Some happy news, but also some sad news this week. Let’s start with the good.

 

Grab & Go

Earlier this week, we began curbside pick-up and return of library books and materials, or Grab & Go service as we’re now calling it. Here’s how it works.

— Hours of operation for pick-up and drop-off will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday;

— Reserve books and DVDs at http://www.catalog.uhls.org anytime or by calling us at 518-861-7239 beginning June 15;

— When your items are ready, a library staff member will call or email you with a time you can pick them up. Please make an appointment before you come so that we can be sure to have everything ready for you when you get here;

— Your order will be waiting on a table in the library’s vestibule in a paper bag with your name on it. Please follow the directions you will see posted about “traffic flow” and social distancing;

— At this time, the library building and its restroom will remain closed to the public. Printing, computer, faxing, and photocopying services are not yet available;

— Borrowed materials can be dropped off in the marked boxes in the library’s vestibule during business hours. Due dates for previously checked out materials have been extended into July — overdue fines are not being applied to previously borrowed materials;

— Returned items will be quarantined at the library for at least 72 hours before they are able to be checked in and recirculated; and

— Library users must maintain social distance and wear masks while picking up and dropping off library materials.

Things will be different, and we’re still figuring some things out, so please bear with us as we make the necessary changes that will allow us to offer the services you need, while protecting the health and safety of our community.

We’re so excited to be getting back into the library and continuing our work with and for you all! We’ll see you soon!

 

Summer concert series canceled

And now for the bad news. Due to ongoing concerns about large gatherings, we have decided that we must cancel our annual summer concert series in Orsini Park for this year.

I am sure many of you are as disappointed as we are about this, but please know that as soon as we can safely hold large gatherings again, the series will be back. 
 

Video story times, online resources

Even though we’ll be opening up for curbside pickup and drop off, it’s going to be a while before we’re able to safely hold library programs like story time. If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you’ll be pleased to know the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.”

There you’ll find video storytimes we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there. Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer and me! Please enjoy! 

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

If you’d like to use Ancestry, Hoopla, Overdrive, or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour.

As more businesses and services in the Capital Region begin to reopen, we at Altamont Free Library are in the final stages of preparing for our return. (Stay tuned for an announcement soon!) When we do reopen, it will still be some time before we can safely have the public in the building, but we will be offering curbside service. Here’s what you’ll need to know about how that will work: 

— We will be working on a reduced schedule, with limited evening hours, and no weekend hours;

— You can request books and DVD’s from our collection at http://www.catalog.uhls.org or by calling us at 518-861-7239. We will not be able to get materials from other libraries at first:

  1. When your items are ready, a library staff member will call or email you with a time you can pick them up.

     2. Your order will be waiting on a table in the library’s vestibule in a paper bag with your name on it. Please follow the directions you will see posted about “traffic flow” and social distancing.   

    3. At this time, the library building and its restroom will remain closed to the public. Printing, computer, faxing and photocopying services are not yet available.

    4.  Borrowed materials can be dropped off in the marked boxes in the library’s vestibule during business hours. Due dates for previously checked out materials have been extended to July 1 at the earliest, and can be renewed even further — overdue fines are not being applied to previously borrowed materials.

    5.  Returned items will be quarantined at the library for at least 72 hours before they are able to be checked in and recirculated.

Our board and staff thank you for your support and patience as we move toward re-opening in ways that offer the services you need, while protecting the health and safety of our community. Keep an eye on this column, our website, and our Facebook page for an announcement soon! 

Video Storytimes and Online Resources

Even though we’ll be opening up for curbside pickup and drop off soon, it’s going to be a while before we’re able to safely hold library programs like storytime. If you and your young ones have been missing weekly Storytimes as much as we have, the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library”. There you’ll find video storytimes we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there. Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer and me! Please enjoy! 

In addition to video storytimes, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list. 

If you’d like to use Ancestry, Hoopla, Overdrive, or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour. 

It’s going to be a while before we’re able to safely hold library programs like story time. If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you will be happy to know the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again.

Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.” There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there. Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me. Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

If you’d like to use Ancestry, Hoopla, Overdrive, or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour.

Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.

Memorial Day Car Parade

On Saturday, May 23, the Village of Altamont will host a car parade to honor and thank our military veterans, and to acknowledge the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces over the years.

The parade will also be a way of highlighting the businesses that remain open in our village and which need your support during these trying times. If you do choose to attend, please make sure that you’re practicing smart and respectful social distancing and that you wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

I hope to see you all there, even though it will have to be from a safe distance. On behalf of Altamont Free Library, we want to thank the parade organizers, Nicole McCutcheon, Troy Miller of CM Fox Real Estate, and Jon Phillips of Phillips Hardware. We’d also like to thank all of our veterans for their service to our country. 

Census

By now, more than 70 percent of all households in the village of Altamont have responded to the Census, which is great! That’s better than the national average, the state average, and the Albany County average, so well done!

But, you know what? I think we can still do better! And we need to, because for every person that doesn’t get counted, the village loses out on $10,000 in support from the county. 

If you haven’t responded yet, you can do it online at www.my2020census.gov, on paper when you receive your form in the mail, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. Take 15 minutes (or less) and fill out your census today.

Even if you haven’t received a mailing from the Census Department yet (or it got misplaced), you can still go ahead and respond to the census online by going to https://my2020census.gov. Simply click on the button that says “If you do not have a Census ID click here,” and you will be led through a series of questions about your home address, and then get into the census questionnaire.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out your questionnaire, send us an email at or leave a message on the library’s voicemail at 518-861-7239 and we'll get right back to you.

Library materials not due yet

We’ve gotten a few questions about returning library books and movies over the past few days, so here’s the story: We are continuously extending due dates on all library materials for as long as it takes for us to safely reopen, so that there will be no overdue fines owed.

Please hold onto your library items until then. If you’re done with them, put them in a plastic bag and seal or tie it, and set the bag aside until we ask for everything back. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at story time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you’ll be glad to know that the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.” There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there.

Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me! Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

Ancestry.com from home

As many library users know, the Altamont Free Library (in addition to all the other libraries in Albany and Rensselaer) has for the past few years been able to provide our users with access to Ancestry.com and all of the historical and genealogical resources it contains, but only on the computers in the library itself.

Now, until the end of May, access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders doing their research from home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of May and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

You can log on with your library card here: https://www.uhls.org/ancestry.htm Thanks to the Upper Hudson Library System for working this out for us!

If you’d like to use Ancestry, Hoopla, Overdrive, or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour.

Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.

We’ve gotten a few questions about returning library books and movies over the past few days, so here’s the story: We are continuously extending due dates on all library materials for as long as it takes for us to safely reopen, so that there will be no overdue fines owed.

Please hold onto your library items until then. If you’re done with them, put them in a plastic bag and seal or tie it, and set the bag aside until we ask for everything back. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at story time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you’ll be glad to know that the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.” There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there.

Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me! Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list. 

Ancestry.com from home   

As many library users know, the Altamont Free Library (in addition to all the other libraries in Albany and Rensselaer) has for the past few years been able to provide our users with access to Ancestry.com and all of the historical and genealogical resources it contains, but only on the computers in the library itself.

Now, until the end of May, access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders doing their research from home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of May and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

You can log on with your library card here: https://www.uhls.org/ancestry.htm. Thanks to the Upper Hudson Library System for working this out for us! 

Hoopla

Need a new book, audiobook, or movie while the library is closed? We all do! That’s why we’re introducing a new digital service called Hoopla!

The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on e-book, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies, and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out! If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you’d like to use Hoopla or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour.

— Photo from Joe Burke

Bessie, a life-sized cow statue bedecked in scarves the color of a rainbow, appears to be waiting for a train; the old village station is, of course, now home to the Altamont Free Library. Bessie “was dressed up in rainbow colors in the spirit of the #518rainbowhunt campaign,” says the library’s director, Joe Burke.

The Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Ancetry.com from home   

As many library users know, the Altamont Free Library (in addition to all the other libraries in Albany and Rensselaer) has for the past few years been able to provide our users with access to Ancestry.com and all of the historical and genealogical resources it contains, but only on the computers in the library itself.

