The Electric City Chorus,  a men's a cappella, close-harmony singing group, will perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.

The chorus’s repertoire draws from Broadway musicals, pop music, big band standards, and includes love songs, toe-tappers, and hits from across the decades, all sung in their unique four-part, a cappella, style.  As part of the concert, a couple of quartets break off to add their own special sound to the performance.

The chorus was founded in 1944, and has a long tradition of top-notch performances throughout the state. Locally, the chorus has recently sung at numerous locales including Schenectady's tree lighting and holiday parade, Tawasentha Park in Guilderland, the Bethlehem library’s Evening on the Green series, and it has even been featured on the Schenectady Today program.

It’s clear to see that they love to sing and enjoy sharing the delights of music with everyone.

This will be a very popular concert, so you’re encouraged to come early.  

Calling all teen writers

Your entries for GPL’s Teen Winter Writing Contest are due by Friday, Feb. 5, before 9 p.m. This is a great opportunity for a chance to win amazing prizes and publication.

 

You can submit your entries by emailing GPLTeenWrites@guilpl.org; don’t forget the completed submission form. 

 Submit your writing to one of these categories: Grades 6 to 8 in : prose, poetry, and other; and in grades 9 to 12 in prose, poetry, and other.

 Third, second and first-place prizes will be awarded for each category and age group. First place winners will receive the unique opportunity to workshop their winning pieces with Donna Liquori, Bibliofiles columnist for the Times Union. 

A reception will be held on March 11, for all participants, where honorable mentions will be announced and winners will read from their work.

 Visit www.guilpl.org/teens/teenwriting to get the submission.

Trivia Night 

 Join your friends and neighbors at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m., for a team-oriented trivia night hosted by students from the Guilderland Central School District to raise money for Children's Cancer Research at St. Jude Children's Hospital. This is a family-oriented all-ages event. 

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

 

 

Jazz band 

 GPL is proud to join libraries across the country in Take Your Child to the Library Day. This year, we are featuring a family concert with The Mother Goose Jazz Band, on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. Their repertoire is sure to please families with tiny tots and jazz enthusiasts alike.

Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day

GPL is showing the movie about Groundhog Day on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in honor of Groundhog Day . 

Showings are at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, and 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. And, no registration is required. Furthermore, you don’t need to register.

Milk: Pride @ GPL

Come to GPL on Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., to view a movie about University at Albany grad Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. 

This is part of our Pride @ GPL series, which holds activities related to LGBTQA issues. All are welcome.

It’s tax time, and the AARP tax aide appointment phone line  2-1-1  opened on Wednesday, Jan. 20. 

AARP tax preparation appointments are held at the Guilderland Public Library on Mondays and Saturdays only, from Feb. 1 through April 11. You must have an appointment for this service; no walk-ins. 

Tax aide volunteers are trained and certified with the Internal Revenue Service to prepare personal federal and New York State income tax returns. Please bring copies of your 2014 returns, all 2015 W-2s and 1099 forms, end-of-year brokerage statements, and supporting documents for itemized deductions. 

We’re adding new appointment slots frequently, so call 2-1-1 again if slots are all filled. Please remember: call 2-1-1; library staff cannot make appointments.

To get full details, please visit www.guilpl.org/taxaide.  

Drug-abuse prevention workshop 

Officers from the Albany County’s Sheriff’s department will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., to present a drug-abuse prevention program for kids and parents. 

The program starts with a drug-abuse prevention workshop, followed by an opportunity for parents and kids to separately discuss their concerns with professionals. Young speakers from Hope House will share their stories of addiction and recovery. The Sheriff’s mobile education center will be on-site to provide a firsthand view of how poor choices can lead to incarceration.

The bald eagle returns

 Come to GPL  on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m., to hear the marvelous story of how bald eagles, once an endangered species, have returned to the Hudson Valley.

Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program naturalist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will speak about how the bald eagle fell from honored symbol to near ex

Today, their recovery is so complete that you may see an eagle any day of the year, anywhere in the Hudson Valley.

At 2:30 p.m., kids can participate in a fun origami bird-folding craft, and test their bird identification skills with the Audubon Society's interactive bird board. Tom's talk begins at 3 p.m. 

Gluten free the easy way

Do you know what gluten is, how to identify it, and how gluten-sensitivity can affect your life? If not, then attend “Living Gluten Free the Easy Way, with Dawn Kirchoff Pavlick, RD, CDN,” at GPL on Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.  This CDPHP program will teach you about the sources of gluten, and the effects it can have on your health.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2. 

Shadow science

Join us for a fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program for kids ages 4 through 7, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m. We'll explore the world around us through literature, experiments, activities, and crafts. Lots of hands-on learning for everyone! Please register by calling 456-2400. ext. 4.

 

"After the Tsunami"

 

The Jan. 21 “After the Tsunami” presentation by photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart is postponed until May 19; the January 21 Digital Photo Forum will instead be a general sharing session among area photographers who share tips, tricks and talents. 

 

 

 

 

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., to present a program for kids and parents to learn about local drug use, abuse, and prevention.

The program will include an informational session; followed by an opportunity for parents (no kids) and kids (no parents) to separately discuss their concerns with the professionals; next, young speakers from Hope House will share their stories of addiction and recovery. The sheriff’s office mobile education center will be on site to provide a firsthand view of how poor choices can lead to the path of incarceration.

The bald eagle returns

 Come to GPL to on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m., to hear the marvelous story of how Bald Eagles, once an endangered species, have returned to the Hudson Valley.

Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will speak about how the bald eagle fell from honored symbol to victim of human ignorance and neglect, their numbers so reduced by the effects of DDT that they were placed on the Federal Endangered Species List.

Today, their recovery is so complete that you may see an eagle any day of the year, anywhere in the Hudson Valley.

