Guilderland Library Notes for Friday, March 21, 2014

The USS Henry Clay, a Lafayette-class ballistic missile submarine, launches a Polaris missile. A program on missile boats will be held at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.


If you’re of German extraction, and interested in determining where your ancestors lived before they immigrated, you should come to Researching Your German and Palatine Ancestors at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Finding out when your ancestors immigrated can usually be determined using common research tools, but determining exactly where they came from is a bit more challenging.  Joseph Lieby, Ed.D, an accomplished genealogist, will demonstrate how to do this using some new ways of using familiar sources, and introduce you to some new resources.

Dr. Lieby is a retired school district administrator and professional genealogist. He is a member of several genealogical organizations. 


“Boomers” is the nickname of the 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines currently patrolling the nation’s waters; if these deterrent weapons fascinate you, then come to The Missile Boats program held at the library on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

The development of these stealthy weapons platforms and the missiles they fire is a fascinating story. Starting at the very beginning with an examination of missile and submarine technology, the evening’s class will end with a virtual tour of our current Ohio-class subs. Questions to be answered include: How does one live and work aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine? And how do you launch a missile from a submerged submarine?

 The discussion will also include how these boats are being adapted to accommodate the very first female nuclear submariners. The talk is dedicated to all the submariners who served and serve     aboard the “Boomers” and what future submarines might be like.

Remember to Recover

 Don’t forget the dinner-driven fund-raiser benefiting the Library Foundation at the Recovery Sports Grill on Thursday, March 27.  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 or download one at

Thinking of running

for office?

If you’re thinking of running for public office so you can make a difference in your community, here’s your opportunity: Run for a seat as a library trustee. Three seats will be up for election on GPL’s eleven-member board of trustees during the May 20 election; two are for full five-year terms, and one is up for a one-year term.

It all starts by obtaining an informational packet at the library. 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” which 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.

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.

Library info

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