Amsterdam Free Library

AMSTERDAM READS 
2017
    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.














































History 
2017
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

2016
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

2015
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.

2014
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.

2013
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani; 

2012
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.

2011
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.

​2010
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.

2009
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

2008
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.

​2007
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.


ByLaws
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:
                President
                Vice President
                Secretary
                Treasurer
                Historian
                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.