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.

We’re so proud of our brand new video displaying facilities. So we’ve linked them up to one of the most exciting sports events in all the world The World Cup.

On Thursday, June 12, at 3:30 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be screening the match between Brazil and Croatia. The whole world, with the possible exception of Joe Namath, will be watching. Get here in timely fashion. We’ll have snacks and sideline fun.


Our entryway display area is currently the home of another collection of artistic material you don’t see every day. We’re featuring Laura Shore’s paintings of local produce. The works include red peppers, blueberries, peas, cabbage, onions, and more. Come have a long look at all this luxuriant health, right living, and good gustatory choice making. Plus you might know the backyard gardener who grew it.

Double yummy

You heard it first right here, right now.  On Friday, June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Altamont’s Orsinsi Park, is the time and location for this year’s annual Library Chicken BBQ. Advance sale tickets will go for $9. Same day sales are $10. All dinners include a half chicken cooked with the library’s secret sauce, baked potato, roll, coleslaw, drink, and brownie. Veggie option available for preorder. 

Story time

Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., all year round, story time happens. Kids and parents are welcome to drop in and join us for stories, music, rhymes, and crafts.