By Mark Curiale

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, which means it’s a great time for those of you who are not taking advantage of this educational and cultural gem in your midst to come into the Guilderland Public Library and get your own GPL Card.  It’s free, it’s waiting for you, and it’s yours.

If you already have a card, and haven’t stopped by lately, we want you back. Our variety of books, DVDs, CDs, programs for kids and adults has never been more expansive.  They’re all free and waiting for you.  So come in and "check us out."

Fine-Free Friday

Or maybe you haven’t been to GPL because of outstanding fines.  We have good news for you:  Every Friday in September is a Fine-Free Friday! Come in, see one of the friendly people at the circulation desk, and we'll "can your fines" for overdue items just like that. When you come in, why not bring a can of food that we'll bring to the Interfaith Food Pantry.  (Please check the expiration date.)  Everybody wins!

Photographic exhibit

You're invited to come to the library to view the excellent work of area photographers who have been hard at work refining their techniques in creating photographic art works. The exhibit will run through September, and be on display in the Helderberg Room and the lobby display cases.

A reception in honor of the exhibiting photographers will be held on Thursday, Sept, 18, at 7 p.m. You’re invited to come to this reception and chat with the photographers. 

Celebrating the

Star-Spangled Banner

On Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., GPL is holding a Star Spangled Banner bicentennial celebration that begins with a talk by local author James Breig, who will trace the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner. His l e-book, Star-Spangled Baseball, explores the links between the song and the sport, so he will also share some surprising stories that link our National Anthem and our national pastime.   

 At 2:45 pm, following Breig's talk, we will have a concert of patriotic music featuring stellar saxophonist David Demsey and pianist James Weidman. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon, so join us and maybe even sing along.

 It’s a LEGO double-header

Get ready for the evening’s LEGO movie by coming to the LEGO Party on Friday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p,m.

 The LEGO Party features a relay race, pin the face on the LEGO man, design your own LEGO person, build the tallest LEGO tower, and so much more.

And then, that evening, it’s the LEGO Movie rated PG at 7 p.m. Come see a LEGO Movie, in which a lowly LEGO figure joins a group intent on battling an evil force. 

Kids will love this movie for the antic graphics and clear-cut storyline; adults will sit transfixed by all the visual and audio references to every sci-fi movie you have ever seen.  

Board meets

The Board of Trustees will hold its bimonthly business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

Board meetings are video recorded and broadcast on Guilderland cable channel 17 at 2 p.m. on the Sunday following the meeting, and again at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., on the Monday following the meeting.

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).

Guilderland Public Library Director Tim Wiles took the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” in front of the library on Friday morning, Aug. 22. As part of the event, Wiles issued the challenge to the  directors of the other 28 member libraries of the Upper Hudson Library System located throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties, as well as to the executive directors of UHLS, Tim Burke, and the New York Library Association’s Jeremy Johannesen.

You can see video of Wiles’s challenge at bit.ly/GPL-issues-IBC.

His dunking was part of a week-long charitable campaign during which the library’s staff raised more than $100 to be donated to the St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center in Albany. 

According to the St. Peter’s website, “Since 1988, St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center has been providing people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and their families with a comprehensive, specialized blend of services and resources.”

We’ll keep you posted on who answers Wiles’s challenge.

Do you like Guinness?

If you’re a fan of Guinness – Alec, not the beverage – then you should come to GPL today, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., to see Sir Alec end up as the scapegoat.

In this 1959 film, Guinness plays two roles, one as a teacher who vacations in France, and the other a French nobleman intent upon avoiding the consequences of some extraordinarily bad decisions. Bette Davis is simply awesome as the nobleman’s mother, who teacher-suddenly-nobleman Guinness must placate.

This movie is a treat, and one not often seen on television.  Give yourself a Thursday night out, and come see Sir Alec in one of his most charming roles. His slow burns are classic, and Bette Davis is ever so slightly over the top.

Schedule changes

GPL will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day Weekend. GPL will open at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

With the end of August comes the end of summer hours at GPL. From Sept. 2 until June 30, 2015, GPL’s hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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).

 

Here’s what we’re reading at the Guilderland Public Library. Join us.

One thing you can be sure of – there’s always a lot going on for book lovers at GPL. We have several book discussion groups you’ll be interested in. And they would welcome you.  Try one out; you don’t know what you’re missing.

Snoops in the Stacks

We’re a lively bunch that enjoys reading and talking about mysteries. Many are long-standing mystery lovers and others are new to the genre. What is really interesting is reading authors one might never think to try and being pleasantly surprised, or even better – hooked. This program is Tuesdays at 7 p.m. We will be reading:

— Sept. 2, Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George;

— Oct. 7, One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson; and

— Nov. 4, The Luminaries, by Elizabeth Catton.

Night Owls

We read a selection of fiction and nonfiction books on topics of current social and literary interest. Lively discussions always ensue in this group, who meet on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. We will be reading:

— Sept. 8, Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver;

— Oct. 13, President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy; and

— Nov. 10, Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout.

GPL Page Turners

The GPL Page Turners (formerly Knit One, Read Too!) read recently published books from a variety of genres, including contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and mystery, as well as the occasional nonfiction book.  New members are always welcome!  This group meets Wednesdays at 2 p.m. We will be reading:

— Sept. 10, The Dressmakers of Khair Khana, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon;

— Oct. 8, The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin; and

— Nov. 12, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.

