Pick a card! The Guilderland Public Library has opened online voting to so that you can choose the design for the new Kids’ library card. Everyone can chime in; all you need to do is go to www.guilpl.org/kidscard and vote.

We received more than 40 submissions — thank you — so selecting the finalists and semi-finalists was a bit of a challenge. But, we narrowed it down to six finalists; they, like the rest of the field, were all delightfully creative illustrations of a love of libraries.

Please vote soon; voting closes on Sunday, Aug. 16. We plan to have the cards ready for September’s Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Sporting licenses

Starting on Monday, Aug. 10, you can purchase your New York State hunting and fishing licenses at the library.  Just come to the Circulation Desk, and we’ll be glad to help you get your license.

One benefit of being able to get your sporting licenses at GPL is that we’re open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, so you can drop in after work. We’re open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and in September we’re also open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.  One other benefit is that there is always someone at the Circulation Desk to help you. And there’s plenty of close-in parking.

Who needs a license? Get full details by visiting www.dec.ny.gov.

WMHT goes “Click Clack Moo”

WMHT's Barbara Lukas will be at GPL on Saturday, August 8, at 10:30 am, to present a program based on Betsy Lewin's delightful book, “Click Clack Moo” to children who are in pre kindergarten to first grade. She’ll read the book (even adults will love it; it’s adorable) to you, show you a movie based on the book, and you’ll do a “Click Clack Moo!” craft. You’ll even get a copy of the book to take home.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Registration is required: Please call 456-2400, ext. 4, or go to August 8 on the Events & Registration Calendar at guilpl.org.

National Guard missions

If you want to meet someone who knows how to get to the South Pole, and who has been to the South Pole, then come to GPL on Tuesday, Aug. 11, when Kelly Davey, a navigator stationed at Stratton Air National Guard base, will speak as part of the Hometown Heroes series.

Navigator Davey will tell us about missions she plans and flies to Greenland in the summer, and the multi-day flights to the South Pole in the winter to support National Science Foundation projects.

Super Teddy Bear Sleepover

What happens after the library closes for the night? Mischief, mayhem and super fun of course. And your very special friend — your Teddy Bear (or “somebody else”) — can join us at GPL for a Super Teddy Bear Sleepover that begins at 4 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 14.

Drop your Teddy Bears off by 4 p.m. that Friday, but be sure to pick up your furry friends before 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, because then you’ll be able to see all the pictures of their amazing, super adventures. This event is for children and Teddy Bears of all ages. Please have someone call the Library at 456-2400, ext. 4 so we can make sure we have a reservation for your little friend.

Local Hops and Tour

GPL’s unprecedented “Hudson Valley Beer: From Hops to Home” series concludes on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m., with part 4, “Local Hops and Tour with Dietrich Gehring and Laura Ten Eyck.”

Dietrich Gehring and Laura Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery will talk about growing heritage hops and barley at their farm in Altamont. The history of New York hops and Gehring and Ten Eyck’s new beer and cider will be discussed and sampled.  This talk at GPL will be followed by a special tour of the farm. You will need to provide your own transportation to the farm.

The following is the schedule for this event:

— 2 p.m., Gehring and Ten Eyck talk at GPL;  

  • 3 p.m., Depart for the farm;
  • 3:30 p.m., Commence farm tour for 1 hour;     

— 4:30 p.m., Refreshments will be served. For those under 21 years old non-alcohol beverages will be provided; and

 — 5 p.m., the tour ends.

Register now by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Show and share

All crafty kids are invited to come to GPL on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., to share their arts, crafts, and creations that were made over the summer. Whether they were made at the library or at home doesn't matter; all are welcome. This program is for everyone in pre-kindergarten to grade 12. 

“The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”

The Super Summer Family Film on Friday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m., is about a foster kid named Annie who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move, and takes her in.

There’s a lot going on in this movie, and it’s all fun. A couple of songs you may have heard before, too.  This film is rated PG and is 118 minutes long. Remember there is popcorn.

Little ones movies

The Movies for Your Super Little Ones at GPL on Friday, Aug. 7, is “Super Pets.” The show starts at 10:30 a.m.  We request that you remain in the Story hour Room for the duration of the program. Thanks.

