— Photo from Joe Burke

Architects with candy and crackers: On Dec. 4, children and their parents gathered at the Masonic Hall for Altamont Free Library’s annual gingerbread house decoration event. The gingerbread houses will be on display at the Masonic Lodge during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11.

There’s so much going on over the next month and so much competing for your holiday season attention. Check out all of our December happenings in the brand new edition of the library newsletter at the library or on our website. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by email every month, you can sign up on our website, or get in touch with us at 861-7239 or by email at and we’ll sign you up.

Library Lights

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 19th annual Library Lights campaign. We had a lovely little ceremony for the lighting of the Orsini Park Gazebo last Sunday featuring the reading of the 179 names of friends and loved ones in whose honor lights were dedicated. You can find a full list of all of our honorees on our website at AltamontFreeLibrary.org.

Trivia night

This Thursday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m., Trivia Night is back by popular demand. 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.

Victorian holiday celebration

Please visit us during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m., and we’ll be hosting storytellers, authors and artists with gifts for sale. 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?)

Quilt raffle

While you’re here for Victorian Holidays, you’ll have one final opportunity to buy a ticket for our quilt raffle fundraiser. Our beautiful, prize-winning, hand-stitched Centennial quilt made by the fabulous Train Station Quilters will be raffled off on Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Victorian Holidays Celebration. Tickets are a dollar for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.  

Exhibit closing

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check out the exhibition in the village hall — For the People: 100 Years of Community Enrichment from the Altamont Free Library — you still have a little while longer to see it. The exhibit, which details a century of AFL history is closing on Dec. 16, so don’t wait too much longer. The hallway gallery is open weekdays during village office hours 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. until Dec. 16. It will also be open Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. for the Victorian Holiday Weekend Celebration.

Kids craft

With the holidays quickly approaching, we have so many people to get gifts for and there’s no better gift than one made by hand. On Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., bring your young folks to the library to make presents for all the special people in their lives. We’ll have all the crafting supplies you’ll need and a bunch of ideas to spark their imaginations. Register in advance, please, by stopping in or calling us at 861-7239.

There’s so much going on over the next month and so much competing for your Holiday Season attention. Check out all of our December happenings in the brand new edition of the Library Newsletter at the library or on our website.

If you’d like to receive the newsletter by email every month, you can sign up on our website, or get in touch with us at (518) 861-7239 or by email at director@altamontfreelibrary.org and we’ll sign you up.

Juice and Jammies Story Time

On Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

We’ve been having a lot of fun with these J&J storytimes, so it looks like this will be a twice-per-month addition to our usual Tuesday and Wednesday morning storytime rotation. The next J&J will be on Dec. 29.

Gingerbread houses

One of our favorite annual events for young folks is taking place soon. Come decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. The gingerbread houses will be displayed at the Victorian Holidays Celebration at the Altamont Masonic Lodge and will be available afterwards for you to pick up and display (or eat!) yourself.

We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need to make a creative and delicious holiday treat. So that we’ll know how much candy to have on hand, please stop in or call the library at (518) 861-7239 to register in advance.

Library Lights

This holiday season, you can honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont Village Gazebo! Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.

The honorees names will be read out at the lighting ceremony this Sunday and will be published on the library’s website. Look for the submission form this week in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate.

Whether you donate or not, please join us for our annual gazebo lighting ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m.  Thank you!

Gratitude

In December, both of our book-discussion groups will be reading the same book, “Gratitude” by Oliver Sacks. Sacks was a beloved and respected author and neurologist who produced a short series of essays on the subject of gratitude in the last months of his life.

It is a short book and a quick read, but a profound one, and one that will hopefully stick with you long after you’ve returned it to the library. We will be meeting to discuss the book on Monday, Dec. 5, at noon and on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to join either of our book clubs, this would be an ideal opportunity.

Trivia Night

On Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., Trivia Night is back by popular demand! 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.

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Please visit us during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m., and we’ll be hosting storytellers, authors, and artists with gifts for sale.

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?)

Quilt raffle

While you’re here for Victorian Holidays, you’ll have one final opportunity to buy a ticket for our quilt-raffle fundraiser. Our beautiful, prize-winning, hand-stitched Centennial quilt made by the fabulous Train Station Quilters will be raffled off on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the Victorian Holidays Celebration. Tickets are a dollar for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.  

It’s the time of year of the counting of blessings and the giving of thanks! We here at the library are tremendously thankful for each and every member of the library community who give life and meaning to Altamont Free Library.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving, but we’ll be open bright and early the next day for your Black Friday reading pleasure.

