By Mark Curiale

“Shazaam!” kids! Spider-Man is coming to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 2 p.m., and what he wants to do is help you get your own library card. You can have your picture taken with him and talk with him. He will not, however, scale the side of the library.

Parents, did you know? Children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. GPL offers library cards to youths ages five through 16 years of age, however a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature is required. Parents or guardians, please bring two forms of identification that show your home address; for example, a driver’s license and utility bill.

GPL offers a variety of programs that stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, and our summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide.”

In addition to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, computers, games, software, and other multimedia materials, GPL offers downloadable eBooks and lets you borrow eBook readers. 

If you want more information on Spidey’s appearance at GPL, you can look it up on our website at www.guilpl.org.

Do you know the name

of Mr. Wilson’s dog?

It’s Fremont.  If you knew that or how many dimples there are in a golf ball then you should come test your knowledge at Tuesday Night Trivia on Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Join trivia master and GPL staffer Joe Michon-Huneau, and test your smarts at team trivia at GPL on the last Tuesday of September, October, and November.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Teams should be made up of four or fewer people. This is an ideal activity for adults and teens. Please register your group by calling 456-2400, ext, 2.

RAD self-defense training

 Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and continuing for three evenings thereafter, GPL is offering a very important self-defense training class exclusively for women. It’s called the Rape Aggression Defense System, and it’s a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

You must register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext. 2; you must commit to attending all four classes. These sessions are held from 6 to 8:45 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, Thursday, Oct. 2, Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 9. 

Students must be female and over the age of 14. Your fitness level does not matter. 

CSI: Cherry Hill

The 1827 murder at the Cherry Hill farm — home of the well-known Van Rensselaer family — will be the topic of discussion and examination on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.

The crime aroused tremendous public interest, and the subsequent trial resulted in the last public hanging in Albany. Learn about women’s roles and legal rights, social class, crime and punishment, and slavery in New York State during the early 19th Century, and decide who you think was really guilty or innocent.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

Did you know? Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every ten minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. On Saturday, Sept. 20, you can do something to help prevent that from happening.

In partnership with the Guilderland YMCA, where they’re passionate about providing wellness support to those in need through programs such as Livestrong at the YMCA (focused on helping cancer survivors), and Circle of Champs (focused on helping families with a child who has a life-threatening illness) — and in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Guilderland Public Library is holding a Be the Match bone-marrow registry drive.

We’re asking community members (18 to 44 years old) to come to the Y on Winding Brook Dr., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and complete the simple paperwork and test – a painless cheek swab that takes just a few seconds – to join the registry. If you’re 45-60 years old, you can register online at the Be the Match website where you’ll learn other ways you can help.

You can turn the impossible into the achievable for a patient in need of a cure. To learn more about the event and the Be the Match registry, please visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/guilderland.

To help us know in advance who’s coming, please sign up with the library, by phone at 456-2400, ext. 2, or online at bit.ly/bone-marrow-drive.

Just so you know: 70 percent of all patients who need a bone marrow transplant don’t have a matched donor within their family. Their chances are far better (of finding a matching, unrelated donor) on the national Be the Match registry, where matches range from 76-97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity. That’s why we need your help. 

Coach speaks

Union College’s Men’s Hockey Coach Rick Bennett,who famously steered the Dutchmen to the NCAA Division 1 National Championship, will speak at GPL on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., and he’s bringing the trophy with him.

 The beginning of next season is but weeks away; Coach Bennett will discuss the team’s winning season and the Dutchmen’s plans to defend their title in the coming season. This is a sporting event not to miss.

Rite Aid flu vaccine clinic

For those of you who work during the day, GPL is hosting a flu vaccine clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The pharmacist will bring all the necessary forms for you to fill out the day of the clinic. The flu vaccine is covered in full by many insurance plans; a few plans may charge a co-pay. If you don’t have health insurance, the cost of the flu vaccine is around $20 to $25. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or by go to the event calendar on www.guilpl.org and click on Sept. 23’s Rite Aid Flu Vaccine Clinic.

The Place Beyond the

Pine Trees

 GPL’s Local Connections Film Series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., with a premier of a movie filmed in Schenectady. 

This flick tells the tale of a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

This movie is rated R. Popcorn will be served. GPL will have a second screening on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. 

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it’s a great time for those of you who are not taking advantage of this educational and cultural gem in your midst to come in and get your own Guilderland Public Library card.  It’s free, it’s waiting for you, and it’s yours!

If you already have a card, and haven’t stopped by lately, we want you back. Our variety of books, DVDs, CDs, programs for kids, and adults has never been more expansive.  All free and waiting for you.  So come in and check us out.

Or maybe you haven’t been to GPL because of outstanding fines. We have good news for you:  Every Friday in September is a Fine-Free Friday! Come in, see one of the friendly people at the circulation desk, and we'll "can your fines" for overdue items just like that.  When you come in, why not bring a can of food that we'll bring to the Interfaith Food Pantry, (Please check the expiration date.)  Everybody wins.

