Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If you liked the pizza you purchased at the Guilderland Public Library Foundation’s first Dining to Donate campaign, then you’re sure to love all the delicious delights you’ll be able to get at the Recovery Sports Grill on Thursday, March 27, at our next dinner-driven fund-raiser.

Every item you enjoy that evening between 5 and 9 p.m. means a donation to the Library Foundation. All you need to do is present a Dining to Donate coupon to your server when you order. You can pick up your coupon at the library’s circulation desk.

Think of it, not only will you enjoy a delightful evening dinner, but you’ll also help underwrite many of the programs that make GPL such an important part of the community. The Foundation has upgraded the GPL’s youth area, built the ever-popular Community Literary Garden, and is bringing noted author and famed broadcast journalist Robert MacNeil to speak at the library on Friday, May 9.

So, please, stop by the library and pick up your Recovery Grill Dining to Donate coupon.  Everybody wins.

Speak up and be heard

If you want a voice in how your library serves your community, here’s your opportunity: Run for a seat on the library’s board.  Three seats will be up for election on the library’s eleven-member board of trustees during the May 20 election.  Two seats are for full five-year terms, and one seat is up for a one-year term.

New candidates and incumbents may run for a board seat. The process is simple:  It all starts by obtaining an informational packet at the library. These are available at the circulation desk. If you pick up a packet, please provide your name, address and phone number; this required information is retained by the school district.

 Familiarize yourself with the packet’s contents. It includes a memo from the director, the library’s bylaws, and a document titled On Being a Board Member that outlines the responsibilities and opportunities the position entails. There is also a two-page biographical information sheet, which must be completed and returned to the library no later than Tuesday, April 22; this information is used in the library’s publicity pertaining to the election.

 If you want to introduce yourself to the workings of the trustees, then come to their bi-monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tawasentha Room. 

Please call Tim Wiles, the Library Director, at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, if you have any questions about running for the board.

Spring into spring

We think you’ll agree: It’s time for spring. So please come to the library on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m., as we get ready for spring and picnic with WMHT’s Daniel Striped Tiger.

 You and your fellow children three to five years old will watch a DVD in which Daniel Striped Tiger and his friends turn a rained-out picnic into a fun adventure at the clock factory. You will also read books, and even make a picnic basket complete with ants. Be sure to bring an adult caregiver with you. And please let us know you’re coming; call 456-2400, ext. 4.  See you there.

Afternoon tea party

Everyone’s invited to the library on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m., for a delightful afternoon tea to discuss and appreciate this year’s Newbery and Caldecott Medal winner and honor books. Guest speakers, both local authors and experts in children’s literature, will present their insights into these stellar examples of the best in children’s literature.

 Teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, parents, grandparents, caregivers, retirees, and other adults interested in children’s literature are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Children’s Literature Connection and the library. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Adirondack hike

Erik Schlimmer, a founding member of the Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, will present “True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains and the Trans Adirondack Route” on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at GPL.

 Schlimmer’s presentation includes Blue Line to Blue Line, a short documentary about the 235-mile route through the Adirondack Park; he will also show his 100 best images from more than 20 years of Adirondack Park exploration. “True Wilderness” is a four-season showcase of the largest forest preserve in the eastern United States. Complementing the stunning imagery is his narration of the park’s history, ecology, and preservation. And, seated, as you’ll be in a comfortable library chair, it’ll be the easiest Adirondack tour you’ll ever take.

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