Caroline Doctorow will perform on May 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the SongTellers Sessions series at the Altamont Free Library.

The Altamont Free Library’s annual book sale is coming up quickly and we need your help to pull it off! On Saturday, May 6, we’ll hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the PTA’s village-wide garage sale.

Every year, we are the happy recipients of thousands and thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs, which we sell to raise money for the library. (Sorry, but we will not be running a garage sale this year, so household goods will not be accepted.)

We’ll need a few folks to help out with moving and sorting all of the donations, so if you have a few hours to spare any day between May 3 and May 6, please email me at or call 861-7239. Also, if you have a folding table or a tarp you can spare for a few days, those would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks!

CM Fox Charity Gala

On Saturday, April 29, our good friends at CM Fox Real Estate will be holding their first spring gala at Orchard Creek Golf Club. All proceeds from the event will go to support food pantries in Altamont and Guilderland, as well as the Guilderland Public Library and the Altamont Free Library.

We are tremendously grateful to Troy Miller, Kathy Burbank, Steve Wacksman, and Cindy Wadach among many others for organizing this exciting event. There may still be a spot or two left so call CM Fox at 861-7030 for more information. See you there!

Book club

The first Monday book group will meet at noon on Monday, May 1 to discuss “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire. This updating and reimagining of the classic “Wizard of Oz” stories by L. Frank Baum looks at the well known stories from the perspective of the supposedly bad guys.

A modern classic in its own right and the basis for the tremendously popular musical of the same name, this novel should give us lots to talk about, so please join us!

Doctorow performs

The SongTeller Sessions concert series keeps on rolling. Please join us for our next concert on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Our performer this time around will be Caroline Doctorow. “No Depression Magazine” says, “Caroline Doctorow has been responsible for some of the sweetest songs of the modern folk idiom.”

Caroline is a chart-topping folksinger and songwriter, with a stirring voice that recalls Judy Collins and Sandy Denny. In addition to 11 solo albums, she released the first retrospective of the work of folk icons Richard and Mimi Fariña titled Another Country, which received critical acclaim.

She is the daughter of the late, world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow, so she’ll definitely have some good stories to tell. Coffee and snacks will be available and all ages are welcome.

The Altamont free Library’s annual book sale is coming up quickly — it’s on Saturday, May 6, held in conjunction wit the village-wide garage sale held by the Altamont elementary School PTA — and we need your help to pull it off. Every year, we are the happy recipients of thousands and thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs which we sell to raise money for the library. (Sorry, but we will not be running a garage sale this year, so household goods will not be accepted.)

From noon on Wednesday, May 3 until Friday, May 5, we will be very grateful to accept book, CD, and DVD donations, which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs and we will be happy to make up a receipt for you for tax purposes if you like.

We’ll need a few folks to help out with moving and sorting all of the donations, so if you have a few hours to spare any day between May 3 and May 6, the day of the sale, please email me at or call 861-7239. Also, if you have a folding table or a tarp you can spare for a few days, those would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks!

Trivia Night

This Thursday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., our monthly Trivia Night is back. Make a team, study up and BYOB to this mind-twisting trivia contest. Entrance is $5 and the winning team takes half of the door. Contestants must be 21 and up, please.

Earth Day craft

Celebrate Earth Day and the spring season at the library! On Sunday April 23 at 2 p.m. we’ll be making wildflower seed balls that you can strew about your yard and watch the beautiful, bright flowers bloom! Please pre-register to ensure that we have craft materials for all by calling the library at 861-7239, emailing at or stop by the library and sign up in person.

Spanish potluck

It’s almost time again for another of our ever popular Eat Around the World Potluck dinners! Come broaden your culinary horizons and share a meal a bunch of friendly people. This month we’re taking  a trip to Spain!

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 24 to join in the festivities and bring a dish to share. If you don’t already have a favorite Spanish recipe, come on in and grab a cookbook.

Gadget help

For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by our devices. But fear not, that’s what the library is here for. Whether it’s a phone, laptop, tablet or eReader that won’t do what it’s supposed to do, we can (probably) help!

Call the library at 861-7239 to book an appointment to sit down with a librarian for up to a half-hour and sort out your gizmo issues. And hey, if we can’t help you, it just means that you’re not alone in your confusion.

 

It’s April! Baseball and the birds are returning and the days are getting longer and warmer. That must mean that it’s time to start gearing up for the annual village-wide garage sale.

On Saturday, May 7, the Altamont Free Library will hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the village-wide garage sale sponsored by the Altamont Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association.

