Peaches Café — a Capital Region favorite for more than three decades — is holding a Dining-to-Donate fund-raiser benefitting the Guilderland Public Library Foundation, on March 4, from 4 to 9 p.m.

The Foundation receives 10 percent of all proceeds that evening. So stop by and enjoy the café’s wonderful lite dinners and marvelous desserts.

Peaches Café is located in Stuyvesant Plaza. See you there.

Cat in the Hat story time

The sun does not shine,

and it’s too wet to play.

So on Monday March Second,

Come to our Library.

Story time’s special

on that very day.

‘Cause the Cat in the Hat

will be here to play.

It starts at 3:30,

on that afternoon.

You’ll sit, sit, sit

and hear wonderful stories.

You’ll have lots of good fun
that is very funny.

No registration’s required
‘cause that’s just a bother.
It’s ideal for kids pre-K and up, 
and even your brother!

Local Connections Film

On Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m., GPL’s Local Connections Film Series shows the film The Other Two Guys about “two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize — only things don't quite go as planned." Review courtesy of the Internet Movie Database. Chase scenes for this movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell were filmed in downtown Albany. The film is rated PG-13; the free popcorn is rated Good.

“Rabbit? What Rabbit?”

Many of us had invisible friends as children, but they generally fade away as we get older. Not so in the charming 1950 flick, starring the adult Jimmy Stewart and his long-eared companion Harvey, that screens at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served.

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).

 

Calling all children ages three through eight! If you like to make crafts, then come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., for a “Kids’ Crafter-noon.”

You can choose from an array of craft projects, and make the ones that appeal to you the most.  No need to register; just come in and craft away.

Make Your Photos Look like those of Ansel Adams

 On Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., the Photo Forum’s Herb Brown will demonstrate some free photo editing software called Lightzone, which was devised to mimic the iconic “zone system” made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams.

Teen Trivia Night

 Teens are invited to join us for an exciting evening of trivia on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.  GPL’s own trivia maven — Kristina — will lead the fun. Join us for a fun and friendly competition testing your knowledge of VUBI (Vaguely Useful Bits of Information).

Bear Snores On

Children in pre-kindergarten through grade two are invited to bring an adult caregiver to the “Bear Snores On” program lead by local PBS Station WMHT’s Barbara Lukas; it all starts at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 21.

You will hear Ms. Lukas read books about what animals do in winter and then watch a DVD and do a craft based on the book, Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson.

Every child will receive a copy of the book to take home.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Classic films

Many of us have had invisible friends as children, but they generally fade away as we get older.  Not so in the charming 1950 flick, starring the adult Jimmy Stewart and his long-eared companion Harvey, which screens at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served.

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).

 

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library, you can get a stamps-eye view of the history of the United States from the country's earliest days to the divisiveness of the Civil War. This program offers an enlightening view of the role stamps played in what was then the country’s most economical and efficient method of communication: the US Mail.

This program is presented by members of the Fort Orange Stamp Club. This organization is notable in that, of the four clubs once in the Greater Albany area — itself, the Women’s Seal & Stamp Club of Albany, the Schenectady Stamp Club, and the Uncle Sam Stamp Club of Troy, Fort Orange is the sole survivor. As such, it has the area’s institutional memory of philately, making this program vital for anyone with even a passing interest in stamp collecting.

Painting with light

If your kids are looking for something illuminating to do this winter break, why not come to GPL on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m., and try painting with light?

Kids in grades three through 12 are encouraged to create beautiful works of art with just some glow sticks and a camera. And, you will be able to take home a print of your creation.

Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming to this illuminating event.

Good Crafternoon

Calling all children ages three through eight. If you like to make crafts, then come to GPL on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., for a Kids’ Craft Smorgasbord.

You can choose from an array of craft projects, and make the ones that appeal to you the most.  No need to register; just come in and craft away.

Trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees will hold select committee meetings on Thursday, Feb. 12.  For details, please call 456-2400.

Presidents’ Day weekend

GPL will be closed Presidents’ Day weekend — Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16 — and will open at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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).