At 2:30 p.m., kids can participate in a fun origami bird-folding craft, and test their bird identification skills with the Audubon Society's interactive bird board. Tom's talk begins at 3 p.m.

Sewing

Join us for a sewing show and tell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., as we share some crafty stitching and sewing projects from December’s Sewing 101 programs.

Presenter Su Tanner will also share some fun, sewing fashion tips. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience.

 

 

Sinatra Sunday

Our celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday continues on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m., when we show 1957’s “Pal Joey” on the Helderberg Room’s big screen.

After the tsunami

Come to GPL on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., for photographer Michael Forster Rothbart’s presentation of his photos depicting the current state of the Japanese countryside around Fukushima, nearly five years after the devastating tsunami.  This event is part of the digital photo forum series.

Martin Luther King Day

GPL will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

If you’re a fan of guitar music, then the performance by the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan.10, at 2 p.m., is a must.

The quartet presents exciting, eclectic programming spanning five centuries, including original arrangements. The four accomplished guitar soloists — Joel Brown, Brett Grigsby, Sten Isachsen, and Paul Quigley — have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

Crime solving

 Learn the science of crime solving when you come to the library on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., when super detectives from CNSE Children's Museum of Science + Technology will present “Who Done It? Detective Science Sleuths,” an elementary introductory course on Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). You’ll examine fingerprints, learn about observation skills, and get some insight into this fascinating field.  For kids in grades three through six. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Pop-up library

Be sure to stop by our “Pop-Up Library” at the Crossgates Mall on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. You'll be able to register for programs, borrow books and DVDs, download the latest eBooks and even get a library card. We’ll be easy enough to find; just look for the “Imagine, Discover, Connect @ GPL” sign. We’ll see you there.

Get gadget help

Having trouble with your cell phone? Can’t get your laptop to synch your e-mail accounts? Mystified by the many features of your latest electronic device, and don’t know where to turn?

Come to the library for Tech Time on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., to get help with your gadgets from an expert, a teenage expert, who’s up on the latest tech. (Remember when you had to get a kid to program your VCR? It’s like that, only better.)

You’re encouraged to register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, but drop-ins are also welcome on a first-come-first-served basis.

Crafty book club

Parents and tweens are invited to GPL’s twist on the traditional book discussion group. Read the same book at the same time, and join the group to discuss it over a craft project.

The next meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m., when it’s a free read. Pick a book that the both of you have read, and come tell the rest of us all about it.

The group now meets on the second Thursday of every month. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Show and tell

Join us for a sewing show and tell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., as we share some crafty stitching and sewing projects from December’s Sewing 101 programs.

Presenter Su Tanner will also share some fun, sewing fashion tips. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience.

Board meets

The library’s governing board of trustees will hold its monthly business meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room. This is a public meeting, and you’re encouraged to attend.

Share a hoot

 Barbara Lukas from WMHT will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m., to show “Owl Moon,” the story of a young girl and her dad on a midnight winter’s walk in the woods.

 You will then make an owl hat complete with feathers, and receive a copy of the book to take home and keep.

This program is for kids ages 3 to 6, accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Music and movement

 There are still just a few spots available for the library’s music and movement series that meets Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Join us and we’ll sing songs, dance, learn about music through fun games, play instruments, and read books. The class meets again on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Minions, minions, and more minions

If there’s a movie sure to get the kids giggling, this is it: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super-villain who — alongside her inventor husband Herb —hatches a plot to take over the world. And it’s all happening on the big screen in GPL’s Helderberg Room on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. This movie is rated PG and is about 90 minutes long.

Troy-based author Amy Halloran and her book “The New Bread Basket” are featured at the Guilderland Public Library’s next Read Local event on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Not only will she share her thoughts on her book, she’ll also give out samples of her signature pancakes.

It was her love of pancakes that led Amy to write about regional grain production. The full title of her book: “The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf.” In it, she tells the stories of a new band of people working to reinvent local grain systems, and reveals the village that stands behind every loaf and every pint.

Halloran will have copies of her book for sale and autographing; this book is an excellent gift.

Missed a stitch?

If you could not make it to the first Sewing 101: Basic Buttons & Simple Stitches because it was in the middle of the week, then come to the weekend edition on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m.

You’ll learn some useful, life-long sewing skills such as sewing on a button, sewing a hem, the blanket stitch, overcast stitching and more. Presenter Su Tanner will also show some fun makeovers on dresses and coats. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Book club

LGBTQA youth and their allies are invited to come to this safe space on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m., to chat about a book that focuses on LGBTQA related issues. During this meeting, we will discuss “Luna,” by Julie Anne Peters Regan. Copies of the book will be available at the reference desk.

Running out of table space?

 If you’re wondering where you’re going to seat all those relatives and friends who are coming to dinner, we have the solution: Borrow a table or two from the library’s Take & Bake collection.

You can borrow a six-foot table, or if that’s a bit much, take out one of our four-foot tables. All you need is your library card; you can borrow bakeware, too. It’s all waiting for you here at your library. We’ll even help load it into your car.

Holiday concert

In what has become a seasonal tradition, local chorale group Suburban Sounds will offer a Holiday Concert at the library on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. 

This musical interlude of holiday favorites and selections-soon-to-be-faves is just the calming respite you need as the season reaches its peak. Happy Holidays, all.

Read, build, play

Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to "Read, Build, and Play" at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m.

You'll have a fun read-aloud and spend some time building a story element with Lego DUPLO blocks. You’ll also have free playtime with DUPLOs, Lincoln Logs, and building blocks. As your folks know, in addition to being just plain fun, playing with building toys increases your school-readiness by developing math, science, and engineering skills.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will close at 2 p.m., on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec.31, and be closed New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.  Happy New Year! 

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