Come to Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., and enjoy the incomparable Annie & The Hedonists as they bring their special brand of musical entertainment as part of the library’s Second Sunday Concert Series.

This is a special event as you’ll hear the new lineup and selections from their new CD, Women Be Wise, featuring songs of the female blues and jazz artists of the 1920s through 1940s.

 Peter Davis is on clarinet and tenor guitar, Don Young’s on bass, and Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals round out lead singer Annie Rosen as Annie & The Hedonists.

Read to a furry friend

 Our special furry friends, Fluffy the hairless cat and Erin the friendly Cavalier King Charles spaniel are coming back to the library on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., so that they can listen to the stories that beginning readers will share with them.

Reading to a furry friend is a great way for children to reinforce their reading skills, gain confidence in their abilities, and have fun!

Fluffy and Erin want to know that you’re coming; please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let them know.

First Friday family films

Sony Pictures first animated feature centered upon meatballs falling out of the sky was such a hit with movie-going fans that the library is going to show its sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Two Meatballs on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Our hero, Flint Lockwood, finds himself invited to join the Live Corp Company, and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. However, just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V, the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but it’s also started cross-breeding animals with food. What follows is a battle with such delicious, but deadly, hybrids as ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees.

An evening with James Deem

 Author James Deem will be visiting the library to discuss his latest book, Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America, on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Deem chronicles the efforts of archaeologists, anthropologists, and forensic artists in reconstructing the faces and lives of unearthed skeletons at various points in North American history.

Deem’s presentation mirrors the fascinating content of his book, which Kirkus Reviews called “An absorbing introduction to anthropological facial reconstruction. Deem introduces five particular individuals and four other specific burial sites in North America where remains and archaeological contexts offer clues to the identities of the dead.… From the remains of Nevada’s Spirit Cave Man, discovered in the 1940s (and in the 1990s realized to be 10,500 years old) [he moves to cover] the burial grounds of poor and enslaved people in New York and immigrant Chinese miners in Wyoming.  Deem’s straightforward prose and consistently precise and respectful approach makes this exceptionally readable as history as well as science.”

Joining him for this program will be Gay Malin, from the New York State Museum, who will describe her work on the facial reconstruction process.

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

Better books sale

It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means that on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, there’s another extraordinary opportunity for you to select from a wide range of gently used books and “Hey, this looks brand-new!” DVDs and CDs, all at bargain prices.

Trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees will hold its bi-monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tawasentha Room. 

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the library’s website at Check out the unofficial library updates at, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at




The Guilderland Public Library is seeking vendors for its second annual Celebrate Spring Sale vendor fair to be held on Saturday, March 29.

Expanded to encompass the library’s two meeting rooms as well as the lobby, this sale is expected to draw even more browsers and buyers than the amount who came to last year’s inaugural market. 

The Celebrate Spring Sale is being promoted in the library’s newsletter (being mailed shortly to every household and business in Guilderland), website, and social media sites. 

To make set up easier, vendors will be able to lay out their product in the meeting rooms the evening before, at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 28.  The rooms will be locked overnight, assuring product security. 

To get additional information on being a vendor or a direct-sales representative, or to get a downloadable vendor application form, please go to, or call the library at 456-2400, ext. 110.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the library’s website at Check out the unofficial library updates at, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at


Join author David Fiske at Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., for a presentation about Solomon Northup, a free black man living in Saratoga Springs who was lured away from home and sold into slavery.

Enslaved in Louisiana for nearly 12 years, Northup was eventually able to get word to friends in New York and then return home as a free man. In 1853, Northup published a book about his harrowing experiences entitled Twelve Years a Slave – now a major motion picture – and traveled around the Northeast giving speeches and helping fugitive slaves get to Canada.

David Fiske is co-author of the new book Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave, as well as author of Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery and numerous local history articles. He is a lecturer, professional librarian, and professional genealogist.


Tweens, spend some of your expanded vacation time at the library on Friday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., at this session of the Tween LEGO Club, which features LEGO gaming.

