Spring is here — according to the calendar, anyway — and that means it’s time for the Celebrate Spring Sale on Saturday, March 29, at the Guilderland Public Library.

Vendors of every type will pack the Helderberg Room to create a bargain-hunter’s delight.  This is an ideal event to get a jump on your shopping for Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and showers. 

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving you hours of browse time.  Here’s a partial list of who’s going to be there:  Arbonne; Cerese’s Paparazzi Jewelry; Gotta Have It; Guilderland YMCA; Larisa’s Needlework Art; Mary Kay; Origami Owls; Pampered Chef; Scentsy; Short & Stout Tea Company; Stagecoach Coffee; Tastefully Simple; Thirty-one; Tracie Anteman Photography; Tupperware; Whitney Cooper; and more.

What makes this event special is that there’s no party, no pressure. You can browse the items available from the various direct-sales merchants without having to attend a party.  If you see it and like it, you can buy it. No pressure to buy.

Doors open at 10 a.m. See you there!

“Poetry scholastic, pedantic and medievalistic…”

Those five words open Bijay Kant Dubey’s The Definition of Poetry, a poem about poems.  It will be among the 30 or so works that will be highlighted in GPL’s Facebook-based celebration of April’s National Poetry Month.

Starting on Tuesday, April 1, the library’s Facebook page – at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library will feature a poem a day. These are the favorite poems of some of GPL’s staff, and board and foundation members. You’ll also be able to see these poems displayed near the library’s circulation desk.

According to poets.org, National Poetry Month was started “…by the Academy of American Poets in 1996; [it] is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”

You, too, can take part in this. Mark Thursday, April 24, on your calendar as Poem in Your Pocket Day. That’s when you and millions of other poetry-lovers throughout the nation will carry a favorite poem with them, and share it with friends, colleagues, and other poetry fans.  Have fun with it. 

“What’s that on your head?”

 To cap the craziness of this long, cold winter, the library staff is having Crazy Hat Day on Friday, March 28. You might see our librarians modeling leopard-print lids, the circulation staff sporting silly sombreros, the pages wearing Panamas, and the taller staffers topped with beanie copters. 

Join the fun. Wear your craziest hat to the library.  If you want, we’ll even take your picture with your hat and your favorite book.

Jeans for charity

You may have noticed that some of the staff wears jeans on select Fridays. One of those Fridays past was a Jeans for Charity day where staff members who chose to do so made a small donation.  Almost $100 was collected that day, and is being donated to Guilderland’s Smith Center, part of the Center for Disability Services.

 These Jeans for Charity days will be a monthly event. It’s a modest way for the people who work at your public library to help others in the community.

Read to a furry friend

Our special furry friends, Fluffy the hairless cat and Erin the friendly Cavalier King Charles spaniel are coming back to the library on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., so that they can listen to the stories that beginning readers will share with them.

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

Fluffy and Erin want to know that you’re coming; please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let them know.

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 USS Henry Clay, a Lafayette-class ballistic missile submarine, launches a Polaris missile. A program on missile boats will be held at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

 

If you’re of German extraction, and interested in determining where your ancestors lived before they immigrated, you should come to Researching Your German and Palatine Ancestors at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Finding out when your ancestors immigrated can usually be determined using common research tools, but determining exactly where they came from is a bit more challenging.  Joseph Lieby, Ed.D, an accomplished genealogist, will demonstrate how to do this using some new ways of using familiar sources, and introduce you to some new resources.

Dr. Lieby is a retired school district administrator and professional genealogist. He is a member of several genealogical organizations. 

“Boomers”

“Boomers” is the nickname of the 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines currently patrolling the nation’s waters; if these deterrent weapons fascinate you, then come to The Missile Boats program held at the library on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

The development of these stealthy weapons platforms and the missiles they fire is a fascinating story. Starting at the very beginning with an examination of missile and submarine technology, the evening’s class will end with a virtual tour of our current Ohio-class subs. Questions to be answered include: How does one live and work aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine? And how do you launch a missile from a submerged submarine?

