Deirdre Flint who performs at the Guilderland Public Library on Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. as part of GPL’s Second Sunday Concert Series  hangs out at the intersection where folk music and stand-up comedy collide, so this promises to be a fun and entertaining musical event.

Flint sings about adult themes from time to time — dating, aging, bridesmaid dresses, Keeping-Up-With The-Jones's — which means her show is a bit edgy. She’s been lauded by Billboard Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today for her special brand of humor.  This promises to be a popular event, so come early. 

Cake decorating

Rebecca Yates is trained in the Wilton method of cake decorating, and she’ll be at GPL on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., to share many of her innovative secrets with you.

Yates is an instructor in the culinary program at Schenectady County Community College (and is the owner of Little Bean Cakes). Her interactive method of instruction means that you’ll get a practical, two-hour class in torting, filling, frosting, and decorating.

You will learn to make a frosting flower and will decorate two cupcakes to bring home. You'll also get to keep a decorating tip that you've used in the class, and Yates will have recipes and book suggestions. The class is limited in size, so register soon by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or sign up online.

This program involves food, so please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Facebook fundamentals

If you’re curious about social media (and what the hype is all about), then come to GPL on Monday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., and find out how it can connect you with family and friends near and far.

You’ll learn Facebook basics: How to get started setting up your account, some of the fun features available to Facebook users, and how to protect your privacy online. There will be time for questions and hands-on practice in this small-group class. It is helpful for registrants to have an active email account before the class. If you do not have an email account, you will need to set one up during this session. Note: This is a repeat of the session held last September.

Registration is required. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’ll be at the class.

Yoga for teens

Teens can learn the benefits of yoga— improved posture, greater strength and flexibility, improved calm concentration — by attending Yoga for Teens at GPL on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

Bring a yoga mat and join the fun with Rashmi Koratkar of Yogi Minds. These classes are designed specifically for adolescent populations based on research done by Harvard Medical School and Kripalu School of Yoga.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Are You Keeping Your

Easiest Resolution?

The Guilderland Public Library has a New Year’s Resolution for you, and it’s easy to keep.

If you have any overdue or "Lost" materials at home, bring them back to the Library, and all is forgiven! No fines, no guilt. You get a fresh start, and your friends and neighbors once again get to borrow materials that have been out of circulation.

Here’s how it works: From now through Saturday, Jan. 31, just drop off your overdue items, and fees and fines related to those items will be cleared from your record. This includes items that are listed as “Lost”; return these “Lost” items, and the associated fines go away.

The Twin Towers photos

 GPL’s Photo Forum on Thursday, January 15, at 7 pm, focuses on the extraordinary work of Konstantin Petrov, an electrician who worked a night shift at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop Tower One of the late World Trade Center.

Petrov took some stunning — and through the lens of history, heartbreaking — photographs of the buildings in the early morning hours. His work will be shown and described by Photo Forum participant Dick Connery.

MLK Day

GPL will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

Better Books Sale

GPL’s Book Sale volunteers have amassed an amazing selection of material for their Saturday, Jan. 10, sale that starts at 10 a.m. The early birds get the better books (or something like that), so come early.

Blood Drive

January is National Blood Donor Month, so Tuesday, Jan. 20, is a great date for a blood drive at GPL.  Please mark your calendar. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for an appointment.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

Get a fresh start with the New Year!

The Guilderland Public Library is offering you a New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to keep.

If you have any overdue or “lost” materials at home, bring them back to the library, and all is forgiven. No fines, no guilt. You get a fresh start, and your friends and neighbors once again get to borrow materials that have been out of circulation.

Here’s how it works: From Friday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Jan. 31, just drop off your overdue items, and fees and fines related to those items will be cleared from your record. This includes items that are listed as lost; return these lost items, and the associated fines go away.

We’re running this Fresh Start program so that all our materials come back, and you do, too.

Happy New Year!

The Reluctant Dragon

Schenectady Theatre for Children will be at GPL on Friday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m., to present The Reluctant Dragon, the story of a young boy who makes friends with a poetry-loving dragon. This is wonderful for the boy and the dragon, but it makes the villagers in the boy’s town frightened and angry. St. George is called to slay the dragon, but events turn out differently than anyone expects! (Good thing, too.)  Children are going to really enjoy this program.

