Is the Mediterranean Diet a fad, or fantastic?

The Mediterranean Diet seems to be quite popular these days, particularly with people who are looking to decrease their risk of heart disease; on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library, you can find out if this diet is as good as it seems or if it’s just another fad.

 If you’re interested in reducing your risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular mortality, cancer, and incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, you should attend this Consumer Health Information program on the diet’s potential benefits.

ShopRite’s registered dietitian Kristen Caponera, MS, RD, will provide the latest information about this regimen and prepare a healthy pasta salad for tasting. There’s also a short trivia game and gift basket giveaway. Register online or by phone.

Just Dance Party

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to a Wii Just Dance party at the library on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Wii Just Dance games on the big screen are so much fun it’s almost wrong. You have all the room in the world, well, actually, just in the Helderberg Room, but that’s quite a space to dance and move to your favorites. While you wait your turn to dance, create cool crafts and color when you need to rest your dancing feet. Balloons, hop-scotch, and make-your-own bookmark crafts, round out this fun-filled evening.

 Book sale 

The library once again opens the gates of great used books at its Monthly Better Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Remember that bestseller you wanted to read two years ago, but forgot about?  It’s probably here at a steep discount.  Enjoy!

 Teens meet  

The GPL Teen group – young, smart, hard-working, creative teens who want to spend time with more of the same – will meet at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the library’s Gathering Place.

If you’re a YA Lit Fan, Aspiring Writer, Maker, Nerdfighter, Wallflower, or Geek (we mean that in the most positive sense of the word), you are one of us. Join us to discuss library programs, services and materials for teens. At this meeting, we'll also be creating props for the Angry Birds Live game for International Games Day on Nov. 16.  Save that date.

Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day, but you can still take advantage of our virtual library by going online to download eBooks, renew books and movies you’ve borrowed, do some genealogical research, and so much more.   Just go to www.guilpl.org.

Story time  

The next Sensory Story time will be held on Wednesday, Nov.13, at 6:30 p.m., at the library.  Held on the second Wednesday of every month, these sessions are designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, and a parent or caregiver. We share simple stories, and engage in sensory integration through games and crafts. Registration is required, please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to attend.

Library trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees — the people charged with making sure your library is meeting the community’s needs — will meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the library's Tawasentha Room.

You’re invited to attend and speak out; there are public comment sessions at the beginning and end of the meeting.  Should you miss the meeting, you can still see it as it’s 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.

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.

 

Put the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, and Cloris Leachman behind the animated antics of the prehistoric comedy that’s showing at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., and you have a movie that kids are going to love  and cause adults to howl.

The plot is simple: After the cave that the world’s first family, the Croods called home is destroyed, the family must undertake the journey of a lifetime.  Here’s where the fun begins, the family travels over a spectacular landscape with the aid of an inventive boy.  Their outlook is changed forever.

The film is 98 minutes long; it’s rated PG because there’s a bit of scary action.  There’s free popcorn, so the scary bits shouldn’t be a problem.  In case you’re wondering, our Public Performance Site License prevents us from using the actual name of the movie in promotions, that is why we headlined this with a homophone.

Science enrichment for tweens

Tweens are encouraged to sign up for the Adventures in Earth Science program being held at the library on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. There’s no school that day, so come on down!

 Students will practice science skills such as predicting, measuring, and observing with hands-on activities.

 This workshop is supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Register by calling 456-2400 x 4, or online at bit.ly/TweenScience.

Voting

Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day, to determine where you are supposed to vote, go to the Albany County Board of Elections’ website at http://access.albanycounty.com/voterinfo or call 487.5060. The library’s Helderberg Room will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for general election voting for Districts 6, 14, and 16.

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.    

All young Dr. Frankensteins in grades 3 through 6 should drop by the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., to build a monstrosity with the library’s Legos!  You can bring your own models to show off, too. As always, library Legos are to share and your creations will be kept separate. Enjoy this free-building time with other tween Lego-maniacs.

DIY teens 

Teens who enjoy do-it-yourself projects should come to library’s Creature of the Night String Dolls program on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

Create your own version of Thai string dolls at this session. Why pay $10 or more in a novelty shop for a zombie or mummy string doll keychain when you can DIY? Just call ahead at 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.

History of nursing in New York

Come learn about the rich history of the nursing profession in New York State on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., when Gertrude Hutchinson – registered nurse, archivist, and librarian – presents Traveling a Path of NYS Nursing History.

Hutchinson will reveal the history and unique records, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia that are a part of the Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History Archives. Please register for this program online, in-person, or by phone at 456-2400, ext. 2.  And, don’t forget to visit the companion display to this program in our lobby throughout the month of October!

Scooby Doo matinee marathon

Zoikes! Get a jump on Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., with the library’s Scooby Doo Matinee Marathon! Classic episodes will be shown and a Scooby snack will be served. For school-age children and a parent or caregiver.

 Preschool Halloween story time

 The evening before Halloween is the ideal time for preschoolers to come in costume to the library and have fun at our Not-So-Scary Halloween story time; the fun begins on Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., and lasts for an hour. 

There will be stories, songs, a short movie, crafts, and even some treats. The high point of the evening will be the costume parade through the library. Can't wait!  Please note: This is a drop-in program and parents are required to stay with their children.

