Fifty years ago, four young musicians from Liverpool arrived in the United States, and yeah, you know the rest. Or do you?  Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., and get the cool details.

 Using recorded material and film clips, some rare, musicologist and Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson explores the impact of the British invasion, led by The Beatles in February 1964. He chronicles their historic concert at Shea Stadium, examines John Lennon’s emotional connection to New York City, and discusses how the Beatles’ music continues to be an inspiration to composers and performing artists.

This program is co-sponsored by The Egg: Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Bring your child to the library

Kids and families should make it a point to come to Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

This family program celebrates families and libraries through a variety of activities. Kids can design a bookmark for our contest and sign-up for their own library cards. 

We have fun activities for the whole family, such as a story walk/scavenger hunt, and a life-size Candy Land. There’s no better way to beat the winter blahs than an afternoon of fun at your library.
No registration required; just show up and play.

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 Singing Anchors — Benita Zahn, Jerry Gretzinger, and Jessica Layton — perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.

 

The Singing Anchors – Jessica Layton, Jerry Gretzinger, and Benita Zahn – will bring their special brand of singing and banter to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., as part of the library’s Second Sunday Concert Series. 

While the concert is free, concert-goers must RSVP for the event at http://bit.ly/SingingAnchorsAtGPL, or call the library at 456-2400, ext. 2.

 WYNT (News Channel 13) anchors Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton, and former WRGB (CBS 6) anchor Jerry Gretzinger – he’s now VP for strategic communications at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering -- originally joined melodic forces with the Fort Salem Theater’s Jay Kerr to produce a evening of song and repartee.  Since their debut at the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater in November 2009 they have been successfully touring the area.

It’s fascinating to meet these people who are so familiar in their two-dimensional television personas. There they are, performing side-by-side, despite the fact that they’ve worked for competing stations.

People don’t expect that intermingling, said Zahn in a 2010 Troy Record interview. But based on the feedback I get, they love it that we can all share a stage and share the bows. And for each of us, we’re all in this together. On the flip side, it’s really nice to get away from the competitive pressure. [We are] three people who really love to perform and really like each other.

Asked how their employers feel about the trio, Zahn went on to remark it doesn’t take any time away from work. If anything, it’s value-added to the station. It brings us into the community in a way nothing else can.

Library info

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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 Guilderland Public Library’s new director starts on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and he brings with him a lifetime of experience as a librarian, author, and educator.

Tim Wiles, Guilderland resident for more than three years, accepted the library’s board of trustees’ offer in December, even though it meant giving up what he’d thought was his dream job.

“I’m a life-long librarian, it’s what I love. And I am thrilled to take on this new challenge of ensuring the Guilderland Public Library is responsive to the community’s needs, but it was tough leaving the Hall.” Tim, a die-hard baseball fan, just resigned as Director of Research and Public Services Librarian for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

“I believe that an excellent public library is at the heart of an informed community. The Guilderland Public Library has long served as a center for education, entertainment and empowerment, and it serves that role well. But we live in an era of change for libraries, and the ways in which we, as consumers, gather information. Clearly, the library has the opportunity to expand its service through use of new technologies, programming, outreach, and social media. 

 “The prospect of leading the library through this era of change is exciting. But along with leading the organization from within, I also plan to be visible in town, to reach out to and listen to community groups and organizations, and to the voters and decision-makers of Guilderland. We are, after all, ‘Guilderland’s Gathering Place,’ and my goal is to make that true for everyone in town.”

Wiles’ wife, Dr. Marie Wiles, the superintendent of schools, and their son, Ben, are almost as pleased as Tim about the new position.  “Ben’s happy that his dad will be working close to home,” said Marie, “and Tim and I are thrilled to live in the same community that we serve.  It’s a great  opportunity for us.”

Author and educator

Tim’s freelance writing credits include two books: In 2008, he co-authored Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.’ He was lead researcher and writer along with two co-authors. Not shy about public speaking, he appeared on over 200 television and radio shows to promote the book. 

Prior to that, he co-edited Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems. He’s had articles published in The New York Times, Major League Baseball’s World Series Program and All-Star Game Program, and other baseball-related publications.

Wiles spent a year in the People’s Republic of China as an English instructor at Guangxi University. He taught English to university faculty, students, and staff.

 Experience at the library

Since 2011, he has served as a Director of the Guilderland Library Foundation, and been its president for the past four months, so he has a fair understanding of the inner workings of the library. 