Fire and The Last Mohican

Two extraordinary movies open the year at GPL. On Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m., the First Friday Family Film series presents a children’s flick about planes, and fire and rescue. This film is 83 minutes long, and is rated PG. It’s a hoot.

And then GPL's Local Connections Film Series picks up on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., with the movie adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans. Albany and the Adirondack Region are featured settings in this film. The movie runs 112 minutes, and is rated R. There will be free popcorn.

Li'l Lego Club

 GPL’s Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade two 2 continues on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the Story hour Room, and be ready to use your imagination for some creative play 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.

Let us know you’re coming by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Stitch 'n' Giggle Club

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m., for the next meeting of our monthly Stitch ‘n’ Giggle Club.

GPL staff will be available to help kids in grades four and up with your knitting or crocheting project. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem, we can help.

Bring size 8 knitting needles or an 8mm (size L) crochet hook and we’ll get you started. We provide the yarn; you supply the creativity, and feel free to bring your own after-school snack, too.

We do need you to call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register. (We have to make sure we have enough yarn for everybody.)

Winter Giving Tree

needs you

The next time you visit GPL, you’ll see the Giving Tree in the lobby, and you’ll see a constellation of stars on the Giving Tree. Each star represents the donation of a person who appreciates all the special events — for kids, teens, and adults —the Foundation funds. 

Won’t you join them?  The Foundation does so much to support your library. And now the Foundation needs your support.

This year, you're in effect giving double! An anonymous donor is matching your contributions, dollar for dollar.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Holiday hours

 GPL will close at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and be closed all day Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, for the New Year’s holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 2.  Your virtual local library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

Library info

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

Calling all teens entering grades seven through 12. Do you enjoy working with children? Need to earn volunteer hours? Interested in adding activities to your college applications? If so, mark 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 or Tuesday, Dec. 30, on your calendars.

The Guilderland Public Library is looking for teens who can commit to helping with our Book Buddies program this season. You will spend time once a week reading with a younger child in grades one through four, and encouraging them in their reading skills.

The actual Book Buddy sessions will run on Thursdays from 3 p.m. through 5:30 p.m., in January and February. When you attend the training, you can tell us when you’re available for the sessions; we will be as accommodating as we can.

Attendance at one training session is mandatory. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know that you want to be part of this extraordinarily rewarding program.

Drop-in card gaming

 The winter school break is even more entertaining when tweens and teens bring Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! or other cards for a fun 90 minutes of playing and sharing at Drop-in Card Gaming at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m.

Come with a friend or make new ones. No registration is required, just show up and deal.

Winter Giving Tree

 When you contribute to the Foundation’s Winter Giving Tree, you’re helping underwrite many special library programs and services that are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

 So next time you visit GPL, and you see the Giving Tree in the lobby, think of all the events –for kids, teens, and adults — you’ve enjoyed.  Thank you for your generosity.

This year, you're — in effect — giving double. An anonymous donor is matching your contributions, dollar for dollar!

Parents: Looking for a special gift for your child’s teachers? Give them a Star on the Giving Tree. We’ll send an acknowledgement to you and the teacher.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

The Reluctant Dragon

will be at GPL

 Schenectady Theatre for Children will be at GPL on Friday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m., to present The Reluctant Dragon, the story of a young boy who makes friends with a poetry-loving dragon. This is wonderful for the boy and the dragon, but it makes the villagers in the boy’s town frightened and angry. St. George is called to slay the dragon, but events turn out differently than anyone expects! (Good thing, too.)  Children are going to really enjoy this program.

The Last Mohican and Fire

Two extraordinary movies open the year at GPL. On Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m., the First Friday Family Film series presents a children’s flick about planes, and fire and rescue. This film is 83 minutes long, and is rated PG. It’s a hoot.

And then GPL's Local Connections Film Series picks up on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., with the movie adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans. Albany and the Adirondack Region are featured settings in this film. The movie runs 112 minutes, and is rated R.  There will be popcorn.

