— Photo from Joe Burke

Straw-Daryl Brary was the Altamont Free Library’s entry in the Fall Festival scarecrow contest.

 

It’s coming up faster than you might think: Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day!

Even though there are no Clintons or Trumps running this year, there are still plenty of important offices up for election, including town supervisors, judges, town boards, and more. Whether your candidates win or lose, there is one sure fire way to leave the polling place with a smile on your face: Get yourself a brownie!

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or an independent, we can all agree that homemade cookies, pies, and bread make the world a little sweeter. We need plenty of bakers to make this fundraiser a success, so if you’d like to donate some baked goods, give me a call at (518) 861-7239.

The always-phenomenal Mary Heidinger and Pat Spohr could use a few extra pairs of hands running the sale as well, so if you’ve got a spare hour or two on Election Day and you’d like to help, please let us know. All proceeds from the sale go to support the Altamont Free Library.

Scary movies to watch in the dark

Over the month of October, please join us for family-friendly but super scary movies every Sunday at 3 p.m. First up, the hilarious animated film “Hotel Transylvania” on Sunday Oct. 8.  We’ll have the popcorn ready for you!

Trivia Night

On Thursday, Oct. 19 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.

Gadget assistance

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.

 

We here at the library would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who came out for our annual chicken barbecue last Friday evening. It was touch and go there for a while as they were trying to get the fire lit during a monsoon, but a little bit of creativity and a lot of sticktoitiveness goes a long way and everything came together in the end to produce the smoothest running barbecue in recent memory.

There are many people to thank, from our food preppers to our ticket sellers, our brownie bakers to our sign makers and chicken-suit wearers. Thanks are also due to the Traditional Strings for providing such excellent music to eat to. Special thanks are due to Craig Sargent, Bob Haggerty, Eric Kuck, Don Searing, and Tony Kossmann for cooking.

Thanks are especially, especially due to Dan Capuano for organizing the event, getting all the food and supplies, and acting as head chef and quarterback for the event. It’s always a tremendous job, and Dan has been doing it for many years. This was, I’m sorry to say, his last year taking it on. Rest assured that we are in capable hands going forward, but his experience and expertise will be sorely missed. Thank you, Dan.

Now that the barbecue is done, that must mean that it’s time for some other awesome events here at the library.

Juice and Jammies

On Thursday, June 22 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.

Patio ribbon-cutting

We've recently finished construction of the Spohr Family Centennial Patio on the track side of the building. This new outdoor space will be a place where folks will be able to sit and read or plug into their laptops and work, or talk with friends without worrying about getting shushed.

The patio is named in honor of the many contributions that Tom and Pat Spohr have made to our community over the years. We’re still waiting on some outdoor furniture and signs, but everything should be in place for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 23 at 11a.m. All are invited to join us for the grand opening. We are tremendously grateful to Senator George Amedore for securing state funds and to the loved ones of Tom Spohr for their contributions to this exciting new library space.

Cuisine Potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 26 for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re going to take on traditional Native American cuisine.

This is fitting because the word “potluck” is thought to be derived from the language of the Chinook Tribe of the Pacific Northwest and its tradition of the potlach, a great feast where gifts are exchanged.

If you don’t already have a favorite Native American recipe, feel free to pick one up here at the library. Please join us and bring a dish to share.

Opening ceremony

It’s just about time for the Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrates reading, creativity, and summer fun!

Please join us on Friday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in Orsini Park or in the library if the weather stinks to get signed up.

 

Build a Better World … READ!

Mark your calendars to sign-up for the Guilderland Public Library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program at the Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Children, tweens, and teens can sign-up to be a Summer Reader, collect program information, and ask our staff any questions they might have. While you’re here, enter a raffle for a chance to win your own “Build a Better World” t-shirt.

Be sure to enjoy a refreshing ice cream sundae, and say “hello!” to our Super Scoopers who will serve your sundae: Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy, Town Supervisor Peter Barber, and Schools Superintendent Marie Wiles have all volunteered to dish it up for you.

