— Photo by Mike Seinberg
The 13th annual I Love My Library Gala for the Altamont Free Library was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8. From left are Congressman Paul Tonko, Gala Honoree Linda Cure, Gala Chairwoman Amanda Beedle, Gala Honoree Kristin Casey, and Library Director Joseph Burke.​

This past weekend, we held the 13th Annual I Love My Library Gala. It was a wonderful event and we have many people to thank for its success.

First of all, our Gala Committee — Amanda Beedle, Michelle Stevens, Yvette Terplak, Meghan Connolly, and Tracy Mayer — pulled everything together and made sure that everything ran more smoothly than it ever has before.

We were also assisted by a fantastic group of young volunteers, as well as by the dozens of friends who donated auction items, and deserts.

We also couldn’t have pulled it off without the crucial assistance of Jim Gardner of Enterprise Printing and Photo; Diana Greene of Bella Fleur/Remedies; Troy Miller of CM Fox Real Estate and the Bunker; Greg Weir; Sally Dague; Pat Spohr; the village of Altamont staff, department of public works, and police; and our fabulous caterers, Elegant Touch Catering.

We are deeply indebted to our very deserving honorees for the evening, Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, who have done so much to improve the Altamont community over their decades of service. Finally, a tremendous thank you to the incredible Altamont library community, whose support we can always count on. Thank you all! 

Mystery Book Club

Please join us for a meeting of our newest book club, which is focused exclusively on mysteries! We’ve got members interested in every subgenre from intense psychological thrillers to low-key cozy mysteries and every type of mystery in between.

If you love a good whodunit, please join us next Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. as we try to crack the case of “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon. Donna Leon’s mysteries are set in beautiful Venice, Italy and feature the unsinkable Police Commissario Guido Brunetti, who solves complex mysteries, but always makes it home for lunch. 

Haiti 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 with a bunch of friendly people.

This month, we’re taking a trip to the northwest Caribbean nation of Haiti! Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, to join in the festivities and bring a dish to share. If you don’t already have a favorite recipe from that part of the world, come on in and grab a cookbook! 

Young Readers Book Club

The Young Readers Book Club for readers ages 9 to 12 has been going strong for a few months, and it just better. This month we’re reading Holes by Louis Sachar, a modern classic about a group of accused juvenile delinquents bonding at an outdoor work camp.

Pick one up today and join us on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a great discussion! We have a signup sheet at the desk, and you can always send us an email at so that we know you’re coming. 

Story Time!

Did you know that one of the best ways of getting our youngest friends to become strong readers is by exposing them to a wide variety of readers and reading environments? For that reason, and also just because it’s just fun, we have two story times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Story time is a super fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories; silly songs; playful movement; and most importantly, bubbles! Tuesday Story Times with Miss Ann are targeted at preschoolers, while our Wednesday Story Times with Miss Erika are for toddlers (but we don’t mind older or younger friends on either day). Please join us for mornings of stories, songs, and bubbles.

The 13th annual I Love My Library Gala is this weekend and tickets are sold out! If you have not yet sent in a RSVP card, we’re so sorry.

For our attendees, if you’d like a preview of some of the many awesome items we’ll have up for auction, drop by the library and take a look at the small sample in our display case. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our Village are a shining example for us all. 

Story Time!

Did you know that one of the best ways of getting our youngest friends to become strong readers is by exposing them to a wide variety of readers and reading environments?

For that reason, and also just because it’s just fun, we have two Story times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Storytime is a super fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories, silly songs, playful movement, and most importantly, bubbles! Tuesday Story Times with Miss Ann are targeted at preschoolers, while our Wednesday Story Times with Miss Erika are for toddlers (but we don’t mind older or younger friends on either day). Please join us for mornings of stories, songs, and bubbles. 

Valentine’s Day Card Crafting 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and instead of the usual store-bought card, you can make a card by hand at the library!

Drop in on either Monday or Tuesday, Feb. 10 or 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to make a totally wild animal collage card to let your loved ones know that you love them bear-y much. We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

Mystery Book Club

Please join us for a meeting of our newest book club, which is focused exclusively on mysteries! We’ve got members interested in every subgenre from intense psychological thrillers to low-key cozy mysteries and every type of mystery in between.

If you love a good whodunit, please join us on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm as we try to crack the case of “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon. Donna Leon’s mysteries are set in beautiful Venice, Italy and feature the unsinkable Police Commissario Guido Brunetti, who solves complex mysteries, but always makes it home for lunch.

We’ve known about this for awhile, but now that it’s on the internet, it’s official! We’re a Star!

A 2019 Library Journal Star Library, that is.