Holiday hours

 GPL will close at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and be closed all day Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, for the New Year’s holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 2.  Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

— Photo from Mark Curiale

Holiday angels at the library: Some Guilderland Public Library staffers — from left, Kim LaPlant, library clerk; Laurie Vincent, senior library clerk; Tim Wiles, director; and Heather Ringler, senior library clerk — stand behind the gifts that library staff donated to the Chamber’s Holiday Angels Program.

Come to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., to enjoy a musical respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. 

Suburban Sounds, chorale group, will sing seasonal favorites, and some selections sure to become new favorites. Their calming, peaceful, and entertaining renditions are just the thing to put the joy back into this joyful time.

Giving back to Guilderland

In the spirit of holiday giving, the staff of the library took part in the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Angels Program.

The Holiday Angels Program is designed to reach out to, and help, families in need or who have fallen on hard times this holiday season right here in Guilderland. 

Gingerbread Friends

story time

Kids and their folks are invited to join us for a special holiday Gingerbread Friends story time at GPL on Monday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

You’ll hear wonderful gingerbread stories and music, do some fun movement, and make your own gingerbread friend to take home with you.

Winter Giving Tree

When you contribute to the Foundation’s Winter Giving Tree, you’re helping underwrite many special library programs and services that are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

 

So next time you visit GPL, and you see the Giving Tree in the lobby, think of all the events — for kids, teens, and adults — you’ve enjoyed. Thank you for your generosity.

This year, you're in effect giving double. An anonymous donor will match your contributions, dollar for dollar.

Parents, are you looking for a special gift for your child’s teachers? Give them a Star on the Giving Tree. We’ll send an acknowledgement to you and the teacher.

Holiday hours

GPL will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

About the Library

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

In a multi-media lecture at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., author and food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of Saint Nicholas, and explains how this humble person became the icon that he is today.

“Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents & Treats” is part of the “Speakers in the Humanities” series that brings distinguished scholars to audiences across New York.

Rose will explain the various changes in Saint Nicholas’s veneration, and relate how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th Century and transformed into Santa in the 19th Century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, and fine arts to describe the extraordinary story of Saint Nicholas, which has had a lasting impact on American culture.

 Rose will have her latest book, Delicious December, available for purchase at this event.  Along with her work as an author, she is a columnist and food historian. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history at The Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Culinary Institute of America, New York University, The New-York Historical Society, and many other societies and libraries in New York State.

This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

No registration required. Just come on in.

Come to the Hobbit party

Children and families are cordially invited to GPL on Friday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m., to join friends and neighbors for a splendid Hobbit party celebrating the release of the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
This fun time of crafts, activities, and other Hobbity-fun is for every Hobbit fan, regardless of age. There will be popcorn, a photo booth, and a costume contest. You don’t need to wear a costume, but you can if you want to. No movie will be shown at this program.

 Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming to the Hobbit party.

Living Well for Boomers

The third and final “Living Well for Boomers and Beyond: A CDPHP Wellness Workshop” will be held at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

This vital session shows Baby Boomers how to focus on healthy living for years to come. Among the topics covered are eating well, staying active, and getting the best night’s sleep for optimal health.

Registration is required; please call 456-2400, ext. 2. You can also sign up online at guilpl.org; go to the event calendar for Dec. 16, and click on the “Living Well for Boomers” link. 

The Local Connections Film Series

Parts of this movie adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence — showing at GPL on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. — were filmed right in Troy.

 This great addition to our Local Connections Film Series is the "tale of 19th Century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin." — www.imdb.com.

It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder, and was directed by Martin Scorsese.  Rated PG, it was released in 1993, and is 139 minutes long.

Need a gift

If you need a special gift for the avid readers in your life, come to GPL’s Better Books Sale on Saturday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 10 a.m. This sale has some special items, not the least of which being items from the late Joseph E. Persico’s personal library.

Holiday hours

GPL will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 26. Your virtual hometown library is always open at www.guilpl.org.

About the Library

 The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org. Check out the unofficial library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

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