Many thanks to all of the community members who supported out annual Library Lights campaign. We received many donations to dedicate holiday lights on the Orsini Park gazebo in honor or in memory of loved ones. This year, we dedicated lights to the following people:

Jean Ahlbach, Anna Atkinburg, Catherine Balio, Carmela Bernardi, Anita Booth, Frederick Booth, James Brennan, Lillian Brennan, Tom Brennan, Sandra Brunk, Ray Brunk, Alice Brunk, Mark Burlingame, Millie Carpenter, Erik Carpenter, Don and Kay Cavanaugh, Dodi Cechnicki, Marshall Chapman, Lucy Chapman, Dave & Fran Cowan, Arthur R Crounse, Evelyn T Crounse, Frederick R Crounse, Gus Cure, Rod Dague, Nate Dickinson, John Dornbush, Orson Dunham, Nancy Dunham, Hank Elario, Mona Feingold, Jean Forti, Mopu , Eva, and Mojmir Frinta.

Also: Eleonora Gaspary, Dawn Gill, Charles Gill, Rodger Gill, Father Joseph Girzone, Merritt Glennon, Esther Goodfellow, Barbara Green, Mayhalia Grossi, Ottorino Grossi, Elizabeth Harper, Robert Hawkins, Irene Hentrich, Anne and Arthur Hill, Mary Kate Kitteridge, Dominick Kossman, Thomas Kossman, John Kossman, Gustav Kramer, Manfred Kramer, Frank Lee, Esther Lee, Norma Lee, Thomas Lee, Arthur Loomis, Irene Loomis, Paul Loomis, Helen Luty, Ted Luty, Ted Luty Jr., Mabel Mau, Milton Mau, Walter Mau Jr., and Walter Mau Sr.

And: Alexander Dennison McConchie, Helen McCullen, Buffer , Misty, Brodie , Sophia McNeil, Fritzie Miller, Charles Mohr, Marie Mohr, Norma Cranker, Carl Cranker, Dagmar Muller de Schongor, Dwight Murphy, Mark Howe Murphy, Walter Nerz, Joseph O'Connor, Daniel O'Mara, Mary O'Mara, John O'Mara, William O'Mara, Ernest Orsini, The Seven Orsini Brothers , Kathryn Paige, William Quay, Rachel Quay, Jack Reilly, Justin Reilly, Lyle Ritter, Frances Ritter, Charles Robinson, Carmelo Rosano, Ruth Rosano, Alice Rosano, and Richard Rumsey.

Also: Chester Rumsey, Alicia Satas, Phyllis Schilling, loved ones gone before in the Schinnerer and Borden families, Sue Seargroatt, Jackie Smith, Dick Spadaro, Pat Spadaro, George Spohr, Olive Spohr, Bob Spohr, Ann Spohr, Marge Stevens, loved ones of Tara and Travis Stevens, Emma Jane Terplak, Stephen Terplak Sr., Osee Thorington, Lottie Thorington, Harold Thorington, Carmen Trifilo, Alice B. Trout, Kenneth Trout, Victor J. Tymchyn, Olive M. Tymchyn, Doris Vroman, Win Warner, Larry Warner, John Warner, Haley Williams, Robin Williams, Florine Writsell, and Edwin Zyskowski.

Thank you all!

“Miracle on 34th Street”

If you still need to get into the holiday spirit, please join us at 2:30 on Sunday, Dec. 20, for a showing of that old holiday classic film, “Miracle on 34th Street.” This heart-warming story of a young girl’s struggle with her belief in Santa Claus will surely bring a smile to your face and a Christmas carol to your lips. 

“Holidays on Ice”

Speaking of holiday classics, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec, 21, the Penultimate Monday book club will be meeting to discuss “Holidays on Ice,” a hilarious collection of Christmas-themed short stories by David Sedaris.

From working as a department store elf to writing his annual Christmas newsletter, Sedaris takes a pointed look at our holiday traditions and finds the humor in the dark and the light sides of Christmas. Please join us for a festive discussion.

