Upcoming Events

The library will open at noon on Friday, November 16, due to snow. Stay ward, travel safe, and bring a book!

The Library will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday, November, 11/21, and will be CLOSED on Thursday & Friday 11/22 & 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.  


 Do you love libraries? Do you like a friendly competition? Are long drives on fall days through beautiful landscapes you r thing? If so, we’ve got an idea for you!

Introducing the 2018 Upper Hudson Library System Library Expedition! This challenge double dog dares you to try to visit all 36 libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties in just 3 months! You can compete as an individual, a family, or a team and prizes will be awarded for visiting 5, 15, 25, and all 36 libraries. It’ a fun challenge for folks who love libraries and want to explore parts of the Capital District they may have passed by or passed through but never stopped to smell the books. If you would like to be a “36er”, stop by the library and get your official Altamont Free Library stamp on your passport! All aboard for an adventure!


Programs & Events

Find the Fantastic Beasts                                                                                                                               Thursday, November 1st to Thursday, November 15th                                                               Hey Potter-heads! The new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie is coming out on November 15th. To celebrate, we’ve hidden a flurry of magical creatures around the library. Find one and get entered into a raffle for a pair of movie tickets you can use to get your Wizarding World fix.

 Election Day Bake Sale                                                                                                                                Tuesday, November 6th from 9 AM to 6 PM                                                                                              Stop by the library’s annual bake sale table at Altamont Village Hall on Election Day while you’re out voting. If you’d like to donate a baked good to raise money for the library, even better! Call us at 861-7239 to sign up to bake!

Bats of New York State & White Nose Syndrome                                                                          Wednesday, November 7th @ 6 PM                                                                                                  Please join DEC Wildlife Technician Katie Ritzko for an exploration of our bat species and the devastating effects of invasive fungus on local bat populations.

Juice & Jammies Storytime                                                                                                                            Friday, November 16th @ 7 PM                                                                                                                 Put on your pj’s and join Ms. Erika for a pre-bedtime story, snack, stretch and craft! This “thankfulness” themed storytime will be just the thing to prepare your kiddos to count sheep.

Kids Thanksgiving Craft                                                                                                                        Wednesday, November 21st from 4 PM to 5 PM                                                                                Liven up your Thanksgiving table with some handmade napkin holders. This program is limited to 10 participants, so please register in advance.

Wicker Ornament Crafting for Adults with Karin Kuck                                                                        Sunday, November 25th from 3 PM to 4 PM                                                                                     Create a unique woven wicker reindeer holiday ornament of your very own. Participation is limited so please sign up in advance. Please note  that there is a $5 per person materials fee for this program.

                                                  Library Lights                                                                                    Friday, December 7th @ 6 PM                                 Honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating a light on the Orsini Park Gazebo in their name! Make a donation to the Altamont Free Library by December 1st  and their name will be read out at our annual gazebo lighting ceremony.


 Noon Book Club

Next Month: The Book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama                                            Monday, December 3rd @ 12 PM

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   Mystery Book Club

Dog on It by Spencer Quinn

 Thursday, November 15 @ 7 PM

Cancelled due to weather

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Every Tuesdays at 10:30 there is a Preschooler’s Storytime and every Wednesday at 10:30 there is a Toddler’s Storytime! Please join us for some fun!

ATTENTION TEEN READERS!                                                       Interested in winning some Teen books and/or book swag? If so, check out our new Teen Reading Contest! Here is it how it works: come check out a book from our teen section that you have never read before, read it, then come back and fill out a short review of the book. You will then be entered into our raffle to win some bookish prizes! Happy reading and good luck!

Museum Passes Available!                                                             There are now several local museum passes available at the library! These include: 

The Albany Institute of History and Art                          Children’s Museum of Science & Technology                             The Eric Carle Museum                                                                         The Clark Art Institute                                                                         The Hyde Collection                                                                                     Empire Passes to New York State Parks & Beaches 

All museum passes are made possible through the contributions to the Todd Pulliam Memorial Fund.