What better time to show off your mad LEGO-building skills with friends? Bring your own bricks, or create with ours. As usual, creations that you bring to show off will be kept separate from the library supplies. You can also take a turn on the Wii system to play a LEGO videogame. We meet in the Helderberg Room. LEGO fiends in grades 3 through 6 are welcome to drop in. 

Read, build, play

Preschoolers aged 3 through 5 years are invited to Read, Build, and Play at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

This evening playtime is full of fun read-alouds and time building a story element with Lego DUPLO blocks. Children will also have free playtime with DUPLOs, Lincoln Logs, and building blocks.

In addition to being just plain fun, playing with building toys increases a child’s school-readiness by developing math, science, and engineering skills.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.

Classic film

Most movies just don’t get to you on a TV screen as they do in the movies, and for raw grit and emotion there is arguably no better example than the classic film showing at the library on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. That’s why we’re showing it on the Helderberg’s big screen, so you get the full effect.

Director Sidney Lumet crafted this gem about 12 angry men serving in a sweltering Manhattan jury room. If you have not seen this movie on the big screen, now’s the time.  You’re not likely to see it as large as this anywhere else.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the library’s website at Check out the unofficial library updates at, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at


Have You Googled Your Great-Grandmother?

Come on, admit it: You’ve Googled your name just to see what pops up.  But have you ever Googled your great-grandmother?  Google for Genealogy, presented at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., transforms Googling from a curiosity into a vital genealogical tool.

This class will show you how to delve deeper into the family-history resources Google has to offer. Learn how to target specific resources, search the full text of books, roam the earth to view places your ancestors lived, translate records from one language to another, and create and save documents, pictures and maps. In short, you’ll learn how to personalize Google to make it work better for you.

Singing Anchors

Thank you to all who registered to see the Singing Anchors at the library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.; we have a full house. If you have not registered  and will therefore be unable to attend take heart; we are trying to arrange for another concert later in the year.

Overflow parking is available across Mercy Care Lane in Mercy Care’s lot, and across Western Ave. in the Guilderland Elementary School’s parking lot.

Sailor’s Valentines

Children in grades six through 12 are invited to the library on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., to make Sailor’s Valentines, a form of high-seas art. 

Sailor’s Valentines are not paper, nor are they chocolate (sorry); rather, they’re crafted from seashells. We have all the seashells, glue, and wooden boxes you need to create your own.

Sailor’s Valentines were most popular from the mid-1800s to the turn of the century. They were made by sailors from shell gathering along their voyages, and then given to loved ones upon arriving home. Examples of the craft are quite extraordinary, and today are collectibles known for their art-form beauty and quirky qualities. 

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Library closed

The library is closed Saturday, Feb. 15; Sunday, Feb. 16; and Monday, Feb. 17, for the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Of course, you can always take advantage of our online library at where you can renew material, download eBooks, browse the online catalog for your next exciting read, place books on reserve, and so much more.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the library’s website at Check out the unofficial library updates at, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at


Fifty years ago, four young musicians from Liverpool arrived in the United States, and yeah, you know the rest. Or do you?  Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., and get the cool details.

 Using recorded material and film clips, some rare, musicologist and Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson explores the impact of the British invasion, led by The Beatles in February 1964. He chronicles their historic concert at Shea Stadium, examines John Lennon’s emotional connection to New York City, and discusses how the Beatles’ music continues to be an inspiration to composers and performing artists.

This program is co-sponsored by The Egg: Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Bring your child to the library

Kids and families should make it a point to come to Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

This family program celebrates families and libraries through a variety of activities. Kids can design a bookmark for our contest and sign-up for their own library cards. 

We have fun activities for the whole family, such as a story walk/scavenger hunt, and a life-size Candy Land. There’s no better way to beat the winter blahs than an afternoon of fun at your library.
No registration required; just show up and play.

Library info

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue. Visit the library’s website at Check out the unofficial library updates at, and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib). It all starts at