Calling all teens entering grades seven through 12. Do you enjoy working with children? Need to earn volunteer hours? Interested in adding activities to your college applications? If so, mark 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 or Tuesday, Dec. 30, on your calendars.

The Guilderland Public Library is looking for teens who can commit to helping with our Book Buddies program this season. You will spend time once a week reading with a younger child in grades one through four, and encouraging them in their reading skills.

The actual Book Buddy sessions will run on Thursdays from 3 p.m. through 5:30 p.m., in January and February. When you attend the training, you can tell us when you’re available for the sessions; we will be as accommodating as we can.

Attendance at one training session is mandatory. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know that you want to be part of this extraordinarily rewarding program.

Drop-in card gaming

 The winter school break is even more entertaining when tweens and teens bring Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! or other cards for a fun 90 minutes of playing and sharing at Drop-in Card Gaming at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m.

Come with a friend or make new ones. No registration is required, just show up and deal.

Winter Giving Tree

 When you contribute to the Foundation’s Winter Giving Tree, you’re helping underwrite many special library programs and services that are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

 So next time you visit GPL, and you see the Giving Tree in the lobby, think of all the events –for kids, teens, and adults — you’ve enjoyed.  Thank you for your generosity.

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

Parents: Looking for a special gift for your child’s teachers? Give them a Star on the Giving Tree. We’ll send an acknowledgement to you and the teacher.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

The Reluctant Dragon

will be at GPL

 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.

The Last Mohican and Fire

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 popcorn.

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 hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

 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).

— Photo from Mark Curiale

Holiday angels at the library: Some Guilderland Public Library staffers — from left, Kim LaPlant, library clerk; Laurie Vincent, senior library clerk; Tim Wiles, director; and Heather Ringler, senior library clerk — stand behind the gifts that library staff donated to the Chamber’s Holiday Angels Program.

Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., to enjoy a musical respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. 

Suburban Sounds, chorale group, will sing seasonal favorites, and some selections sure to become new favorites. Their calming, peaceful, and entertaining renditions are just the thing to put the joy back into this joyful time.

Giving back to Guilderland

In the spirit of holiday giving, the staff of the library took part in the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Angels Program.

The Holiday Angels Program is designed to reach out to, and help, families in need or who have fallen on hard times this holiday season right here in Guilderland. 

Gingerbread Friends

story time

Kids and their folks are invited to join us for a special holiday Gingerbread Friends story time at GPL on Monday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

You’ll hear wonderful gingerbread stories and music, do some fun movement, and make your own gingerbread friend to take home with you.

Winter Giving Tree

When you contribute to the Foundation’s Winter Giving Tree, you’re helping underwrite many special library programs and services that are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

 

So next time you visit GPL, and you see the Giving Tree in the lobby, think of all the events — for kids, teens, and adults — you’ve enjoyed. Thank you for your generosity.

This year, you're in effect giving double. An anonymous donor will match your contributions, dollar for dollar.

Parents, are you looking for a special gift for your child’s teachers? Give them a Star on the Giving Tree. We’ll send an acknowledgement to you and the teacher.

Holiday hours

GPL will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

About the Library

 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).

In a multi-media lecture at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., author and food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of Saint Nicholas, and explains how this humble person became the icon that he is today.

“Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents & Treats” is part of the “Speakers in the Humanities” series that brings distinguished scholars to audiences across New York.

Rose will explain the various changes in Saint Nicholas’s veneration, and relate how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th Century and transformed into Santa in the 19th Century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, and fine arts to describe the extraordinary story of Saint Nicholas, which has had a lasting impact on American culture.

 Rose will have her latest book, Delicious December, available for purchase at this event.  Along with her work as an author, she is a columnist and food historian. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history at The Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Culinary Institute of America, New York University, The New-York Historical Society, and many other societies and libraries in New York State.

This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

No registration required. Just come on in.

Come to the Hobbit party

Children and families are cordially invited to GPL on Friday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m., to join friends and neighbors for a splendid Hobbit party celebrating the release of the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
This fun time of crafts, activities, and other Hobbity-fun is for every Hobbit fan, regardless of age. There will be popcorn, a photo booth, and a costume contest. You don’t need to wear a costume, but you can if you want to. No movie will be shown at this program.

