— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

No, it’s not Big Bird; it’s a volunteer from the Altamont free Library publicizing the library’s annual chicken barbecue on Friday.

We here at the library would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who came out for our annual chicken barbecue last Friday evening. It was a beautiful evening to spend out in Orsini Park and I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Special thanks are due to Dan Capuano for organizing the event, to the Traditional Strings for providing excellent music to eat by, and to all of the volunteers who helped prepare, cook and serve the meals. We couldn’t do it without you.

Now that the barbecue is done, that must mean that it’s time for another awesome celebration in Orsini Park.

Summer reading

It’s just about time for the summer reading program. The summer reading program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrate reading, fitness, and summer fun.

Join us on Wednesday, June 29 at 4 p.m. and take part in a torch relay and the lighting of the summer reading flame and climb up on the winner’s platform. Register for the summer reading program and get your BINGO sheet to keep track of your reading and earn prizes. There’ll be fun for the whole family so please join us.

Summer Sundays: 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.

Africa potluck

Please join us on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re letting you choose the African country or region you want to represent.

Choose a favorite recipe you’ve made before or one from a country that we haven’t gotten around to yet. There are so many fantastic countries to choose from, from Egypt and Morocco to Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique your choices are nearly endless. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite African recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

Weathering Stormy Investment Seas

The beginning of the summer is the perfect time to get your finances straight and a great place to start is at the library. Please join us on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. for a workshop called Weathering Stormy Investment Seas. In this presentation, Carol VanValkenburgh, a representative of Foresters Financial will discuss how to make sure that your savings and investments are secure even during the most volatile markets.

 

— Photo from Joe Burke

Rite of passage: First-graders in Colleen Ciccarelli’s class at Altamont Elementary School visit the Altamont Free Library on June 13 to get their very own library cards.

When I applied for the job of Altamont Free Library director, I was told in my interview that, if I got the job, I might have to dress up in a chicken costume at some point. I smiled politely, not sure whether or not that was supposed to be a joke. Well, I got the job and now I know that it was not a joke. We own a chicken costume and I and several good-natured trustees are going to take turns wearing it.

Why are we going to be wearing a chicken costume?

You probably already know the answer, but of course it’s to spread the word about the AFL’s famous chicken barbecue, is tomorrow, Friday, June 17. Tickets for the barbecue are available now at the library and you should get them soon, because this event always sells out.

Tickets are $9 before the event ($10 the day of the barbecue, if there are any left) and you can sign up for either of two servings, at 5 p.m. or at 6 p.m. For that, you’ll get a half-chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, a roll, a drink and a brownie.

If you let us know ahead of time, we can even make you a vegetarian option. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can bring it home to eat or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to Knox’s own Traditional Strings band.

So, be sure to look out for my friends and I dressed in a chicken suit along Main Street. And be sure to join us on June 17.

Beyond that, there’s a bunch of other neat things coming up in the next few weeks.

Book discussion

On Monday June 20,  at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book group will meet to discuss the “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Or the Segregation of the Queen)” by Laurie R. King. This is the first book in King’s phenomenal mystery series following the life as cases of Sherlock Holmes’ protégé Mary Russell. In this novel, Russell first meets an aging Sherlock who finds himself in danger from an old foe.

Movie

Please join us on Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh and their campaign to improve their working conditions through a fascinating and affecting documentary film. The movie will be followed by a discussion of the film led by labor organizer Greg Giorgio.

Africa potluck

Please join us on Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re letting you choose the African country or region you want to represent. Choose a favorite recipe you’ve made before or one from a country that we haven’t gotten around to yet. There are so many fantastic countries to choose from: Egypt or Morocco to Ethiopia, Kenya or Mozambique. Your choices are nearly endless. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite African recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

Financial info

The beginning of the summer is the perfect time to get your finances straight and a great place to start is at the library. Please join us on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. for a workshop called Weathering Stormy Investment Seas. In this presentation, Carol VanValkenburgh, a representative of Foresters Financial will discuss how to make sure your savings and investments are secure even during the most volatile markets.

Opening ceremony

It’s just about time for the summer reading program. The summer reading program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the library that celebrate reading, fitness, and summer fun. Join us on Wednesday, June 29, at 4 p.m. and take part in a torch relay and the lighting of the summer reading flame and climb up on the winner’s platform. Register for the summer reading program and get your BINGO sheet to keep track of your reading and earn prizes. There’ll be fun for the whole family.

