There will be a public vote on the Guilderland Public Library’s budget, and election of library trustees, on Tuesday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at your local elementary school.  If you want information on the budget, and concise biographies on the five candidates running for the four trustee vacancies, please visit the library website’s budget page at www.guilpl.org/budget-2014-2015.

The library’s proposed 2014-15 budget is $3,541,967, an increase of $49,832, or 1.42 percent, over the 2013-14 budget. This maintains the service levels the community has come to expect from its public library, assures a continued supply of quality materials for public use, maximizes use of current resources, dedicates funds for building maintenance, and is below the mandated tax cap.

Saratoga Soundtrack

Come to GPL on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., to hear the award-winning chorus, Saratoga Soundtrack, as they delight one and all with their amazing a capella harmonies. 

Saratoga Soundtrack is a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting the art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. As they note on their website, they “…strive for excellence in musicianship and performance, but most of all, we love to sing and to have fun!” 

Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside in the library’s Community Literary Garden. These outdoor concerts are named in honor of Jean Marie Cole, the library’s retired, long-time head of circulation. If it rains, the concert will move to the Helderberg Room.

 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).

There will be a public briefing and comment session on the Guilderland Public Library’s budget on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p. m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room. The public is encouraged to attend. Specific budget allocations are available on the library’s website at www.guilpl.org/budget-2014-2015.

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees has put forth a 2014-15 budget of $3,541,967. This represents an increase of $49,832, or 1.42 percent over the 2013-14 budget. The proposed budget maintains the service levels the community has come to expect from its public library, assures a continued supply of quality materials for public use, maximizes use of current resources, dedicates funds for building maintenance, and is below the mandated tax cap.

 Robert MacNeil speaks 

A few Author’s reception tickets remain for the 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, private event honoring famed journalist and author Robert MacNeil – cofounder of PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer Report and longtime anchor and executive editor of PBS NewsHour; this reception precedes Mr. MacNeil’s 7:30 p.m. free author talk at the library.

 You can purchase tickets to the 6:30 p.m. reception at the door. Tickets are $25 per person, and feature preferred seating at the Author Talk. All tickets to the free Author Talk have been given out. For tickets or more information, call 456-2400, ext. 112. 

MacNeil will speak about his most recent novel, Portrait of Julia. This work is the sequel to his 1992 book, Burden of Desire, set at the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917 in which a cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives and munitions exploded devastating the Richmond District of the city.  MacNeil is a Nova Scotia native and is well-versed in the province’s history. 

The Guilderland Library Foundation, host of the event, is grateful to Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc., (www.bouchey.com) for generously sponsoring Mr. MacNeil’s appearance at the library.

Outdoor concert

Come to the library on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., to hear the award-winning chorus, Saratoga Soundtrack, as they delight one and all with their amazing a capella harmonies.  

Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside in the library’s Community Literary Garden.  These outdoor concerts are named in honor of Jean Marie Cole, the library’s retired, long-time head of circulation. If it rains, the concert will move to the Helderberg Room.

 Saratoga Soundtrack is a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting the art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.   

Come join the fun. No need to bring chairs; we have plenty.  See you there.

Planting flowers

 Just in time for Mother’s Day, Barbara Lukas of WMHT is coming to the library on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m., to lead a program about plants and planting for children ages 4 to 8 and their parent or adult caregiver. Attendees will look at books and watch a movie. Then they will go out to the library patio and plant two special gifts for mom – a flower and a tomato plant.

 You can give them to Mom on Mother’s Day and together watch them grow all summer. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register; all children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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).

 

If you’ve been meaning to leam the basics of cardiopul monary resuscitation, or CPR, then come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. The trained emergency responders of Guilderland`s Westem Tumpike Rescue Squad will be here to lead a program on the basics of CPR.

You will learn how to perform CPR in adults, children, or infants, and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking.

This course is intended for members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need an official CPR course completion card. Space is limited to 25 registrants. To register, call 456-2400, ext. 2, or register at bit.ly/Leam-CPR-ab GPL.

LEGOs 

Spend part of your vacation Friday aftemoon, April 18, at 2 p.m., exercising your mad Lego building skills 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.

You can also take a turn on the Wii system to play a Lego videogame. We will meet in the Helderberg Room. Join the club.

Lego fans and gamers in grades 3 through 6 are encouraged to drop in.

Classic movie:

The General Inspector The Helderberg Room’s big screen shows a classic film the last Thursday of every month; this month’s flick - from 1949, about an antic inspector general - starts at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 24.

Danny Kaye is in particularly eccentric and entertaining form as a medicine-show con artist who is mistaken by a town’s corrupt officials as being an inspector general traveling sub rosa.

Library closed GPL will be closed Sunday, April 20, for Easter. It will also be closed all day Wednesday, April 23, for Staff Development Day.

Your virtual library - at www.guilpl.org - is always open.

Go there to renew books, reserve materials, or get details on the Friday, May 9, author talk by noted journalist and author Robert MacNeil.

