Altamont Library Notes for Friday, February 14, 2014

The Altamont Free Library currently houses a scale model of itself, something like an architectural homunculus. It rests on top of the Young Adult Fiction bookcase; and it’s 5-feet long,                    1-foot and a half wide, and 2-feet high, including cupola.  

It’s constructed of gingerbread, uncountable cookies, candies of various colors, shapes, and dimensions, all cemented in place with dried white frosting. Written description can go no farther.  You’ll have to come see it.

The model was built by Kevin Efaw, a chef at Orchard Creek Restaurant on the banks of the Bozenkill. It has been on display there for many months, where tickets were advertised and sold in conjunction with the library’s recent I Love My Library Gala. The winning ticket was drawn at the Gala this past Friday evening. The lucky ticket holder was Travis Stevens, our county legislator, and he in turn donated the sweet structure back to the library.


Our February destination is Mexico. We don’t have to tell our patrons how wonderful Mexican food is, or how much fun the dinner is likely to be — so just the facts. The date is Monday, Feb. 24, starting at 6 p.m. The place is the la biblioteca.

Downton Abby tea

Not since the Beatles has British culture captivated us so. Be ever so nice and plan to join us on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m., for a tea party. We’ll be screening Episode 8 of Season 4. It should be enjoyable. If not, we shall be very cross.

Meant to invent

That heading, evolutionary arguments aside, might be a perfect description of the human mind. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m., the library will sponsor a program to show school aged people and up (way, way up)  how neat it is to make something new — to make it up and then make it.  Every necessary tool and material we can think of will be available for you to fiddle, fool, and fabricate with.  Things will get underway with a brief program about inventors in Altamont’s history                  

Coat alert

At the close of last weekend’s fund-raising Gala someone accidentally headed for home in the wrong black coat. If it might have been you, please check your closet. If you find the wrong coat – in this case the right coat – please call us.  Our number is 861-7239.