 The discussion will also include how these boats are being adapted to accommodate the very first female nuclear submariners. The talk is dedicated to all the submariners who served and serve     aboard the “Boomers” and what future submarines might be like.

Remember to Recover

 Don’t forget the dinner-driven fund-raiser benefiting the Library Foundation at the Recovery Sports Grill on Thursday, March 27.  Every item you enjoy that evening between 5 and 9 p.m., means a donation to the Library Foundation. All you need to do is present a Dining to Donate coupon to your server when you order. You can pick up your coupon at the Library’s Circulation Desk or download one at http://bit.ly/GPL-RecoveryGrill.

Thinking of running

for office?

If you’re thinking of running for public office so you can make a difference in your community, here’s your opportunity: Run for a seat as a library trustee. Three seats will be up for election on GPL’s eleven-member board of trustees during the May 20 election; two are for full five-year terms, and one is up for a one-year term.

It all starts by obtaining an informational packet at the library. Familiarize yourself with the packet’s contents. It includes a memo from the Director, the library’s bylaws, and a document titled “On Being a Board Member” which outlines the responsibilities and opportunities the position entails. There is also a two-page biographical information sheet which must be completed and returned to the library no later than Tuesday, April 22; this information is used in the library’s publicity pertaining to the election.

Please call Tim Wiles, the library director, at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, if you have any questions about running for the board.

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.

 

If you liked the pizza you purchased at the Guilderland Public Library Foundation’s first Dining to Donate campaign, then you’re sure to love all the delicious delights you’ll be able to get at the Recovery Sports Grill on Thursday, March 27, at our next dinner-driven fund-raiser.

Every item you enjoy that evening between 5 and 9 p.m. means a donation to the Library Foundation. All you need to do is present a Dining to Donate coupon to your server when you order. You can pick up your coupon at the library’s circulation desk.

Think of it, not only will you enjoy a delightful evening dinner, but you’ll also help underwrite many of the programs that make GPL such an important part of the community. The Foundation has upgraded the GPL’s youth area, built the ever-popular Community Literary Garden, and is bringing noted author and famed broadcast journalist Robert MacNeil to speak at the library on Friday, May 9.

So, please, stop by the library and pick up your Recovery Grill Dining to Donate coupon.  Everybody wins.

Speak up and be heard

If you want a voice in how your library serves your community, here’s your opportunity: Run for a seat on the library’s board.  Three seats will be up for election on the library’s eleven-member board of trustees during the May 20 election.  Two seats are for full five-year terms, and one seat is up for a one-year term.

New candidates and incumbents may run for a board seat. The process is simple:  It all starts by obtaining an informational packet at the library. These are available at the circulation desk. If you pick up a packet, please provide your name, address and phone number; this required information is retained by the school district.

 Familiarize yourself with the packet’s contents. It includes a memo from the director, the library’s bylaws, and a document titled On Being a Board Member that outlines the responsibilities and opportunities the position entails. There is also a two-page biographical information sheet, which must be completed and returned to the library no later than Tuesday, April 22; this information is used in the library’s publicity pertaining to the election.

 If you want to introduce yourself to the workings of the trustees, then come to their bi-monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tawasentha Room. 

Please call Tim Wiles, the Library Director, at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, if you have any questions about running for the board.

Spring into spring

We think you’ll agree: It’s time for spring. So please come to the library on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m., as we get ready for spring and picnic with WMHT’s Daniel Striped Tiger.

 You and your fellow children three to five years old will watch a DVD in which Daniel Striped Tiger and his friends turn a rained-out picnic into a fun adventure at the clock factory. You will also read books, and even make a picnic basket complete with ants. Be sure to bring an adult caregiver with you. And please let us know you’re coming; call 456-2400, ext. 4.  See you there.

Afternoon tea party

Everyone’s invited to the library on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m., for a delightful afternoon tea to discuss and appreciate this year’s Newbery and Caldecott Medal winner and honor books. Guest speakers, both local authors and experts in children’s literature, will present their insights into these stellar examples of the best in children’s literature.

 Teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, parents, grandparents, caregivers, retirees, and other adults interested in children’s literature are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Children’s Literature Connection and the library. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Adirondack hike

Erik Schlimmer, a founding member of the Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, will present “True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains and the Trans Adirondack Route” on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at GPL.

 Schlimmer’s presentation includes Blue Line to Blue Line, a short documentary about the 235-mile route through the Adirondack Park; he will also show his 100 best images from more than 20 years of Adirondack Park exploration. “True Wilderness” is a four-season showcase of the largest forest preserve in the eastern United States. Complementing the stunning imagery is his narration of the park’s history, ecology, and preservation. And, seated, as you’ll be in a comfortable library chair, it’ll be the easiest Adirondack tour you’ll ever take.

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.

 

 

 

 Come to Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., and enjoy the incomparable Annie & The Hedonists as they bring their special brand of musical entertainment as part of the library’s Second Sunday Concert Series.

This is a special event as you’ll hear the new lineup and selections from their new CD, Women Be Wise, featuring songs of the female blues and jazz artists of the 1920s through 1940s.

 Peter Davis is on clarinet and tenor guitar, Don Young’s on bass, and Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals round out lead singer Annie Rosen as Annie & The Hedonists.

Read to a furry friend

 Our special furry friends, Fluffy the hairless cat and Erin the friendly Cavalier King Charles spaniel are coming back to the library on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., so that they can listen to the stories that beginning readers will share with them.

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

Fluffy and Erin want to know that you’re coming; please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let them know.

First Friday family films

Sony Pictures first animated feature centered upon meatballs falling out of the sky was such a hit with movie-going fans that the library is going to show its sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Two Meatballs on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Our hero, Flint Lockwood, finds himself invited to join the Live Corp Company, and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. However, just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V, the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but it’s also started cross-breeding animals with food. What follows is a battle with such delicious, but deadly, hybrids as ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees.

An evening with James Deem

 Author James Deem will be visiting the library to discuss his latest book, Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America, on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Deem chronicles the efforts of archaeologists, anthropologists, and forensic artists in reconstructing the faces and lives of unearthed skeletons at various points in North American history.

Deem’s presentation mirrors the fascinating content of his book, which Kirkus Reviews called “An absorbing introduction to anthropological facial reconstruction. Deem introduces five particular individuals and four other specific burial sites in North America where remains and archaeological contexts offer clues to the identities of the dead.… From the remains of Nevada’s Spirit Cave Man, discovered in the 1940s (and in the 1990s realized to be 10,500 years old) [he moves to cover] the burial grounds of poor and enslaved people in New York and immigrant Chinese miners in Wyoming.  Deem’s straightforward prose and consistently precise and respectful approach makes this exceptionally readable as history as well as science.”

Joining him for this program will be Gay Malin, from the New York State Museum, who will describe her work on the facial reconstruction process.

Please register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Better books sale

It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means that on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, there’s another extraordinary opportunity for you to select from a wide range of gently used books and “Hey, this looks brand-new!” DVDs and CDs, all at bargain prices.

Trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees will hold its bi-monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tawasentha Room. 

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 Guilderland Public Library is seeking vendors for its second annual Celebrate Spring Sale vendor fair to be held on Saturday, March 29.

Expanded to encompass the library’s two meeting rooms as well as the lobby, this sale is expected to draw even more browsers and buyers than the amount who came to last year’s inaugural market. 

The Celebrate Spring Sale is being promoted in the library’s newsletter (being mailed shortly to every household and business in Guilderland), website, and social media sites. 

To make set up easier, vendors will be able to lay out their product in the meeting rooms the evening before, at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 28.  The rooms will be locked overnight, assuring product security. 

To get additional information on being a vendor or a direct-sales representative, or to get a downloadable vendor application form, please go to bit.ly/GPL-Vendor-Form, or call the library at 456-2400, ext. 110.

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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