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.

 

 

— 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.
 

 

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