Better books sale

There are bargains galore on books, CDs, DVDs and more at the library's Better Books Sale on Saturday, Aug. 8. It starts at 10 a.m., and runs until 4 p.m. Good hunting.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.”Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).


Senator George A. Amedore Jr., a Republican representing the 46th District, has announced that he has secured $100,000 in this year’s state budget for the Guilderland Public Library to replace its roof, originally installed when the library was built in 1992.

“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities, and we need to make sure they have the proper resources they need to continue to provide important services to our residents,” said Senator Amedore. “Guilderland Public Library is an invaluable asset, not only to Guilderland, but to many surrounding communities as well. And, while their programs and services are first-rate, their roof is aging and in need of repair so I’m glad I was able to help secure these funds in this year’s state budget.”

Now well over two decades old, the library building is showing its age.  Recently the library has had to make extensive repairs to several mechanical systems, notably the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.

Recognizing the need to address the problems inherent in an aging physical plant, the library’s board of trustees two years ago started setting aside dedicated repair funds. The allocation from Senator Amedore will augment monies already devoted to the roof, judged by the trustees and library administration to be the most pressing repair issue.

“We are extremely grateful that Senator Amedore was able to obtain this allocation,” said GPL Director Tim Wiles. “The library is a thriving center of information and cultural events, but, as many in our community know, the building itself is aging. This aid, along with going a long way to ensuring this community asset will be safe for decades to come, will also enable us to install a long-lasting and energy-efficient roof.”

Darth Vader at bat?

While you probably won’t get to see Darth Vader at bat, if you’ve not yet purchased your tickets to the Guilderland Public Library’s “Baseball + Star Wars = Fireworks” Night at the Valley Cats Stadium, on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m., you’re certainly going to miss a really great game. These special “Star Wars Night” seats are almost sold out!  We’ve reserved seats in Section 120, which is behind home plate, on the first base side.The Valley Cats are going up against the Aberdeen Ironbirds, affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles.  What’s even better is that this is a fund-raiser for the library.

 You have three convenient ways to get your discounted tickets: At the library’s circulation desk, online via a dedicated ordering page on the Valley Cats website -- bit.ly/ValleyCatsJul18, or by clicking on the “Star Wars Night at the Valley Cats” image on library’s website at guilpl.org. You might be asked for a password, but just click past that page; the password should be pre-populated.

By the way, in the event of a rain-out, your ticket stub is good for any other game later in the season.

“The Unbelievables”

On Friday, July 17, at 3 p.m., GPL continues  its Super Summer Family Film Fest by showing an incredible movie that follows the antics of a family of undercover superheroes who try to live a quiet suburban life, but are forced into action to save the world. This 2004 movie is rated PG, and runs 115 minutes.  Popcorn? Oh, yeah.

Maker Monday

Come to GPL on July 20, at 3 p.m., for a special Maker Monday where you’ll get to paint a ceramic. You can choose a beautiful princess or an awesome super hero. All supplies will be provided. Wear clothes that you can get messy in. Then, next week, after it dries, you can pick-up your ceramic at the library.

Registration required; please call 456-2400, ext. 4, or go use the Events and Registration calendar at www.guilpl.org. For kids entering grades one through six.

Police and K9 officers

Kids, do you want to meet some of the amazing people and animals that live, work, and serve in your community? Come to GPL on Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m., and meet a police officer and his four-legged K-9 partner.

Teen Tuesday: Mighty Superhero Drawing Program

If you enjoy drawing and love superheroes, then you’re sure to have a great time at the Mighty Superhero Drawing Program on Tuesday, July 21, at 3:30 p.m., when you’ll learn to draw amazing superheroes and villains. No previous drawing skills are required - all you need is a #2 pencil.

Registration required; please call 456-2400, ext. 4, or go use the Events and Registration calendar at www.guilpl.org. For kids entering grades six through 12.

“Casey at the Bat” GPL!”

 Join Tim Wiles, director of the library, as he performs as his alter-ego as "The Mighty Casey," from Ernest Thayer's classic 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat," on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.


Wiles will perform the poem in period costume, and then do a baseball question and answer time where kids and adults can ask anything they want about the national pastime, Cooperstown, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Summer hours reminder

During July and August, GPL will be closed on Sundays, and will close at 6 p.m., on Fridays.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.”Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Start your super summer reading adventure. Kids, teens  and their folks, of course, will want to be at Guilderland Public Library the evening of Wednesday, July 1, at 6 p.m., for the ice cream-fueled kick-off of 2015’s Super Summer Reading Adventure.

