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).

After all the Halloween fun at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, Oct. 31, we’re asking that you consider donating your adult and children’s hero and superhero costumes to the library for use during next year’s Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Club. GPL staffers will be available on Saturday, Nov. 1, to receive your costumes.

Don’t forget that GPL’s theme for this Halloween is Lions, and tigers, and books! Oh, my! We’re showing the movie version of L. Frank Baum’s most-loved work, The Wizard of Oz. The first showing is at 11:30 a.m., and the second is at 3 p.m.

You should come in costume. Each showing will begin with a Halloween parade through the library, and kids of every age —  costumed or not — are encouraged to join the parade.

Just come into the library and Follow the Yellow Brick Road through the doors of The Emerald City. You’ll find yourself in the Helderberg Room with comfy mats down front for relaxed viewing. There will be popcorn. And some candy for the kids.

Many GPL staff members will be dressed up as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters. You’ll meet The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and at least one or two Dorothy’s. The Apple-Throwing Tree (who, we promise, will not throw any apples) will be there, too.

It will be fun.  You can pretend you’re in Oz, and “not in Guilderland anymore, Toto.” 

Li'l Lego Fun-For-All

The Li’l Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade two is back with a fun-for-all on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m.

 You’ll meet in the story hour room and use your 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. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Learn how to create an allergy-free pantry

 Acclaimed cookbook author Colette Martin will present The Allergy-Free Pantry at GPL on Saturday, Nov. 8, at noon.

You’ll learn a wealth of clever gluten-free and food allergy recipe substitutions, based on Martin’s just-published The Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. She will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare pantry staples in the safety of your own home. She'll also share some of her favorite recipes including sunflower seed butter, egg-free mayonnaise, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Martin is an advocate for food-allergy awareness and author of the book Learning to Bake Allergen-Free. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Martin's last book talk and food demo was a big hit, so be sure to register soon. Call 456-2400, ext. 2 to reserve your place.

Better-Buy Books

 Borrowing books from the library is great, but you have to give them back so someone else can read them. But when you find a book that you really, really like – as you will at the Better Books Sale on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — you get to keep it.

So stop by. Pick up a bargain. Along with bestselling books, you’ll find top-rated CDs and DVDs.  There are piles to pick through. Enjoy!

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).

 

Tonight, Oct. 23, come to the Guilderland Public Library at 7 p.m., and meet Steve Stewart, who wears what looks like a space suit when he’s at work. You might think he’s an astronaut, but he works at the College of Nanoscience and Technology. Come see Steve put on his special gear and learn about nanoscience from a family-friendly perspective.

How Are You Going to Pay for Your Child’s College?

As any parent or caregiver of a college-bound teen knows, the financial aid process can be intimidating. Get an edge on the system by attending Paying for College at GPL on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p,m, Joe Gorman, from NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), will provide information about how to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

It’s never too soon to start planning. Call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’ll be attending this vitally important class.

Pinstripe Empire

 As we wrap up the World Series — the Kansas City Royals? Really? — help us close out the Monday Night Baseball Series on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. by welcoming baseball author Marty Appel.

Appel will be at GPL to talk about his most recent book, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.  He will also discuss his work as the former public relations director for the New York Yankees, and his many books about our national pastime.

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

TNT

When we say TNT at GPL we mean Tuesday Night Trivia at the library, and you’re invited! Join trivia master Joe Michon-Huneau and test your smarts on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Helderberg Room.

 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. You’ll have a dynamite time.

Bus trip

If you missed out on the Nov. 15 trip to New York City – which sold out in record time – you can still reserve your seats for the Dec. 6 trip. But do it soon. This trip has two buses, and the first one is sold out.

To reserve your seat online, go to the Chamber’s website at www.guilderlandchamber.com, or call the Chamber at 456-6611. You can also use the reservation form printed on the back panel of the library’s September-November newsletter; Reservation forms are available at the library as well.

The December 6 trip enables you to enjoy all the holiday excitement that only New York City can create. The buses will leave the GPL parking lot at 8 a.m., and will drop you off in midtown, on 42nd St, between 7th and 8th avenues. Planned arrival time is 10:30 a.m.  You have all day to enjoy the sights, sounds, and celebrations.

For the return trip, the buses will meet you just before 7 p.m. in front of the McDonald’s (again, on 42nd St., between 7th and 8th avenues). The buses will leave at 7 p.m., and get back to the GPL parking lot about 9:30 p.m.

Questions?  Call Linda Fahd at the Chamber at 456-6611  or Mark at the library at 456-2400, ext. 112 and they will be able to help.

“Lions, and tigers, and books! Oh, my!”

 “Lions, and tigers, and books! Oh, my!” is the Halloween Theme at GPL on Friday, Oct. 31, when we hold a film festival of L. Frank Baum’s most-loved work, The Wizard of Oz.

The movie will be easy to find. Just come into the library and follow the Yellow-Brick Road through the doors of The Emerald City. You’ll find yourself in the Helderberg Room with comfy mats down front for relaxed viewing. And there will be popcorn, of course.  Showings of the movie will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the movie is 1 hour 32 minutes long, so stay for as long or as short a time as you want. 

Be sure to say “hello” (or “We’re not in Kansas anymore”) to all the staff members who are dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters. You’ll meet the Good Witch of The North, the friendliest Wicked Witch of the West as ever you’ve seen, at least one Dorothy (maybe two or three), and the apple-throwing tree (who, we promise, will not throw any apples).