If you have any questions on the programs being offered, please check the “Build a Better World” brochure that came home in school backpack mail. Copies of the brochures are available at the library.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

We  have two big thank you’s to folks who have allowed us to display their work here in the library over the last few weeks. First, Dr. Stuart Fass of Altamont General Dentistry allowed us to display a selection of his replications of historic American flags on our outdoor overhang in honor of Flag Day. They looked fantastic. Thanks, Dr. Fass!

Secondly, for the past month we had a very special piece of art hanging in our community room. It is a quilt of sorts made by a group of residents at the Mallard Cove Senior Living Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and representing each member of the groups’ favorite things. We received it as part of the Intercontinental Art Exchange in return for a beautiful quilt with panels made by Altamontians Ellen Howie, Ruth Dickinson, Joan Johnson, Nancy Murphy and Diane Kingsland. It is now on its’ way back to Cincinnati, but I hope that many of you had a chance to check it out. We are currently displaying a collection of plein-air paintings by Joan Johnson. They’re absolutely beautiful, so please come have a look.

Trivia night

On Thursday, June 15 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.

Chicken BBQ

It’s June, which means that it’s almost time for our famous annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Friday June 16 with servings at 5 and 6 p.m. This highly anticipated event offers library trustees and volunteers the opportunity to play Top Chef for you all. (We’ll also be breaking out the library’s chicken costume for the occasion.) We’ve already had a ton of people in at the library asking for tickets, which will be available starting this week. Every ticket gets you a dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink and brownie. There’s also a vegetarian option is available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to the always enjoyable Traditional Strings. If you’d like to help us prep the food or serve the meals, we can always use an extra set of hands, so give a call to 429-8354 or send an email to .

Juice and Jammies Storytime

On Thursday, June 22 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.  

Patio ribbon cutting

We've recently finished construction of the Spohr Family Centennial Patio on the track side of the building. This new outdoor space will be a place where folks will be able to sit and read or plug into their laptops and work, or talk with friends without worrying about getting shushed. The patio is named in honor of the many contributions that Tom and Pat Spohr have made to our community over the years. We're still waiting on some outdoor furniture and signs, but everything should be in place for the official ribbon cutting on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. All are invited to join us for the grand opening. We are tremendously grateful to Senator George Amedore and the loved ones of Tom Spohr for their contributions to this exciting new library space.

Summer Reading opening ceremony

It’s just about time for the Summer Reading Program! The Summer Reading Program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrates reading, creativity and summer fun! Please join us on Friday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in Orsini Park (or in the library if the weather stinks) to get signed up.

 

Father’s Day is coming up! Please drop in on Tuesday, June 13 an time from 3 to  6 p.m. to make a Father’s Day card that your dad or grandpa is sure to love. We’ll have all the materials you need to make a unique handcrafted gift for your favorite guy.

Trivia Night

On Thursday, June 15th from 7pm to 9pm, 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.

Barbecue

It’s June, which means that it’s almost time for our famous annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Friday, June 16 with servings at 5 and 6 p.m. This highly anticipated event offers library trustees and volunteers the opportunity to play Top Chef for you all. (We’ll also be breaking out the library’s chicken costume for the occasion.) We’ve already had a ton of people in at the library asking for tickets, which will be available starting this week. Every ticket gets you a dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink and brownie. There’s also a vegetarian option  available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to the always enjoyable Traditional Strings. If you’d like to help us prep the food or serve the meals, we can always use an extra set of hands, so give a call to 429-8354 or send an email to .

Patio ribbon cutting

We've recently finished construction of the Spohr Family Centennial Patio on the track side of the building. This new outdoor space will be a place where folks will be able to sit and read or plug into their laptops and work, or talk with friends without worrying about getting shushed. The patio is named in honor of the many contributions that Tom and Pat Spohr have made to our community over the years. We're still waiting on some outdoor furniture and signs, but everything should be in place for the official ribbon cutting on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. All are invited to join us for the grand opening. We are tremendously grateful to Senator George Amedore and the loved ones of Tom Spohr for their contributions to this exciting new library space.

 

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