Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bears Sleeping in the Library!

A group of bears will be sleeping in the Guilderland Public Library on Friday night, July 25, but it’s okay: they’re your teddy bears! 

That’s right, youngsters: Your teddy bear, or other significant (inanimate) furry friend, can take part in a Mad Scientist Teddy Bear sleepover at GPL so that it can find out what goes on after the library’s doors are locked, the lights are off, and the library settles in for the night.

Your bear will get a ride around the inside of the library in a little red wagon, have its picture taken sitting in the library director’s chair, and get to sleep, all snuggly and warm, in the Storyhour Room.  Don’t you wish you could do that?

 Drop your teddy off by 3 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and then be sure to pick up your furry friend before 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. You can pick bear up when you come to Family Fun Day. You will be able to see pictures of their overnight adventures!

 By the way, you know a group of fish is called a school, and a flock of crows is actually a murder, but did you know that a group of bears is called a sleuth? We didn’t have a clue about that.

Family Fun at GPL

Join the fun on Saturday, July 26, as the library begins its annual Family Fun Day at 11 a.m. with an hour filled with reading, games, and giveaways with Southpaw from the Tri-City Valley Cats.

Then from Noon to 3 p.m., the library’s Community Literary Garden will be the site of three hours of fun and games and loads of activities that will keep kids entertained. Back by popular demand is the dunk tank. Show your arm strength and play Dunk the Director, or his designated representative.

Play Spin Art

Test your strength with our purple dinosaur hammer game, draw designs on the windows with glass chalk, and, of course, enjoy snacks from the ever-popular SnoCone and popcorn machines.

There is so much more with prizes, including a Sunday Funday 4-pack of tickets to the Valley Cats’ Sunday, August 3 games against the Batavia Muckdogs!

A Juicy Way to Support Your Library

Just about the last thing we want to do on a summer Sunday evening is cook, which is why we are thrilled to announce that Juicy Burger, located just northeast of the corner of Routes 20 and 155, is holding a Dining to Donate event on Sunday, July 27, from 5 to 9 pm.

 Ten percent of all sales that evening will be donated to the Guilderland Library Foundation.  Whether you get one of Juicy Burger’s phenomenal burgers, scrumptious salads, or wonderful wraps, you’ll ease your dinner-prep woes and help support the Library Foundation.

The Foundation has upgraded the GPL’s youth area, built the ever-popular Community Literary Garden, and will help fund some much-needed improvements to the library.

There are no coupons to bring, no secret passwords to utter. Just eat at Juicy Burger between 5 and 9 on Sunday, July 27, and you’ll be a part of this worthwhile campaign.  Thank you!

The Games of Hunger

 Movie Marathon

On Friday, July 25, starting at noon, you’re invited to join us for a Games of Hunger movie marathon to see if the odds are ever in our favor.  Following the hunger game movies, we’ll complement the series by showing the fire-catching sequel at 2:45 pm.

If you don’t know the plot of this wildly popular pair of movies, here’s a brief refresher: In a not-too-distant future, the social and political norms of North America have collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war. A new country, Panem, consisting of a capital and 12 districts is formed. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in the hunger games. This is the story of their struggle to survive and is rated PG-13.

The saga continues in the fire-catching sequel, in which revolution begins brewing as the winners of the hunger games take a Victor’s Tour of the districts, while the president plots their downfall. This is also rated PG-13

 To satisfy your hunger, pizza will be served about 1 pm.

Savannah Sunrise Painting Surprise

 If you like to paint, or wish you could, then come to GPL on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m., because this Savannah Sunrise program is for you. An experienced art teacher will provide everything you need to paint your own gorgeous savannah sunrise scene. Registration is required, so please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know to get your paints and brushes ready.

We saw an

American in Paris

The library’s Classic Film series offering on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. is the story of the most charming love triangle the movies have ever given us. It’s the story of an American GI, Gene Kelly, in post-WWII Paris, who struggles to find work in La Ville-Lumière, the city of light.  His buddy, Oscar Levant, who plays a struggling concert pianist, and he meet a lovely young woman, Leslie Caron, and the natural conflicts ensue.

Incidentally, if you have never seen the movie’s American in Paris ballet scene on a movie screen, you really haven’t seen it. That’s why this movie, as all other classics we show at GPL, is on the Helderberg Room’s Big Screen.

Board of Trustees

Special Meeting

The GPL’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

The meeting’s purpose is to move ahead with projects that cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled business meeting. As always, board meetings are open to the public.

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