Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Have You Googled Your Great-Grandmother?

Come on, admit it: You’ve Googled your name just to see what pops up.  But have you ever Googled your great-grandmother?  Google for Genealogy, presented at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., transforms Googling from a curiosity into a vital genealogical tool.

This class will show you how to delve deeper into the family-history resources Google has to offer. Learn how to target specific resources, search the full text of books, roam the earth to view places your ancestors lived, translate records from one language to another, and create and save documents, pictures and maps. In short, you’ll learn how to personalize Google to make it work better for you.

Singing Anchors

Thank you to all who registered to see the Singing Anchors at the library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.; we have a full house. If you have not registered  and will therefore be unable to attend take heart; we are trying to arrange for another concert later in the year.

Overflow parking is available across Mercy Care Lane in Mercy Care’s lot, and across Western Ave. in the Guilderland Elementary School’s parking lot.

Sailor’s Valentines

Children in grades six through 12 are invited to the library on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., to make Sailor’s Valentines, a form of high-seas art. 

Sailor’s Valentines are not paper, nor are they chocolate (sorry); rather, they’re crafted from seashells. We have all the seashells, glue, and wooden boxes you need to create your own.

Sailor’s Valentines were most popular from the mid-1800s to the turn of the century. They were made by sailors from shell gathering along their voyages, and then given to loved ones upon arriving home. Examples of the craft are quite extraordinary, and today are collectibles known for their art-form beauty and quirky qualities. 

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Library closed

The library is closed Saturday, Feb. 15; Sunday, Feb. 16; and Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Of course, you can always take advantage of our online library at where you can renew material, download eBooks, browse the online catalog for your next exciting read, place books on reserve, and so much more.

Library info

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