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.

 

On Monday, Feb. 22, the Penultimate Monday Book Club will be meeting to discuss “The Martian” by Andy Weir. This New York Times bestselling literary sensation of 2015 was the basis of the Oscar-nominated movie starring Matt Damon. It’s got adventure, suspense and lots of fun science, so there’ll be plenty to discuss. Please join us at 7 p.m., for this always fun book group. 

Potluck

It’s a Leap Day Potluck. Please join us 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. 

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.

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.

The Altamont Free Library’s annual I Love My Library! Gala is quickly approaching. Our biggest fund-raiser of the year is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 6.

As of Monday morning, there are still seats available, but it sells out every year, so send in your responses or pick up an invitation at the library now, while there are still some left.

The I Love My Library! Gala takes place at the Altamont community room at village hall from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and will feature a fantastic dinner and dessert, entertainment, neighborly camaraderie, and live and silent auctions.

This year, we’ll be honoring Jim and Wanda Gardner, longtime publishers of The Altamont Enterprise and owners of the Enterprise Print and Photo. Our community's involvement is what makes AFL unique among libraries, so please come on down to support your library. See you there.

Book signing 

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event.  Authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, "Stand Tall Against the Odds."

Rau was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years. He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is.

Co-author Laura Shore worked with Rau for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Book talk

On Monday, Feb. 1, the First Monday book group will be meeting at noon to discuss "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. This novel has the distinction of being the world’s most widely translated book by a living author.

Many of you may have already read it, so please join us. There is lots of interesting stuff in this book to discuss. 

Take Your Child to the Library Day

This is going to be fun! Saturday, Feb. 6, is Take Your Child to the Library Day here at AFL. This is a great opportunity to bring your young folks to the library and let us introduce them or reintroduce them to all the library has to offer.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m., as we stretch our muscles and our minds with adult kid yoga led by the fabulous Christine Carpenter. We’ll also have crafts and story times throughout the day. It’ll be a hoot and a great way to start off a library filled day, ending with the I Love My Library! Gala.

Trustee opening

The library’s board of trustees is looking for a few new members. Anyone in Altamont, Knox, Guilderland Center, and the surrounding area high school age and older is eligible. You just have to have community spirit, a few spare hours per month and the willingness to roll up your sleeves. For more information, please contact the library at 861-7239 or email us at before Feb. 1.  

With the beginning of the new year, it is time for the Altamont Free Library to say goodbye and thank you to a few members of our board of trustees, the group of dedicated volunteers who are in charge of managing the library. Sally Dague, Christine Lennard, Christine Capuano, and Megan Connelly have each dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to the library and we are all better off for their commitment. Thank you all. 

In their absence, the board of trustees is looking for a few new members. Anyone in Altamont, Knox, Guilderland Center, or the surrounding area who is high school age or older is eligible. You just have to have community spirit, a few spare hours per month, and the willingness to roll up your sleeves.

For more information, please contact the library at 861-7239 or e-mail us at before Feb. 1.  

Thailand potluck

On Monday Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., we’ll hold our first Eat Around the World potluck of the year. This is always a fun opportunity to try a new cuisine, make a new friend and connect with the community.

This month, we’ll be sampling the hot and spicy food of Thailand. If you don’t have a favorite Thai recipe on hand, feel free to check out a few of the many cookbooks we’ve got here at the library. Bring a friend and a dish to share and join us, won’t you?

Energy efficiency

If you own or manage a business or non-profit, you know how important it is to increase your energy efficiency. On Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be holding a workshop on making your business more energy efficient.

This program will be led by Mark DeChiro, a technical expert from L&S Energy Services who has been doing great work with our library. He will discuss the improvements you can make to your workplace to save energy and save money. 

Book signing

On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting a very special event with authors Everett Rau and Laura Shore discussing and signing copies of their new book, "Stand Tall Against the Odds."

Everett was born in Altamont in 1919 and has seen many changes here in his 96 years here. He was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised construction of a Dutch barn on his farm using antique tools and old techniques and has much to teach us about the important farming heritage that made this area what it is.

Co-author Laura Shore worked with Everett for two years to preserve his stories and memories and this book is the result of their efforts. Please join us for this unique and exciting event.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

This is going to be fun! Saturday, Feb. 6, is Take Your Child to the Library Day here at AFL.

This is a great opportunity to bring your young folks to the library and let us introduce them (or reintroduce them) to all the library has to offer. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. as we stretch our muscles and our minds with adult kid yoga led by the fabulous Christine Carpenter.

We’ll also have crafts and storytimes throughout the day. It’ll be a hoot and a great way to start off a library-filled day.

The I Love My Library! Gala

Our biggest fund-raiser of the year is coming up, also on Saturday Feb. 6. It sells out every year, so get your tickets at the library while there are still some left.

The I Love My Library! Gala take place at the Altamont Community Room at village hall from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and will feature a fantastic dinner and dessert, entertainment, neighborly camaraderie, and live and silent auctions.

This year, we’ll be honoring Jim and Wanda Gardner, longtime publishers of The Altamont Enterprise and owners of the Enterprise Printing and Photo shop.

Our community's involvement is what makes AFL unique among libraries, so please come on down to support your library. See you there.

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