Last chance

You must reserve your seats by Nov. 1 for the bus trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 7. The bus leaves the library parking lot precisely at 7:30 a.m., and will drop you off near the New York Public Library (42nd St. and 5th Ave.) about 10:30 a.m. Reserve your seats by calling Erika at the Chamber at 456-6611, or e-mailing egauthier@guilderlandchamber.com. The cost is just $40 per person. (You'd spend way more than that on gas and tolls just getting to the city.)

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.

Join Guilderland Historical Society's photo archivist, Mary Ellen Johnson, at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., for a slideshow tour of buildings that once lined the town's main roads but now exist only in memory and old photographs.

Using slides from the historical society's extensive collection, Johnson will share photos of a variety of long-gone structures. How and why these landmarks disappeared and what stands in their place will be discussed. Don't miss this local history event!  Please register for this program on-line, in person, or by phone at 456-2400, ext, 2.

Breast cancer detection and treatment

Dr. Valerie Brutus, an Albany Medical Center specialist in breast surgery and in the treatment of both benign and malignant breast tumors, will present an informative program on breast cancer – from prevention, to detection and treatment – at the library on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. This is an essential program for any woman who wants to be proactive about maintaining her health.

When actress Angelina Jolie announced her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried BRCA-1, the gene that greatly raises the risk of breast cancer, the news generated much discussion of the issue; Dr. Brutus appeared on WNYT Channel 13 News to provide some perspective on Jolie’s decision to have the risk-reducing surgery.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to register for this consumer health event.

A breast-cancer survivor’s story

Local author Connie Bramer will tell how she triumphed over breast cancer at a special Breast Cancer Awareness Month program at the library on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.

Bramer will relate how she stayed sane by blogging about her breast-cancer treatment experience, and then gathered those thoughts in a book, How Connie Got Her Rack Back filled with laugh-out-loud humor. She will share some of the funny and poignant moments of self-discovery on her way to good health. The author will have copies of her book available for purchase.

 NYC bus trip

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and the library are again co-sponsoring the annual holiday bus trip to New York City, on Saturday, Dec. 7. The bus leaves the library parking lot precisely at 7:30 a.m., and will drop you off near the New York Public Library (42nd St. and 5th Ave.) about 10:30 a.m.; you’ll get to see the sights, lights, and heights of Manhattan all dressed up for the holiday season without the hassle of driving down and back.

You must reserve your seats by Nov. 1. Reserve by calling Erika at the Chamber at 456-6611, or e-mailing her at egauthier@guilderlandchamber.com. The cost is just $40 per person. You'd spend way more than that on gas and tolls just getting to the city.

The bus will not leave the city until 7 p.m., so you have the entire afternoon and early evening to enjoy shopping, sightseeing, eating, or just walking around. Barring traffic, you'll be back in the GPL parking lot about 9:30 p.m.

The authors are coming

 You can mingle with the two dozen Albany County authors who are coming to the library’s Local Author Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19.  No need to register, no need to sign up; just come to the fair and meet your soon-to-be favorite local writers.

While mingle time with the authors starts at 2 p.m., and lasts until 4 p.m., the event officially kicks off at 1 p.m. with a very special keynote interview with New York Times bestselling author and Guilderland’s own Joseph E. Persico, who’s crafted a wealth of historic works, notably his latest, Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II.

Each author will bring copies of their works, a particularly opportune time for you to get in some early holiday shopping.

 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.

 Price Chopper Pharmacy has partnered with the Guilderland Public Library to offer both the flu and shingles vaccines at the library on Thursday, Oct. 10, from noon to 4 pm. 

Did you know that one in three people will experience shingles in their lifetime? As you are probably aware, shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus lays dormant in your body and may re-erupt as Shingles later in life. It can result in a painful rash, blisters, and possibly other complications. Your best prevention is to get vaccinated. The FDA-approved vaccine, Zostavax, is for individuals aged 50 or older and is covered by most health insurance and Medicare Part D plans. Age requirements may apply in some cases, check with your individual plan. 

The same coverage applies for the flu vaccine, which the Centers for Disease Control recommends for everyone 6 months or older. For this clinic, Price Chopper can offer flu vaccines to anyone 19 and older. Younger patients need to see their doctor.

You must register to get vaccinated; call 456-2400, ext. 2, or register online at bit.ly/Shingles-Flu-Clinic. After you register, Price Chopper Pharmacy will contact you for more information on your insurance coverage, and they can tell you the cost of the vaccines if you do not have insurance.

 First Friday Family Film 

Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, the next First Friday Family Film, showing at 7 p.m., on Oct. 4, is the story of Kai. This naïve but high-spirited young falcon travels to the bird city of Zambezia where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.

The film is rated G, and is a little less than 90 minutes long.  The free popcorn is rated Good, and the Helderberg Room’s big screen is an ideal place to watch Kai do his thing.

 Sensory story time

The next Sensory Story time will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m.  Held on the second Wednesday of every month, these sessions are designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, and a parent or caregiver. We share simple stores, and engage in sensory integration through games and crafts. Registration is required, so call 456-2400, ext. 4 to attend.

 Tweens and parents reading together

Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to come to the library on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., to participate in National Bullying Prevention Month by joining the parent/tween book discussion of Bystander. Local author James Preller will join us to explore the key issue raised in his acclaimed novel: How can a kid stop being a bystander without becoming a victim?

Registration is required. Call 456-2400, ext, 4.

Better books sale

Don’t worry if you missed the last Better Books Sale. The library has a whole new selection for you to choose from at the next sale on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Novels and classics, paperbacks and hardcovers; there’s surely something that will catch your eye.

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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