We invite you to come in costume, too. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody. Oh, and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…

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).

 

Tonight, Oct. 23, come to the Guilderland Public Library at 7 p.m., and meet Steve Stewart, who wears what looks like a space suit when he’s at work. You might think he’s an astronaut, but he works at the College of Nanoscience and Technology. Come see Steve put on his special gear and learn about nanoscience from a family-friendly perspective.

How Are You Going to Pay for Your Child’s College?

As any parent or caregiver of a college-bound teen knows, the financial aid process can be intimidating. Get an edge on the system by attending Paying for College at GPL on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p,m, Joe Gorman, from NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), will provide information about how to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

It’s never too soon to start planning. Call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’ll be attending this vitally important class.

Pinstripe Empire

 As we wrap up the World Series — the Kansas City Royals? Really? — help us close out the Monday Night Baseball Series on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. by welcoming baseball author Marty Appel.

Appel will be at GPL to talk about his most recent book, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.  He will also discuss his work as the former public relations director for the New York Yankees, and his many books about our national pastime.

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

TNT

When we say TNT at GPL we mean Tuesday Night Trivia at the library, and you’re invited! Join trivia master Joe Michon-Huneau and test your smarts on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Helderberg Room.

 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. You’ll have a dynamite time.

Bus trip

If you missed out on the Nov. 15 trip to New York City – which sold out in record time – you can still reserve your seats for the Dec. 6 trip. But do it soon. This trip has two buses, and the first one is sold out.

To reserve your seat online, go to the Chamber’s website at www.guilderlandchamber.com, or call the Chamber at 456-6611. You can also use the reservation form printed on the back panel of the library’s September-November newsletter; Reservation forms are available at the library as well.

The December 6 trip enables you to enjoy all the holiday excitement that only New York City can create. The buses will leave the GPL parking lot at 8 a.m., and will drop you off in midtown, on 42nd St, between 7th and 8th avenues. Planned arrival time is 10:30 a.m.  You have all day to enjoy the sights, sounds, and celebrations.

For the return trip, the buses will meet you just before 7 p.m. in front of the McDonald’s (again, on 42nd St., between 7th and 8th avenues). The buses will leave at 7 p.m., and get back to the GPL parking lot about 9:30 p.m.

Questions?  Call Linda Fahd at the Chamber at 456-6611  or Mark at the library at 456-2400, ext. 112 and they will be able to help.

“Lions, and tigers, and books! Oh, my!”

 “Lions, and tigers, and books! Oh, my!” is the Halloween Theme at GPL on Friday, Oct. 31, when we hold a film festival of L. Frank Baum’s most-loved work, The Wizard of Oz.

The movie will be easy to find. Just come into the library and follow the Yellow-Brick Road through the doors of The Emerald City. You’ll find yourself in the Helderberg Room with comfy mats down front for relaxed viewing. And there will be popcorn, of course.  Showings of the movie will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the movie is 1 hour 32 minutes long, so stay for as long or as short a time as you want. 

Be sure to say “hello” (or “We’re not in Kansas anymore”) to all the staff members who are dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters. You’ll meet the Good Witch of The North, the friendliest Wicked Witch of the West as ever you’ve seen, at least one Dorothy (maybe two or three), and the apple-throwing tree (who, we promise, will not throw any apples).

We invite you to come in costume, too. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody. Oh, and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…

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 Mark Curiale

“Shazaam!” kids! Spider-Man is coming to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 2 p.m., and what he wants to do is help you get your own library card. You can have your picture taken with him and talk with him. He will not, however, scale the side of the library.

Parents, did you know? Children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. GPL offers library cards to youths ages five through 16 years of age, however a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature is required. Parents or guardians, please bring two forms of identification that show your home address; for example, a driver’s license and utility bill.

GPL offers a variety of programs that stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, and our summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide.”

In addition to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, computers, games, software, and other multimedia materials, GPL offers downloadable eBooks and lets you borrow eBook readers. 

If you want more information on Spidey’s appearance at GPL, you can look it up on our website at www.guilpl.org.

Do you know the name

of Mr. Wilson’s dog?

It’s Fremont.  If you knew that or how many dimples there are in a golf ball then you should come test your knowledge at Tuesday Night Trivia on Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Join trivia master and GPL staffer Joe Michon-Huneau, and test your smarts at team trivia at GPL on the last Tuesday of September, October, and November.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Teams should be made up of four or fewer people. This is an ideal activity for adults and teens. Please register your group by calling 456-2400, ext, 2.

RAD self-defense training

 Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and continuing for three evenings thereafter, GPL is offering a very important self-defense training class exclusively for women. It’s called the Rape Aggression Defense System, and it’s a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

You must register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext. 2; you must commit to attending all four classes. These sessions are held from 6 to 8:45 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, Thursday, Oct. 2, Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 9. 

Students must be female and over the age of 14. Your fitness level does not matter. 

CSI: Cherry Hill

The 1827 murder at the Cherry Hill farm — home of the well-known Van Rensselaer family — will be the topic of discussion and examination on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.

The crime aroused tremendous public interest, and the subsequent trial resulted in the last public hanging in Albany. Learn about women’s roles and legal rights, social class, crime and punishment, and slavery in New York State during the early 19th Century, and decide who you think was really guilty or innocent.

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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