Now, until the end of May, access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders doing their research from home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of May and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

You can log on with your library card here: https://www.uhls.org/ancestry.htm. Thanks to the Upper Hudson Library System for working this out for us! 

Hoopla

Need a new book, audiobook, or movie while the library is closed? We all do! That’s why we’re introducing a new digital service called Hoopla!

The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on e-book, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies, and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out! If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you’d like to use Hoopla or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour. 

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at story time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you’ll be glad to know that the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.” There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there.

Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me! Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list. 

Donations

Normally, the library staff would be very busy this past week in running our annual book sale. Unfortunately, the village-wide garage sale was cancelled for this year, and so the book sale was too.

All year long, we ask our friends to hold their book donations until this week, so that we can include them in the sale, but we’re going to have to ask you all to hold onto those donations for a little longer. We’re hoping that circumstances will allow us to hold a smaller book sale later on this year, once life goes back to something closer to normal.

Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.

Donations

Normally, the library staff would be very busy this week in preparing for our annual book sale. Unfortunately, the village-wide garage sale has been cancelled for this year, and so the book sale has been cancelled as well.

All year long, we ask our friends to hold their book donations until this week, so that we can include them in the sale, but we’re going to have to ask you all to hold onto those donations for a little longer. We’re hoping that circumstances will allow us to hold a smaller book sale later on this year, once life goes back to something closer to normal.

Hoopla

Need a new book, audiobook, or movie while the library is closed? We all do!

That’s why we’re introducing a new digital service called Hoopla! The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on ebook, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out. If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer Counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you’d like to use Hoopla or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour.

2020 Census

Altamont is kicking butt on the census! As far as we can tell, our local response rate here in the village is running well ahead of the county, state, and national response rates, so let’s keep it going!

If you haven’t responded yet by internet or phone, it’s about to get way easier to respond as paper questionnaires arrive in your mailbox. Take 15 minutes (or less) and fill out your census today. You can do it online at www.my2020census.gov, on paper when you receive your form in the mail, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.

Just about everyone should have received mailings from the Census Department at this point. The Census Department cannot send mailings to post office boxes, which poses an unusual challenge for the village. The post-office employees are doing their best to get census information to all residents.

But, even if you haven’t received a mailing from the Census Department yet, you can still go ahead and respond to the census online by going to https://my2020census.gov. Simply click on the button that says “If you do not have a Census ID click here,” and you will be led through a series of questions about your home address, and then get into the Census questionnaire.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out your questionnaire, send us an email at or leave a message on the library’s voicemail at 518-861-7239 and we'll get right back to you. 

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at Story Time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly Story Times as much as we have, the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.”

There you’ll find video storytimes we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there. Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer and me. Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

The Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Hoopla

Need a new book, audiobook, or movie while the library is closed? We all do!

That’s why we’re introducing a new digital service called Hoopla. The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on e-book, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies, and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out. If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you’d like to use Hoopla or any of our other digital services, but can’t find your library card, send me an email at or call the library at 518-861-7239 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and I’ll get you your card number within the hour. 

2020 Census

Altamont is kicking butt on the census! As far as we can tell, our local response rate here in the village is running well ahead of the county, state, and national response rates, so let’s keep it going!

(As former-Mayor Jim Gaughan notes in our letter to the editor, we’re running somewhat behind Voorheesville so, if you’re primarily motivated by competition, let’s beat those guys!) 

If you haven’t responded yet by internet or phone, it’s about to get way easier to respond as paper questionnaires arrive in your mailbox. Take 15 minutes (or less) and fill out your census today. You can do it online at www.my2020census.gov, on paper when you receive your form in the mail, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. 

Just about everyone should have received mailings from the Census Department at this point. The Census Department cannot send mailings to post-office boxes, which poses an unusual challenge for the village. The post-office employees are doing their best to get census information to all residents.

