Join author and Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m., as he reads from his new book, “Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball,” which chronicles the never-before-told story of the baseball season torn in half by the player walkout.

 “For most baseball fans, the summer of 1981 is a void, an absence, a black hole. Jeff Katz has finally illuminated that dark space, showing us what was going on behind the scenes of the sports world’s most prolonged labor action.”  says  Paulo Lukas, “” and “Uniwatch.”

No need to sign up for this program; come on in! Books will be available for purchase.

Dollars & Sense

 We're bringing in the experts for an informative, four-part financial-wellness series. Sign up for one or sign up for all four, it’s up to you.  All programs are held on Tuesday evenings in June, at 5:30 pm.

— On June 2: Brian Doherty, author of the book “Getting Paid to Wait: Bigger Social Security Benefits the Simple and Easy Way” will discuss how to maximize your social security benefits;

— June 9: Emily Bacon, a financial services representative with First Investors Corp., will present on the basics of investing, with a look at tailoring your portfolio to meet your needs;

— June 16:  Sheila Cervera, a certified long term care specialist and estate planner with SEFCU, will talk 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.

 These programs are sure to be popular, so sign up soon. Be sure to sign up for each individual date and program you would like to attend. Call 456-2400, ext. 2, or go to, and register via the Events & Registration Calendar.

Chinese calligraphy

Prized above all other traditional Chinese arts, calligraphy reflects Chinese culture's devotion to the power of the word, and you have the opportunity to learn a bit of this art on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., when Dr. Wei Zhang will present Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy at GPL.

Unlike alphabetic or phonetic systems, each written Chinese word is represented by its unique symbol, an abstract diagram called a character, which not only denotes specific meanings, but also reveals energy and vitality in its natural way. Calligraphy is the perfect tool to express the aesthetic forms and dynamic energy embodied within Chinese characters.

GPL provides all the necessary materials of Chinese calligraphy. You will have an opportunity to write a few useful Chinese characters, such as numbers one through 10 and your own name in Chinese.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at 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 and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).



The Singing Anchors — WNYT’s Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton and former CBS 6 anchor Jerry Gretzinger — will perform at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.

Senator George Amedore and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple will partner with Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services to host an educational heroin forum on Monday, May 18, at the Guilderland Public Library.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Albany County Sheriff’s mobile education center to learn about various factors and dangers surrounding drug addiction, ending with incarceration. The unique feature of the mobile education center is that it comes fully equipped with a functioning jail cell.

 At 7 p.m., a presentation on opiate overdose prevention and response will be given by representatives from Catholic Charities’ Project Safe Point program. Participants will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose, understand the risk factors associated with overdose, and learn how to reverse the effects of an overdose with the drug naloxone (narcan). Trained attendees will be given a kit containing naloxone.

“We need to do everything we can to combat the heroin epidemic that is devastating our communities, including that as many people as possible are trained and prepared to help if a family member, friend, or loved one is overdosing. A dose of narcan can be the difference between life and death for those who are battling a heroin or opiate addiction. I want to thank Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services and Albany County Sheriff Apple for partnering with my office on this important community event,” said Senator George Amedore

 “We believe our mobile education center drives home the point that if you want to experiment or use drugs as you travel through life, you may end up in a jail cell, or worse, another fatality at the hands of drugs. Albany County Sheriff’s deputies and EMS personnel have all been trained to administer and now carry narcan kits, which is an opioid-reversal drug which helps save heroin and opioid users from death by overdose. It’s just another tool in our toolbox to help battle the heroin epidemic plaguing our communities,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr.

 “We’re proud to partner with Senator Amedore and Sheriff Apple for this educational forum, as this is an example of how community organizations and elected officials can work together to address this very serious issue. If you or someone you care about uses heroin and/or prescription opiates, this training and the information available could be the difference between life and death,” said Keith Brown, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services .

 “We are very pleased to be able to host this event,” said Guilderland Public Library Director Tim Wiles. “Overdoses have become such a problem, and it’s vital that the community knows there’s a way to combat their effects.”

Please respond to Senator Amedore’s office at if you plan on attending.

