Jazz pianist Cole Broderick will lead a tour of the Great American Songbook at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 12.

 

Many people are so careful about what they eat and serve their families these days, and if you are among them, you should attend the Gluten/Allergen-Free Baking for Busy People class on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library

Cookbook author and food blogger Colette Martin had to re-invent the way her family ate because her son developed multiple food allergies. That included finding other ways to make baked goods, a mainstay in so many kitchen repertoires. The result: Great recipes that she gathered in her book, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. As part of our continuing series, Tastes Good/Get Healthy @ the Guilderland Library, Martin will be here to share her strategies for baking allergen- and gluten-free, and she’ll demonstrate some wonderful holiday baking methods. Copies of her book will be available to purchase, and there will be samples to try, as well.

This will be a very well-attended cooking class, so you must register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2 to reserve your place. 

Second Sunday Concert series

 The Guilderland Public Library kicks off its 2014 Second Sunday Concert season with Cole Broderick on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

Broderick will delight us with his piano renditions of selections from South Pacific and other popular songs from the Great American Songbook spanning the 1920s to the 1960s.  He is heralded as the gold standard at the keyboard.  

AARP’s Taxaide program

 You can now make an appointment with an AARP Taxaide – for free tax-preparation and e-filing services – by calling the library at 456-2400, ext. 2. 

Taxaide appointments start Monday, Feb. 3, and continue through April 14; appointments are held on Mondays and Saturdays at the library.

All Taxaide volunteers are trained and certified in cooperation with the IRS. They prepare personal Federal and New York State tax returns for taxpayers of all ages with low and moderate incomes.

You must make an appointment for this service; separate appointments are required for each taxpayer. Bring a copy of your 2012 return and all 2013 W-2s, 1099 statements, the purchase date and cost basis for any investments you sold, and supporting documents if you plan to itemize deductions. Taxaide volunteers are not able to complete returns with rental income or returns requiring Schedule C, or if you have a Health Savings Account. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers need to be present except in cases of illness or infirmity.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

Tweens in grades 3 through 6 are invited to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 2, to celebrate the New Year with a Wii Just Dance Party.

Using the popular Wii games on the big screen, we will dance in the New Year. We will enjoy some sparkly soda and fortune cookies while we rest our dancing feet. We’ve got the hula hoops, party lights, and all we need is you.

Volunteers needed

Calling all teens entering grades 7 through 12: If you enjoy working with children, want to earn some volunteer hours, and add activities to your college applications, then you should sign up for the Book Buddies Training being held at the library on Friday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m.

The library needs you to commit to being a Book Buddy; in this program, you will spend time once a week reading with a younger child in grades one through four and encouraging them in their reading skills.

This program will run on Tuesdays for monthly sessions from January to April.  You are able to choose how many months out of the four you would like to do.

Downton Abbey tea party

Join your fellow Downton Abbey fans for an afternoon tea at the library on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments, but probably not those annoying little cucumber sandwiches. You’ll all have a proper good time watching Downton Abbey’s season three finale – The Christmas Special – whilst preparing yourselves to view season four which begins Jan. 5.

AARP’s Taxaide Program 

Requests for appointments will be accepted no sooner than Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. To make an appointment, please visit the library or call 456-2400, ext. 2.

Starting Monday, Feb. 3, and continuing through April 14, the AARP Taxaide Program will provide free tax preparation and e-filing services on Mondays and Saturdays at the library.

All Taxaide volunteers are trained and certified in cooperation with the IRS. They prepare personal Federal and New York State tax returns for taxpayers of all ages with low and moderate incomes.

You must make an appointment for this service; separate appointments are required for each taxpayer. Bring a copy of your 2012 return and all 2013 W-2s, 1099 statements, the purchase date and cost basis for any investments you sold, and supporting documents if you plan to itemize deductions. Taxaide volunteers are not able to complete returns with rental income or returns requiring Schedule C, or if you have a Health Savings Account. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers need to be present except in cases of illness or infirmity.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

The Guilderland Public will close on Tuesday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve, and be closed New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., to enjoy a musical respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. 

Suburban Sounds, will sing seasonal favorites, and some selections sure to become new favorites.  Their calming, peaceful, and entertaining renditions are just the thing to put the joy back into this joyful time.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, for Christmas Eve, and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day.  On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the library will close at 2 p.m. for New Year’s Eve, and be closed New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

 

So, uh, you tweens out there:  Do you have a clue as to what you’re going to give the adults in your life this holiday season?  Just possibly, the staff at the Guilderland Public Library can help.

Come to the library on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and learn how to Stitch a Gift!  You’ll find out how to make the coolest treasures (believe us; the folks will love it) by cross-stitching using plastic canvas, needle and yarn. Draw your own design, stitch it, and then turn it into a keychain or an ornament … or a gift.

Call us at 456-2400, ext. 4, and let us know you’ll be there.

Sisters

If the classic movie the library is showing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m., does not get you into the holiday spirit, then we don’t know what will. 

Think Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and sisters Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. (Throw in Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes for good measure.)  Add a failing Vermont inn, and the plot line of a successful song-and-dance team becoming romantically involved with a sister act, and you have two hours of warm and fuzzy moments.  It’s all about what happens one white Christmas.

The popcorn we serve just makes the whole experience a classic.

 Lego Club 

Our Li’l Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade 2  meets on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m., in the story hour room. Young children will gather and create imaginative, wondrous “what-is-that?” structures with Legos.

 It’s all about imagination and 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. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 so we can “block” out some space for you.

Monsters at your university?

 There probably weren’t monsters where you went to school, so if you want to find out what the experience would’ve been like, then you need to come to the First Friday film on Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

Take a trip back in time to when star Monsters, Inc. employees were just two promising young students at Monsters University in this fun Disney/Pixar prequel.

Bus trip

 For all of you who’ve signed up for the Dec. 7, bus trip to New York City please come to the library well before the bus trip’s 7:30 a.m. departure time. The busses will leave at 7:30 a.m., sharp. Rosters showing what bus you’re on will be posted in front of the library.

Please park your car along the Western Ave. side of the parking lot; this makes it easier for our daily customers to use the library.

And, just a reminder that if you’re planning on visiting the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial, you need to know that you must make reservations ahead of time at www.911memorial.org/visit.  There is a nominal $2 processing charge per person.

 Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at info@guilpl.org.  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library’s website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the “unofficial” library stuff at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

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