 

Father’s Day is coming up. Please join us on Tuesday, June 14 at 3 p.m. to make a Father’s Day card that your dad or grandpa is sure to love. We’ll have all the materials you need to make a unique handcrafted gift for your favorite guy.

Chicken barbecue

It’s almost June, which means that it’s almost time for our famous annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Friday June 17, with servings at 5 and 6 p.m. This highly anticipated event offers library trustees and volunteers the opportunity to play top chef for you all. We’ll also be breaking out the library’s chicken costume for the occasion.

Tickets are on sale now at the library and cost $9 in advance or $10 the day of the event. Every ticket gets you a dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink and brownie. A  vegetarian option is also available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to the always enjoyable Traditional Strings.

Movie viewing and discussion

Please join us on Tuesday, June 21,  at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh and their campaign to improve their working conditions through this fascinating and affecting documentary film. The movie will be followed by a discussion of the film led by labor organizer Greg Giorgio.

Opening ceremony

It’s just about time for the summer reading program. The summer reading program is a super fun series of free events and programs at the Altamont Free Library that celebrate reading, fitness, and summer fun. Join us on Wednesday, June 29, at 4 p.m. and take part in a torch relay and the lighting of the summer reading flame and climb up on the winner's platform.
Register for the summer reading program and get your bingo sheet to keep track of your reading and earn prizes. There’ll be fun for the whole family.

On Monday, June 6, the Noon Book Club will meet to discuss The “High Mountains of Portugal” the new novel by Yann Martel. Martel wrote the modern classic “The Life of Pi,” and fans of that novel will also love “The High Mountains of Portugal,” which shares many themes in common with his previous best seller. We’ve got plenty of copies set aside, so please join us for what will certainly be a phenomenal discussion.

Card craft

Father’s Day is coming up. Please join us on Tuesday, June 14, at 3 p.m., to make a Father’s Day card that your dad or grandpa is sure to love. We’ll have all the materials you need to make a unique handcrafted gift for your favorite guy.

Chicken barbecue

It’s almost June, which means that it’s almost time for our famous annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Friday June 17, with servings at 5 and 6 p.m. This highly anticipated event offers library trustees and volunteers the opportunity to play Top Chef for you all. (We’ll also be breaking out the library’s chicken costume for the occasion.) We’ve already had a ton of people in at the library asking for tickets, which will be available starting this week or early next week. Every ticket gets you a dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink, and brownie. There’s also a vegetarian option available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to the always enjoyable Traditional Strings.

 

This Sunday is Memorial Day, a day we set aside to remember the brave men and women to have given their lives in defense of their country.

It is also a day when we can reflect on the sacrifices made by the soldiers, sailors, and Marines currently serving in the armed forces, as well as our veterans and the families and loved ones of our service members.

From all of us at Altamont Free Library, many thanks to you all. In observance of Memorial Day, the library will be closed this coming Monday, May 30.

In the meantime, here are a few other neat things going on over the next few weeks.  

Healthy and tasty

Did you ever want to make delicious, healthy food from vegetables you can grow yourself? Please join us on Tuesday, May 31,  at 3 p.m. for a fun event for 4 to 7 year olds based on the book “Plants Feed Me” by Lizzy Rockwell.

Led by master gardeners Ronnie Siegel and Virginia Dorwaldt of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, this program will be limited to seven children, so please call the library at  861-7239 to register in advance.

Book discussion

On Monday, June 6 , the Noon Book Club will meet to discuss “The High Mountains of Portugal” the new novel by Yann Martel. Martel wrote the modern classic “The Life of Pi,” and fans of that novel will also love his new novel, which shares many themes in common with his previous best seller.

We’ve got plenty of copies set aside, so please join us for what will certainly be a phenomenal discussion.

 

Chicken barbecue

It’s almost June, which means that it’s almost time for our famous annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Friday June 17, with servings at 5 and 6 p.m. This highly anticipated event offers library trustees and volunteers the opportunity to play top chef for you all. (We’ll also be breaking out the library’s chicken costume for the occasion.)

We’ve already had a ton of people in at the library asking for tickets, which will be available starting this week or early next week. Every ticket gets you a dinner which includes a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, drink, and brownie.

There’s also a vegetarian option available for pre-order, if you prefer. Once you’ve got your dinner, you can either take it home with you or spread out on the lawn in Orsini Park with your friends and neighbors and listen to the always enjoyable Traditional Strings.

 

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