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.

 

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.

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