The Guilderland Public Library is hosting a couple of social events shortly, where you’ll get to share your thoughts with local community leaders.  Please feel free to stop by the library, chat, and share what’s on your mind.

Tim Wiles, GPL’s recently appointed director, is holding a Meet the Director social on Wednesday, May 28, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. 

Wiles’s been on the job since January, and has been on a whirlwind tour of getting to know the library and the staff, and now he wants to meet you, and hear your thoughts on how GPL can better serve the community. 

The other event is Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy’s afternoon tea and conversation on Friday, June 6, at 4 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to share your ideas and concerns with the assemblywoman, and visit the library for all your reading, research, and entertainment needs.

Both events are, of course, free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, so stop by, chat a bit, and enjoy. See you there.

Free apps for grownups

If you want to learn about some cool “apps,” applications that run on everything from smartphones to tablet computers,  that can actually do you some good, then come to  Fun & Free Apps for Grownups at GPL on Wednesday, June 4, at 2 p.m.

You’ll find out about apps for productivity and creativity, education, and lifestyle, news and navigation, and finance, and food and drink. And, yes, a collection of games, too. Word to the wise: “Scramble” will humble your friends or you. The conversation covers both Apple and Android apps. You’ll also learn where to find reliable reviews of apps. Bring your mobile device, and favorite apps to share.

Classic film

Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, about an oppressive American society where books are banned and firemen torch tomes, was turned into an award-winning sci-fi thriller. This 1966 classic film will be shown at GPL on Thursday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Helderberg Room. 

The birds and the bees in your backyard

Landscaping with native plants is an excellent way to attract more birds to your yard, and do some good for the environment, and doing so is the subject of Native Plants in Your Backyard: Bringing Back Birds, Bees, and Butterflies at GPL on Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.

In her illustrated talk, Professor Sigrin Newell discusses the reasons for choosing native plants, and the best places to plant them. She will show pictures of a variety of good choices, and will give you take-home information on sources for native plants, as well as a listing of websites and books that can help further your understanding of the subject.

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).

 

Landscaping with native plants is an excellent way to attract more birds to your yard and do some good for the environment, and is the subject of Native Plants in Your Backyard: Bringing Back Birds, Bees, and Butterflies at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.

In this illustrated talk, Professor Sigrin Newell will discuss the reasons for choosing native plants, and the best places to plant them. She will show pictures of a variety of good choices, which will help you decide which plants you would like to try. She will also give you take-home information on sources for native plants, as well as a listing of websites, and books that can help further your understanding of the subject.

Sigrin Newell recently moved to Guilderland. Her hobbies are botany, natural history and gardening. For many years, she has taken people hiking in the woods to show them native plants in the wild. She had an extensive garden of native plants in her former home and is in the process of transplanting many of them to her new home. She is active with the Friends of Thacher Park, and has been for more than a decade. Every spring the friends sponsor a native plant sale, the source of many of her garden’s plants.

Sigrin is a professor at the on-line Walden University, where she mentors students working towards their PhDs in education. There is no need to register for this program; just show up. 

Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

You can always take advantage of your “Virtual GPL” at www.guilpl.org – that never closes -- to do everything from renewing material you currently have, to finding and reserving books you want to read.  The long-term weather forecast is “iffy” for the holiday weekend, so if you’re looking to fill some rainy-day hours, consider starting some genealogical research at http://www.guilpl.org/research/local-history-genealogy/.

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).

 

 

 

There will be a public vote on the Guilderland Public Library’s budget, and election of library trustees, on Tuesday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at your local elementary school.  If you want information on the budget, and concise biographies on the five candidates running for the four trustee vacancies, please visit the library website’s budget page at www.guilpl.org/budget-2014-2015.

The library’s proposed 2014-15 budget is $3,541,967, an increase of $49,832, or 1.42 percent, over the 2013-14 budget. This maintains the service levels the community has come to expect from its public library, assures a continued supply of quality materials for public use, maximizes use of current resources, dedicates funds for building maintenance, and is below the mandated tax cap.