Every year, the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services ranks thousands of libraries across the country on per-capita circulation, program attendance, and other factors. Library Journal then groups all of those libraries by the size of their budgets.

The top scorers in each tier are Star Libraries. In 2019, we were compared against 1,044 libraries nationwide with budgets between $100,000 and $200,000. Of those, we had the 29th highest score! Woo-hoo!

We are, in fact, the only library in the Upper Hudson Library System to have been named a Star Library since 2010!

This is a huge honor for us, and none of it would be possible without the support of all of you borrowers and storytimers, wi-fi users and movie browsers, staff, volunteers and trustees. You are all stars, every single one of you. Thank you all!

Gala sold out!

The social event of the winter is just over a week away, and tickets are sold out! The always-anticipated annual I Love My Library!

If you have not yet sent in an RSVP card, we’re so sorry. For our attendees, if you’d like a preview of some of the many awesome items we’ll have up for auction, drop by the library and take a look at the small sample in our display case.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our village are a shining example for us all.

Ukulele Meetup

Do you play ukulele? Are you interested in learning more or meeting other ukesters and learning a few new tunes?

Join us for our monthly ukulele meet up on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.! The first hour will be for new players to learn hints and tips from more seasoned players, and the second hour will be an old-fashioned song swap!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a uke yet. There are always extras to pass around. 

 “Pride and Prejudice”

Did you resolve to read more books in 2020? To meet new people? To spend more time at the library?

Boy, have we got the group for you! Join our First Monday Book Club for our first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 6, at noon. We’ll be discussing an old classic: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

This beloved novel revolves around the heroine Elizabett Bennett’s need to find a suitable husband to support her wealthy but soon-to-be-impoverished family, and the difference between acting like a good person and actually being one. Please join us for what I’m sure will be a fantastic discussion.   

Story Time!

Did you know that one of the best ways of getting our youngest friends to become strong readers is by exposing them to a wide variety of readers and reading environments? For that reason, and also just because it’s just fun, we have two story times each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Story time is a super-fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories, silly songs, playful movement, and most importantly, bubbles! Tuesday Story Times with Miss Ann are targeted at preschoolers, while our Wednesday Story Times with Miss Erika are for toddlers (but we don’t mind older or younger friends on either day). Please join us for mornings of stories, songs, and bubbles. 

Hannaford Community Bags

Help the Altamont Free Library (and the Earth) out next time you go grocery shopping! The library will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 reusable Community Bag sold in January at the Hannaford store located at 5239 Western Turnpike in Guilderland. You still have a few weeks to participate. Thanks, Hannaford!

Help Altamont Free Library (and the Earth) out next time you go grocery shopping! The library will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 reusable Community Bag sold in January at the Hannaford store located at 5239 Western Turnpike in Guilderland. You still have a few weeks to participate. Thanks Hannaford!

Story time!

Did you know that one of the best ways of getting our youngest friends to become strong readers is by exposing them to a wide variety of readers and reading environments? For that reason, and also just because it’s just fun, we have two story times each week, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Story time is a super fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories, silly songs, playful movement, and most importantly, bubbles! Tuesday Story Times with Miss Ann are targeted at preschoolers, while our Wednesday StoryTimes with Miss Erika are for toddlers (but we don’t mind older or younger friends on either day). Please join us for mornings of stories, songs, and bubbles. 

Juice & Jammies

Speaking of story time, we also have a special evening story time that we call Juice & Jammies coming up on Friday, Jan. 24. Put on your pj’s and join Miss Erika for a low-key pre-bedtime story, and snack. This will be the perfect thing to get your kiddos ready to drift off to dreamland. 

Vision boarding

Why not start your year off on a visionary note? Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. to create your very own vision board, with guidance from Altamont treasure Ginger Hannah.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals and aspirations, and the process by which you create it — with drawings, cut out magazine pictures, and words — is a deep dive exploration of what truly matters to you and what you want your future to look like.

Please call the library at 518-861-7239 or email to register in advance. I hope we see you in our future! 

Gala

The social event of the winter is only a few weeks away! The always anticipated annual I Love My Library! Gala is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Community Room at Altamont Village Hall. If you haven’t attended in the past and are interested in receiving an invitation, please get in touch with us.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our Village are a shining example for us all. Please join us!

Chile 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 with a bunch of friendly people. This month, we’re taking a trip to the northwest South American nation of Chile!

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, to join in the festivities and bring a dish to share. If you don’t already have a favorite recipe from that part of the world, come on in and grab a cookbook!

Help out the Altamont Free Library (and the Earth) the next time you go grocery shopping! The library will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 reusable Community Bag sold in January at the Hannaford store located at 5239 Western Turnpike in Guilderland.