But, even if you haven't received a mailing from the Census Department yet, you can still go ahead and respond to the census online by going to https://my2020census.gov. Simply click on the button that says, “If you do not have a Census ID click here,” and you will be led through a series of questions about your home address, and then get into the census questionnaire.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out your questionnaire, send us an email at or leave a message on the library’s voicemail at 518-861-7239 and we’ll get right back to you. 

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at Story Time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly Story Times as much as we have, we have good news for you: The library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.”

There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there.

Each new edition is chock-full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me. Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

By ​Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. 

The Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m., using the Zoom Meeting online platform. For details on how to access that meeting, please go to the library’s website at AltamontFreeLibrary.org where instructions will be posted to our homepage. 

2020 Census

Altamont is kicking butt on the census! As far as we can tell, our local response rate here in the village is running well ahead of the county, state, and national response rates, so let’s keep it going! 

If you haven’t responded yet by internet or phone, it’s about to get way easier to respond as paper questionnaires arrive in your mailbox. Take 15 minutes (or less) and fill out your census today. You can do it online at www.my2020census.gov, on paper when you receive your form in the mail, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. 

Just about everyone should have received mailings from the Census Department at this point. The Census Department cannot send mailings to Post Office Boxes, which poses an unusual challenge for the village. The Post Office employees are doing their best to get census information to all residents.

But even if you haven’t received a mailing from the Census Department yet, you can still go ahead and respond to the census online by going to https://my2020census.gov. Simply click on the button that says “If you do not have a Census ID click here,” and you will be led through a series of questions about your home address, and then get into the census questionnaire.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out your questionnaire, send us an email at or leave a message on the library's voicemail at 518-861-7239 and we'll get right back to you. 

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at Story Time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly Story Times as much as we have, you’ll be glad to know the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again.

Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.” There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there.

Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me. Please enjoy!

In addition to video story times, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list.

— Photo from Joe Burke

Meg Seinberg-Hughes, an Altamont free Library staffer, reads a story on video. Altamont Free Library staff have been putting out new video story times every Tuesday and Friday while the library has been closed. They can be found on Youtube or on the Altamont Free Library’s Facebook page. 

The Altamont Free Library remains closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Video Story Times

There are dozens and dozens of things I miss about the library as I’m working from home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the thing I probably miss more than anything else is getting to see our youngest library patrons every week at story time.

If you and your young ones have been missing weekly story times as much as we have, you’ll be happy to know that the library staff has been working on something to tide you over until we can see each other in person again. Head over YouTube.com and search for “Altamont Free Library.”

There you’ll find video story times we’ve been putting together, with new ones appearing every Tuesday and Friday. You can also like us on Facebook and find them there. Each new edition is chock full of stories, songs, crafts, movement activities, and bubbles presented by staff members Meg Seinberg-Hughes, Erika Peterson, Jo Ann Mulligan, Ann Gainer, and me. Please enjoy! 

In addition to video storytimes, there are tons of other online resources you have access to with your library card. Go to https://www.altamontfreelibrary.org/online-services to find a full and constantly updated list. 

2020 Census

This past April 1 was Census Day! You didn’t miss the party, and if you haven’t done your census yet, don’t worry.

Census Day is just the day that we use as the representative day you’ll be asked about when you fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire, so whether you filled out your census a week ago or a week from now, you’ll always be asked: “How many people were living in your household on April 1?” 

Why April 1? Who knows! But it’s been done like this every ten years since 1790. 

So, celebrate a belated Census Day by taking 15 minutes (or fewer) and filling out your census today. You can do it online at www.2020 census.gov, on paper when you receive your form in the mail (hopefully next week), or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. 

Some Altamont residents have received mailings from the Census Department, and others have not. The Census Department cannot send mailings to post office boxes, which poses an unusual challenge for the village. The post office employees are doing their best to get census information to all residents.

But even if you haven’t received a mailing from the Census Department yet, you can still go ahead and respond to the census online by going to https://my2020census.gov. Simply click on the button that says “If you do not have a Census ID click here,” and you will be led through a series of questions about your home address, and then get into the Census questionnaire.

If you have any questions or need help in filling out your questionnaire, send us an email at or leave a message on the library’s voicemail at 518-861-7239 and we'll get right back to you.

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