From noon on Wednesday, May 3, until Friday, May 5, we will be very grateful to accept book, CD, and DVD donations, which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs and we will be happy to make up a receipt for you for tax purposes if you like. (Sorry, but we will not be running a garage sale this year, so household goods will not be accepted.)

Please don’t forget to visit us during the sale to find your next favorite book!

SongTeller sessions

Please join us for our next concert in our ongoing series of SongTeller Sessions this coming Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Our performer this time around will be Michael Eck.

Michael has been a mainstay of the Capital District music scene for over two decades and wears many hats: performer, producer, critic, organizer and radio host, just to name a few. His musical interests and compositions run the gamut from folk and punk to blues and old time jug band music. Notable among his recent efforts have been as a member of the Lost Radio Rounders and the Ramblin Jug Stompers and as host of WAMC's American Roots series.

Coffee and snacks will be available and all ages are welcome.

Juice and Jammies

On Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. put on your pj’s and join Ms. Erika for a pre-bedtime story, snack and craft. This low-key storytime will be just the thing to prepare your young folks to count some sheep.

 

Michael Eck will perform at the Altamont free Library, as part of the library’s Songteller Sessions, on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

Exciting news! On April 29, our good friends at CM Fox Real Estate will be holding their first Spring Gala at Orchard Creek Golf Club. All proceeds from the event will go to support food pantries in Altamont and Guilderland, as well as the Guilderland Public Library and the Altamont Free Library.

We are tremendously grateful to Troy Miller, Kathy Burbank, Steve Wacksman, and Cindy Wadach among many others for organizing this exciting event. To learn more and to reserve your spot, call CM Fox at 861-7030. See you all there!

Juice and Jammies

Tonight,  Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., put on your pajama’s and join Ms. Erika for a pre-bedtime story, snack and craft! This low-key storytime will be just the thing to prepare your young folks to count some sheep.

Orwell revisited

The first Monday book group will meet at noon on Monday, April 3, to discuss the classic dystopian novel “1984” by George Orwell. This novel touches on several issues that have been widely debated recently, including the use of propaganda and government surveillance, so much so that this book, originally published in 1949 has recently climbed back up the bestseller list.

Please join us for what will undoubtedly be a fascinating conversation.

SongTeller sessions

As you may have heard, we have a new monthly concert series that we are very excited about. We’re calling it the SongTeller Sessions and they happen on the first Friday evening of each month.

The idea is that each performer receives the same list of ten questions that they answer through stories and songs. Among the questions are: What was a song that your parents loved? What was the first bad song that you wrote? What song makes you think of home?

Please join us for our next concert on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Our performer this month is Michael Eck. Michael has been a mainstay of the Capital District music scene for over two decades and wears many hats: performer, producer, critic, organizer and radio host, just to name a few.

His musical interests and compositions run the gamut from folk and punk to blues and old time jug band music. Notable among his recent efforts have been as a member of the Lost Radio Rounders and the Ramblin Jug Stompers and as host of WAMC's American Roots series.

Coffee and snacks will be available and all ages are welcome.

 

To celebrate the imminent arrival of springtime, bring your favorite young folks down to the library on Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. We’ll be building birdfeeders to welcome our feathered friends back from their migrations. We’ll have a bunch of different types to make, so there will be something to make for every skill level.

“Major Pettigrew” discussion

On Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday book club will meet to discuss the phenomenal novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. This acclaimed novel tells the story of the budding of an unlikely romance between a retired military officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper in a small British town.

There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us.

Springtime bird walk

On Thursday, March 30, local ornithologist Dan Capuano will once again lead a bird watching expedition along Brandle Road.  Please join us at 9 a.m. here at the library for a one hour walk around the village to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

We’ll have a few extra sets of binoculars, if you’d like to use them. First-time birdwatchers are encouraged to attend.

Breakfast for dinner

It’s almost time again for another of our ever popular Eat Around the World Potluck dinners! Come broaden your culinary horizons and share a meal a bunch of friendly people.

This month, we’re taking a break from the world and focusing on folks’ favorite breakfast recipes, because there’s nothing better than having breakfast for dinner from time to time. Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, to join in the festivities and bring a dish to share.

Gadget help

For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by our devices. But fear not; that’s what the library is here for.

Whether it’s a phone, laptop, tablet or eReader that won’t do what it’s supposed to do, we can (probably) help! Call the library at (518) 861-7239 to book an appointment to sit down with a librarian for up to a half-hour and sort out your gizmo issues.

And hey, if we can’t help you, it just means that you’re not alone in your confusion.

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