 3 p.m.,  at the village community room for a performance by Rick Kuperberg of KO-MOTION movement theater. Kuperberg incorporates mime, music and theater for a performance that is for all ages. Ice cream sundaes for all afterwards!

Trivial evening

Adult Trivia is back! Join us Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., for a trivial evening. There is a $5 a person charge to play and the winning team takes half the door. Come as a team of four or on your own and we’ll match you with a team. BYOB snacks will be served.

Book club

Monday Aug. 18, the penultimate Monday book club will be discussing Liane Moriarity's The Husband’s Secret at 7 p.m.  If you appreciate more lead/read time, check our website for upcoming book club selections.

Building fun
Maker Mondays are still going on. Bring a friend and build stuff with our K’Nex, Snap Circuits and more. This program is every Monday at 2 p.m.

Summer’s been surprisingly cool as of late, though I hesitate to have this printed in any sort of widespread publication, lest I place a jinx on the weather. If I do indeed force you to turn on the A.C., then I offer my apologies.


This Friday, the Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., the Altamont Free Library’s last “Grossology” class for school-aged kids will be dissecting an alien and recording the results for science. We take no responsibility for missing cattle or shorted-out electrical equipment caused by an unseen EMP. Thank you.

Lawn league

As always, the lawn league will be in full swing this Wednesday for our younger patrons, join us on the Aug. 13 or the 27th at 6:30 p.m., for croquet, bocce ball, ladder golf, and other classic lawn games in Orsini Park. Please leave your own lawn at home, we will provide the playing field. Thank you.

Meet the author

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m., you can come meet Altamont author Phil Horendor, author of the Maximilian P. Mouse: Time Traveler series. A Canajoharie high school history teacher, Horendor will talk about writing an elementary school historical fiction series starring one brave mouse!

Summer reading


On Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., we’ll kick off the end of summer reading with a performance by Rick Kupersberg of KO-MOTION Movement Theater. Kupersberg incorporates mime, music, and theater into his performance for all ages. Afterwards, there will be ice cream sundaes for all.

Story time

Summer Reading may be drawing to a close, but story time marches on every Wednesday morning at 10:30 p.m. Drop-in for books, song, rhymes, bubbles, and some serious silliness. All ages.

Summer’s either getting warmer or wetter, but it can’t seem to make up its mind on which it wants to be. With any luck, we won’t have too many more hot baths unleashed upon our unwitting town, heralded by giant lightning bolts two feet from our windows at 8 a.m.

As always, our Maker Mondays will be held with Lego, K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more on Monday at 2 p.m. If your kids haven’t caught up on their summer reading BINGO sheets, or tried to find Curious George, it’s about time they did!

Science Story Time

This Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m., our science story time for kids in pre-kindergarten to first grade will be devoted to counting and measuring.

We’ll share a pizza story, and make our own dough. Shaping it into a little man in a baker’s hat is optional.


A little later on Aug. 5, at 3 p.m., our hands-on science for kids in elementary school will be focusing on construction. Educators from Skidmore College will teach us about balance and the center of gravity.


Geared towards kids in second through fifth grades, this class, held on Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., will conclude the summer’s revolting lessons with an alien autopsy

Dissect an alien, and record the results for science! Large black helicopters and intimidating government agents are encouraged to keep a safe distance.


This program for kids in sixth grade and up will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. Teens will teach basic computer skills like email and Facebook to willing students who hope not to be feeling too old by the end of the lesson.

Music in the park

For our last summer concert, on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., we’ll be listening to Swing Shift, a swing band with male and female vocalists, and a vast range of styles from the 1930s to the early ’50s. Dancing shoes are more than welcome.

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.