On Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library, you can get a stamps-eye view of the history of the United States from the country's earliest days to the divisiveness of the Civil War. This program offers an enlightening view of the role stamps played in what was then the country’s most economical and efficient method of communication: the US Mail.

This program is presented by members of the Fort Orange Stamp Club. This organization is notable in that, of the four clubs once in the Greater Albany area — itself, the Women’s Seal & Stamp Club of Albany, the Schenectady Stamp Club, and the Uncle Sam Stamp Club of Troy, Fort Orange is the sole survivor. As such, it has the area’s institutional memory of philately, making this program vital for anyone with even a passing interest in stamp collecting.

Painting with light

If your kids are looking for something illuminating to do this winter break, why not come to GPL on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m., and try painting with light?

Kids in grades three through 12 are encouraged to create beautiful works of art with just some glow sticks and a camera. And, you will be able to take home a print of your creation.

Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming to this illuminating event.

Good Crafternoon

Calling all children ages three through eight. If you like to make crafts, then come to GPL on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., for a Kids’ Craft Smorgasbord.

You can choose from an array of craft projects, and make the ones that appeal to you the most.  No need to register; just come in and craft away.

Trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees will hold select committee meetings on Thursday, Feb. 12.  For details, please call 456-2400.

Presidents’ Day weekend

GPL will be closed Presidents’ Day weekend — Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16 — and will open at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Hear highlights from the Great American Songbook — such as classics from Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers — when you come to Guilderland Public Library’s Second Sunday Concert on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

Our featured artist is the Roger Held Trio, renowned throughout the Capital District for their thematic stylings. 

Take Your Child to the

Library Day

 On Saturday, Feb. 7, Take Your Child to the Library Day, GPL is holding two programs especially for our younger customers: Social Robotics and Maple Sugaring.

At Social Robotics at 11 a.m., Jennifer Goodall and her team from the University at Albany will teach children about all the different ways that robots help people every day. Then kids will be able to design their own robot. Who knows — the next great inventor may be among the crowd. This two-hour program is for ages eight and up. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

 At 2 p.m., kids’ attention will turn to Maple Sugaring with Anita Sanchez, a fun, family oriented program that explains the magic of maple syrup. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Children will learn how trees work, why sugar is so important and — best of all — get a taste of real maple syrup. This program is for children pre-kindergarten to grade four.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Presidents’ Day Weekend

GPL will be closed Presidents’ Day weekend — Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16 —and will open at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Hot Stove League

Baseball talk in the off-season is one way to forget about snow, gray skies, and football controversy. Baseballs are always the right pressure, so come to The Hot Stove League session on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and enjoy a little freewheeling discussion.

The conversation will be started by Tim Wiles, former Director of Research for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. And then the back-and-forth is up to you.

We had so much fun last month, we're doing it again. 

“That’s right,

Mr. Peabody!”

Enjoy the time-travelling magic that only Mr. Peabody’s “WABAC” (pronounced “Wayback”) Machine creates when you bring the kids to GPL on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., to see the big-screen adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The movie is rated PG and runs just over 90 minutes. Popcorn will be served.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

Saturday, Feb. 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day, an excellent opportunity to introduce your children to the marvels found at the Guilderland Public Library, if you have not already done so.

Kid’s programs

On Take Your Child to the Library Day, this kid-centric day, we have two programs especially for our younger customers: Social Robotics and Maple Sugaring.

At Social Robotics at 11 a.m., Jennifer Goodall and her team from the University at Albany will teach children about all the different ways that robots help people every day. Then kids will be able to design their own robot. Who knows — the next great inventor may be among the crowd.  This two-hour program is for ages eight and up. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

At 2 p.m., kids’ attention will turn to Maple Sugaring with Anita Sanchez, a fun, family oriented program that explains the magic of maple syrup. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Children will learn how trees work, why sugar is so important and — best of all — get a taste of real maple syrup. This program is for children pre-kindergarten to grade four.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Local Connections

Film Series

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m., GPL’s Local Connections Film Series continues with a 2003 film about the racehorse Seabiscuit, with scenes filmed at the Saratoga Race Track. Seabiscuit is rated PG-13 and is two hours and 20 minutes. Popcorn will be served.

First Friday Family Films

Enjoy the time-travelling magic that only Mr. Peabody’s “WABAC” (pronounced “Wayback”) Machine creates when you bring the kids to GPL on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., to see the big-screen adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. This non-dynamic duo — respectively a bow-tie wearing beagle with amazing creative and intellectual powers  — and his myopic straight man/adopted son, attempt to correct a near-catastrophic time rift Sherman created while trying to impress his girlfriend.

The movie runs 90 minutes and is rated PG and popcorn will be served. 

“No Nukes”

A very special photographic display is going to be installed in the library’s Helderberg Room at the end of January, the work of French-American photographer Lionel DeLevingne who has been documenting the anti-nuclear movement since the early 1970s.

This exhibit complements Mr. DeLevingne’s March 19 presentation at the Digital Photo Forum. There he will discuss his work as a photojournalist, specifically as documented in his book To the Village: From Montague to Fukushima. To view an online gallery of photos, please visit http://www.lioneldelevingne.com/galleries/no-nukes/.

The Digital Photo Area photographers gather to discuss work they are doing and to share information about how to improve their work. This is an open forum, with occasional special guest photographers. All are invited to bring their work to share and also their questions. Bring work on memory cards, USB drives, CDs. The group meets the third Thursday of each month, except December and August.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Deirdre Flint who performs at the Guilderland Public Library on Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. as part of GPL’s Second Sunday Concert Series  hangs out at the intersection where folk music and stand-up comedy collide, so this promises to be a fun and entertaining musical event.

