28 Church Street  
Amsterdam, NY 12010 
(518) 842-1080
    What is Amsterdam Reads?

In 2006 Anne Westfall formed a committee after reading the September 18, 2005 editorial in the Daily Gazette "Reading Can Bring Us Together". The purpose was to promote reading, bring the community together and promote the Amsterdam Free Library. 

The outline of the program is : 1. A selection committee chooses five books over the summer. 2. A community election is held in September and October. 3. A "teaser" activity is held to introduce and encourage reading the book. 4. A community enhanced book discussion is held. 5. A grand finale activity is held. 6. Sometimes a trip is organized. If you would like to join the Amsterdam Reads Committee please speak to the librarian.































2020 
Where Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni 

2019 
Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira, Educated by Tara Wesrover, The Great Alone by Kristen Hanna, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn

2018
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. 

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.