The winter cold has finally set in, just in time for Thanksgiving. Frigid winds are coming over the river and through the woods and down from the mountain and into the village and apparently into my cell phone, judging from how often it’s been freezing up lately. However, down in the considerably-warmer Altamont Free Library…

The library has an exciting addition.  We are now the proud owner’s of 39 audio CDs which contain the spoken words of Rev. James Keenholts (“Keen” to the entire community) Hilton.  O Jesus I Have Promised – The Keen Hilton Legacy is a collection of sermons dating from 1981-1990, including 3 Christmas Eve services.

Open mic night

Open Mic Night that was originally scheduled for Nov. 29, has been rescheduled for Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

The Dojo

On Nov. 21, as on every Friday, the Dojo will be meeting at 6 p.m. This will be a club for Anime, video game, and Magic: TG fans alike. Feel free to kick back as we set up multiplayer Nintendo games (Generally SSBB, Mario Party, or Nintendo Land), and the occasional anime. This is aimed at ages 16 and up.

Around-The-World Potluck

On Monday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., we’ll be trying out Thai cuisine. Balance and attention to detail are apparently of tantamount importance in most Thai dishes, so plan to go ahead and eat a sliding scale before you show up.

Kids’ Thanksgiving craft

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m., have your kids make something creative for the Thanksgiving table. No, we’re not telling you what it is just yet, so please leaf us alone.

Library Lights

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m., we will have a gazebo lighting ceremony in memory of loved ones. Please make your donations to the library by Saturday, Dec. 6.

Story time

As always, story time will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., for preschoolers and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers. Join us all for stories, songs, rhymes, and movement.


Halloween is right around the corner, so be sure to put your turn signals on as you head down Main Street. Last year, there was a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. Rubber bats flew as far as 50-feet. If it happens to rain this year, the fallen candy corn will melt into a runny mess that will harden into a brown-yellow-orange paste all along the roads just in time for Thanksgiving.

Don’t forget to test your kids’ candy to make sure it’s safe for you to sneak handfuls of when they’re not looking. Keep your eyes out for the annual holiday specials for shows debuting either on Saturday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your age. Take your orange and black clothes out of the closet for a festive look that would be right at home on some of Hollywood’s more refined celebrities, such as the Adams family! For some E-Z Halloween decorations, simply refrain from doing any dusting, vacuuming, cobweb-cleaning, or general routine home maintenance for a little while, and watch as your residence turns into a perfect example of a spectacularly elaborate Halloween decoration. At least, that’s my excuse. Of course, it will be necessary to burn said home down afterwards, but that is a small price to pay. Tell your friends! Please don’t mention my name!

As you head out into the night with your kids and their officially licensed costumes that make them look just like their officially licensed hero or heroine, save for the fact that they’re three feet tall and wearing little red sneakers. They also tend to wander into things – bushes, ravines, houses, you – because they can’t see through their masks since the alternative is usually makeup. This wouldn’t be so bad, except their makeup tends to smear after an hour or so, so that as the night wears on, they start to look less like you remember their beloved fictional character, and more like the character after they have fallen victim to a zombie plague. This, come to think of it, is quite appropriate for Halloween.

Don’t forget to stop by the Altamont Free Library during your trick-or-treat rounds this year, and happy Halloween to all of you out there!

We’re well into October, and there’s something of a nip in the air. Maybe it’s the darker days that seem to be settling over the town, as Earth’s axis tilts us away from the sun a little more. It could be the spirit of Halloween setting in.

Or perhaps it’s your neighbor’s bitey kids, clinging to your leg because they found their parents’ Halloween candy early and have gone on a sugar-fueled rampage throughout the neighborhood. At any rate, as soon as you detach them from your tibia, come to the Altamont Free Library for…

Library teen night

Teens 14 and up only are invited to come in and hang out at the library on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.



This month, we’re heading to Croatia. Bring in a Hladetina, some Ražnjići, or just enough tuna fish sandwiches for everyone. The dinner will be on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. Sign up at the front desk.

After-school craft

Halloween is coming. We have a spidery craft for younger patrons on Oct. 29, at 3p.m., and don’t forget to stop by the library when you make your trick-or-treating rounds on the 31st!

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.