Great Books

Are the classics still worth reading?  We think they are. These are the books that continue to be read in times, places, and cultures far removed from those in which they were written. Since these books have had so much to say to so many different people, they’re very likely to hold meaning for us as well.  Join us as we discuss books that you’ve always wanted to read, or may have read growing up but want to read again. This group meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. We will be reading:

— Sept. 4, Inferno, by Dante Alighieri;

— Oct. 2, Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler; and

— Nov. 6, Candide, by Voltaire.

You are welcome to join any book discussion group listed.  To register, please call 456-2400, ext. 2, and let us know you’re coming. 

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).

 

 

 

By now all the young Summer Reading Club members have turned in their reading records, and are ready for “Ready to Raffle” Day on Friday, Aug. 15. All club members need to know what’s happening that day at the Guilderland Public Library.

First of all, you’ll get your very own, personalized reading certificate, showing that you’ve completed all the requirements of club membership. Then there’s the SRC drawing:  Everyone who gets their certificate also gets a drawing ticket that could win you a LEGO Kit, a Monster Science Kit, a $25 Juicy Burger gift card, Karate lessons, a Karate party, a whopping great Supersoaker, four pairs of Regal Cinemas tickets, or any of more than two dozen other prizes. Just drop your drawing ticket into the bag by your prize and cross your fingers. 

Not only that, but as a member, you’re automatically entered in the grand prize drawing in which teen readers could win a set of beats headphones, school-age readers could get a Kindle Fire, and wee readers could be awarded a Leap Frog Learning Tablet. 

Winners of the grand prizes and the drawing prizes will be contacted by phone on Friday, Aug. 22. We wish you luck.

We hope the “Fizz, Boom, Read!” “Sparked a Reaction!”

Reserve DVDs online

In response to your many comments and requests, DVDs are now requestable online via GPL’s website at www.guilpl.org

To search for the title you want, use the homepage’s “Search the Catalog” feature, enter the title in the “What are you looking for?” window, and then click on the “DVDs” link in the Format bar.  You’ll instantly get a list of what’s available.

Is your child

kindergarten-ready?

Starting kindergarten is a special and exciting time for parents and children, and it can be challenging for the children. Join us for a fun-filled program where soon-to-be kindergarteners get an introduction into what to expect at kindergarten find the joy to celebrate this important milestone.

This program is for children starting kindergarten in September 2014 and a parent or caregiver. Register for the session of your choice: Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.; or Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Call 456-2400, ext. 4, or register at http://bit.ly/kindergarten-camp.

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).

Renowned folk music performer and family literacy teacher Cathy McGrath will perform a special “Rollicking Teakettle” event just for kids on Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library.

McGrath uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs; she takes particular delight in getting kids to play traditional American singing games. You’ll clap, sing, and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self-expression, and friendly cooperation. Come join the fun and celebrate another successful Summer Reading Program. No registration is  required.

“Ten Percent on the Tenth”

Do you remember how delicious that meal tasted when you went to Juicy Burger for the Library Foundation’s “Dining to Donate” event at the end of July?  Whether it was a burger, a salad, or those amazing wraps (and don’t forget the fries!), you really enjoyed it. Well, you can do it again from 5 to 9 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 10, when once again Juicy Burger will donate 10 percent of all sales to “Ten Percent on the Tenth,” that evening to the Guilderland Library Foundation. 

What does the Foundation do with the money it raises? It provides for library’s services not funded by your taxpayer dollars. Every time you use the Community Literary Garden – where we just had a jam-packed Family Fun Day – or your child browses in the children’s area, or you attend a Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Talk, you’re benefitting from the Foundation’s good works. 

There are no coupons to bring, no secret passwords to utter, just eat at Juicy Burger between 5 and 9 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 10, and you’ll be a part of this worthwhile campaign.

Travel for Genealogy

Guilderland genealogy enthusiasts will gather at GPL on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., to share their experiences of traveling in pursuit of their family histories.

A panel will lead the discussion, and relate how their quests — which included visits to libraries, town halls, cemeteries, and churches — were rounded out by meeting family members.

The evening’s session focuses mainly on travels outside of North America. There will be time for questions and answers, and commentary by participants.

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 2. 

SRC Prize pick-up day

Celebrate the end of another year of successful summer reading. Summer Reading Club participants are invited to GPL’s Helderberg Room on Friday, Aug. 15, to pick up their free books and gift certificates from local businesses.

We hope you enjoyed “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and “Sparked a Reaction!”

Is your child starting

kindergarten?

Get your child set for kindergarten. Starting kindergarten is a special and exciting time for parents and children. Join us for a fun-filled program where soon-to-be kindergarteners hone their kindergarten-readiness skills and celebrate this important milestone.

This program is for children starting kindergarten in Sept. 2014 and a parent or caregiver. Register for the session of your choice: Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.; or Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Call 456-2400, ext 4, or register at http://bit.ly/kindergarten-camp

Board committees meet

The standing committees of the library’s board of trustees will hold their bimonthly working meetings on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., in various meeting rooms throughout the library.  For further information on these meetings, call 456-2400, ext. 113.

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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