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.

 

Come celebrate another wonderful, fun-filled summer reading club with the grand finale in the Guilderland Public Library’s Helderberg Room on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 When you come to the grand finale, you’ll be able to collect your prize coupons, free books, and reading certificates.  Stay and watch the slide show of this year’s Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Club highlights. You’re bound to be one of the stars.

Plus, if you turned in your reading record by Aug. 9, you received a ticket entering you in the grand prize drawing. You have a chance to win any of a number of delightful prizes. Winners will be drawn after 7 p.m. You need not be present to win; we’ll call you.

Our thanks to our sponsors and donors whose generosity is making this a most wonderful summer reading club:  Albany County Executive, Applebee’s, Bouchey & Clark Benefits, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Candy Kraft Candies, CDPHP, Crossgates Mall, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Great Escape / Six Flags, KOHL’S, MVP Health Care, NBT Bank, Old Navy, Phillips Hardware, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Recovery Sports Grill, Regal Cinemas, Snip-its, Stewart’s Shops, Stuyvesant Plaza, TCBY, Verizon, Vertical Lax, Walmart and Guilderland YMCA.

Photo restoration

Can you restore a printed photograph using digital techniques? Of course you can, and you will find out how if you attend the next Digital Photo Forum at the library on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.

Forum member Herb Brown will show the work he did to digitally restore a photograph; the techniques he used are easily learned by even novice digital photographers. 

 The Digital Photo Forum is where photographers gather to discuss work they are doing and to share information about how to improve their work. This is an open forum, with occasional special guest photographers. All are invited to bring their work to share and also their questions. Bring work on memory cards, USB drives, CDs. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.

  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.

"Dig Into Reading" with Tom Sieling at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m.

Widely acclaimed singer, guitarist, and banjoist, and a hit with kids of all ages, Tom Sieling will perform at the Guilderland Public Library’s Dig Into Reading concert at 2 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 9.

Tom’s show invites and inspires audience participation. He knows how to connect with children, and is “sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seats! We ‘howled at the moon, sang a wild tune,’ and wanted even more!” in the words of Nicole Carner, director of the Pember Library and Museum in Granville, NY.

 No registration is required for this concert, but early arrival is encouraged.

Reading records due

Attention Summer Reading Club members: Your reading records are due to the library on or before Friday, Aug. 9.  So read those final pages, log your reading, and make sure you get credit for all the wonderful reading you’ve done this summer.

Here’s an idea: drop your reading record off when you come to the Dig Into Reading concert that same day. You’ll have a great time, and guarantee that your reading will be rewarded at the Summer Reading Club grand finale on Thursday, Aug.15.

Photo restoration

 How do you restore a digital photograph to its original condition? Find out at the Digital Photo Forum on Thursday, Aug.t 15, at 7 p.m.

Forum member Herb Brown will show the work he did to digitally restore a photograph. His simple yet effective technique is one you can probably put to good use.

Area photographers gather to discuss work they are doing and to share information about how to improve their work. This is an open forum, with occasional special guest photographers. You’re invited to bring your work to share and your questions. Bring work on memory cards, USB drives, or CDs. The group meets the third Thursday of each month.

 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.

Researching Native American genealogy presents some very special concerns, many of which will be addressed by professional genealogist Vicki Welch at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m.

Ms. Welch will describe the unique resources to use if you want to research your possible Native American ancestry. Ms. Welch is an author and historical researcher and has worked for the Nipmuck, Mohegan, and Paugusett Tribes on their Federal Recognition projects. She will also provide some insight into French Canadian ancestry. Bring all your questions.

Please register for this class by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Kindergarten boot camp

Get your youngsters set for kindergarten by bringing them to the library’s Kindergarten Boot Camp, which is a lot gentler and encouraging than it sounds. This is such a popular program that three sessions will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and another two on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Starting kindergarten is a special and exciting time for parents and children. This is a wonderful introductory, fun-filled experience where soon-to-be kindergarteners can develop their kindergarten readiness skills and celebrate this important milestone.

This program is for children starting kindergarten in September 2013 and a parent or caregiver.  Call 456.2400, ext. 4 to register for one of these boot camps.

 Reading records due 

Here’s a quick reminder for the hundreds of young readers who are part of this year’s Summer Reading Club: your reading records are due at the library on Friday, Aug. 9.  We suggest you drop them off when you come to that day’s Dig Into Reading concert with Tom Sieling, at 2 p.m.

First Friday Family movie, The Scroungers

Have you ever misplaced anything? Maybe you didn’t misplace it.  Maybe it was borrowed by four-inch high people who live peacefully under the floorboards of your home.  That’s the premise of our First Friday Family Film that shows at 7 p.m., on Aug. 2. The movie tells the story of these “borrowers” who take great pains to go undetected as they ingeniously procure and live off of borrowed items. An inquisitive young boy discovers that these wee scroungers have made themselves at home in his house.

This movie is rated PG.  We can assure you that no borrowers will take your free popcorn during the movie. 

 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’s Community Literary Garden is a quiet, restful place, an ideal setting for peaceful reading, contemplation, and relaxation.  All that changes on Saturday, July 27, when from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Garden is transformed into a miniature amusement park for the Library’s Annual Family Fun Day.

That’s right: Next Saturday bring the family to the Library for three hours of fun and games. Play Tip-A-Troll, test your strength against the Purple Dinosaur Hammer, make some Spin Art, draw your own artistic creation on the Library’s windows with glass chalk, and play Sink the Librarian at the dunk tank.

Be sure to try the Can Knock-Down Game, “Bubble, Bubbles, Everywhere,” and snack on ever-popular SnoCones and Popcorn. 

There is so much more, including prizes. And we’ve set aside a room to cool off, if it gets a bit too hot for some players.

The Scroungers

Have you ever misplaced anything? Maybe you didn’t misplace it.  Maybe it was “borrowed” by four-inch high people who live peacefully under the floorboards of your home.  That’s the premise of our First Friday Family Film that shows at 7 pm on August 2; it tells the story of these “borrowers” who take great pains to go undetected as they ingeniously procure and live off of borrowed items. An inquisitive young boy discovers that these wee scroungers have made themselves at home in his house.

All is fun, cute, and peaceful until an evil banker (played delightfully by an over-the-top John Goodman) plans to demolish the boy’s home. The boy then bands together with his home’s mini-guests to save it, and that’s when the real fun begins.

This is a great movie, rated PG.  We can assure you that no “borrowers” will take your free popcorn during the movie. 

About the Library

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, 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 FREE music downloads and information on the Library’s Freegal page. It all starts at guilpl.org.

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