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.

 

This weekend, the Altamont Free Library will be marching in the Altamont Memorial Day Parade. We will join with so many other members of the Altamont community to say a heartfelt thank-you to our veterans and to remember the hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, and Marines who gave their lives in the United States armed forces.

To really make our presence known, we’re going to need folks to march with us and make some noise for their library. If you’re interested, give us a call at  861-7239 or e-mail me at .

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

Springtime bird walk

On Sunday, May 21, our own Dan Capuano will once again lead a bird watching expedition along the Battenkill.  Please join us at 9 a.m. here at the library for a one-hour walk to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

We’ll have a few extra sets of binoculars, if you’d like to use them and first-timers and young folks are encouraged to attend.

United Nations potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23,. for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers. This month we’re letting you choose the 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. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

Fun, food event

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.

 

— Photo from Joe Burke

Patrons page through books offered for sale Saturday at the Altamont Free Library, part of the village-wide garage sale.

Last weekend we took part in the Altamont village-wide garage sale. It was so wonderful to see so many of you turn out in the beautiful weather for the sale.

The library received a totally staggering number of donations for both our book and garage sales, and we raised a tremendous amount to support the important programs that the library offers.

As with so much else that the library does, we had so much help from the library's staff, trustees, and volunteers and we would not have had the phenomenal success we had without all their help. Thank you all for your time, energy, and back muscles.

Memorial Day

The library will be proudly marching in the Altamont Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 22, and we need a hand in making a banner for the parade. In fact, we need 100 hands! To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we’ll be making a banner with 100 hand prints, so please stop by the library to add your mark to our banner. Thanks for lending a hand.

Book discussion

On Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday book club will meet to discuss the bestselling  new novel “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout. (Even though it’s the Penultimate Monday group, we’re meeting a week early this month since we’ll be closed on Monday, May 30,  for Memorial Day.)

This wonderful and bittersweet story details the strained relationship between a mother and her daughter. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us.

 

Springtime bird walk

On Sunday, May 22, our own Dan Capuano will once again lead a bird watching expedition along Brandle Road.  Please join us at 9 a.m., here at the library for a one-hour walk around the village to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

We’ll have a few extra sets of binoculars, if you’d like to use them and first-timers and young folks are encouraged to attend.

United Nations potluck

Please join us at 6 p.m., on Monday, May 23,  for another in our series of fantastic Eat Around the World Potluck suppers.This month we’re letting you choose the 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. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share, and if you don’t already have a favorite recipe, you can always pick up a cookbook here.

“Plants Feed Me”

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.

 

This Saturday, May 7, the Altamont Free Library will hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the PTA’s village-wide garage sale. In addition, this year, we will hold a garage sale to raise funds for the library.

From noon on Wednesday, May 4 until 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, we will be very grateful to accept your books which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs. We will begin accepting donations of garage sale items in good condition (no clothes, please.) on Thursday, May 5.

Please don’t forget to visit us during the sale to find your next favorite book.

 

Memorial Day parade banner

The library will be proudly marching in the Altamont Memorial Day Parade on May 22, and we need a hand in making a banner for the parade. In fact, we need 100 hands.

To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we’ll be making a banner with 100 hand prints, so please stop by the library during the book sale on Saturday, May 7, to add your mark to our banner. Thanks for lending a hand.

Book club

On Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m., the Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet to discuss the bestselling  new novel “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout. (Even though it’s the Penultimate Monday group, we’re meeting a week early this month since we’ll be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

This wonderful and bittersweet story details the strained relationship between a mother and her daughter. There’s much to discuss about this book, and it comes highly recommended, so please join us.

 

Springtime bird walk

On Sunday, May 21, our own Dan Capuano will once again lead a bird-watching expedition along Brandle Road. Please join us at 9 a.m., here at the library for a one-hour walk around the village to see what we can see and learn about our bird neighbors.

We’ll have a few extra sets of binoculars, if you’d like to use them, and first-timers and young folks are encouraged to attend.

 

— Photo from Joe Burke
In celebration of Earth Day, Altamont library patrons, 14 in all, make wildflower seed balls.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 8!) and, if you don’t yet have a card for the special moms in your life, we’ve got you covered.  Please join us anytime from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, to make a unique, hand-crafted card. We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need to make a beautiful and special gift, so please join us.

Book and Garage Sale

On Saturday, May 7, Altamont Free Library will hold our annual book sale in conjunction with the PTA’s village-wide garage sale. In addition, this year, we will hold a garage sale to raise funds for the library.

From noon on Wednesday, May 4, until the day of the sale, we will be very grateful to accept your books which will either be added to the library’s collection or sold to raise money for library programs.

We will begin accepting donations of garage sale items in good condition (no clothes, please!)  on Thursday, May 5.  We will be happy to make up a receipt for you for tax purposes if you like. Please don’t forget to visit us during the sale to find your next favorite book.

Memorial Day parade banner

The library will be proudly marching in the Altamont Memorial Day Parade on May 22, and we need a hand in making a banner for the parade. In fact, we need 100 hands! To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we’ll be making a banner with 100 hand prints, so please stop by the library during the book sale on Saturday, May 7, to add your mark to our banner. Thanks for lending a hand.

100 for 100

On the topic of our 100th anniversary, there are 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 (518) 861-7239 or email me at .

 

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