This is your last chance this year to honor the memory of a loved one with a holiday light on the Altamont Village Gazebo! Lights cost $3 each ($3.50 if you’d like a postcard sent to the honoree’s family) and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library.

The honorees’ names will be read out at the lighting ceremony this Sunday and will be published on the library’s website. Look for the submission form this week in The Altamont Enterprise or stop into the library in person to donate.

Whether you donate or not, please join us for our annual gazebo lighting ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m.  Thank you!


There are some pretty good holiday movies out there, and even a few great ones, but the best of them all has to be “Elf,” the 2003 classic starring Will Ferrell as the Buddy the Elf.

This hilarious tale of a human raised by Santa and his elves and his quest to find his real father is sure to bring Christmas cheer to your heart.  Please join us at 2:30 on Sunday, Dec. 6, for a free viewing of this great movie.

Gingerbread houses

One of our favorite annual events for young folks is taking place next week. Come decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. The gingerbread houses will be displayed form the Victorian Holidays Celebration at the Altamont Masonic Lodge and will be available afterwards for you to pick up and display (or eat!) yourself.

We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need to make a creative and delicious holiday treat! Space is limited, so please stop in or call the library at 518-861-7239 to register in advance.

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Please visit us during the Victorian Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 13th. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m., and we’ll be hosting storytellers, authors and artists with gifts for sale.

Don’t forget to be here at 5 p.m. for a very special train arrival with a very special passenger. (I don’t think anyone told Santa that the library isn’t a train station anymore! Let’s keep that a village secret, shall we?)

Quilt drawing

While you’re here for Victorian Holidays, you’ll have one final opportunity to buy a ticket for our annual quilt-drawing fundraiser. Our beautiful hand-stitched quilt made and donated by Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. of Delmar will be raffled off on Sunday, Dec. 13, during the Victorian Holidays Celebration.

Tickets are a dollar for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit Altamont Free Library. Tickets can also be purchased from any of our wonderful library Trustees.

Centennial gifts

Next year, Altamont Free Library will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and how better to show your library pride than with an official Altamont Free Library Centennial tote bag, coffee mug, mouse pad or set of note cards?

These will make the perfect gift for every library lover in your life and all feature a beautiful new Centennial logo designed by Christine Capuano. Stop in today to order your gifts today and they will be delivered in plenty of time for the holidays.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at noon, the First Monday Book Group will meet to discuss “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery at the Altamont Free Library. This French novel tells the story of the surprising friendship between a landlady of a Parisian apartment building and two of her tenants. Please join us. 

Guatemala Stove Project

Throughout the Third World, poorly ventilating indoor stoves lead to widespread illness and blindness. The Guatemala Stove Project (GSP) raises money to build safe stoves in Guatemala to save and improve lives. On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., local volunteer Tom Doyle will discuss the GSP and present a short film on their work. 

Teen Lock-In

On Friday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. we’re having an after-hours party just for teenagers at the library. If anyone ever told you to be quiet at the library, this is your chance to get as loud as you like. There will be music, games, snacks and more. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 

A community conversation

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. meet with our state legislator, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy. Bring your questions, comments, and concerns about state government or issues like the environment, jobs, taxes, or education and have them addressed. 

Story times

Please join us with your favorite young folks for stories, songs, crafts, and bubbles at story time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesdays we focus on our preschoolers and Wednesdays are for our toddler friends, so please join Miss Mary Beth and Mr. Joe for a fun time.

Quilt Drawing

If you didn’t get a chance to enter our fantastic annual quilt drawing over the summer, please pay a visit to the library and enter for a chance to win a beautiful hand-stitched quilt made and donated by Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. of Delmar. Tickets are $1 for one or six for $5 and all proceeds go to benefit the library. Tickets can also be purchased from any of our wonderful library trustees. The raffle drawing will be held in December at the Victorian Holidays Celebration. 




