Guilderland Library Notes for Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring is here — according to the calendar, anyway — and that means it’s time for the Celebrate Spring Sale on Saturday, March 29, at the Guilderland Public Library.

Vendors of every type will pack the Helderberg Room to create a bargain-hunter’s delight.  This is an ideal event to get a jump on your shopping for Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and showers. 

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving you hours of browse time.  Here’s a partial list of who’s going to be there:  Arbonne; Cerese’s Paparazzi Jewelry; Gotta Have It; Guilderland YMCA; Larisa’s Needlework Art; Mary Kay; Origami Owls; Pampered Chef; Scentsy; Short & Stout Tea Company; Stagecoach Coffee; Tastefully Simple; Thirty-one; Tracie Anteman Photography; Tupperware; Whitney Cooper; and more.

What makes this event special is that there’s no party, no pressure. You can browse the items available from the various direct-sales merchants without having to attend a party.  If you see it and like it, you can buy it. No pressure to buy.

Doors open at 10 a.m. See you there!

“Poetry scholastic, pedantic and medievalistic…”

Those five words open Bijay Kant Dubey’s The Definition of Poetry, a poem about poems.  It will be among the 30 or so works that will be highlighted in GPL’s Facebook-based celebration of April’s National Poetry Month.

Starting on Tuesday, April 1, the library’s Facebook page – at will feature a poem a day. These are the favorite poems of some of GPL’s staff, and board and foundation members. You’ll also be able to see these poems displayed near the library’s circulation desk.

According to, National Poetry Month was started “…by the Academy of American Poets in 1996; [it] is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”

You, too, can take part in this. Mark Thursday, April 24, on your calendar as Poem in Your Pocket Day. That’s when you and millions of other poetry-lovers throughout the nation will carry a favorite poem with them, and share it with friends, colleagues, and other poetry fans.  Have fun with it. 

“What’s that on your head?”

 To cap the craziness of this long, cold winter, the library staff is having Crazy Hat Day on Friday, March 28. You might see our librarians modeling leopard-print lids, the circulation staff sporting silly sombreros, the pages wearing Panamas, and the taller staffers topped with beanie copters. 

Join the fun. Wear your craziest hat to the library.  If you want, we’ll even take your picture with your hat and your favorite book.

Jeans for charity

You may have noticed that some of the staff wears jeans on select Fridays. One of those Fridays past was a Jeans for Charity day where staff members who chose to do so made a small donation.  Almost $100 was collected that day, and is being donated to Guilderland’s Smith Center, part of the Center for Disability Services.

 These Jeans for Charity days will be a monthly event. It’s a modest way for the people who work at your public library to help others in the community.

Read to a furry friend

Our special furry friends, Fluffy the hairless cat and Erin the friendly Cavalier King Charles spaniel are coming back to the library on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., so that they can listen to the stories that beginning readers will share with them.

Reading to a furry friend is a great way for children to reinforce their reading skills, gain confidence in their abilities, and have fun.

Fluffy and Erin want to know that you’re coming; please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let them know.

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