Got drugs? Get rid of them!

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can get rid of all your unused or expired medications at a National Drug Take-Back Day drop-off point in the Guilderland Library’s parking lot, no questions asked.

The Library and the Guilderland Police Department have teamed up for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide Drug Take-Back Day, a one-day collaborative effort between the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies that focuses on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from your home.

All surrendered expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals/controlled substances and other medications are destroyed by law enforcement officers. Not only does this program provide an opportunity for community agencies to collaborate and establish a safe collection site, it also brings national attention to the issue of pharmaceuticals and controlled substance abuse.

What can be disposed:

— Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances; and

— Medication in its original container or removed from its container can be disposed of directly into the disposal boxes.  (If an original container is submitted, be sure to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.)

What cannot be disposed:

— No sharps and syringes.

Drug Take-Back Day officials will not ask questions of nor request identification from anyone. It’s your best opportunity to rid yourself of hazardous medications that can bring harm to you and others in your household.

Sonny & Perley Trio: Tribute to Frank Sinatra

The ever-popular Sonny & Perley Trio will perform a tribute to Frank Sinatra, in celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th Birthday, at GPL on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

Think of your favorite Sinatra song, and you’ll probably hear it.  Not only will Sonny & Perley perform Sinatra’s timeless standards, they will also dig deeper into Frank’s catalog to render some lesser-known but beloved ballads.

 

Alzheimer's Workshop: Dementia Conversations

Community Caregivers is holding a very important Alzheimer’s workshop at GPL on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. This session will give you very helpful tips to assist you with difficult conversations related to dementia, including doctor visits, decisions about driving, and making legal and financial plans. Please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 ext. 2.

Planning for children with special needs

Carol Van Valkenburgh, Registered Representative with Foresters Financial, will speak at GPL on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., and present a program on planning for the future and creating an effective plan for an individual with special needs. Discussion will include medical, legal, financial, and educational considerations. Please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 ext. 2.

Mighty Superhero Drawing Workshop

Do you enjoy drawing? Do you love superheroes? Then come to GPL on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m., for the “Mighty Superhero Drawing Workshop,” which is part of Free Comic Book Day.  Come learn to draw amazing superheroes and villains! No previous drawing skills are required – all you need is a No. 2 pencil.  Grades 6-12; please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 x 4.

 

You’re a teen with boatloads of musical talent. And you want to share this talent with friends, family, and community at the Guilderland Public Library’s “Coffeehouse Open Mic Night for Teens!” on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. And we want you to do it!

But, before you can share it, you have to let us know your name, and what kinds of set-up and sound needs you have. And you need to do it by Tuesday, April 19.  So e-mail ronaldk@guilpl.org with the particulars, but do it soon. There is limited space, and the last time we did this, we had quite a turnout.

No registration is required to attend this event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided by our local Starbucks.

Fabric self-portrait

Come to the library on Friday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m., and celebrate Earth Day with us.

Learn about textile art as we use bits of fabric, yarn, and glittery sequins to create portraits of ourselves. Please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to let us know you’re coming; we’ll have your favorite fabrics waiting for you.

Coloring for adults

A coloring session great for stress relief, isn't just for kids anymore; it’s become quite the thing for adults, too. So come to the library for Coloring for Adults on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m.

We all need a creative outlet; and why should kids have all the fun? In these craft programs for adults we will explore different ways to express ourselves through the arts.  We supply the coloring sheets, the colored pencils and markers, and a relaxing environment to get in touch with your Inner Crayola; you supply your own coloring inspiration. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

 

On Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m., GPL kicks off a three-part series on homeopathy with “Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine.”

Homeopathic medicine is a 200-year-old holistic healing art and science, the principles of which have a great deal to teach us regarding the nature of health and illness, the importance of the mind-body connection, and the self-healing capacity of the human organism.

Join Dr. Larry Malerba as he explains this poorly understood but rapidly growing approach to healing, gives practical first-aid tips that can be used at home for common ailments, and offers insight into the reasons behind the rising tide of chronic illness in America and how the trend can be reversed.  Dr. Malerba will have copies of his books for sale.  Please call 456-2400 x 2 to register.

All About the new SAT

If you’re taking the SATs this year (or are the parent or guardian of a teen who is), then it’s in your best interest to attend “All about the New SAT” at GPL on Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 pm.

So much depends upon this test, and major changes are being introduced, including updates to the vocabulary, essay, and evidence-based reading sections. This informational session with Umang Sharma will tell you what you should expect from the new format.

Umang is a graduate of the University at Albany currently serving in the US Army. He has been a tutor for eight years and is a certified instructor for the Revised SAT through the Princeton Review. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend this important event.  Please register by calling 456-2400 x 4.

