— Photo by Joe Burke

Selfie: The enthusiastice new director of the Altamont Free Library, Joe Burke, is eager to meet the community.

Hi. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Joe Burke and I’m incredibly proud to be the new director of the Altamont Free Library.

The Altamont Free Library is unique among the libraries in the Capital District. I have never seen a library so wholeheartedly embraced by its community. So many volunteers contributed to the 2012 renovation of the Altamont train station. So many continue to donate their time, energy, and expertise to making the library the vibrant, dynamic institution that it is. This dedication inspires me and many others throughout the Capital District.

I am excited to now be a part of this incredible organization.

The welcome I have received so far in my few days on the job has been overwhelming. I already feel the support — and responsibility — of such a unique library that means so much to so many. I look forward to getting to know all of you better as we work together to make sure your library is meeting your expectations.

I would like to acknowledge library’s former director, Judith Wines, for the incredible job she has done here. I know that I have big shoes to fill.

I’d like to thank Mary Beth Mulligan and the rest of our staff for the superb job they have done, and continue to do, in holding the library together day in and day out. Finally, I’d like to thank our trustees who give so much of themselves to shape the ideal library for the village of Altamont.

Together, we will build on the incredible work already done, and continue to push for new and exciting ways your library can be a part of your life and your community.

Now, let’s get to work!

First up, we will be holding a book club meeting on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., with discussion about Tracy Chevalier’s historical fiction, Last Runaway.

Please join us for our monthly Around the World Potluck on Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. This month, we will be highlighting food from Scotland, so bring a dish to share!

Our eighth annual I Love My Library! Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. at Village Hall. Tickets will soon be available at the library, and donations for the silent auction are still being accepted. I hope you will join us, and please make sure to introduce yourself.

As we get ready to begin a new year, we look back at 2014 and say, “What a year this has been.”  The Altamont Free Library has gone through some major changes but our mission has stayed the same.

We are committed to serving you all to the best of our ability. We would like to thank everyone who helps make the library such a bright spot in town. The library would not be the special place that it is without the support of our patrons and members of the community.

Creative ideas

Do you have an interesting talent or suggestion that you would like to share with us?  We are always looking to try something new. We know that there are plenty of folks out there with creative ideas and the library is just the place to bring those ideas to life. Please contact us to get things started. 

Display case

The library has a beautiful display case in the entryway and our meeting room has space available to hang local artwork.  If you have a collection for our case or something special to adorn our walls, please contact the library. 
Goodbye to 2014 and welcome to 2015 and all that it brings. May you all have a Happy New Year.

As we get ready to begin a new year, we look back at 2014 and say, “What a year this has been.”  The Altamont Free Library has gone through some major changes but our mission has stayed the same.

We are committed to serving you all to the best of our ability. We would like to thank everyone who helps make the library such a bright spot in town. The library would not be the special place that it is without the support of our patrons and members of the community.

Creative ideas

Do you have an interesting talent or suggestion that you would like to share with us?  We are always looking to try something new. We know that there are plenty of folks out there with creative ideas and the library is just the place to bring those ideas to life. Please contact us to get things started. 

Display case

The library has a beautiful display case in the entryway and our meeting room has space available to hang local artwork.  If you have a collection for our case or something special to adorn our walls, please contact the library. 
Goodbye to 2014 and welcome to 2015 and all that it brings. May you all have a Happy New Year.

As we get ready to begin a new year, we look back at 2014 and say, “What a year this has been.”  The Altamont Free Library has gone through some major changes but our mission has stayed the same.

We are committed to serving you all to the best of our ability. We would like to thank everyone who helps make the library such a bright spot in town. The library would not be the special place that it is without the support of our patrons and members of the community.

Creative ideas

Do you have an interesting talent or suggestion that you would like to share with us?  We are always looking to try something new. We know that there are plenty of folks out there with creative ideas and the library is just the place to bring those ideas to life. Please contact us to get things started. 

Display case

The library has a beautiful display case in the entryway and our meeting room has space available to hang local artwork.  If you have a collection for our case or something special to adorn our walls, please contact the library. 
Goodbye to 2014 and welcome to 2015 and all that it brings. May you all have a Happy New Year.

It is hard to believe but some of the books checked out this week at the Altamont Public Library aren’t due back until 2015. Where has this year gone?

The lighting of the Library Lights was once again a beautiful and touching ceremony.  Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the library in the name of a loved one.

Victorian Holiday

The village will be filled with merriment this Sunday as the Victorian Holiday festivities take place on Sunday. Stop in between 2 and 4 p.m., and enjoy music by local favorite David Warner.  While you are there take a chance on the beautiful quilt on display. The drawing will be that afternoon. Once you see it, you will want to grab the quilt, a book, a cup of hot cocoa, and get cozy on the couch. Note: The library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. for usual business.

Book talk

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and The Rosie Project are next in line for the adult book discussions. Leonard isn’t scheduled for Dec. 15 as originally reported. How could I forget the evening discussion is on the penultimate Monday? The correct date is Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. We’ll have to go some to beat last week’s lively discussion of Lolita. The teens will be discussing The Circle in early January.  Copies of all the books are available at the library.

Journey to Norway

This month’s potluck dinner delights will be coming from Norway. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., on Dec. 29. We won’t be able to see the aurora borealis but the food will be just as amazing.

Holiday schedule

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, closed on Christmas Day Dec. 25, and closed the day after Dec. 26.  We will open again on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m.

Save the date

The annual Gala is set for Feb. 7, 2015. The live auction is guaranteed to get exciting as attendees bid on two pieces of artwork by Ed Cowley.  More details to come.

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