 “Serving on the Foundation, getting to know the professionals at the library, that made the opportunity all the more exciting for me,” he observed.  “I have worked with many of the staff; frankly, I cannot wait to get started.”

When asked what baseball team he rooted for, he replied, “Well, I did grow up in Illinois. So it’s the Cubs all the way.”

Library info

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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.

 

Jazz pianist Cole Broderick will lead a tour of the Great American Songbook at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 12.

 

Many people are so careful about what they eat and serve their families these days, and if you are among them, you should attend the Gluten/Allergen-Free Baking for Busy People class on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library

Cookbook author and food blogger Colette Martin had to re-invent the way her family ate because her son developed multiple food allergies. That included finding other ways to make baked goods, a mainstay in so many kitchen repertoires. The result: Great recipes that she gathered in her book, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. As part of our continuing series, Tastes Good/Get Healthy @ the Guilderland Library, Martin will be here to share her strategies for baking allergen- and gluten-free, and she’ll demonstrate some wonderful holiday baking methods. Copies of her book will be available to purchase, and there will be samples to try, as well.

This will be a very well-attended cooking class, so you must register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2 to reserve your place. 

Second Sunday Concert series

 The Guilderland Public Library kicks off its 2014 Second Sunday Concert season with Cole Broderick on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

Broderick will delight us with his piano renditions of selections from South Pacific and other popular songs from the Great American Songbook spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.  He is heralded as the gold standard at the keyboard.  

AARP’s Taxaide program

 You can now make an appointment with an AARP Taxaide – for free tax-preparation and e-filing services – by calling the library at 456-2400, ext. 2. 

Taxaide appointments start Monday, Feb. 3, and continue through April 14; appointments are held on Mondays and Saturdays at the library.

All Taxaide volunteers are trained and certified in cooperation with the IRS. They prepare personal Federal and New York State tax returns for taxpayers of all ages with low and moderate incomes.

You must make an appointment for this service; separate appointments are required for each taxpayer. Bring a copy of your 2012 return and all 2013 W-2s, 1099 statements, the purchase date and cost basis for any investments you sold, and supporting documents if you plan to itemize deductions. Taxaide volunteers are not able to complete returns with rental income or returns requiring Schedule C, or if you have a Health Savings Account. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers need to be present except in cases of illness or infirmity.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

Tweens in grades 3 through 6 are invited to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 2, to celebrate the New Year with a Wii Just Dance Party.

Using the popular Wii games on the big screen, we will dance in the New Year. We will enjoy some sparkly soda and fortune cookies while we rest our dancing feet. We’ve got the hula hoops, party lights, and all we need is you.

Volunteers needed

Calling all teens entering grades 7 through 12: If you enjoy working with children, want to earn some volunteer hours, and add activities to your college applications, then you should sign up for the Book Buddies Training being held at the library on Friday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m.

The library needs you to commit to being a Book Buddy; in this program, you will spend time once a week reading with a younger child in grades one through four and encouraging them in their reading skills.

This program will run on Tuesdays for monthly sessions from January to April.  You are able to choose how many months out of the four you would like to do.

Downton Abbey tea party

Join your fellow Downton Abbey fans for an afternoon tea at the library on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments, but probably not those annoying little cucumber sandwiches. You’ll all have a proper good time watching Downton Abbey’s season three finale – The Christmas Special – whilst preparing yourselves to view season four which begins Jan. 5.

AARP’s Taxaide Program 

Requests for appointments will be accepted no sooner than Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. To make an appointment, please visit the library or call 456-2400, ext. 2.

Starting Monday, Feb. 3, and continuing through April 14, the AARP Taxaide Program will provide free tax preparation and e-filing services on Mondays and Saturdays at the library.

All Taxaide volunteers are trained and certified in cooperation with the IRS. They prepare personal Federal and New York State tax returns for taxpayers of all ages with low and moderate incomes.

You must make an appointment for this service; separate appointments are required for each taxpayer. Bring a copy of your 2012 return and all 2013 W-2s, 1099 statements, the purchase date and cost basis for any investments you sold, and supporting documents if you plan to itemize deductions. Taxaide volunteers are not able to complete returns with rental income or returns requiring Schedule C, or if you have a Health Savings Account. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers need to be present except in cases of illness or infirmity.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

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