28 Church Street  
Amsterdam, NY 12010 
(518) 842-1080

    What is Amsterdam Reads?

Amsterdam Reads is a community read program of the Amsterdam Free Library started in 2007. Community read programs, or “One City, One Book” programs attempt to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The first such program started in Seattle Washington in 1998. Hundreds of community read programs have been started in the following years. The Amsterdam program was modeled after programs in Saratoga and Schenectady. Each summer a committee meets to nominate five books. The community votes in the fall and selects the book for the year. Activities related to the book are then held throughout the year. Anyone interested in helping with the program can speak to the librarian.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Noon at Tiffany's by Echo Heron and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruegar, Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Stone Cold Dead by James Ziskin, Ghost Boy by Martin Pistoris, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; The Closer by Mariano Rivera; An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff; and Lone Survicor by Marcus Lutrell.

Redfield Farm by J.R. Coopey; Elsewhere by Richard Russo; Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Riely; The Orchard by Theresa Weir; And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani; 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford; The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom; An Affinity For Murder (A Lake George Mystery) by Anne White; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Riders Up by Louis Hildebrandt; Rome Haul by Walter D. Edmonds; Mohawk by Richard Russo; My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira; Ragtime by E.L.Doctorow.

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati; Ethan Frome by Edith Warton; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; Julie and Julia by Julie Powell; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited by Craig Brandon; Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazrio ; The Orchard by Adele Crockett; A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult; Ironweed by William Kennedy; Endurance: Shackleton’s Voyage by Alfred Lansing; Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl: Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo.

Time and Again by Jack Finney; The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King; Clemente:The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss; The Joy Luck Cllub by Amy Tan; Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende. 

*Bold printed book won the election for book of the year.

Mission Statement
The purpose is to enrich the lives of many in the Amsterdam community through reading and related activities, thereby enhancing literacy and a sense of community and promoting the Amsterdam Free Library.

September 5, 2011
Article 1 Name and Purpose
Section 1 The name of this organization shall be Amsterdam Reads. It shall operate under the Amsterdam Free Library’s 501(c) (3) status as defined by the IRS.

Section 2 The purpose of the organization shall be to encourage the community to read an elected book each year; to increase community spirit; promote the Amsterdam Free Library.

Article 2 Amsterdam Reads Committee and Officers
Section 1 The Amsterdam Reads Committee shall consist of anyone       interested in promoting the purposes of the organization.

Section 2 The officers of the organization shall be elected in September     and they shall be:
                Vice President
                Selection Committee Chairperson

Article 3 Meetings and Activities
Section 1 Meetings shall be called when needed. Business shall be conducted in accordance with accepted rules of  parliamentary procedure.

Section 2 Activities shall be conducted by the organization that will promote a community read program. Suggested  activities are:
Select five books during the summer for the community election.
Conduct a community election to chose the community read book for the year.
Hold activities that will encourage reading of the chosen book, promote community spirit and the Amsterdam  Free Library.

Article 4 Amendments
Section 1 Amendments to these by-laws shall be made by 2/3 vote at a     meeting following the meeting when the amendment was first proposed.