You still have a few weeks to participate. Thanks, Hannaford!

Story time

Do you and your young friends have cabin fever? If so, bring them to story time!

Story time is a super fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories, silly songs, playful movement, and most importantly, bubbles!

We host two story times every week, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the dot, so if you can’t make it one day, maybe you can make it the other day! (We used to say that Tuesdays were for preschoolers and Wednesdays were for toddlers, but really we’re good with all ages.)

Please join us, and bring a friend!

Vision boarding

Why not start your year off on a visionary note? Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. to create your very own vision board, with guidance from Altamont treasure Ginger Hannah.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals and aspirations, and the process by which you create it — with drawings, cut-out magazine pictures, and words — is a deep-dive exploration of what truly matters to you and what you want your future to look like.

Please call the library at 518-861-7239 or email to register in advance. I hope we see you in our future!

Gala

The social event of the winter is only a few weeks away: The always-anticipated annual I Love My Library! Gala is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Community Room at Altamont Village Hall. Invitations will be in the mail soon and tickets will be available at the library this week.

If you haven’t attended in the past and are interested in receiving an invitation, please get in touch with us. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our village are a shining example for us all. Please join us!

Tech assistance

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the library is here for. Whether it’s a new 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.

Now that the older kids are back to school after a loooong vacation, our younger friends might be feeling a little left out. If so, bring them to story time!

Story time at the Altamont Free Library is a super fun program that combines some of our favorite things: awesome stories, silly songs, playful movement, and most importantly, bubbles! We host two story times every week, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the dot, so if you can’t make it one day, maybe you can make it the other day! (We used to say that Tuesdays were for preschoolers and Wednesdays were for toddlers, but really we’re good with all ages.) Please join us, and bring a friend! 

Vision Boarding with Ginger Hannah

Why not start your year off on a visionary note? Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. to create your very own vision board, with guidance from Altamont treasure Ginger Hannah.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals and aspirations, and the process by which you create it — with drawings, cut out magazine pictures, and words — is a deep dive exploration of what truly matters to you and what you want your future to look like.

Please call the library at 518-861-7239 or email to register in advance. I hope we see you in our future! 

I Love My Library Gala

The social event of the winter is only a few weeks away! The always anticipated annual I Love My Library! Gala is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Community Room at Altamont Village Hall. Invitations will be in the mail soon and tickets will be available at the library this week.

If you haven’t attended in the past and are interested in receiving an invitation, please get in touch with us. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our Village are a shining example for us all. Please join us!

Tech assistance

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the library is here for. Whether it’s a new 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. 

Fine freedom

At the beginning of 2019, we started an experiment: If we didn’t charge overdue fines for children’s books, would books suddenly stop coming back? As it turns out, just about every book we checked out came back more or less on time, or at least no later than they ever were before.

Even better, due to this policy we were able to forgive old overdue fines and allow children who had overdue fines before to return to the library as borrowers in good standing. All in all, the experiment has been a complete success! It’s been such a success, that we’re expanding the fine-free program in 2020 to Young Adult books!

From now on, no matter whether you’re a kid, a parent, a teacher, or anyone else, children’s and young-adult books checked out here (even if we have to get them from another library) will not accrue overdue fines. In addition, if you have existing overdue fines on an AFL youth card, we’ll clear them. Patrons with overdue children’s and young-adult books will still be notified through their normal channels, and after 28 days, the book will be considered lost and the borrower responsible for the cost of the item, but if it comes back after that, the fine will be cleared.

We hope that many of our friends take advantage of this experiment, so spread the word!

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the library is here for. Whether it’s a new 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. 

Fine freedom

At the beginning of 2019, we started an experiment: If we didn’t charge overdue fines for children’s books, would books suddenly stop coming back? As it turns out, just about every book we checked out came back more or less on time, or at least no later than they ever were before.

Even better, due to this policy, we were able to forgive old overdue fines and allow children who had had overdue fines before to return to the library as borrowers in good standing. All in all, the experiment has been a complete success!

It’s been such a success, that we’re expanding the fine-free program in 2020 to young-adult books! From now on, no matter whether you’re a kid, a parent, a teacher, or anyone else, children’s and young-adult books checked out here (even if we have to get them from another library) will not accrue overdue fines.

In addition, if you have existing overdue fines on an Altamont Free Library youth card, we’ll clear them. Patrons with overdue children’s and young-adult books will still be notified through their normal channels and, after 28 days, the book will be considered lost and the borrower responsible for the cost of the item, but if it comes back after that, the fine will be cleared.

