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.

The end of summer is near, bringing fall’s colors, crisp nights, and a whole new crop of books being read by the book discussion groups at the Guilderland Public Library. Join in the fun, there’s something for everyone. To sign up, call 456-2400, at ext. 2, and let us know what group you’d like to join.

Here’s what we’re reading for the next few months: 

Snoops in the Stacks meets Mondays at 7 p.m. to discuss:

Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George On Sept. 16;

Mission to Paris, by Alan Furst on Oct. 7; and

—  Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn on Nov. 4.

Night Owls meets on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. to discuss:

Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan on Sept. 9;

My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor on Oct. 14; and

The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin on Nov. 12, a Tuesday. 

Knit One, Read Too meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. to discuss:

—  The Light Between the Oceans, by M.L. Stedman on Sept. 11;

Digging to America, by Anne Tyler on Oct. 9; and

Half-Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls on Nov. 13.

 Great Books meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. to discuss:

The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky on Sept. 12;

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway on Oct. 10; and

The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne on Nov. 7.

 Upcoming films 

Two delightful films will soon be shown at the library.  The first, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m., is Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.  It’s something to see Gene Kelly dancing up and down the curb when his larger-than-life image is projected on the Helderberg Room’s big screen.

Family fare rules the day when we screen an epic film on Friday evening, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.  This epic movie is rated PG, and is delightful when seen up-close-and-personal on the big screen.  There will be free popcorn at both movies.  Enjoy!

  Library closed

The library will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31; Sunday, Sept. 1; and Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

   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.

If you have not visited the Guilderland Public Library in the past week or so, you may not know that returning books in off hours, or when it’s raining, snowing, sleeting, or when you just don’t want to get out of the car, is now easier than ever before thanks to our brand-new drive-up book drop.

This book drop is located at the library’s driveway exit on Mercy Care Lane and takes just about everything: books, DVDs, CDs; just pull around and drop in your returns. The one thing you cannot return via any book drop is a museum pass; you need to bring it inside and hand it to a member of our circulation staff. 

Book donations

If you have books you want to donate to the library, but you don’t think they’re popular enough to sell at the Book Nook or better book sales, you can still make a difference: Put them into the big green box – it says Better World Books – located in the staff parking lot.

The library has arranged with Better World Books to take books you donate and find them a new home; this is a relationship BWB has with many other libraries.  One direct benefit is that the library earns a small amount of money from your donation.  Furthermore, with every single book that BWB sells, funding is generated to support literacy programs.  This sustainable solution has diverted tens of millions of books from landfills, and thanks to your help, it will continue to do so.

Local author book fair

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

Every self-published or traditionally published author is encouraged to take part.  If you’re interested in taking part in this event (note: there are no fees), contact Natalie McDonough, Head of Programming and Public Services, at 456.2400, ext. 122, or e-mail her at mcdonoughn@guilpl.org.

Library closed

The library will be closed Saturday Aug. 31 through Monday Sept. 2 for the Labor Day Holiday.

 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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