Library info 

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the 1ibrary’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

Famed journalist and author Robert MacNeil and cofounder of PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer Report and longtime anchor and executive editor of PBS News Hour, will speak at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, May 9, as part of the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Speaker Series and the time to get your tickets is now.

Prior to MacNeil’s Author Talk, to which tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis there will be a wine and cheese reception where you can meet MacNeil and chat with him. Tickets to this reception are $25 per person, and feature preferred seating at the Author Talk.  Free tickets to the Author Talk, as well as tickets to the reception, are available now at the library’s information desk, and by calling 456-2400, ext. 112.

He will speak about his most recent novel, Portrait of Julia. This work is the sequel to his 1992 book, Burden of Desire, set at the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917 in which a cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives and munitions exploded devastating the Richmond District of the city.  MacNeil is a Nova Scotia native and is well versed in the province’s history. 

In addition to his television work and novels, Mr. MacNeil is the author of several nonfiction works. The People Machine studied the relationship between television and politics. He has written three memoirs, The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck, and Looking For My Country, Finding Myself in America. He co-authored The Story of English, companion volume to the BBC-PBS television series which he hosted, and its sequel, Do You Speak American? a three-hour PBS series on American English.

MacNeil has won a host of professional awards, including two Peabodys, a Dupont-Columbia Award, the University of Missouri Medal and the Overseas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 1998, he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.

 

The Guilderland Library Foundation, host of the event, is grateful to Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc for generously sponsoring his appearance at the library.

Concert

On Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m., make it a point to be at GPL to enjoy one of the most entertaining concerts the library has ever hosted: a musical happening featuring The Graham Tichy Trio.

Mixing 1940s Swing, 1950s Roots Rock, 1960s British Invasion, and a variety of American Roots Music, Tichy and his group imbue these vintage songs with a contemporary styling sure to please and get the toes tapping. 

The concert starts at 2 p.m., but it’s going to be a popular event; being early is a good idea. It’s an open event, and seating is limited.

CPR at the library

If you’ve been meaning to learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), then come to GPL on Thursday, April 17, at 6 pm. The trained emergency responders of Guilderland’s Western Turnpike Rescue Squad will be here to lead a program on the basics of CPR. You will learn how to perform CPR for adults, children, or infants, and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking.

This course is intended for members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need an official CPR course completion card. Space is limited to 25 registrants. To register, call 456-2400, ext. 2, or register at bit.ly/Learn-CPR-at-GPL.

Art show

The Guilderland Central School District’s Elementary Art Shows just kicked off at the library. Stop by GPL anytime during normal business hours through April 27 to see the amazing work of these young artists. This art show is a festival of creativity, color, and imagination, and is not to be missed.

Book sale

 The library’s Better Book Sale on Saturday, April 12, is going to be, well, huge.  Book donors have been very generous over the past month, and the volunteers have had their hands full getting it all ready for you to browse.  There’s a great mix of fiction, some nonfiction, and a host of like-new DVDs, all at bargain prices.  Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. 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). It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

 “The trees are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,

Under the October twilight the water   

Mirrors a still sky;

Upon the brimming water among the stones   

Are nine-and-fifty swans…”

These opening lines of William Butler Yeats’ The Wild Swans at Coole kicked-off Guilderland Public Library’s Facebook-based celebration of April’s National Poetry Month. This work was selected by Lisa Pitkin, the library’s department head for circulation and collection services, and was posted on Tuesday April 1. You can access the rest of the poem on the library’s Facebook page, at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library; visit daily to see our featured poems.  

First Friday family film

The actual title of the First Friday Family Movie being shown on April 4, at 7 p.m., is the past tense of freeze; we are prohibited by our performance site license from advertising the real title of the movie.  But you get the idea.

The plot of the movie is that the kingdom of Arendelle is frozen into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa. The movie is rated PG, and is 108 minutes long. The kids will love it.

Train your dinosaur

Children in pre-kindergarten through second grade are invited to the library on Saturday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m., to find out what Tyrannosaurus was really like.

Barbara Lukas from local PBS station WMHT will lead you on a fact-finding exploration about dinosaurs. You will watch a dinosaur train movie and travel back in time with Buddy and Tiny to visit Buddy’s early ancestor, Raptorex.  You’ll then create a feathered dinosaur to take home. 

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

Story time

The next sensory story time will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. This story time is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder and a parent or care-giver. You’ll share simple stories, and engage in activities that promote sensory integration.

Recovery was a success

 On behalf of the Guilderland Library Foundation, thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation and its good works by having dinner at the Recovery Sports Grill the evening of Thursday, March 27.  Recovery is donating 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Foundation.  We especially thank the owners and staff of the Recovery Sports Grill for helping make this happen, and for their generosity. 

Watch this space for the next Dining to Donate event, coming soon.

GPL updates on your Smartphone

To make sure you have the latest updates on events at GPL, just text GUILDERLANDLIB  to 22828 on your smartphone.  You’ll get late-breaking information on programs, classes, and events that you want to attend.  It could not be simpler; it could not be more convenient.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. 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). It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

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