As has been proven time and time again, keeping reading skills sharp is vital to success in school. While summer is a great time for fun in the sun, trips to the lake, or the shore, or to the mountains, it’s also the time when kids might fall into The Summer Slide, when the hard-won edge might come off those precious reading skills.  Kids and teens can fight the slide with GPL’s summer reading program and become a Super-Reading Hero!

Take a few moments to check out the summer reading club brochures that went home in backpack mail for elementary and middle school students before school ended. Or you can go online right now to check out the kids’ activities and programs – “Every Hero Has a Story” – at guilpl.org/supersummer, and the Teens’ “Unmask!” events at guilpl.org/teensummer.

There’s a very special event taking place starting July 1: We are asking our youngest readers to create a design for our new GPL Kids Library Card. Entry Forms will be available at the Super Summer Reading Adventure Kick-Off. All entries will be displayed in the Library, and the public will vote on the winner.  So don’t forget to pick up the Entry Form when you come to the Library. We cannot wait to see what you create.

But the key thing now is to come to the July 1 Kick-Off. It starts at 6 p.m., and there will be plenty of ice cream for all. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Take our survey

What do you want your library to be? How often do you use GPL? What do you like about it, what needs improvement, or what new programs or services would you like to see?

These simple questions, and a few more, are what the library’s long range planning committee would like you to answer in the “Tell GPL!” survey.  By taking the survey — either online at http://bit.ly/TellGPL or by completing one of the print copies at the library — you can keep your responses absolutely confidential, or provide your name so you can be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift card from a local business.

We are asking everyone to take part, library users and non-users alike. GPL’s mandate is to serve everyone in the town. Only through your participation can we formulate a plan that will meet the community’s needs.

Blood drive

With the onset of summer comes the dramatic increase in the need for blood donations. The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive at GPL on Thursday, July 2, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Make an appointment by going to redcrossblood.org, and using the location and calendar feature. Drop-ins are always welcome. Remember: Your help is urgently needed.

Library holiday

and summer hours

GPL will be closed for the Independence Day weekend Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. This first weekend in July starts GPL’s summer hours when the library is closed on Sundays during July and August, so GPL will be closed on Sunday, July 5 as well.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.”Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

— Photo from Mark Curiale

“Once Upon a Time” in a library, these young Guilderland Central School District artists are pleased with how well their mural graces the lobby of the Guilderland Public Library.

“We wanted to do something to brighten the library, and, while looking at some of the artwork the high school students had on display here in May, well, it just gave me an idea,” said Tim Wiles, director of the Guilderland Public Library, as he watched his maintenance staff install some new artwork in the library’s lobby.

Tim’s inspiration came to fruition this past Wednesday as Guilderland Central School District art teacher Meredith Best and a few of her Advanced Placement and Advanced Art 2 student artists delivered their “Once Upon a Time” mural to the library.

“It’s big,” said Ms. Best. “We needed to use a school bus to get it here.”

Evoking the infinitely varied stories that can be found in books, the eight-foot wide by four-foot high mural features a sailing ship, fire-breathing dragon, schools of fanciful fish, and a pair of cavorting dolphins all flowing out of the pages of a book. To the right of the mural is a lone reader, reaching high on a shelf for a book.

The mural’s concept is the brainchild of student Alicia Chen. She sketched out the idea, and then she and 10 of her fellow students — Eden Alin, Marissa Burack, Celia Chaikowski, Hayley Chang, Brian Cubello, Vivian Dai, Olivia Elmore, Jonathon Feil, Maggie O'Brien, and Emily Romano — took brushes in hand to craft this extraordinary creation. 

“I love reading books,” said Ms. Chen. “They sort of transport you to a different world.” Her love of reading is reflected in the mural.

When asked if art is in their professional futures, the students were varied in their responses. While she enjoyed working on the mural, Hayley Chang revealed that next year she’s off to the University of Rochester for a double major in art history and evolutionary biology leading up to one day going to medical school.

Olivia Elmore is hoping her interest in art leads to a career in the fashion industry, and possibly going to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Maggie O’Brien plans on minoring in art, but working in the health and wellness field.