American Classics Discusses ‘Cat’s Cradle’

Lovers of fiction are invited to join Guilderland's own Andy Genovese on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. for this month’s American Classics book discussion. You’ll examine Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” called by the New York Times “a free-wheeling vehicle … an unforgettable ride.”

If you’ve read the book, you’re going to love the discussion. If you’ve not read the book, or it’s been a while, come anyway, because after the discussion you’ll go right to the fiction stacks and take it out.

Published in 1963, “Cat’s Cradle” explores issues and situations that are strikingly relevant today, everything from the way science and technology have changed our lives, to examinations of religion and free will. Along the way, it skewers the arms race and other situations that – good or bad – surround us now.

Please register for this entertaining book discussion by calling 456-2400 x 2.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Visit the Library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” Library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the Library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

The Secret pH Life of Gardens will be the focus of the third and final part of the Guilderland Public Library’s gardening series — this one on the effects pH has on your garden, on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m.,  by the great folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Join CCE Master Gardener Mary Carol White for a fascinating look at what goes into having healthy soil, and why it is important. Being knowledgeable about your soil is the all-important key to gardening success. Each class participant will receive a coupon for one free soil pH test with CCE. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re attending.

Welcome spring

 

On Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m., bring children ages 3 through 6 to GPL to welcome spring with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar!”  Watch as the caterpillar eats his way through lots of yummy foods. Act out the story, make a caterpillar hat, and get your very own copy of the book to take home. This is a WMHT Family Literacy program, with Barbara Lucas. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’ll be there.

Writing reception

All participants in the teen winter writing contest are invited to a reception on Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Winners will read selections from their entries, and honorable mentions will be announced.

Concert

The Gospel group, Heavenly Echoes, will perform a free concert at GPL on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. All are welcome

Be a community leader

If you want to have a voice in how the library serves its community, running for office to become one of the 11 library trustees who oversee library policy is the way to go.

Incumbents and new candidates may run for a board seat by obtaining an information packet at the library. Everyone picking up a packet must sign their name, address, and phone number; this information is required by the school district. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 17; this election is concurrent with votes on the library budget, school district budget, and election of members of the school board.

Please call library director Tim Wiles at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, with any questions.

Magician Jim Snack will present two programs at the Guilderland Pubic Library on Sunday, March 6.

Jim Snack is returning to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, March 6, for two exciting, magical events.

The first  “You Can Do Magic!”  is a registered workshop that starts at 2 p.m. Jim will let children age 8 and older in on some of the secrets behind his very magic tricks. To register for this workshop, please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Then at 3 p.m., Jim presents his wonderful “Magic Show” for children of all ages. Packed with audience participation, and full of fun, it’s a family-friendly event not to be missed. No registration required for the show; just walk in and witness the wonder in your children’s eyes.

Your vegetable garden

Join us for the second part of our gardening series, this one on vegetable gardens, on Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. This program is brought to you by the great folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Do you want to have a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to start? Join CCE’s horticulture educator, Sue Pezzolla, for a class on all the basics to get you started in growing vegetables. This class will also be a good review for seasoned gardeners with questions about best practices for the home gardener regarding an organic approach to cultivating great veggies.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re attending.

Then save March 12  for CCE’s “The Nitty Gritty of Soil.”

Drop-in genealogy

Professional genealogist and Guilderland resident Lisa Dougherty is available for free family-history consultations on a drop-in basis at GPL on Wednesday, March 9, from 6  to 8 p.m.

This is a regular program: Ms. Dougherty will be at GPL the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your questions and 'brick walls' for help finding solutions.

She is a former volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, and now devotes her time to lecturing around the area on family history, and assisting family researchers. A whiz at Ancestry.com, she specializes in online research and the effective use of websites to investigate family history. Visit her website at www.upstatenygenealogy.com.

Be a community leader

If you want to have a voice in how the library serves its community, running for office to become one of the 11 library trustees who oversee library policy is the way to go.

Incumbents and new candidates may run for a board seat by obtaining an information packet at the library.  Everyone picking up a packet must sign their name, address, and phone number; this information is required by the school district. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 17; this election is concurrent with votes on the library budget, school district budget, and election of members of the school board.

Please call the library director Tim Wiles at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, with any questions.

Writing reception

All participants in the Teen Winter Writing Contest are invited to a reception on Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Winners will read selections from their entries, and honorable mentions will be announced.

Welcome spring

Kids, welcome spring at GPL on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m., with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and watch as he eats his way through lots of yummy foods. Act out the story, make a caterpillar hat, and get your very own copy of the book to take home. Please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to let the caterpillar know you’re coming.

Board meets

GPL’s board of trustees will hold its monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 10, at 7 pm. Among the items to be discussed is the proposed budget for GPL’s 2016-17 fiscal year. The public is encouraged to attend.

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