— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

Sing-along: As Marty Wendell and his Tour Band play in the gazebo at Orsini Park, current and former trustees of the Altamont Free Library, along with the library’s director, Joe Burke, at center, and the village’s mayor, James Gaughan, at far right, sing “Happy Birthday” to celebrate the library’s centennial.

Next week, we will be winding down our summer concert series in Orsini Park. It has been a phenomenal set of shows and we have been blessed with good weather, few bugs, great music, and even better company. We have many people to thank for the success of the series so far, starting with Lori McCutcheon, this year’s concert series organizer.

We also have to thank the village of Altamont, Mayor Jim Gaughan, the village board and the Parks and Public Works departments for supporting our concert series. We’d also like to thank the awesome Bella Fleur and Remedies for their sponsorship.

We’d like to thank the bands who played this year: Three Quarter North, Rusticator; Jon Ouckama, Marty Wendell and his Tour Band; Scotty Mac’s Rockshow; and this next week’s final act, the Tommy Verrigni Trio.

But most of all, we would like to thank everyone who came out to the park to have a good time, hear some great music, and support our village and our library. Your support and contributions allow us to do this every year, so thank you all!

Video editing workshop

Lights, camera, action! Next week we’ll be holding a video editing class at the library today, Thursday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. for aspiring photographers and filmmakers ages 7 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.

Concert

The always popular free summer concert series finishes up at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by The Tommy Verrigni Trio. In the event of rain, this and all of our other concerts will be relocated to the pavilion at Bozenkill Park.

Flag 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’ll also 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.

We’re open

This year we’re going to try something new: We’re going to stay open. The Altamont Free Library will be keeping its’ 2 to 5 p.m. schedule in August to see whether it makes sense to make this change permanent. We hope you’ll come out to visit us.

 

The Little Free Library at the Tawasentha Park Pool is now open. The library is a collaboration among the town of Guilderland, the Altamont Free Library, and the Guilderland Public Library. Park users can help themselves to a book, and can also drop off  books for others to take. Pictured, from left, are Guilderland Public Library Director Tim Wiles; Altamont Free Library Director Joe Burke; and Linda Cure, public relations officer for the Parks and Recreation Department of the town of Guilderland.

The always popular free summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by Scotty Mac’s Roadshow. Blues Hall of Famer Scotty Mac, a local favorite, plays blues, classic rock, and British Invasion tunes that the whole family will love. In the event of rain, this and all of our other concerts will be relocated to the pavilion at Bozenkill Park.

Next up, on Aug. 9, please join us for our final concert of the season as we hear from the Tommy Verrigni Trio, playing standards, smooth jazz, pop, rock and R&B.

Find Marathon Monkey

We’ll also 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.

Video editing workshop

Lights, Camera, Action! Next week we’ll be holding a video editing class at the library on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. for aspiring photographers and filmmakers ages 7 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.

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.

We’re open

It’s always seemed odd to us that so many places are closed on Sundays in the summer. The Altamont Library has always been closed on Sundays in July and August, but people still need books, movies and internet access, and parents still need air-conditioned places to bring the kids on summer Sundays.

Therefore, this year we’re going to try something new: We’re going to stay open. The Altamont Free Library will be keeping its’ 2 to 5 p.m. schedule in July and August to see whether it makes sense to make this change permanent. We hope you’ll come out to visit us.

— Photo by Mike Seinberg

Castle Breitenbach — the home of Thom and Deborah Breitenbach — was the setting for Saturday’s Victorian Garden Party in celebration of the Altamont Free Library’s centennial.. Pictured are Congressman Paul Tonko, Altamont Mayor Jim Gaughan, Deborah Barnes-Breitenbach, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, AFL Board President Yvette Terplak, Thom Breitenbach, AFL Director Joe Burke, Albany County Legislator Travis Stevens, and Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber.

This week, we will be observing the official Centennial of the chartering of the Altamont Free Library. Our library was founded 100 years ago, and though much has changed in the village and the world, some things have not. The Altamont Free Library was then, is now, and always will be a community space first and foremost, a place where people can come to meet their educational, entertainment, and enrichment needs, whatever those might be.

We were then and are now here for you in every stage of life. As we did 100 years ago, we welcome and respect all who walk through our doors. Please join us for a special anniversary concert in Orsini Park on Tuesday July 26 (details below). We look forward to sharing this celebration of our last 100 years and our next 100 years with you all!

Quidditch in McKownville Park

Just in time for the publication of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” we're playing Quidditch on Thursday, July 21 at 2 p.m. (rain date, July 28)! Children 10 and up are invited to join us at Fred Abele (McKownville) Park (please call for directions). We’ll need seekers, chasers, and beaters to try and catch the golden snitch so please call to register in advance. Bring your own broom.