And Eden Alin, who’s going to the University at Albany in the fall leading to a medical career, summed it up best when she said she and her fellow students will “have a part of ourselves in the library for a while.”

The mural has been a lobby traffic-stopper. Patrons have slowed and stopped to admire the artwork. One, Rob Futterman, commented, “It’s inviting and colorful; I really like it.” He paused, and added, “It sure beats the brick wall.”

Staff members enjoy it, too. Commented Youth Librarian Leslie Saperstone, “It looks fantastic and brightens up the lobby so much.  Thank you, students!”

Every spring, young artists from the Guilderland Central School District hold a showing of their creations in the Library’s Helderberg Room. Elementary school students display in April, and the high school students show in May. 

“It’s the unofficial start of spring for us here when the students’ art goes up,” said library staffer Carol Belstraz. “And it’s kind of a bummer when the art comes down at the end of May. Now, though, we’ll have this delightful creation with us all year long.”

“It’s just another example of the school district and the library working closer together,” said Wiles, whose wife is the district’s superintendent of schools.  “Everybody wins. The students get another venue to showcase their talent, and the library’s customers get a more inviting welcome.  I love it.”

Officers from the Guilderland Police Department will be at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a bicycle safety rodeo and a child car-seat installation check.

The bicycle safety rodeo teaches your youngsters how to stay safe when bike riding. Bring your kids – and their bikes – to this event so you can all learn how to make sure that bikes and helmets fit properly, why it’s vital to wear a helmet, and how to stay safe around other cyclists and vehicles.

Riding a bicycle is a fun and healthy way to spend time outdoors, but it’s important to remember a bike isn’t a toy, it’s a vehicle. Bicycle-related accidents are often the cause of injury, including traumatic brain injuries, to children and adolescents.

The car seat installation check is an excellent way to make sure your child’s car seat is safely installed. Our police department’s officers are experts in this. Take advantage of their expertise; it’s your child’s traveling safety that’s at stake.

Free financial advice

Dollars & Sense @ GPL continues through June with two more financial-wellness classes.  All sessions are free, and start at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesdays. Registration’s easy: Just call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re coming. These are the sessions:

— June 16: Sheila Cervera, a certified long term care specialist and estate planner with SEFCU, talks about options for long-term care; and

— June 23: Frank Roylance, an associate financial advisor with Key Bank, will present a program on retirement readiness and estate planning.

Art exhibit

Completing the cycle of annual art exhibits at GPL, the Guilderland Senior Artists League is holding its 14th annual art show in the library’s Helderberg Room through Friday, June 26.

Earlier this spring, the Elementary and High Schools’ art exhibits brought color, light, and creativity to the library. Now the Senior Art League does the same, but with a maturity of talent that only years of experience can bring. We encourage you to come and spend some time at this gallery; you’re sure to enjoy it.

Early taverns and hotels

“Stopping By: Guilderland’s Early Taverns and Hotels,” part 2 of GPL’s Beer: From Hops to Home series, will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. It’s a fascinating and often amazing word-and-picture tour of Guilderland’s original and now long-gone inns and taverns.

Utilizing the Guilderland Historical Society’s extensive slide photo collection, Mary Ellen Johnson will discuss Guilderland’s erstwhile watering holes, which offered travelers food, drink, and respite on their journeys. These locations later became business and vacation destinations, and have been replaced by newer structures today.  This before-and-after visual tour is not to be missed. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re stopping by.


By the way, there are just a few tickets left for the Upper Hudson Valley Beer & Tasting on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m.  Come to GPL to get a ticket for this beer tasting/talk. You can have tickets set aside by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, but you must stop by to pick them up. Regardless of apparent age, you might be “carded.”

Book bargain bonanza

GPL’s Better Books Sale on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is going to be a book bargain blowout. CDs and DVDs, too. So many donations have come in over the past month that we’re having trouble finding places to store it.

Our valiant volunteers have weeded and sorted the offerings, and from what we’ve seen this sale is going to be Huge! (Sorry, Billy.) Get here early.


GPL’s “It Came From The 80s” Film Series offers a snapshot of that decade’s more peculiar creations when it screens “Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure” on Wednesday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m., on GPL’s big screen in the Helderberg Room.

In short: man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, and he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. It’s 91 minutes long, and rated PG. Popcorn will be served.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).