Social Security workshop with John Kalil

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for a free public information workshop called “Making the Most of Social Security.” This workshop is designed to help people ages 45 to 75 better understand their Social Security retirement benefits and what they may be entitled to.

Presenter John Kalil is a volunteer from Retirement Solutions, an office of MetLife, who specializes in retirement planning.   

Centennial Night at Mio Vino

As 2016 winds down, the Altamont Free Library is closing out our Centennial year. What better way to celebrate the library than by sharing a drink or a meal with friends and neighbors and supporting the library in the process!

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mio Vino, located at 186 Main Street, will graciously be donating 10 percent of all drink and meal proceeds to help raise funds for the library. Call Mio Vino at (518)595-5095 to make your reservations.

Library Lights

This holiday season, you can honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont Village Gazebo! Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library. The honorees’ names will be read out at the lighting ceremony this Sunday and will be published on the library’s website.

Look for the submission form this week in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate. Whether you donate or not, please join us for our annual gazebo lighting ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.  Thank you!

Middle East Potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers, this month focusing on the food and drinks of the Middle East! If you haven’t already got a favorite Middle Eastern recipe, come grab a cookbook from our display. Please bring a dish to share and sign up in advance at the library.

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Please visit us during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11. The library will be open from 12 to 5 p.m., and we’ll be hosting storytellers, authors and artists with gifts for sale.

Quilt raffle

Our beautiful, prize-winning, hand-stitched Centennial quilt made by the fabulous Train Station Quilters will be raffled off on Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Victorian Holidays Celebration. Tickets are a dollar for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.

As our Centennial year winds down, there is still time to make an end of the year contribution to our Centennial Fund and help ensure that the Altamont Free Library will be here for the next 100 years.

We also have a limited amount of limited edition Centennial mugs and tote bags that make phenomenal gifts for the library lovers in your life. Another great way to support the library is by using Amazon Smile for any gifts you plan on purchasing online from Amazon.com, and best of all — it’s totally free. Just go to Smile.Amazon.com and select Altamont Free Library as your charity of choice.

Finally, you have only a few short weeks to buy raffle tickets for our amazing, one-of-a-kind Centennial quilt produced by the fabulous Train Station Quilters. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased here at the library. The drawing will be held at the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Healthy food drive

As we approach Thanksgiving, the library is partnering with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and Eat Smart New York to collect healthy and nourishing food for the 1 in 7 New Yorkers who struggle with hunger. Please consider picking up a donation bag and shopping list at the library any time before Thanksgiving. All of the collections will go to food pantries in Altamont and Knox.

Juice and Jammies

In November, we’ll be trying a new idea: On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. put on your pj’s and join us for a pre-bedtime story, snack, and craft — just the thing to prepare your young folks to count some sheep. If there’s enough interest, we’ll add this as an ongoing addition to our usual Tuesday and Wednesday morning storytime rotation.

Thanksgiving kids’ craft

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. On Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., we would be grateful if you and your family would join us for an afternoon of turkey-tastic, pilgrim-rific crafts. Please call the library at  861-7239 to register in advance.

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday Nov. 21 to discuss “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. This acclaimed and bestselling novel concerns a French family forced to share their home with an officer of the invading German army during World War II and the dangers they face.

Library Lights

This holiday season, you can honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont village gazebo. Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.

The honorees names will be read at the lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4 and will be published on the library’s website. Look for the submission form over the next few weeks in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate. Thank you!

The leaves are turning and the air is getting chillier, which must mean that it’s time again for Library Lights! This holiday season, you can honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont Village Gazebo.

Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library. The honorees names will be read out at the lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4, and will be published on the library’s website.

Look for the submission form over the next few weeks in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate. Thank you!

Juice and Jammies

In November, we’ll be trying out a new idea: On Thursday, Nov. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m. put on your pj’s and join Ms. Erika for a pre-bedtime story, snack and craft. This low-key story time will be just the thing to prepare your young folks to count some sheep.

If there’s enough interest, we’ll add this as an ongoing addition to our usual Tuesday and Wednesday morning storytime rotation.

Thanksgiving Kids Craft

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. On Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., we would be grateful if you and your family would join us for an afternoon of turkey-tastic, pilgrim-rific crafts. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance.

“The Nightingale” book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. This acclaimed and bestselling novel concerns a French family forced to share their home with an officer of the invading German army during World War II and the dangers they face.

There’s plenty of time to pick up a copy at the library, so please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about one of the years’ most popular books.

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