Lights, Camera, Action! We’re doing another of our awesome video editing classes at the library this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon for aspiring photographers and filmmakers ages 6 to 14.

This free event will demonstrate the technique of stop motion animation using legos, smartphone cameras (which we’ll supply), and the Lego Movie Maker app. Seats in the workshop are limited please call or email us at to register in advance.

Back to (wizard) school

Now that school’s back, homework is back, too. With all the homework you’ve got, you’ll need to take a study break. What better way than by joining us to go back to school with our favorite wizard, Harry Potter. On Sundays in September, we’ll be showing Harry Potter movies, and this week we’ll have “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

Scavenger hunt

In addition to it being the library’s 100th anniversary, it’s also the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Altamont so please join us in celebrating our history on Friday Sept. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. by taking part in a family friendly scavenger hunt around the village.

There will be prizes for all participants and a grand prize for the first group to find all the locations. We’ll need to know how many teams to expect, so please register in advance by calling us at  861-7239 or emailing .

Museum exhibit

In celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary, we’re working with Marijo Dougherty to put together materials for an exhibit about the library’s history at the Altamont Museum and Archives. Please join us for the opening of the exhibit at the village hall on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Upstate potluck

As you may know, every month we hold a very popular potluck dinner where we focus on a different national or regional cuisine every month. Since the early fall gives us such wonderful food here in the Capital District, we’ll be coming back home this month.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, we’ll be sampling the foods (and drinks!) of upstate New York. If you’ve never joined us for a potluck before but have always wanted to, this is the month to do it. Please call the library to register in advance and bring a dish to share. If you need inspiration, check out one of our upstate-focused cookbooks.

 

Back to (Wizard) School

Now that school’s back, homework is back too! With all the homework you’ve got, you’ll need to take a study break. What better way than by joining us to go back to school with our favorite wizard, Harry Potter! On Sundays in September, we’ll be showing Harry Potter movies, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.

Thorn Birds Discussion

Since we’ll be closed the first Monday of the month, our usual first Monday book club will meet on Monday, Sept. 12 at noon, which is good because we’ve got an epic to get through before we meet. We’ll be discussing The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. The Thorn Birds tells the story of the Cleary family and is set over five decades of the 20th Century in rural Australia. This beloved novel was the basis for an equally beloved television miniseries, and whether you’ve read the book or seen the show, there’s plenty to discuss so please join us!

Video Editing Workshop

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re doing another of our awesome video editing classes at the library on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for aspiring photographers and filmmakers ages 6 to 14. This free event will demonstrate the technique of stop motion animation using legos, smartphone cameras (which we’ll supply) and the Lego Movie Maker app. Seats in the workshop are limited please call or email us at to register in advance.

Library Centennial Museum Exhibit

In celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary, we’re working with Marijo Dougherty to put together materials for an exhibit about the library’s history at the Altamont Museum and Archives. Please join us for the opening of the exhibit at Village Hall on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

It’s just about time to pack up that lunch box, dust off the old Trapper Keeper (do they still make those?), and steel yourself to go back to school.

Remember that the path to school success runs through the library, so whether you need research help, powerful databases, book-report suggestions, or just a quiet place to do your homework, the Altamont Free Library is the place to come. Good luck, young friends! You’ve got this.

Closed Labor Day

We’ll be taking a well-deserved Labor Day off on Monday, Sept. 5. We hope you do, too.

Back to (wizard) school

Now that school’s back, homework is back too. With all the homework you’ve got, you’ll need to take a study break. What better way than by joining us to go back to school with our favorite wizard, Harry Potter! On Sundays in September, we’ll be showing Harry Potter movies, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.

Book discussion

Since we’ll be closed the first Monday of the month, our usual first Monday book club will meet on Monday, Sept. 12 at noon, which is good because we’ve got an epic to get through before we meet. We’ll be discussing “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough.

This book tells the story of the Cleary family and is set over five decades of the 20th Century in rural Australia. This beloved novel was the basis for an equally beloved television miniseries, and whether you’ve read the book or seen the show, there’s plenty to discuss so please join us.

Video-editing workshop

Lights, Camera, Action!

