The next Li’l Lego Club at the Guilderland Public Library for children in kindergarten through grade two will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the storyhour room and use your imagination for some creative play with friends. Bring your own bricks or create with ours. No registration is necessary.

The sixth big hero

The First Friday Family Film showing at 7 p.m., on April 3, is all about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and his prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

The free popcorn is decidedly low-tech, but it’s good so it’s easy for kids to sit and enjoy this 102-minute long PG feature.

Easter holiday

The library will be closed Easter Sunday, April 5. While the library may be closed, the library website at  — featuring the new, user-friendly catalog search feature — is always open.

Make-It Mondays

Mondays bringin’ you down? Make your way out of the funk by dropping in to the library’s storyhour room at 6 p.m., on April 6, and make a fun craft to take home.

This is a great activity for kids and families. This program is for kids in pre-kindergarten through grade two. No registration required; just make the scene!

Read to your furry friends

Guess who’s back, again and again? Our very special furry friends, and they’re looking forward to children in kindergarten through grade three reading to them. There are two sessions: One is on Tuesday, April 7, starting at 6:30 p.m., and the other is on Thursday, April 9, also starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

The way we used to be

Many scenes in this Local Connections Film — showing at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7 —were shot in Ballston Spa and at Union College in Schenectady, and highlights the way we were perceiving Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford back then. 

Popcorn will be served. The movie runs 118 minutes, and is rated PG. 

Minecraft for parents

Parents: Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? More to the point, do you know what Minecraft is?  Find out at one of two sessions at 6 and  7 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, at GPL.

You’ll learn what all the excitement is about, what your kids are doing, and what they’re making. You’ll learn about Minecraft from the experts, the teens who play it.

Note: This program is for parents only. Registration is required, so please call 456-2400, ext. 2.

Every day is Earth Day

While Thursday, April 9, is not Earth Day, it is coming soon. So join us that Thursday at 11 a.m. so that children ages four through seven can celebrate our planet by taking part in Earth Day crafts, a game, and by learning and sharing ideas for keeping our world clean and green.

Registration is required, and parents are encouraged to stay for the duration of the program.

Recipes from Around the World

On Thursday April 9, at 2 p.m., kids can help celebrate the cuisine of Mexico at this Recipes from Around the World hands-on class. Children will prepare recipes to share with the class and take home to enjoy with their families. Please make a reservation for this event by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.”Check out the unofficial library updates at and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Next time you’re at the Guilderland Public Library, you’ll notice that we’re a bit fired up about our latest line of eReaders, the Kindle Fire. And, you can take one of them home for two weeks to enjoy the latest in downloadable eBooks.

Kindle Fires are among the most popular eReaders on the market because they are so easy to use. That’s why we selected them. We’ve made the GPL Fires even better by preloading them with several popular titles. To make it easy to determine which Fire you want — each has a different array of eBooks — visit the Kindle Fire page on the library’s website; it’s located at

Once you find out which Fire you want, you can check it out as you would a print book. You might want to call ahead at 456-2400, ext. 2 to make sure the one you want is available.

Training program

Hurricane season starts in June — yes, we know, we’ve all just barely escaped winter — and it’s time to consider what to do if disaster strikes. That’s the idea behind the Prepare, Respond, Recover class being offered at GPL on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. 

A trained Red Cross representative will conduct an approximately one-hour session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program, which provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to register.

Library budget

The library’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., for the purpose of approving the proposed 2015-16 library budget. The public is welcome to attend this meeting; it will be held in the library’s Tawasentha Room.

Details on the library’s proposed budget will be supplied in the library’s May – August newsletter, online in early April at, and on flyers in the library.

The library budget will go before the voters on Tuesday, May 19, as part of the election that will also choose two library trustees, board of education members, and the Guilderland Central School District budget.

New library catalog

To get detailed information on GPL’s new user-friendlier online library catalog, please see the feature article elsewhere in this newspaper.

About GPL

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at to get more information on these and other upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.”. Check out the unofficial library updates at and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).


In a couple of weeks, the way you access your Guilderland Public Library catalog and account will be easier, more friendly, and more responsive than the system you’re currently using. The new system is called Encore, and it goes live on March 31.

Encore is just one part of Sierra, a major library system that the library, as well as every other library in the Upper Hudson Library System, including the Bethlehem and Voorheesville public libraries is implementing. Along with giving you a much-improved user experience, it vastly improves library back-office operations, including materials ordering, cataloging, and associated tasks.