Saratoga Soundtrack

Come to GPL on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., to hear the award-winning chorus, Saratoga Soundtrack, as they delight one and all with their amazing a capella harmonies. 

Saratoga Soundtrack is a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting the art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. As they note on their website, they “…strive for excellence in musicianship and performance, but most of all, we love to sing and to have fun!” 

Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside in the library’s Community Literary Garden. These outdoor concerts are named in honor of Jean Marie Cole, the library’s retired, long-time head of circulation. If it rains, the concert will move to the Helderberg Room.

 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).

There will be a public briefing and comment session on the Guilderland Public Library’s budget on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p. m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room. The public is encouraged to attend. Specific budget allocations are available on the library’s website at www.guilpl.org/budget-2014-2015.

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees has put forth a 2014-15 budget of $3,541,967. This represents an increase of $49,832, or 1.42 percent over the 2013-14 budget. The proposed budget maintains the service levels the community has come to expect from its public library, assures a continued supply of quality materials for public use, maximizes use of current resources, dedicates funds for building maintenance, and is below the mandated tax cap.

 Robert MacNeil speaks 

A few Author’s reception tickets remain for the 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, private event honoring famed journalist and author Robert MacNeil – cofounder of PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer Report and longtime anchor and executive editor of PBS NewsHour; this reception precedes Mr. MacNeil’s 7:30 p.m. free author talk at the library.

 You can purchase tickets to the 6:30 p.m. reception at the door. Tickets are $25 per person, and feature preferred seating at the Author Talk. All tickets to the free Author Talk have been given out. For tickets or more information, call 456-2400, ext. 112. 

MacNeil 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. 

The Guilderland Library Foundation, host of the event, is grateful to Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc., (www.bouchey.com) for generously sponsoring Mr. MacNeil’s appearance at the library.

Outdoor concert

Come to the library on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., to hear the award-winning chorus, Saratoga Soundtrack, as they delight one and all with their amazing a capella harmonies.  

Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside in the library’s Community Literary Garden.  These outdoor concerts are named in honor of Jean Marie Cole, the library’s retired, long-time head of circulation. If it rains, the concert will move to the Helderberg Room.

 Saratoga Soundtrack is a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting the art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.   

Come join the fun. No need to bring chairs; we have plenty.  See you there.

Planting flowers

 Just in time for Mother’s Day, Barbara Lukas of WMHT is coming to the library on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m., to lead a program about plants and planting for children ages 4 to 8 and their parent or adult caregiver. Attendees will look at books and watch a movie. Then they will go out to the library patio and plant two special gifts for mom – a flower and a tomato plant.

 You can give them to Mom on Mother’s Day and together watch them grow all summer. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register; all children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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).

 

If you’ve been meaning to leam the basics of cardiopul monary resuscitation, or CPR, then come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. The trained emergency responders of Guilderland`s Westem Tumpike Rescue Squad will be here to lead a program on the basics of CPR.

You will learn how to perform CPR in 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/Leam-CPR-ab GPL.

LEGOs 

Spend part of your vacation Friday aftemoon, April 18, at 2 p.m., exercising your mad Lego building skills 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.

You can also take a turn on the Wii system to play a Lego videogame. We will meet in the Helderberg Room. Join the club.

Lego fans and gamers in grades 3 through 6 are encouraged to drop in.

Classic movie:

The General Inspector The Helderberg Room’s big screen shows a classic film the last Thursday of every month; this month’s flick - from 1949, about an antic inspector general - starts at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 24.

Danny Kaye is in particularly eccentric and entertaining form as a medicine-show con artist who is mistaken by a town’s corrupt officials as being an inspector general traveling sub rosa.

Library closed GPL will be closed Sunday, April 20, for Easter. It will also be closed all day Wednesday, April 23, for Staff Development Day.

Your virtual library - at www.guilpl.org - is always open.

Go there to renew books, reserve materials, or get details on the Friday, May 9, author talk by noted journalist and author Robert MacNeil.

Library info 

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the 1ibrary’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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