Altamont Library Notes for Thursday, February 13, 2020

— 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.