We hope that many of our friends take advantage of this experiment, so spread the word! 

Ukulele Meetup

Do you play ukulele? Are you interested in learning more or meeting other ukesters and learning a few new tunes?

Join us for our monthly ukulele meet up on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The first hour will be for new players to learn hints and tips from more seasoned players, and the second hour will be an old-fashioned song swap!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a uke yet. There are always extras to pass around. 

Book Club meets 

Did you resolve to read more books in 2020? To meet new people? To spend more time at the library?

Boy, have we got the group for you! Join our First Monday Book Club for our first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 6, at noon. We’ll be discussing Lisa Wingate’s recent novel “Before We Were Yours.” This affecting novel tells the story of a young girl, abducted along with her siblings in 1939, and the generational reverberations of that crime.  

I Love My Library Gala

The social event of the winter is only a few weeks away! The always-anticipated annual I Love My Library Gala is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Community Room at Altamont Village Hall.

Invitations will be in the mail soon and tickets will be available at the library this week. If you haven’t attended in the past and are interested in receiving an invitation, please get in touch with us. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support.

You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our village are a shining example for us all. Please join us!

Lisa Wingate’s recent novel “Before We Were Yours,” inspired by true events, tells the story of a young girl, abducted along with her siblings in 1939, and the generational reverberations of that crime. The Altamont Free Library’s First Monday Book Club will discuss the book on Monday, Jan. 6, at noon.

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us are left trying to figure out how the heck to use the new techno-goodies we’ve received. For everyone who takes to new technologies like a fish to water, there are five of us who are utterly befuddled by new devices.

But fear not, that’s what the library is here for. Whether it’s a new 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. 

Happy New Year!

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2019. We wish you all a happy, safe and healthy new year! 

Ukulele Meetup

Do you play ukulele? Are you interested in learning more or meeting other ukesters and learning a few new tunes? Join us for our monthly ukulele meet up on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.! The first hour will be for new players to learn hints and tips from more seasoned players, and the second hour will be an old-fashioned song swap! Don’t worry if you don’t have a uke yet. There are always extras to pass around.  

Book club

Did you resolve to read more books in 2020? To meet new people? To spend more time at the library? Boy, have we got the group for you! Join our First Monday Book Club for our first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 6, at noon.

We’ll be discussing Lisa Wingate’s recent novel “Before We Were Yours.” This affecting novel tells the story of a young girl, abducted along with her siblings in 1939, and the generational reverberations of that crime.  

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Over the next few weeks, Altamont Free Library is partnering with Senator George Amedore and numerous collection points throughout the Capital District (including Guilderland Public Library) to collect old cell phones and redistribute them to members of the military and recently returned veterans through a charity called Cell Phones for Soldier Inc.

Its mission is to provide cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Cell Phones for Soldiers reports that they have provided more than 204 million "Minutes That Matter" to deployed troops.

Since 2012, its “Helping Heroes Home” initiative has provided emergency funds for more than 400 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. If you have an old cell phone that’s collecting dust, please consider dropping it off in our collection box between now and the end of December.

From all of us at Altamont Free Library, we extend our gratitude to all of our military veterans for their selfless service to our county. Thank you all! 

Dan Frinta Exhibit

We have a very talented community, and we love getting to put those talents on display. For the next few weeks, it will be our pleasure to host an exhibit of photographs by our friend, Altamont-based photographer Dan Frinta! Dan’s work has been featured frequently in the Times Union and the Altamont Enterprise among other publications. Thanks, Dan, for letting us show a small bit of your incredible body of work.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Candy canes, licorice, gumdrops, and chocolate kisses are all part of the decorations on this gingerbread house, made as an Altamont Free Library project and displayed with a veritable village of houses for the Victorian Holiday celebration.

Over the next few weeks, the Altamont Free Library is partnering with Senator George Amedore and numerous collection points throughout the Capital District (including the Guilderland Public Library) to collect old cell phones and redistribute them to members of the military and recently returned veterans through a charity called Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc.

Their mission is to provide cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Cell Phones for Soldiers reports that they have provided more than 204 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, their “Helping Heroes Home” initiative has provided emergency funds for more than 400 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

If you have an old cell phone that’s collecting dust, please consider dropping it off in our collection box between now and the end of December. From all of us at Altamont Free Library, we extend our gratitude to all of our military veterans for their selfless service to our county. Thank you all! 

Holiday hours

Please note that Altamont Free Library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25. Looking further ahead, we’ll also be closing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1 . Happy Holidays to all!

Story Swap 

Back in October, we held our first-ever Altamont Remembers Story Swap, and it was a huge success! We heard all kinds of stories about people and events that occurred in the village, some going back more than a century.

