It’s fall migration time! Join Dan Capuano as we search out warblers, raptors and other autumn travelers. Meet at the Altamont Free Library on Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., and we’ll carpool to our birding destination.

Candy science

Determine the density of a marshmallow, test pixy stix for acidity – we’ll explore the principals of science through a most delicious medium. For school aged kids. This program is on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.

Story times

School is back in session and story time is in full swing. This month we’re offering two sessions a week – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., geared toward kids in pre-kindergarten, and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers.  All programs are drop-in and sibling are welcome.  

Sunday hours

In other autumnal news, the library has resumed its Sunday hours. Come in between 2 and 5 p.m., to read the paper, print out homework, browse books, or movies or just avoid your messy kitchen.

Book club

The library’s Penultimate Monday book club is meeting a week early! Join us at 7 p.m. on the antepenultimate Monday of the month (that’s Sept. 15) to talk about Karen Slaughter’s mystery BlindSighted.

Summer’s almost over (much to everybody’s sadness), and things are going to be changing around at the Altamont Free Library; starting on Sept. 7, we’ll be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

However, we will be closed on Sunday and Monday on Labor Day weekend. (That’s Sunday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 1). Remember, if you need a crowbar to get in, we’re probably closed.

In the event that you are out of reading material when we are closed, fear not! Your library card gets you access to over 18,000 downloadable ebooks. So next time it’s two a.m. and you are desperate for a good read, go to and follow the link for downloadable ebooks. Need help? Schedule an appointment for one-on-one help with your Kindle, Nook, iPad or thingamabob. 

Book club

Our next book club meeting will be on Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., and will be The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Copies of the book are available for borrowing in the library. The meeting after that will be Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, on Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Murdoch on Main Street

The library is now receiving The Wall Street Journal on a daily basis. Stop by and catch up. Thanks to Mike Seinberg for donating the subscription.

Story time

As always, this will be held for all ages every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.; story time is followed by a craft and free playtime.

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.