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.

 

The Guilderland Public Library is hosting two fascinating genealogical classes on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Both classes are presented by Tom Moffatt, who has been doing genealogical research for more than two decades, and who has developed some new ways of using DNA to aid research.

The class, Solving Genealogical Puzzles through DNA, at 10 a.m., shows how DNA offers exciting new tools for solving family history puzzles. Moffatt will explain, in everyday language, the types of tests, their pros and cons, which work best, and how to integrate the results into traditional paper and database family histories.

Then at 2 p.m., French Canadian and Acadian Genealogy, through DNA Testing, enables you to learn from Moffatt how DNA supplements the extensive paper records, many now available online, that chronicle the settling of French North America.

There will be ample time allowed for questions and interaction.

Moffatt has developed special expertise in English, Canadian, and French Canadian records, early New England, plus Irish, and English records, as well as American and English military records. He enjoys the opportunity to discuss ways in which a DNA testing program might assist in solving genealogy brick walls. 

 Scanning

If you have a document you need scanned, we can help.  Put our new public scanning service to work for you and transform printed documents into e-mail-able files, or use the optical character reader feature to turn your typewritten document into an electronically editable file. The service is available any time the library is open.

Your librarians stand ready to help, so come in and give it a try.

Board holds special meeting

The library's board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to advance the progress of a number of time-sensitive projects.

The board ordinarily holds business meetings on the second Thursday of alternate months. For the remainder of fiscal year 2013-14, business meetings are slated for Nov. 14; Jan. 9, 2014; March 13, 2014; and May 8, 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 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.

Published authors from throughout Albany County are invited to bring their works and promote them at the Guilderland Public Library’s Local Author Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event kicks off with a keynote talk by New York Times bestselling author Joseph E. Persico – who will be a huge draw – so this is an ideal venue for every self-published or traditionally published author to gain additional exposure.  Along with the opportunity to sell your books to the public — right before the holidays, too – you’ll also have a chance to reach out and connect with other area authors, speak with fans interested in your work, and possibly market your books to new and unexpected channels.

The library is well known as a venue for literary events. It has hosted capacity crowds that heard author talks by Joyce Carol Oates, Civil War novelist Jeff Shaara, authors and journalists Paul Grondahl and Gregory Maguire, sportscaster Tim Green, Holocaust survivor Ela Stein Weissberger, artist and writer Will Moses, New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer, and crime novelist Alafair Burke. Such events attract people from as far away as the Berkshires and the North Country, to the mid-Hudson college communities and beyond.

The fair is promoted by the library on the front page of its current newsletter (circulation 19,000), on the organization’s website at www.guilpl.org) Facebook page (“Guilderland.Library), Twitter feed (@GuilderlandLib), and to the area’s print and electronic news media. 

If you’re interested in being part of this signal literary event (note: there are no fees), please contact Natalie McDonough, director of Programming and Public Services, at 456-2400, ext.  122, or e-mail public@guilpl.org.

    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.

 

 For those of you who work during the day, the Guilderland Public Library is hosting a Rite Aid flu vaccine clinic at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The professionals from the Rite Aid Pharmacy will bring all the necessary forms for you to fill out the day of the clinic. The flu vaccine is covered in full by many insurance plans; a few plans may charge a co-pay. If you don’t have health insurance, the cost of the flu vaccine is around $20. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2 or by going online to bit.ly/GPL-Flu-Clinic.

Mystery writer at the library

Join your fellow mystery fans at the library as we welcome acclaimed mystery writer Julia Spencer-Fleming on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

Spencer-Fleming will discuss how she creates her popular novels that surround the antics of Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne novels. These novels are set in a fictional town near Glens Falls and Fort Edward.

She will also talk about her upcoming novel – her eighth – Through the Evil Days, coming in November. Copies of her earlier books will be available for sale at the program, with thanks to Janet Hutchinson of The Open Door Bookstore.

Please register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext. 2 or by going online to bit.ly/Spencer-Fleming.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Children ages 2 ½ through 5 and their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed pal are encouraged to get their parent or caregiver to call 456-2400, ext.  4 or go online to bit.ly/Teddy-Bear-Tea so that they can all come to a Teddy Bear Tea Party at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. This will be teddy-themed books and songs, “tea,” and a snack. A parent or caregiver must accompany the child. Please note: Food Allergy Alert! This program involves food. Please contact us if you have questions.

The great DiCaprio

Our Public Performance Site license prevents us from using the actual title of the Gatsby-esque movie we will show at our Monday matinee on Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. We can tell you there will be popcorn.

Tweens have a voice in their library

The library’s Tween Advisory Board will meet on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., in the library’s youth study room.

You’ll help Librarian Debbie Sternklar plan library events that interest you. You will also contribute to selection of library resources and services for your age group. This month you’ll brainstorm ideas for winter events.

If you’re ages 9 to 12, and are interested in having a voice in tween programs, then register and come to the meeting. Call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Better book sale

There will be a Better Books Sale in the library’s Normanskill room on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds support everything from the purchase of special furnishings and equipment for the library to obtaining prizes for the summer reading club.

These once-a-month sales are just one way to get books for keeps. The Book Nook, with a paperback stand in the library's lobby and a retail kiosk just inside the library’s doors, sells donated books and media as well as those removed from the library's collection. Items that don't sell are taken by our volunteers to many different outlets: nursing homes, shelters, community centers, senior citizen centers and to small libraries in communities around the Capital District where they often earn money for these facilities, or are just donated. The main thing is to see that no worthy item is neglected and that people who do contribute to the library are assured their donations are valued.

Board meets

The library's board of trustees will hold its next bi-monthly business meeting tonight, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the library’s Helderberg room.

 The board holds business meetings on the second Thursday of alternate months. For the remainder of fiscal year 2013-14, business meetings are slated for Nov. 14; Jan. 9, 2014; March 13, 2014; and May 8, 2014.

Board committees concerning for example, finance; personnel/labor/management; policies and procedures; building and grounds; and long range planning meet on the second Thursday of off months. Special meetings are occasionally held as situations require.

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 and 7 p.m., on the Monday following the meeting.

Sundays at the library

Now that the summer is effectively behind us, the library will once again be open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.  Weekday hours continue to be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The library’s website at www.guilpl.org  is always open for eBook and music downloads, reserving that latest bestseller you want to read, and finding out about upcoming events … such as the Local Author Book Fair on Oct. 19.

 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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