This holiday season, we’ll be holding our second Story Swap, but this time we want to hear all about your Christmas and winter memories. What did Main Street look like after the first snow? Who led the caroling? Where was the best sledding hill?

If you’ve got memories to share, we’d love to hear them and record them for posterity, so join us this Friday, Dec. 20, at 6 to 7 p.m. for some hot chocolate, good neighbors, and great stories. 

Dan Frinta Exhibit

We have a very talented community, and we love getting to put those talents on display. For the next few weeks, it will be our pleasure to host an exhibit of photographs by our friend, Altamont-based photographer Dan Frinta!

Dan’s work has been featured frequently in the “Times Union” and “The Altamont Enterpris” among other publications. Thanks, Dan, for letting us show a small bit of your incredible body of work!

Amazon Smile

Speaking of fundraising, here’s a great, easy, cost-free way to support the library: If you do some of your holiday shopping on Amazon, please consider going to Smile.Amazon.com (instead of just regular old Amazon.com).

Everything on the website will be exactly the same as usual, but you’ll have the opportunity to choose Altamont Free Library as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will go to support the Altamont Free Library, even though your gifts won’t cost you a penny more than they normally would! (You can do that all year round, if you like, but we just thought we’d mention it now.)

Photographs by Dan Frinta are currently exhibited at the Altamont Free Library. This Frinta photograph is of Indian Ladder Trail at John Boyd Thacher State Park.

Thank you to all of our friends who contributed to our annual Library Lights campaign, and to those of you who joined us in Orsini Park last Friday despite the snow. Due to your efforts, we raised over $600 for the library!

A full list of this year’s honorees may be found on our website at AltamontFreeLibrary.org. We’d especially like to thank Mayor Kerry Dineen, Jeff Moller, and the team at the Village Department of Public Works for all their invaluable help in making a space in the park for us and setting up the lights. Thank you all!

Victorian Holiday Celebration

We hope that you’ll be in Altamont on Sunday, Dec. 15, for the annual Victorian Holiday Celebration, taking place all over the village. And while you’re in Altamont for the Victorian Holiday Celebration, don’t forget to stop by the library.

We’ll be open from noon until 5 p.m. and we’ll be hosting storyteller Nancy Payne whose books would make phenomenal presents. We’ll also have drop-in ornament making for kiddos.

And don’t forget to be here at 5 p.m. for a very special train arrival with a very special passenger! (I don’t think anyone told Santa that the library isn’t a train station anymore! Let’s keep that a village secret, shall we?)

Story Swap 

Back in October, we held our first ever Altamont Remembers Story Swap, and it was a huge success! We heard all kinds of stories about people and events that occurred in the village, some going back more than a century.

This holiday season, we’ll be holding our second Story Swap, but this time we want to hear all about your Christmas and winter memories. What did Main Street look like after the first snow? Who led the caroling? Where was the best sledding hill?

If you’ve got memories to share, we’d love to hear them and record them for posterity, so join us on Friday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. for some hot chocolate, good neighbors, and great stories.

Dan Frinta​ Exhibit

We have a very talented community, and we love getting to put those talents on display. For the next few weeks, it will be our pleasure to host an exhibit of photographs by our friend, Altamont-based photographer Dan Frinta.

Dan’s work has been featured frequently in the Times Union and The Altamont Enterprise among other publications. Thanks, Dan, for letting us show a small bit of your incredible body of work.

Gala 

There’s so much 2019 left, but we’re already looking ahead next year, and the social event of the winter, so save the date. The always-anticipated annual I Love My Library! Gala is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Community Room at Altamont Village Hall.

Invitations will be in the mail soon and tickets will be available at the library in the coming weeks. If you haven’t attended in the past and are interested in receiving an invitation, please get in touch with us.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. You’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner and homemade desserts, exciting live and silent auctions, and the delightful company of your fellow library supporters.

This year, we will be honoring the many contributions made to our community by Kristin Casey and Linda Cure, two longtime friends, board members, and volunteers whose dedicated service to our library and our village are a shining example for us all. Please join us!

Amazon Smile

Speaking of fundraising, here’s a great, easy, cost-free way to support the library: If you do some of your holiday shopping on Amazon, please consider going to Smile.Amazon.com (instead of just regular old Amazon.com).

Everything on the website will be exactly the same as usual, but you’ll have the opportunity to choose Altamont Free Library as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will go to support the Altamont Free Library, even though your gifts won’t cost you a penny more than they normally would! (You can do that all year round, if you like, but we just thought we’d mention it now.)

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