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

Living Well for Boomers

The third and final “Living Well for Boomers and Beyond: A CDPHP Wellness Workshop” will be held at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

This vital session shows Baby Boomers how to focus on healthy living for years to come. Among the topics covered are eating well, staying active, and getting the best night’s sleep for optimal health.

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 2. You can also sign up online at guilpl.org; go to the event calendar for Dec. 16, and click on the “Living Well for Boomers” link. 

The Local Connections Film Series

Parts of this movie adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence — showing at GPL on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. — were filmed right in Troy.

 This great addition to our Local Connections Film Series is the "tale of 19th Century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin." — www.imdb.com.

It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder, and was directed by Martin Scorsese.  Rated PG, it was released in 1993, and is 139 minutes long.

Need a gift

If you need a special gift for the avid readers in your life, come to GPL’s Better Books Sale on Saturday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 10 a.m. This sale has some special items, not the least of which being items from the late Joseph E. Persico’s personal library.

Holiday hours

GPL will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

About the Library

 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).

Now that youngest Baby Boomers are turning 50 (50!), it’s time to focus on healthy living for years yet to come. Join us for a three-part series “Living Well for Boomers and Beyond: A CDPHP Wellness Workshop” that starts Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library.

Among the topics covered are eating well, staying active, and getting the best night’s sleep for optimal health.

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 2. You can also sign up online at guilpl.org; go to the event calendar for Dec. 2, and click on the “Living Well for Boomers” link.

Just in case, the snow date for this event is Dec. 4.

Stitch 'n' Giggle Club

 Kids in grade four and up are invited to join us for a monthly meeting of our new “Stitch ‘n’ Giggle Club!” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.

Staff members will be available to help you with your knitting or crocheting project. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem, we will help you learn.

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

Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Li'l LEGO Club

 GPL’s Li’l Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade two is back and really snapping together. The next session is on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

We will meet in the story hour room and use our 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.

Give us a call at 456-2400, ext. 4 so that we can make sure we have enough LEGOs for all.

 

Images of America:

Altamont

Altamont is the focus of a book signing at GPL with author Keith C. Lee on Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.

Lee will be talking about his new book, — Altamont — the latest locale profiled in the popular Images of America series. 

Come hear Mr. Lee's presentation, complemented by illustrations from the book. Copies will be available for sale and author's autograph.

About the Library
 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).

This month’s Digital Photo Forum at the Guilderland Public Library is on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. and focuses on Creativity with Light. Everyone is invited to attend this practical, hands-on class.

Photographer Dorey Olmer will report on a day-long photo seminar offered by National Geographic. The key take-away from the seminar is that the right light is the secret ingredient that lets you turn an ordinary subject into a magical photograph. Examples will be shown.

The Digital Photo Forum is where 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 welcome and 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.

Giraffes Can't Dance?

It’s true: giraffes cannot dance. Children ages four through seven can witness the humorous proof of this startling fact at GPL on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

First you’ll watch the Giraffes Can’t Dance movie, and then read books about jungle animals, music, and dance. Then you will make your very own giraffe puppet.

The program is presented by Barbara Lukas of WMHT.

Every child who attends this program will receive a personal copy of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance to take home, read, and keep for their very own. Please remember each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re coming.

GPL hosts blood drive

The library will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 6 p.m.


The need for blood locally remains constant, and donations are needed to offset holiday blood shortages. You can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. You’re encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo ID is required at donation time. 
Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. A 16-year old may donate blood with written parental consent. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Many health conditions and medications do not prevent someone from donating blood. People taking insulin, blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol medications, aspirin, antidepressants, and hormone replacement can give blood. Tattoos are also okay as long as they are healed and have been done in a reputable tattoo facility. 
To make a donation appointment, please call the Red Cross at 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Quick: Name the Seven Dwarfs

That’s the kind of challenge you’ll face when you come to Tuesday Night Trivia at GPL at 7 p.m., on Nov. 25.  Trivia master Joe Michon-Huneau will pit you and your team so that you can test your command of UBI (Useless Bits of Information). 

Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Teams should be made up of four or fewer people. No registration is required; just come with your team. This experience will probably dwarf any other trivia competition you’ve faced.

 And, oh, by the way, from the classic 1937 Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they’re Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. (How many did you get?)

Happy Thanksgiving

The library will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, so that our staff can prepare for their Thanksgiving gatherings. GPL will be closed all day Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27.

The library will be open regular hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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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