We’re doing another of our awesome video editing classes at the library on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon for aspiring photographers and filmmakers ages 6 to 14. This free event will demonstrate the technique of stop motion animation using legos, smartphone cameras (which we’ll supply), and the Lego Movie Maker app.

Seats in the workshop are limited please call or email us at to register in advance.

Library centennial

museum exhibit

In celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary, we’re working with our esteemed local historian and archivist Marijo Dougherty to put together materials for an exhibit about the library’s history at the Altamont Museum and Archives.

If anyone has a piece of AFL history they think might be useful for the exhibit and they wouldn’t mind lending it to us, please let me know. It could be old photos of one of our former locations, a library card from the Eisenhower era or a book that’s been overdue since the 1930s.
Drop me a line at 861-7239 or send me an email at and let me know what you’ve got, and please join us for the opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

It’s fair time! Over this week, we will welcome thousands of visitors to our village from all over the Capital District.

If you’re in from out of town, please visit us here at the Altamont Free Library. If you happen to live in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you’re welcome to borrow from our great collections of books, movies and music. If you’re from further afield, we’d love for you to check out our unique library building housed in the historic Altamont train station right in the center of the village.

We’ve got free wifi and computers to use as well as toys and games for children. Also, air-conditioning. In addition, we’ve got wonderful fruits and veggies on sale every day of the week, except Wednesday, at the farmer’s market right outside the library.

Prize pickup

It’s hard to believe that the summer reading program is nearly at an end, but it is, I’m sorry to say. There’s still plenty of time to bring in your Bingo sheets to get raffle tickets for awesome prizes before we wrap up the SRP on Friday, Aug. 19.

Please join us at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 in Orsini Park for our  drawing, prize pickup, and to celebrate all of the reading, building, crafting, and learning you’ve done all summer (so far) with a Stewart’s ice cream sundae. To qualify for the prize drawing, all BINGO sheets must be in by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, so get reading.

Harvest party

Earlier this year, Cornell Cooperative Extension helped us plant a vegetable garden here at the library with carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and more. On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. we’ll harvest our crops and make a tasty and healthy snack using them. All ages are welcome.

Frontier food potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re going old school with frontier food.

Anything your ancestors might have cooked around a campfire or in a hand-me-down cast iron skillet or on the trails heading west will do. Bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite pioneer recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

Museum exhibit

In celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary, we’re working with our esteemed local historian and archivist, Marijo Dougherty, to put together materials for an exhibit about the library’s history at the Altamont Museum and Archives.

If anyone has a piece of AFL history they think might be useful for the exhibit and they wouldn’t mind lending it to us, please let me know. It could be old photos of one of our former locations, a library card from the Eisenhower era or a book that’s been overdue since the 1930s.
Call me at 861-7239 or send me an email at and let me know what you’ve got. Thanks!

On your mark, get set, craft. Every Olympian needs a flag and you can make one of your very own with the Tang Teaching Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Find Marathon Monkey!

We’ still need everybody’s help to find Ms. Marathon Monkey, who’s gotten lost in Altamont on her way to the Olympics. She’s been spotted at the Home Front Café, Bella Fleur, and Hungerford Market, but we hear that she’s changing her location every week, so please be on the lookout.

You can find a clue as to her whereabouts in the library or on our Facebook page. If you do find her, let us know and you’ll be entered to win a special prize at the end of the summer reading program.

Summer reading celebration

The annual summer reading program is winding down, I’m sorry to say. There’s still plenty of time to bring in your Bingo sheets to get tickets for awesome prizes before we wrap up the SRP on Friday, Aug. 19.

Please join us at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 in Orsini Park for our drawing, prize pickup, and to celebrate all of the reading, building, crafting, and learning you’ve done all summer with a Stewart’s ice cream sundae. To qualify for the prize drawing, all Bingo sheets must be in by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, so get reading.

Harvest party

Earlier this year, Cornell Cooperative Extension helped us plant a vegetable garden here at the library with carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and more. On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. we’ll harvest our crops and make a tasty and healthy snack using them. All ages are welcome.

Frontier food potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re going old school with frontier food. Anything your ancestors might have cooked around a campfire or in a hand-me-down cast iron skillet or on the trails heading west will do.

Bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite pioneer recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

 

 

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