Flint sings about adult themes from time to time — dating, aging, bridesmaid dresses, Keeping-Up-With The-Jones's — which means her show is a bit edgy. She’s been lauded by Billboard Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today for her special brand of humor.  This promises to be a popular event, so come early. 

Cake decorating

Rebecca Yates is trained in the Wilton method of cake decorating, and she’ll be at GPL on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., to share many of her innovative secrets with you.

Yates is an instructor in the culinary program at Schenectady County Community College (and is the owner of Little Bean Cakes). Her interactive method of instruction means that you’ll get a practical, two-hour class in torting, filling, frosting, and decorating.

You will learn to make a frosting flower and will decorate two cupcakes to bring home. You'll also get to keep a decorating tip that you've used in the class, and Yates will have recipes and book suggestions. The class is limited in size, so register soon by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or sign up online.

This program involves food, so please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Facebook fundamentals

If you’re curious about social media (and what the hype is all about), then come to GPL on Monday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., and find out how it can connect you with family and friends near and far.

You’ll learn Facebook basics: How to get started setting up your account, some of the fun features available to Facebook users, and how to protect your privacy online. There will be time for questions and hands-on practice in this small-group class. It is helpful for registrants to have an active email account before the class. If you do not have an email account, you will need to set one up during this session. Note: This is a repeat of the session held last September.

Registration is required. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’ll be at the class.

Yoga for teens

Teens can learn the benefits of yoga— improved posture, greater strength and flexibility, improved calm concentration — by attending Yoga for Teens at GPL on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

Bring a yoga mat and join the fun with Rashmi Koratkar of Yogi Minds. These classes are designed specifically for adolescent populations based on research done by Harvard Medical School and Kripalu School of Yoga.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Are You Keeping Your

Easiest Resolution?

The Guilderland Public Library has a New Year’s Resolution for you, and it’s easy to keep.

If you have any overdue or "Lost" materials at home, bring them back to the Library, and all is forgiven! No fines, no guilt. You get a fresh start, and your friends and neighbors once again get to borrow materials that have been out of circulation.

Here’s how it works: From now through Saturday, Jan. 31, just drop off your overdue items, and fees and fines related to those items will be cleared from your record. This includes items that are listed as “Lost”; return these “Lost” items, and the associated fines go away.

The Twin Towers photos

 GPL’s Photo Forum on Thursday, January 15, at 7 pm, focuses on the extraordinary work of Konstantin Petrov, an electrician who worked a night shift at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop Tower One of the late World Trade Center.

Petrov took some stunning — and through the lens of history, heartbreaking — photographs of the buildings in the early morning hours. His work will be shown and described by Photo Forum participant Dick Connery.

MLK Day

GPL will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

Better Books Sale

GPL’s Book Sale volunteers have amassed an amazing selection of material for their Saturday, Jan. 10, sale that starts at 10 a.m. The early birds get the better books (or something like that), so come early.

Blood Drive

January is National Blood Donor Month, so Tuesday, Jan. 20, is a great date for a blood drive at GPL.  Please mark your calendar. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for an appointment.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

Get a fresh start with the New Year!

The Guilderland Public Library is offering you a New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to keep.

If you have any overdue or “lost” materials at home, bring them back to the library, and all is forgiven. No fines, no guilt. You get a fresh start, and your friends and neighbors once again get to borrow materials that have been out of circulation.

Here’s how it works: From Friday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Jan. 31, just drop off your overdue items, and fees and fines related to those items will be cleared from your record. This includes items that are listed as lost; return these lost items, and the associated fines go away.

We’re running this Fresh Start program so that all our materials come back, and you do, too.

Happy New Year!

The Reluctant Dragon

Schenectady Theatre for Children will be at GPL on Friday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m., to present The Reluctant Dragon, the story of a young boy who makes friends with a poetry-loving dragon. This is wonderful for the boy and the dragon, but it makes the villagers in the boy’s town frightened and angry. St. George is called to slay the dragon, but events turn out differently than anyone expects! (Good thing, too.)  Children are going to really enjoy this program.

Fire and The Last Mohican

Two extraordinary movies open the year at GPL. On Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m., the First Friday Family Film series presents a children’s flick about planes, and fire and rescue. This film is 83 minutes long, and is rated PG. It’s a hoot.

And then GPL's Local Connections Film Series picks up on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., with the movie adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans. Albany and the Adirondack Region are featured settings in this film. The movie runs 112 minutes, and is rated R. There will be free popcorn.

Li'l Lego Club

 GPL’s Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade two 2 continues on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the Story hour Room, and be ready to use your imagination for some creative play with friends. Bring your own bricks or create with ours. As usual, creations that you bring to show off will be kept separate from the library supplies.

Let us know you’re coming by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Stitch 'n' Giggle Club

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m., for the next meeting of our monthly Stitch ‘n’ Giggle Club.

GPL staff will be available to help kids in grades four and up with your knitting or crocheting project. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem, we can help.

Bring size 8 knitting needles or an 8mm (size L) crochet hook and we’ll get you started. We provide the yarn; you supply the creativity, and feel free to bring your own after-school snack, too.

We do need you to call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register. (We have to make sure we have enough yarn for everybody.)

Winter Giving Tree

needs you

The next time you visit GPL, you’ll see the Giving Tree in the lobby, and you’ll see a constellation of stars on the Giving Tree. Each star represents the donation of a person who appreciates all the special events — for kids, teens, and adults —the Foundation funds. 

Won’t you join them?  The Foundation does so much to support your library. And now the Foundation needs your support.

This year, you're in effect giving double! An anonymous donor is matching your contributions, dollar for dollar.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Holiday hours

 GPL will close at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and be closed all day Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, for the New Year’s holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 2.  Your virtual local library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

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