Author talk

Also on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m., please join us for a visit from local author Keith W. Willis. Keith will present excerpts from his award-winning debut novel, “Traitor Knight” and discuss his fascinating work. Copies of “Traitor Night” will be available for sale and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Chalk the walk

To celebrate our 100th anniversary, on Tuesday, July 26 we’re inviting all our friends to leave the library birthday messages in chalk on our sidewalk. Stop on in any time, and let the library know how you feel about it, share a book recommendation, sign your name or draw a picture, it’s up to you.

Centennial concert and cake

The always popular free summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by Marty Wendell and his Tour Band. This will be a particularly special concert for us, since it will fall on the actual anniversary of the library’s chartering in 1916.

We’ll be singing “Happy Birthday” to our library and celebrating with cake for all attendees.  In the event of rain, this and all of our other concerts will be relocated to the pavilion at Bozenkill Park. Next up, on Aug. 2, we’ve got Blues Hall of Fame inductee Scotty Mac and his band playing blues and classic rock.
 

 

The summer reading program is in full swing. It is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrate reading, fitness, and summer fun.

If you haven’t signed up yet, swing by the library to grab your schedule of summer reading events and a bingo card to help you keep track of your reading and other activities to win awesome prizes.

We’ll also need everybody’s help to find Ms. Marathon Monkey, who’s gotten lost in Altamont on her way to the Olympics. The library is the place to be this summer, so get in the game and read.

Concert

The always popular free summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.  Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by Jon Ouckama, a versatile guitarist who uses looping pedals to create upbeat original songs and innovative takes on well known covers. In the event of rain, concerts will be relocated to Bozenkill Park.

Quidditch in McKownville Park

Just in time for the publication of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” we're playing Quidditch on Thursday, July 21, at 2 p.m. (rain date, July 28).  Children 10 and up are invited to join us at Fred Abele (McKownville) Park (please call for directions).

We’ll need seekers, chasers and beaters to try and catch the golden snitch so please call to register in advance. Bring your own broom!

Author visit

On Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m., please join us for a visit from local author Keith W. Willis. Keith will present excerpts from his novel, “Traitor Knight” and discuss his fascinating work. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Centennial

As many of you know, this summer marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Altamont Free Library! On July 16, we will be holding a garden party for the donors to our Centennial Fund. There is still time to make your donation to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next 100 years.

For more information, please give me a call at 861-7239 or email me at . If you’re not able to join us for the party, don’t worry: We’ll be having a Centennial Celebration in Orsini Park on Tuesday, July 26 in conjunction with that evening’s concert by Mary Wendell and his Tour Band and everyone is invited.

Summer Sundays

It’s always seemed odd to us that so many places are closed on Sundays in the summer. This year we’re going to try something new: We’re going to stay open. The Altamont Free Library will be keeping its’ 2 to 5 p.m. schedule in July and August to see whether it makes sense to make this change permanent. We hope you’ll come out to visit us.

 

The Altamont Free Library will continue its Sunday hours, from 2 to 5 p.m., throughout the summer months of July and August. It will be the only public library in Albany County with Sunday hours during the summer and one of the only such libraries in Upstate New York.

Hours and other details about the summer program offerings can be viewed at the library’s website at altamontfreelibrary.org.

Reading program

The summer reading program is in full swing with a super fun series of free events and programs at the library that celebrate reading, fitness, and summer fun.

If you haven’t signed up yet, swing by the library to grab your schedule of summer reading events and a bingo card to help you keep track of your reading and other activities to win awesome prizes. This summer, we’ll be having Maker Mondays, fun science experiments, cool crafts, great games (like Quidditch!), stop-motion animation workshops, movies and much more.

We’ll also need everybody’s help to find Ms. Marathon Monkey, who’s gotten lost in Altamont on her way to the Olympics. The library is the place to be this summer, so get in the game and read.

Stories with South Paw

As part of our summer reading program, on Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m., we will have a visit from a special guest, South Paw, the Tri-City ValleyCats mascot. SouthPaw and his friends will read stories and talk about the importance of physical fitness, healthy living and teamwork. All young friends in attendance will receive a voucher for two free tickets to the Aug. 22 ValleyCats game.

Rusticator concert

The always popular free summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. Join us in Orsini Park for a performance by Rusticator, a locally-based acoustic band playing rock and country in the style of the Avett Brothers and Wilco.

In the event of rain, this and all of our other concerts will be relocated to the pavilion at Bozenkill Park. Next up, on July 19, we’ve got Jon Ouckama, a versatile guitarist who uses looping pedals to create upbeat original songs and innovative takes on well known covers.

Centennial

As many of you know, this summer marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Altamont Free Library! On July 16, we will be holding a garden party for the donors to our Centennial Fund. There is still time to make your donation to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next one hundred years.

For more information, please give me a call at 861-7239 or e-mail me at . If you’re not able to join us for the party, don’t worry: We’ll be having a Centennial Celebration in Orsini Park on Tuesday, July 26 in conjunction with that evening’s concert by Mary Wendell and his Tour Band and everyone is invited.

 

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