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.

 

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.

 

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