Fall is finally here, leaving a handful of us joyful for the cooling weather, glad for the upcoming fall harvests, and exchanging lawnmowers for rakes. Thus, we unwittingly give additional joy to small creatures that live in the leaves. Try not to think about that next time your kids jump in a pile.

Eat Around the World

Potluck Canada

On Monday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., the Altamont Free Library will be feasting on some recipes native to more northerly latitudes. Feel free to bring anything from a variety of places and climates, from salmon to cloudberries to – on second thought, leave the whale meat at home, please.

Book club

For the book club next week, we’ll be reading The Book of Unknown Americans and discussing it on Oct. 6 at noon. Feel free to bring any of the title characters along, and allow them to introduce themselves.

Build it!

As always, we’ll have Lego, K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Lawn games continue

Lawn games will continue (for now) on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is generally our cue for an unseasonal snowfall.

Story time

As always, story time will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers, and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers.

As the air cools off, the skies become grim, and the kids are bouncing merrily off to school (sometimes led by a tractor, some very thick ropes, and inch-deep claw marks in the pavement).

At the same time, Mr. Sun starts slacking off until he gets a warning slip on his desk in mid-December. In the midst of the chaos, our Altamont Free Library activities will continue as always.

Name That Tune —

oldies style

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., teams will test their knowledge of songs with the musical styles of Don Snyder. For a time, quiet shall not be enforced in the library as strictly as usual. No, the owner of the Washington Redskins will not be able to arrive here.

Build it!

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., bring the kids out to the library to build stuff. We have Lego (I’m informed that this is the correct plural), K’nex, Snap Circuits, and more. Leave the steel girders at home this time, please.


lawn games

The Lawn Games League will be rolling on into the fall. Join us on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Don’t leave us a-lawn. And don’t pun-ish us for that last joke.

Story time

As always, story time will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers, and on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers.

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 altamontfreelibrary.org 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