Altamont Library Notes for Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Think spring! A seed-starting gathering will be held at the Altamont Free Library on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. bring your own containers, scoops and the seeds you’d like to start. A $5 material fee will cover the cost of the seed starting matrix and a limited selection of additional seeds for early spring veggies. 
Have extra seeds or planting supplies you’d like to share? Swapping of these along with your gardening tips and techniques for growing gorgeous plants from seed is encouraged. 

Global art project

The banners from the Global Art Project currently hang in the large window facing the train tracks, mutely saluting the tons of steel and spray-paint that rumble past the building on occasion. Come in and see them before they become expatriates.

Open Mic

On another, hopefully well-tuned note, the Unplugged Open Mic Night hosted by David Warner is now a certainty, and we look forward to holding it on Friday, March 28. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Kids’ double header

For the Superintendants’ Conference Day on Wednesday, March 26, we’ve got something to keep the kids occupied: at 2 p.m., we’ve got Trivia, and at 3 p.m., we’ve got “Squishy Circuits”, a remarkable toy that uses play-dough to let children create circuits and explore electronics. Clearly, play-dough has undergone some significant technological advances in the last few years, though we’re still waiting for the remote-controlled stuff. 

Author visit

On Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m., the retired Schenectady Gazette columnist Carl Strock will come to the library to discuss  From D’Burg to Jerusalem: the Unlikely Rise and Awful Fall of a Small-Town Newsman. The book in question chronicles the author’s various journalistic exploits, from police corruption to religious nationalism in Jerusalem.

Couch 2 5K

Finally, C5K has made a return. This spring, there will be a library-sponsored 10-week program in which participants will meet three times a week to prepare for a Spring 5K. Things will begin with an interest meeting on Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m., when things will hopefully have thawed. Our end date on June 1, coincides with the Friehoffer’s Run for Women. Our schedule will largely depend on the needs of our participants, but will probably include 2 weekday sessions at 4:30 p.m. that have a babysitter, and a weekend morning session.  Get off the couch, and get on the sidewalk. Taunting stragglers is highly discouraged.