Public comment session

GPL’s board of trustees invites the public to come to the library’s Tawasentha Room on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., to comment on the library’s proposed 2015-16 budget.  Information on the budget is available online at, and in the library newsletter you received in the mail.   

Following the public comment session, the board will hold its regular bimonthly business meeting at 7:30 p.m., in the Tawasentha Room. The public is encouraged to attend.

History of Grant Cottage

Learn the fascinating and sometimes-heartbreaking history of Grant Cottage at GPL on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m., when Tim Welch, president of the board of trustees of Grant Cottage, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant's final days there.

It was in this Adirondack cottage where Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. He had arrived at the cottage from New York City on June 16, 1885, with his family, servants, and doctors; he went to the cottage to complete his memoirs thus assuring the financial security of his family.

Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family's stay. Visitors can tour the downstairs of the cottage, viewing the original furnishings, decorations, and personal items belonging to Grant, including the bed where he died, and floral arrangements that remain from Grant's funeral.

The Cottage itself is remarkable in it’s one of few New York State historic sites operating without a State Parks employee present. Its small staff is complemented by a strong, dedicated volunteer base that keeps the Cottage running throughout the season.


Join Union College Anthropologist George Gmelch at GPL on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m., as he discusses his new book, “Irish Travelers”, and shows his 2012 documentary film, “Unsettled: From Tinkers to Travellers.”

Holiday schedule

 GPL will be closed for the Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at 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 and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

The Guilderland Public Library will be closed all day Wednesday, April 29, for the annual Staff Development Day.

Gala sold out

Thank you to the couple of hundred of you who are attending the Guilderland Library Foundation’s sold-out Inaugural Gala, A Novel Affair, on Saturday, April 25; the Foundation really appreciates your support. The event is held at Mallozzi’s Clubhouse at the Western Turnpike Golf Course, and the doors open at 6 p.m. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.  — Rosemary Revoir, Foundation President.

Kids’ fun

Children in pre-kindergarten through grade two are invited to GPL on Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m., to share a fun morning of number games and activities with WMHT public television education facilitator, Barbara Lukas and Peg + Cat.

We will use patterns to create colorful glow in-the-dark necklaces, play domino games to practice patterns and number skills, try dice games to work on addition and subtraction skills, and make Peg + Cat themed puppets.

An adult caregiver must accompany each child with whom to share the number fun and games. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register, or register via the events calendar on

DIY shaggy loop chain maille bracelet

 Teens are invited to come to GPL on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., to make a cool accessory for you, a friend, or maybe a mother's day gift for mom.

This class is taught by Jacqui Hauser, owner of the Studio for Art and Craft in Cobleskill. Please bring $5 to cover the cost of materials. Note: This class will not run with fewer than 14 participants. Teens and adults are welcome. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register, or register via the events calendar on

A Preservation Week event

Learn what you can do to protect your collectables at Preserve Family Archives at GPL on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Even if you don’t have a perfect place to maintain your archives, there are a lot of things you can do to protect them from damage. Karen E.K. Brown and Ann C. Kearney will teach you about possible risks from handling and the environment, and give you practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.

The focus will be on book and paper collections. This class is tailored to anyone interested in practical ways of preserving archival collections, including individuals and family collectors, and curators and custodians of small to medium libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and town offices.

Karen E.K. Brown is the Preservation Librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries, and Ann Carroll Kearney is the Collections Conservator for the University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries.

Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to register, or register via the events calendar on

“Old Lace and Arsenic”

If you’re a fan of light-hearted comedies with a dark twist, or if you’re a Cary Grant fan — or if you’re both — then you simply must come to the next Classic Film — think about arsenic, and old lace. This film is showing at GPL on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Grant plays a drama critic who discovers — on his wedding day — that his two beloved maiden aunts are, in fact, homicidal maniacs who have cultivated a “garden” in their basement. (It’s not as grisly as it seems.) Couple his aunts’ antics with an uncle who is convinced he’s Teddy Roosevelt charging up (stairs) San Juan Hill, add direction by Frank Capra, and you have a wonderful screwball comedy.

