Our 2017 Holiday Wish List is Available!

Our holiday gift wish list is out!


Last year, we put out a wish list of items we need, but couldn’t afford to buy. It was a huge success last year, and we thank you all for your generosity!

We are doing it again this year, but the list looks a little different than it did last year.

Based on community needs surveys and our budget, we’re asking for some unusual things as well as regular materials like books.

Libraries of Things are one of the newest things libraries across the country are offering their community members. We started last year with prom dresses and our seed library, and we’re growing!

This year, we’d like to offer:

Two Hiking Kits 

  • backpack, water bottle, and an Adirondack trail map for each

Two Yoga Kits

  • yoga mat, blocks, and DVD

One Sewing Kit

  • thread, needles, etc.

One Embroidery Kit

  • needles, thread, a book, embroidery hoop

One Indoor Gardening Kit

  • seeds from our seed library, a book on indoor gardening, soil, and a trowel

In addition to our library of things, we’re expanding our collections based on community feedback. We are asking for science fiction, historical fiction, and language learning materials.  The library is also in desperate need of replacing some of its well-loved classics like the Nancy Drew series. Finally, you will see books with diverse characters and cultures on our list as well.

Finally, the boring stuff. We could really use some office supplies so we can focus on putting the money in our small budget towards programs.

If you have any questions about the list, please contact Hannah at 518.306.1039 or email her at hstahl@sals.edu

Use this link to be taken to the list: http://bit.ly/2zUTuV5

All donations are tax-deductible! Contact Hannah at 518.306.1039 or hstahl@sals.edu for more information!

New Book Donation Policy

New book donation policy


We had a record year with all of the donations we received. Thank you for being so generous!

The record book donation has created a slight problem, though. The building cannot support the weight of so many books, so the board and the director have decided to implement a new donated book policy.

Argyle Free Library Donated Book Policy

Gifts or donations of any material will be evaluated for inclusion in the collection. If we deem that the material is right for the collection, we will add it to our shelves. If the material is not right for us, we will either sell it at our annual book sale or direct the person to other organizations that may accept the item.

How to drop off gifts and donations 
We only accept books on the first Saturday of the month from 12 pm to 1 pm. During that time, volunteers will be at the library to accept donations. They will go through donations and accept books for inclusion in the collection or for sale at our annual book sale. Any books that the volunteers deem are not fit for inclusion in the collection will not be accepted. A list of other organizations that may accept the books will be available upon request.

General guidelines on materials the library will and will not accept

Books and materials the library will accept: 

  • Fiction that has been popular in the last three years
  • Non-fiction on topics such as knitting, cooking, gardening that are in fair condition
  • Non-fiction on topics that date quickly (health, law, technology, science) that are between one year old and three years old
  • Paperbacks in fair condition with genres of western, romance, mystery, and science fiction
  • DVDs that came out in the last 3 years

Books and materials the library WILL NOT accept: 

  • Fiction that is older than three years
  • Non-fiction on topics that date quickly (health, law, technology, science) more than three years old
  • Paperbacks in poor condition or in a genre we don’t collect in
  • DVDs that are older than 3 years

Any questions?
Please direct them to Hannah at hstahl@sals.edu

Seed Library Grand Opening Took Place on May 6th

The opening of the AFL Seed Library commenced with a potluck dinner, TED Talks about gardening, and a look through the seed library.

Couldn’t make it? These are the TED Talks we watched:

Jonathan Drori: Why we’re storing billions of seeds

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

What is a seed library? A seed library is a library that lets you donate and check out seeds to use in gardening. This is a COMPLETELY FREE service that we’re offering to the community. The seed library is open any time the library is open.

Stay up to date on what’s going on with the seed library by following us on Facebook, and by visiting the Seed Library page on our website.

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