The Guilderland Public Library is seeking vendors for its second annual Celebrate Spring Sale vendor fair to be held on Saturday, March 29.

Expanded to encompass the library’s two meeting rooms as well as the lobby, this sale is expected to draw even more browsers and buyers than the amount who came to last year’s inaugural market. 

The Celebrate Spring Sale is being promoted in the library’s newsletter (being mailed shortly to every household and business in Guilderland), website, and social media sites. 

To make set up easier, vendors will be able to lay out their product in the meeting rooms the evening before, at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 28.  The rooms will be locked overnight, assuring product security. 

To get additional information on being a vendor or a direct-sales representative, or to get a downloadable vendor application form, please go to bit.ly/GPL-Vendor-Form, or call the library at 456-2400, ext. 110.

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.

 

Join author David Fiske at Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., for a presentation about Solomon Northup, a free black man living in Saratoga Springs who was lured away from home and sold into slavery.

Enslaved in Louisiana for nearly 12 years, Northup was eventually able to get word to friends in New York and then return home as a free man. In 1853, Northup published a book about his harrowing experiences entitled Twelve Years a Slave – now a major motion picture – and traveled around the Northeast giving speeches and helping fugitive slaves get to Canada.

David Fiske is co-author of the new book Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave, as well as author of Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery and numerous local history articles. He is a lecturer, professional librarian, and professional genealogist.

LEGO

Tweens, spend some of your expanded vacation time at the library on Friday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., at this session of the Tween LEGO Club, which features LEGO gaming.

What better time to show off 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 meet in the Helderberg Room. LEGO fiends in grades 3 through 6 are welcome to drop in. 

Read, build, play

Preschoolers aged 3 through 5 years are invited to Read, Build, and Play at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

This evening playtime is full of fun read-alouds and time building a story element with Lego DUPLO blocks. Children will also have free playtime with DUPLOs, Lincoln Logs, and building blocks.

In addition to being just plain fun, playing with building toys increases a child’s school-readiness by developing math, science, and engineering skills.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.

Classic film

Most movies just don’t get to you on a TV screen as they do in the movies, and for raw grit and emotion there is arguably no better example than the classic film showing at the library on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. That’s why we’re showing it on the Helderberg’s big screen, so you get the full effect.

Director Sidney Lumet crafted this gem about 12 angry men serving in a sweltering Manhattan jury room. If you have not seen this movie on the big screen, now’s the time.  You’re not likely to see it as large as this anywhere else.

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.

 

Have You Googled Your Great-Grandmother?

Come on, admit it: You’ve Googled your name just to see what pops up.  But have you ever Googled your great-grandmother?  Google for Genealogy, presented at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., transforms Googling from a curiosity into a vital genealogical tool.

This class will show you how to delve deeper into the family-history resources Google has to offer. Learn how to target specific resources, search the full text of books, roam the earth to view places your ancestors lived, translate records from one language to another, and create and save documents, pictures and maps. In short, you’ll learn how to personalize Google to make it work better for you.

Singing Anchors

Thank you to all who registered to see the Singing Anchors at the library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.; we have a full house. If you have not registered  and will therefore be unable to attend take heart; we are trying to arrange for another concert later in the year.

Overflow parking is available across Mercy Care Lane in Mercy Care’s lot, and across Western Ave. in the Guilderland Elementary School’s parking lot.

Sailor’s Valentines

Children in grades six through 12 are invited to the library on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., to make Sailor’s Valentines, a form of high-seas art. 

Sailor’s Valentines are not paper, nor are they chocolate (sorry); rather, they’re crafted from seashells. We have all the seashells, glue, and wooden boxes you need to create your own.

Sailor’s Valentines were most popular from the mid-1800s to the turn of the century. They were made by sailors from shell gathering along their voyages, and then given to loved ones upon arriving home. Examples of the craft are quite extraordinary, and today are collectibles known for their art-form beauty and quirky qualities. 

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Library closed

The library is closed Saturday, Feb. 15; Sunday, Feb. 16; and Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Of course, you can always take advantage of our online library at www.guilpl.org where you can renew material, download eBooks, browse the online catalog for your next exciting read, place books on reserve, and so much more.

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.

 

Fifty years ago, four young musicians from Liverpool arrived in the United States, and yeah, you know the rest. Or do you?  Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., and get the cool details.

 Using recorded material and film clips, some rare, musicologist and Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson explores the impact of the British invasion, led by The Beatles in February 1964. He chronicles their historic concert at Shea Stadium, examines John Lennon’s emotional connection to New York City, and discusses how the Beatles’ music continues to be an inspiration to composers and performing artists.

This program is co-sponsored by The Egg: Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Bring your child to the library

Kids and families should make it a point to come to Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

This family program celebrates families and libraries through a variety of activities. Kids can design a bookmark for our contest and sign-up for their own library cards. 

We have fun activities for the whole family, such as a story walk/scavenger hunt, and a life-size Candy Land. There’s no better way to beat the winter blahs than an afternoon of fun at your library.
No registration required; just show up and play.

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 Singing Anchors — Benita Zahn, Jerry Gretzinger, and Jessica Layton — perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.

 

The Singing Anchors – Jessica Layton, Jerry Gretzinger, and Benita Zahn – will bring their special brand of singing and banter to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., as part of the library’s Second Sunday Concert Series. 

While the concert is free, concert-goers must RSVP for the event at http://bit.ly/SingingAnchorsAtGPL, or call the library at 456-2400, ext. 2.

 WYNT (News Channel 13) anchors Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton, and former WRGB (CBS 6) anchor Jerry Gretzinger – he’s now VP for strategic communications at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering -- originally joined melodic forces with the Fort Salem Theater’s Jay Kerr to produce a evening of song and repartee.  Since their debut at the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater in November 2009 they have been successfully touring the area.

It’s fascinating to meet these people who are so familiar in their two-dimensional television personas. There they are, performing side-by-side, despite the fact that they’ve worked for competing stations.

People don’t expect that intermingling, said Zahn in a 2010 Troy Record interview. But based on the feedback I get, they love it that we can all share a stage and share the bows. And for each of us, we’re all in this together. On the flip side, it’s really nice to get away from the competitive pressure. [We are] three people who really love to perform and really like each other.

Asked how their employers feel about the trio, Zahn went on to remark it doesn’t take any time away from work. If anything, it’s value-added to the station. It brings us into the community in a way nothing else can.

Library info

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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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