Fritters, Bhuna Quail, Tandoori Fish, Kheer. These are four popular dishes from a place halfway around the world.  Sound interesting?  Sound tantalizing?  If so, the next paragraph is for you. 

On Monday, Jan. 27, at the Altamont Free Library, the Eat Around the World Potluck is docking in Pakistan. The time is 6 p.m. sharp. The library is the place.  Please sign up if you plan to attend. We have cookbooks for those of you made more comfortable by their guidance.

Puzzle

Some weeks ago the library placed the dismembered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on the front shelf of our circulation desk. Patrons who read a borrowed book and checked it back in were invited to find and fit one piece into the puzzle. The finished product was Ron Ginsburg’s much admired photograph of the library, all shiny, made over, and new.

Patrons enjoyed the puzzle game.  Now we have a new one.  It’s a Lego version of the Empire State Building. For every book someone checks out they’re allowed to snap one piece of the structure into place.  Check it out.

Younger set

A two-part construction project for kids is also in the works. The final product is a piñata. Part one, building the piñata, will take place on Wednesday Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m.  Part two, decorating the piñata, will take place a week later, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m.  

Ideally, these works of art are meant to be kept and admired, not crashed, mashed, and smashed.

New art

There’s a new display in the library’s meeting room, photography by the local team of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner.  The photos concentrate on the natural world, and include several mega close-ups of insects.

 

This is likely the first time you’ll hear about it, so give it your strictest attention. The Altamont Free Library’s annual Gala dinner and auction fund-raising celebration is coming.  Its official name: I Love My Library “Winter Wonderland” Gala.

As always it will be held in the Altamont Community Room on Main Street. The hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Please RSVP with payment by Jan. 31.  

This is most important: The event always sells out.  Year after year, winter after winter, the event always sells out. Do not put this off until the last minute. It will probably have passed.  Do not put this off till the last minute.  The event always sells out.

Meet the memoir-ists

On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. the library will be celebrating the community members who wrote their memoirs with us: Dorothy Armstrong, Ann Vlahos, Stewart Linendoll, Sara Killen, and the group that wrote the history of the train station/library transformation. The gathering will feature readings, light refreshment, and camaraderie. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon in January.

Adult trivia

This is not a contradiction in terms.  In fact this is a lot of fun.  Come already part of a team of four, or come on your own and we’ll put you on a team.  The cost is $5 per player.  Please sign up at the library.

The Altamont Free Library has books for sale.  We’ve been culling non-fiction books that have not been taken out in a long time, in order to make room for new items, ones we hope will be in greater demand.

Our culls are up for grabs at 25 cents each for paperbacks, and 50 cents for hard covers.  These prices are a steal.  Come in and have a look.

Crafts

It’s catching on.  This month’s Pinterest project is turning a well-worn hard cover book hmm… (Where would we find a few of those?), into a fine looking planter. The date is Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.

Book discussion

The first book club discussion group of 2014 is set for Monday, Jan. 6, at noon at the library.  The book is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Early reports describe the book as challenging.  Challenging books make for feisty discussions, the best kind.

Since the very beginning, this time of year, in this part of the world, has been beset by one over-riding concern: Will there be enough food to last?

On Monday, Dec. 30, your Altamont Free Library will do justice to this theme by hosting two programs where cooking and eating takes center stage.

In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., we’ll be sponsoring Junior Iron Chef. Kids will be asked to join together in pairs, and create a dish that includes a mystery ingredient. This couldn’t be anything but fun. Call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

And three hours later, at 6 p.m., we’ll blow the starting whistle (something like a police whistle) on our very first ever Dinner Theater Pot Luck. It’s an offshoot of our so successful Pot Luck Around the World series; but this time we’ll be headed for Chicago in the Roaring 20s – for a murder mystery dinner combination plate. Sign up at the library if you want to just eat and watch, or if you’d like a speaking part. The starting gun goes off at 6 p.m., and a more sensational gun? Come and see.  And eat.

Holiday schedule

The library will be closing at 3 p.m., on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. And, we’ll be closed all day on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Since the very beginning, this time of year, in this part of the world, has been beset by one over-riding concern:  Will there be enough food to last?

On Monday, Dec. 30, your Altamont Free Library will do justice to this theme by hosting two programs where cooking and eating take center stage.

In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., we’ll be sponsoring Junior Iron Chef. Kids will be asked to join together in pairs, and create a dish that includes a mystery ingredient. This couldn’t be anything but fun. Call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

And three hours later, at 6 p.m., we’ll blow the starting whistle (something like a police whistle) on our very first ever Dinner Theater Pot Luck.  It’s an offshoot of our so successful Pot Luck Around the World series; but this time we’ll be headed for Chicago in the Roaring 20s for a murder mystery dinner combination plate.  Sign up at the library if you just want  to eat and watch, or if you’d like a speaking part.  The starting gun goes off at 6 p.m. And a more sensational gun?  Come and see.  And eat.

Special times

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. in the afternoon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  And we’ll be closed all day on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Once upon a time

Celebrate the rich storytelling tradition of Upstate New York with tales and folklore spanning New York State from the Hudson Valley all the way to the Adirondack Mountains.  Watch and listen to Adam on Friday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

 

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