Famed journalist and author Robert MacNeil and cofounder of PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer Report and longtime anchor and executive editor of PBS News Hour, will speak at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, May 9, as part of the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Speaker Series and the time to get your tickets is now.

Prior to MacNeil’s Author Talk, to which tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis there will be a wine and cheese reception where you can meet MacNeil and chat with him. Tickets to this reception are $25 per person, and feature preferred seating at the Author Talk.  Free tickets to the Author Talk, as well as tickets to the reception, are available now at the library’s information desk, and by calling 456-2400, ext. 112.

He will speak about his most recent novel, Portrait of Julia. This work is the sequel to his 1992 book, Burden of Desire, set at the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917 in which a cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives and munitions exploded devastating the Richmond District of the city.  MacNeil is a Nova Scotia native and is well versed in the province’s history. 

In addition to his television work and novels, Mr. MacNeil is the author of several nonfiction works. The People Machine studied the relationship between television and politics. He has written three memoirs, The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck, and Looking For My Country, Finding Myself in America. He co-authored The Story of English, companion volume to the BBC-PBS television series which he hosted, and its sequel, Do You Speak American? a three-hour PBS series on American English.

MacNeil has won a host of professional awards, including two Peabodys, a Dupont-Columbia Award, the University of Missouri Medal and the Overseas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 1998, he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.

 

The Guilderland Library Foundation, host of the event, is grateful to Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc for generously sponsoring his appearance at the library.

Concert

On Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m., make it a point to be at GPL to enjoy one of the most entertaining concerts the library has ever hosted: a musical happening featuring The Graham Tichy Trio.

Mixing 1940s Swing, 1950s Roots Rock, 1960s British Invasion, and a variety of American Roots Music, Tichy and his group imbue these vintage songs with a contemporary styling sure to please and get the toes tapping. 

The concert starts at 2 p.m., but it’s going to be a popular event; being early is a good idea. It’s an open event, and seating is limited.

CPR at the library

If you’ve been meaning to learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), then come to GPL on Thursday, April 17, at 6 pm. The trained emergency responders of Guilderland’s Western Turnpike Rescue Squad will be here to lead a program on the basics of CPR. You will learn how to perform CPR for adults, children, or infants, and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking.

This course is intended for members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need an official CPR course completion card. Space is limited to 25 registrants. To register, call 456-2400, ext. 2, or register at bit.ly/Learn-CPR-at-GPL.

Art show

The Guilderland Central School District’s Elementary Art Shows just kicked off at the library. Stop by GPL anytime during normal business hours through April 27 to see the amazing work of these young artists. This art show is a festival of creativity, color, and imagination, and is not to be missed.

Book sale

 The library’s Better Book Sale on Saturday, April 12, is going to be, well, huge.  Book donors have been very generous over the past month, and the volunteers have had their hands full getting it all ready for you to browse.  There’s a great mix of fiction, some nonfiction, and a host of like-new DVDs, all at bargain prices.  Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy.

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 trees are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,

Under the October twilight the water   

Mirrors a still sky;

Upon the brimming water among the stones   

Are nine-and-fifty swans…”

These opening lines of William Butler Yeats’ The Wild Swans at Coole kicked-off Guilderland Public Library’s Facebook-based celebration of April’s National Poetry Month. This work was selected by Lisa Pitkin, the library’s department head for circulation and collection services, and was posted on Tuesday April 1. You can access the rest of the poem on the library’s Facebook page, at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library; visit daily to see our featured poems.  

First Friday family film

The actual title of the First Friday Family Movie being shown on April 4, at 7 p.m., is the past tense of freeze; we are prohibited by our performance site license from advertising the real title of the movie.  But you get the idea.

The plot of the movie is that the kingdom of Arendelle is frozen into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa. The movie is rated PG, and is 108 minutes long. The kids will love it.

Train your dinosaur

Children in pre-kindergarten through second grade are invited to the library on Saturday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m., to find out what Tyrannosaurus was really like.

Barbara Lukas from local PBS station WMHT will lead you on a fact-finding exploration about dinosaurs. You will watch a dinosaur train movie and travel back in time with Buddy and Tiny to visit Buddy’s early ancestor, Raptorex.  You’ll then create a feathered dinosaur to take home. 

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

Story time

The next sensory story time will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. This story time is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder and a parent or care-giver. You’ll share simple stories, and engage in activities that promote sensory integration.

Recovery was a success

 On behalf of the Guilderland Library Foundation, thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation and its good works by having dinner at the Recovery Sports Grill the evening of Thursday, March 27.  Recovery is donating 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Foundation.  We especially thank the owners and staff of the Recovery Sports Grill for helping make this happen, and for their generosity. 

Watch this space for the next Dining to Donate event, coming soon.

GPL updates on your Smartphone

To make sure you have the latest updates on events at GPL, just text GUILDERLANDLIB  to 22828 on your smartphone.  You’ll get late-breaking information on programs, classes, and events that you want to attend.  It could not be simpler; it could not be more convenient.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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