Save the date! Throughout the year, the Altamont Free Library will be offering “Centennial” events to celebrate our 100th anniversary as your community library.  On Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4 p.m. 9:30 p.m., Mio Vino, located at 186 Main Street in Altamont, will graciously be donating 15% of all drink and meal proceeds — including those from its menus of AFL Centennial drink specials — to help raise funds for the Library. Call Mio Vino at (518) 595-5095 to make your reservations and help us get the 100th year party started!

Easter Egg Decoration

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us this Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m. for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Closed for Easter

Please note that the Library will be closed on Sunday, March 27.

Make a Birdfeeder

April is just around the corner, and with April comes the return of the birds to our area. On Friday April 1 at 3 p.m., we’ll be making birdfeeders to welcome our feathered friends back from their migrations. We’ll have a bunch of different types to make, so there will be something to make for every age and skill level.

One-on-One Tech Help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at (518) 861-7239 or emailing .

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us at the Altamont Free Library this Friday, March 18, at 3 p.m., for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday March 21,  at 7 p.m., to discuss “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. This novel, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, concerns a blind French girl and a young German soldier obsessed with the new technology of radios and their intertwined fates. 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 year’s most popular books.

Library closed

Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, March 27, in observation of the Easter holiday.

Make a birdfeeder

April is just around the corner, and with April comes the return of the birds to our area. On Friday April 1, at 3 p.m., we’ll be making birdfeeders to welcome our feathered friends back from their migrations. We’ll have a bunch of different types to make, so there will be something to make for every age and skill level.

100 for 100

The Altamont Free Library will have our 100th  anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, we will be celebrating in many ways throughout the year, and there will be countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next one hundred years. Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at  861-7239 or e-mail me at .  

One-on-one tech help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at 861-7239 or e-mailing .

Photo from Joe Burke
A wide-eyed young artist proudly displays her work, created at the Altamont Free Library,  which will be sent to some far-flung country as part of the Global Art Project for Peace.

Photo from Joe Burke
Give peace a chance: Organizers of the Altamont library’s Global Art Project for Peace, Ellen Howie, left, and Ruth Dickinson share an embrace.

This past Saturday, the Altamont Free Library hosted an extraordinary event known as the Global Art Project for Peace. Every two years, people all around the world participate in this wonderful project where groups create a piece of art expressing the hope for a more peaceful world

Once the art is created, the groups exchange their art with a group from another country. In years past, we have exchanged art with groups in Australia and Germany. We cannot wait to see who we’re paired with this year, and how they express their vision of global peace.

The peace flags that our children (and adults) created this year will be on display in the library’s community room for the next month before they are shipped off to their next destination, and we invite you to come and take a look

Many thanks are due to Ruth Dickinson and Ellen Howie for organizing and overseeing the project. We hope that our small contribution to an international dialogue on peace will play a role in making this a more just, free, and peaceful world.

Easter egg decoration

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit than by dying Easter eggs? Please join us on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. for some colorful Easter fun. We’ll boil the eggs and provide all the supplies, so all you have to bring is your creativity!

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday March 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss “All The Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. This acclaimed and bestselling novel, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, concerns a blind French girl and a young German soldier obsessed with the new technology of radios and their intertwined fates. 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 year’s most popular books.

 

100 for 100

As I may have mentioned once or twice before, the library will mark our 100th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, we will be celebrating in many ways throughout the year, and there will be countless ways to participate in the celebrations. One way that you can participate is by making a contribution to our Centennial Fund. We are looking for 100 donors to donate $100 each to ensure that your library will be able to continue to thrive at the heart of our community for the next 100 years. Donors to the Centennial Fund will be acknowledged in the library’s display case throughout the year and will be invited to a special party this summer at the Breitenbach Castle. For more information, please give me a call at  861-7239 or e-mail me at .  

One-on-One Tech Help

Flummoxed by your Nook? Curious about your Kindle? Ready to throw your iPad across a room? Let us help.  Make an appointment with a staff member and bring whatever eReader or tablet you’ve got and we’ll (try our best to) help you download books to it or help troubleshoot any basic problems you might be having. You can schedule up to a half-hour to work through your tech issues by calling us at 861-7239 or e-mailing .

 

Every two years, people all around the world participate in a wonderful event known as the Global Art Project for Peace. Please join us on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to noon to help craft our contribution.

Once we’ve made our art, we will display it here at the Altamont Free Library and then pack it up and ship it off to children in another country, and we will receive their artwork for us to display here. This year, we’ll be working on a few different projects, including peace flags and a photo collage representing life in Altamont.

People of all ages can participate in this extraordinary cultural exchange, so if you’d like to participate, please sign up at the library or give us a call at 861-7239.

Book discussion

On Monday March 7, at noon the First Monday Book Club will meet to discuss “The Elephant’s Journey” by José Saramago. Based on the true story of an elephant’s trip from Portugal across Europe to Austria in 1551 to be given as a present for the wedding of the Holy Roman Emperor, this delightful (and short!) novel was widely praised on its publication in 2008. Please join us.

Social Security planning workshop

Have you been thinking about retirement? Are you unsure of how to maximize your income in your golden years? Do you have questions about Social Security? If so, please join us at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8,  for a free public information workshop called “Savvy Social Security Planning.”

This workshop is designed to help people better understand their Social Security retirement benefits and what they may be entitled to. Our presenter, Carol VanValkenburgh, is a representative of Foresters Financial and has extensive experience in shepherding folks through the Social Security process.  Please register in advance at the library or give us a call at  861-7239.

It’s a Leap Day potluck. Please join us at the Altamont Free Library at 6 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 29, for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers, this month focusing on the food and drinks of Portugal and the Azore Islands.

Don’t know where the Azores are? Neither did I, but we’ve got some good friends returning home from a vacation there and hopefully they’ll bring some photos and stories from their trip to share. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite Portuguese or Azorian recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

Global art project

Every two years, children around the world participate in a wonderful event known as the Global Art Project for Peace. Please join us on Saturday, March 5,  from 10 a.m. to noon to help craft our contribution. Once we’ve made our art, we will display it here at the library and then pack it up and ship it off to children in another country, and we will receive their artwork for us to display here.

This year we’ll be making a collage of photographs taken by kids that show what life is like here in Altamont. We’ve even got some digital cameras (really iPod Touch’s) that kids can borrow to take photos in advance of our crafting session on March 5.  Kids of all ages can participate in this extraordinary cultural exchange, so if you’d like to participate, please sign up at the library or give us a call at 861-7239.

Book discussion

On Monday, March 7, at noon the First Monday Book Club will meet to discuss "The Elephant’s Journey" by Jose Saramago. Based on the true story of an elephant’s trip from Portugal across Europe to Austria in 1551 to be given as a present for the wedding of the Holy Roman Emperor, this delightful and short novel was widely praised on its publication in 2008. Please join us.

Social Security planning workshop

Have you been thinking about retirement? Are you unsure of how to maximize your income in your golden years? Do you have questions about Social Security? If so, please join us at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8,  for a free public information workshop called “Savvy Social Security Planning.”

This workshop is designed to help people better understand their Social Security retirement benefits and what they may be entitled to. Our presenter, Carol VanValkenburgh, is a representative of Foresters Financial and has extensive experience in shepherding folks through the Social Security process. Please register in advance at the library or give us a call at  861-7239.

 

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