October is National Apple Month. We’ll be celebrating our region’s most delicious natural resource all month long here at the Altamont Free Library. Drop in any time all month to add your favorite book to our apple tree, play a game of apple bean bag toss, do an apple puzzle, or make an apple craft. 

Scary movies to watch in the dark

Over the month of October, please join us for family-friendly but super-scary movies every Sunday at 3 p.m. First up, the hilarious animated film “The Witches” on Sunday Oct. 18. We’ll have the popcorn ready for you.

Book discussion

The Penultimate Monday Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 to discuss the novel “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler. This book, which follows the fortunes of the Whitshank family over seven decades of the 20th Century, was recently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It’s sure to provoke a great conversation, so please join us.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi classes with Kyoshi Joe Mansfield are still going strong. On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet at the gazebo in Orsini Park for a free hour-long class in this Chinese martial art form, which is renowned for its meditative and healing properties. The class is open to all ages and experience levels so, please join us even if you missed the previous classes. 

Adult craft night

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you still need a costume, or just want to hang out with some other crafty friends? If so, please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 as Dee Woessner helps us make cool and unique Halloween masks. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 

Halloween kids’ craft

Pumpkins and cobwebs and ghosts, oh my. It’s the spookiest time of the year and we’re getting out some of our nervous energy by making scarily cool crafts. Please join us for an afternoon of crafts, laughs, and frights. Please call the library at 861-7239 to register in advance. 


Story times

Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have fun. Please join us with your favorite young folks for stories, songs, crafts, and bubbles at story time every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesdays we focus on our preschoolers and Wednesdays are for our toddler friends, so please join Miss Mary Beth and Mr. Joe for a fun time.



With the kids back in school, shouldn’t the adults get to have some fun too? Well, Trivia Night is back at the Altamont Free Library.

Mary Beth Mulligan will host this always fun and challenging event on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Bring a team (ages 21 and over, please), and BYOB! Entry is $5 per person and the winning team splits the pot. 

Back to (Wizard) School

Now that school’s back, Sunday hours are back too. With all the homework you’ve got, you’ll need to take a study break. What better way than by joining us to go back to school with our favorite wizard, Harry Potter!

On Sundays in September, we’ll be showing Harry Potter movies, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. 

Book discussion

Please join the First Monday Book Club at noon on Monday, Sept. 14, for a discussion of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by JK Rowling, the author of the beloved “Harry Potter” series, writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

This is a hard-boiled detective story about the mysterious death of a supermodel and a private eye who’s in way over his head. There’s still time to pick up a copy of this gripping and entertaining novel, so please join us.

Estate planning

Planning for the future is can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable, especially when finances are involved. Still, it’s something that all responsible people should do, and what better way than with a friendly face in a friendly place without any pressure to buy something?

On Tuesday, Sept.15, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be hosting our good friend Ronnie Lindberg for a discussion of estate planning. Bring your questions and concerns and bring a friend along too. This will be the first in a series of biweekly programs the library will be hosting on financial literacy.  

Tai Chi is back

After a unplanned break, Tai Chi classes with Kyoshi Joe Mansfield are back. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m., we’ll meet at the gazebo in Orsini Park for a free hour-long class in this Chinese martial art form, which is renowned for its’ meditative and healing properties. Please join us for the first of a series of four classes. 

Author visit

On Thursday, September 17th at 7pm, the library will be hosting James Schlett, the author of “A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks” just published by Cornell University Press.

In his book, Schlett, a former reporter for “The Schenectady Gazette,” now “The Daily Gazette,” tells the story of an 1858 camping excursion to Follensby Pond in the Adirondack Mountains attended by the famous essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet James Russell Lowell, future United States Attorney General Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and other intellectual and cultural luminaries of the pre-Civil War period, and the effect the trip had on the participants later work.

The author will give a discussion of his fascinating and widely praised work, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. We would love you to join us for this exciting event!

Bird walk

It’s that time of the year again when the leaves start turning, the sweaters reappear, and the birds start heading south. On Friday, Sept. 18, we’ll be holding a migratory bird watching expedition led by Dan Capuano.

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.