Hear highlights from the Great American Songbook — such as classics from Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers — when you come to Guilderland Public Library’s Second Sunday Concert on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

Our featured artist is the Roger Held Trio, renowned throughout the Capital District for their thematic stylings. 

Take Your Child to the

Library Day

 On Saturday, Feb. 7, Take Your Child to the Library Day, GPL is holding two programs especially for our younger customers: Social Robotics and Maple Sugaring.

At Social Robotics at 11 a.m., Jennifer Goodall and her team from the University at Albany will teach children about all the different ways that robots help people every day. Then kids will be able to design their own robot. Who knows — the next great inventor may be among the crowd. This two-hour program is for ages eight and up. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

 At 2 p.m., kids’ attention will turn to Maple Sugaring with Anita Sanchez, a fun, family oriented program that explains the magic of maple syrup. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Children will learn how trees work, why sugar is so important and — best of all — get a taste of real maple syrup. This program is for children pre-kindergarten to grade four.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Presidents’ Day Weekend

GPL will be closed Presidents’ Day weekend — Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16 —and will open at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Hot Stove League

Baseball talk in the off-season is one way to forget about snow, gray skies, and football controversy. Baseballs are always the right pressure, so come to The Hot Stove League session on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and enjoy a little freewheeling discussion.

The conversation will be started by Tim Wiles, former Director of Research for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. And then the back-and-forth is up to you.

We had so much fun last month, we're doing it again. 

“That’s right,

Mr. Peabody!”

Enjoy the time-travelling magic that only Mr. Peabody’s “WABAC” (pronounced “Wayback”) Machine creates when you bring the kids to GPL on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., to see the big-screen adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The movie is rated PG and runs just over 90 minutes. Popcorn will be served.

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).

 

Saturday, Feb. 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day, an excellent opportunity to introduce your children to the marvels found at the Guilderland Public Library, if you have not already done so.

Kid’s programs

On Take Your Child to the Library Day, this kid-centric day, we have two programs especially for our younger customers: Social Robotics and Maple Sugaring.

At Social Robotics at 11 a.m., Jennifer Goodall and her team from the University at Albany will teach children about all the different ways that robots help people every day. Then kids will be able to design their own robot. Who knows — the next great inventor may be among the crowd.  This two-hour program is for ages eight and up. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

At 2 p.m., kids’ attention will turn to Maple Sugaring with Anita Sanchez, a fun, family oriented program that explains the magic of maple syrup. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Children will learn how trees work, why sugar is so important and — best of all — get a taste of real maple syrup. This program is for children pre-kindergarten to grade four.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Local Connections

Film Series

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m., GPL’s Local Connections Film Series continues with a 2003 film about the racehorse Seabiscuit, with scenes filmed at the Saratoga Race Track. Seabiscuit is rated PG-13 and is two hours and 20 minutes. Popcorn will be served.

First Friday Family Films

Enjoy the time-travelling magic that only Mr. Peabody’s “WABAC” (pronounced “Wayback”) Machine creates when you bring the kids to GPL on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., to see the big-screen adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. This non-dynamic duo — respectively a bow-tie wearing beagle with amazing creative and intellectual powers  — and his myopic straight man/adopted son, attempt to correct a near-catastrophic time rift Sherman created while trying to impress his girlfriend.

The movie runs 90 minutes and is rated PG and popcorn will be served. 

“No Nukes”

A very special photographic display is going to be installed in the library’s Helderberg Room at the end of January, the work of French-American photographer Lionel DeLevingne who has been documenting the anti-nuclear movement since the early 1970s.

This exhibit complements Mr. DeLevingne’s March 19 presentation at the Digital Photo Forum. There he will discuss his work as a photojournalist, specifically as documented in his book To the Village: From Montague to Fukushima. To view an online gallery of photos, please visit http://www.lioneldelevingne.com/galleries/no-nukes/.

The Digital Photo Area photographers gather to discuss work they are doing and to share information about how to improve their work. This is an open forum, with occasional special guest photographers. All are invited to bring their work to share and also their questions. Bring work on memory cards, USB drives, CDs. The group meets the third Thursday of each month, except December and August.

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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