For you, though, Encore functions as a search engine, encompassing every collection in the library and in the Upper Hudson Library System. The new catalog offers a more intuitive search experience closer to what you’ve come to expect from Google and Amazon.

Type what you are looking for in the search box, and click GO. Encore will return a list of related items. You can use the “Refine by” options to narrow what you are looking for by format, subject, or library.

Your search will cover every library collection:  books, audio books and music, videos, digital audio books, and ebooks; digital archives such as (manuscripts, photos and sound recordings); government documents, recent obituaries, and more.

But, right now, we need your help: You need to save your “My List” information. To do this, please access your account, and save your “My List” by using the link at the bottom of the “My List” screen.  When “Encore” goes live, you’ll be able to enter your information into the new system.

As with any other major change, there may be a glitch or two. So we ask you to please bear with us as we transition to this new system. We may need to re-verify information on your account.

Watch your local library’s website — Guilderland:; Bethlehem:; and Voorheesville:  — for more information on this new feature that will vastly improve your library experience.

Photo Forum

The French-American photographer Lionel DeLevingne, who has been documenting the anti-nuclear movement since the early 1970s, will discuss his work at the library’s Photo Forum tonight, March 19, at 7 p.m.

His work as a photojournalist, specifically as documented in his book “To the Village: From Montague to Fukushima,” has earned him wide acclaim. Many of his iconic works are now on display in the Helderberg Room.

The Photo Forum is an open arena in which area photographers gather to discuss work they are doing and to share information about how to improve their work.

Spring Back

into Organization

Spring is just about here, and with it comes time to unclutter and get organized. Find out how when you come to GPL on Monday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m., for a CDPHP sponsored program, “Spring Back into Organization! with Professional Organizer Jordana Turcotte.”

Come and learn a simple system of purging and organizing large storage areas, such as the basement, garage, and even the great outdoors. Get tips on how to let go of unneeded items and clear your clutter — a good step for both your mental and physical health.

Registration is required. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2, or sign up online. 

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at for more information and to register online. Check out the unofficial library updates at and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

If you want to have a voice in how the Guilderland Public Library serves your community, running for office to become one of the eleven library trustees who oversee library policy and operations is the way to go.

Incumbents and new candidates may run for a permanent board seat by following the steps below. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 19; this election is concurrent with votes on the library budget, school district budget, and election of members of the school board.

Library board candidates need to pick up an information packet at the library. These packets are now available at the library. Anyone picking up a packet must sign their name, address, and phone number; this information is required by the school district.

Each packet includes a memo from the director, the Library 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 filled out and returned. This information is used in the library’s publicity pertaining to the election. Everyone picking up a packet is encouraged to read all the information completely.

Please call library’s director Tim Wiles at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, with any questions.

Trustees meet

GPL’s board of trustees will hold its bimonthly meeting tonight, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the library's Tawasentha Room. You are invited to attend.

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 for more information and to register online. Check out the unofficial library updates at and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Peaches Café — a Capital Region favorite for more than three decades — is holding a Dining-to-Donate fund-raiser benefitting the Guilderland Public Library Foundation, on March 4, from 4 to 9 p.m.

The Foundation receives 10 percent of all proceeds that evening. So stop by and enjoy the café’s wonderful lite dinners and marvelous desserts.

Peaches Café is located in Stuyvesant Plaza. See you there.

Cat in the Hat story time

The sun does not shine,

and it’s too wet to play.

So on Monday March Second,

Come to our Library.

Story time’s special

on that very day.

‘Cause the Cat in the Hat

will be here to play.

It starts at 3:30,

on that afternoon.

You’ll sit, sit, sit

and hear wonderful stories.

You’ll have lots of good fun
that is very funny.

No registration’s required
‘cause that’s just a bother.
It’s ideal for kids pre-K and up, 
and even your brother!

Local Connections Film

On Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m., GPL’s Local Connections Film Series shows the film The Other Two Guys about “two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize — only things don't quite go as planned." Review courtesy of the Internet Movie Database. Chase scenes for this movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell were filmed in downtown Albany. The film is rated PG-13; the free popcorn is rated Good.

“Rabbit? What Rabbit?”

Many of us had invisible friends as children, but they generally fade away as we get older. Not so in the charming 1950 flick, starring the adult Jimmy Stewart and his long-eared companion Harvey, that screens at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at Check out the unofficial library updates at and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).