Photographic exhibit

You're invited to come to the library to view the work of area photographers who have been hard at work refining their techniques in creating photographic art works. The exhibit will run through September, and be on display in the Helderberg Room and the lobby display cases.

A reception in honor of the exhibiting photographers will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.  You’re invited to come to this reception and chat with  these very talented photographers. 

Celebrating the

Star-Spangled Banner

On Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., GPL is holding a Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Celebration that begins with a talk by local author James Breig, who will trace the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner. His latest e-book, Star-Spangled Baseball, explores the links between the song and the sport, so he will also share some surprising stories that link our National Anthem and our national pastime.   

At 2:45 p.m., following Breig's talk, we will have a concert of patriotic music featuring saxophonist David Demsey and pianist James Weidman. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon, so join us and maybe even sing along.

Board meets tonight

The board of trustees will hold its bimonthly business meeting tonight, Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

By Mark Curiale

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it’s a great time for those of you who are not taking advantage of this educational and cultural gem in your midst to come into the Guilderland Public Library and get your own GPL Card.  It’s free, it’s waiting for you, and it’s yours.

If you already have a card, and haven’t stopped by lately, we want you back. Our variety of books, DVDs, CDs, programs for kids and adults has never been more expansive.  They’re all free and waiting for you.  So come in and "check us out."

Fine-Free Friday

Or maybe you haven’t been to GPL because of outstanding fines.  We have good news for you:  Every Friday in September is a Fine-Free Friday! Come in, see one of the friendly people at the circulation desk, and we'll "can your fines" for overdue items just like that. When you come in, why not bring a can of food that we'll bring to the Interfaith Food Pantry.  (Please check the expiration date.)  Everybody wins!

Photographic exhibit

You're invited to come to the library to view the excellent work of area photographers who have been hard at work refining their techniques in creating photographic art works. The exhibit will run through September, and be on display in the Helderberg Room and the lobby display cases.

A reception in honor of the exhibiting photographers will be held on Thursday, Sept, 18, at 7 p.m. You’re invited to come to this reception and chat with the photographers. 

Celebrating the

Star-Spangled Banner

On Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., GPL is holding a Star Spangled Banner bicentennial celebration that begins with a talk by local author James Breig, who will trace the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner. His l e-book, Star-Spangled Baseball, explores the links between the song and the sport, so he will also share some surprising stories that link our National Anthem and our national pastime.   

 At 2:45 pm, following Breig's talk, we will have a concert of patriotic music featuring stellar saxophonist David Demsey and pianist James Weidman. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon, so join us and maybe even sing along.

 It’s a LEGO double-header

Get ready for the evening’s LEGO movie by coming to the LEGO Party on Friday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p,m.

 The LEGO Party features a relay race, pin the face on the LEGO man, design your own LEGO person, build the tallest LEGO tower, and so much more.

And then, that evening, it’s the LEGO Movie rated PG at 7 p.m. Come see a LEGO Movie, in which a lowly LEGO figure joins a group intent on battling an evil force. 

Kids will love this movie for the antic graphics and clear-cut storyline; adults will sit transfixed by all the visual and audio references to every sci-fi movie you have ever seen.  

Board meets

The Board of Trustees will hold its bimonthly business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

Board meetings are video recorded and broadcast on Guilderland cable channel 17 at 2 p.m. on the Sunday following the meeting, and again at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., on the Monday following the meeting.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Guilderland Public Library Director Tim Wiles took the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” in front of the library on Friday morning, Aug. 22. As part of the event, Wiles issued the challenge to the  directors of the other 28 member libraries of the Upper Hudson Library System located throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties, as well as to the executive directors of UHLS, Tim Burke, and the New York Library Association’s Jeremy Johannesen.

You can see video of Wiles’s challenge at bit.ly/GPL-issues-IBC.

His dunking was part of a week-long charitable campaign during which the library’s staff raised more than $100 to be donated to the St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center in Albany. 

According to the St. Peter’s website, “Since 1988, St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center has been providing people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and their families with a comprehensive, specialized blend of services and resources.”

We’ll keep you posted on who answers Wiles’s challenge.

Do you like Guinness?

If you’re a fan of Guinness – Alec, not the beverage – then you should come to GPL today, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., to see Sir Alec end up as the scapegoat.

In this 1959 film, Guinness plays two roles, one as a teacher who vacations in France, and the other a French nobleman intent upon avoiding the consequences of some extraordinarily bad decisions. Bette Davis is simply awesome as the nobleman’s mother, who teacher-suddenly-nobleman Guinness must placate.

This movie is a treat, and one not often seen on television.  Give yourself a Thursday night out, and come see Sir Alec in one of his most charming roles. His slow burns are classic, and Bette Davis is ever so slightly over the top.

Schedule changes

GPL will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day Weekend. GPL will open at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

With the end of August comes the end of summer hours at GPL. From Sept. 2 until June 30, 2015, GPL’s hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

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