There’s free popcorn, so enjoy.  And don’t let the Peter Lorre or Raymond Massey characters creep you out … too much.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at 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 and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

The next Li’l Lego Club at the Guilderland Public Library for children in kindergarten through grade two will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the storyhour room and use your imagination for some creative play with friends. Bring your own bricks or create with ours. No registration is necessary.

The sixth big hero

The First Friday Family Film showing at 7 p.m., on April 3, is all about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and his prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

The free popcorn is decidedly low-tech, but it’s good so it’s easy for kids to sit and enjoy this 102-minute long PG feature.

Easter holiday

The library will be closed Easter Sunday, April 5. While the library may be closed, the library website at  — featuring the new, user-friendly catalog search feature — is always open.

Make-It Mondays

Mondays bringin’ you down? Make your way out of the funk by dropping in to the library’s storyhour room at 6 p.m., on April 6, and make a fun craft to take home.

This is a great activity for kids and families. This program is for kids in pre-kindergarten through grade two. No registration required; just make the scene!

Read to your furry friends

Guess who’s back, again and again? Our very special furry friends, and they’re looking forward to children in kindergarten through grade three reading to them. There are two sessions: One is on Tuesday, April 7, starting at 6:30 p.m., and the other is on Thursday, April 9, also starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

The way we used to be

Many scenes in this Local Connections Film — showing at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7 —were shot in Ballston Spa and at Union College in Schenectady, and highlights the way we were perceiving Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford back then. 

Popcorn will be served. The movie runs 118 minutes, and is rated PG. 

Minecraft for parents

Parents: Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? More to the point, do you know what Minecraft is?  Find out at one of two sessions at 6 and  7 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, at GPL.

You’ll learn what all the excitement is about, what your kids are doing, and what they’re making. You’ll learn about Minecraft from the experts, the teens who play it.

Note: This program is for parents only. Registration is required, so please call 456-2400, ext. 2.

Every day is Earth Day

While Thursday, April 9, is not Earth Day, it is coming soon. So join us that Thursday at 11 a.m. so that children ages four through seven can celebrate our planet by taking part in Earth Day crafts, a game, and by learning and sharing ideas for keeping our world clean and green.

Registration is required, and parents are encouraged to stay for the duration of the program.

Recipes from Around the World

On Thursday April 9, at 2 p.m., kids can help celebrate the cuisine of Mexico at this Recipes from Around the World hands-on class. Children will prepare recipes to share with the class and take home to enjoy with their families. Please make a reservation for this event by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at 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 and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Next time you’re at the Guilderland Public Library, you’ll notice that we’re a bit fired up about our latest line of eReaders, the Kindle Fire. And, you can take one of them home for two weeks to enjoy the latest in downloadable eBooks.

Kindle Fires are among the most popular eReaders on the market because they are so easy to use. That’s why we selected them. We’ve made the GPL Fires even better by preloading them with several popular titles. To make it easy to determine which Fire you want — each has a different array of eBooks — visit the Kindle Fire page on the library’s website; it’s located at

Once you find out which Fire you want, you can check it out as you would a print book. You might want to call ahead at 456-2400, ext. 2 to make sure the one you want is available.

Training program

Hurricane season starts in June — yes, we know, we’ve all just barely escaped winter — and it’s time to consider what to do if disaster strikes. That’s the idea behind the Prepare, Respond, Recover class being offered at GPL on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. 

A trained Red Cross representative will conduct an approximately one-hour session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program, which provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to register.

Library budget

The library’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., for the purpose of approving the proposed 2015-16 library budget. The public is welcome to attend this meeting; it will be held in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

Details on the library’s proposed budget will be supplied in the library’s May – August newsletter, online in early April at, and on flyers in the library.

The library budget will go before the voters on Tuesday, May 19, as part of the election that will also choose two library trustees, board of education members, and the Guilderland Central School District budget.

New library catalog

To get detailed information on GPL’s new user-friendlier online library catalog, please see the feature article elsewhere in this newspaper.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at 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 and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).