Got drugs? Get rid of them, no questions asked!

On Saturday, April 29, 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.

Previous Drug Take-Back Days at GPL have brought in record amounts of unwanted, expired and unused medications, showing how necessary this program is.  Please don’t let this opportunity to rid your home of these hazards pass you by.

All surrendered pharmaceuticals/controlled substances 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 all over-the-counter substances;

— 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.

For parents with minor children, having the right financial plan and estate-planning documents is critical to ensure a secure future for your family, so you should attend “Investing and Estate Planning 101: Securing your Family's Financial Future” at the Guilderland Public Library on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

Conor Bryant, CFP and Keri Vanderwarker, Esq. will teach you how to best plan for wealth accumulation, insurance needs, and college. You’ll also learn about the estate planning documents parents need to protect the financial interests of their spouse and children. Please register for this important class by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Audubon

“Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America,” a film screening at GPL on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m., is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.

Audubon’s obsessions cost him and his family dearly, but his work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Henry David Thoreau to Teddy Roosevelt, and has helped to preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented.

Gardening

Pinterest! It can be all about … gardening. And that’s what our Pinterest Wins class on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. is all about.  And since it’s Spring – and feels like it, too – there’s no better time.

Martie Teumim, veteran master gardener volunteer from Albany County, will present “Awakening the Garden in Spring,” covering everything from amending your soil to choosing and siting seeds and plants. Tips on handling the effects of climate change in your garden will also be covered. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Drug Take-Back Day

Save the date to ditch the drugs. On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., GPL and the Guilderland Police Department are teaming 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’s focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.

The collection point will be in the library’s parking lot.  ust drop the stuff off; no questions asked.

Musical Mystery Story Time

Local singer-songwriter and educator Tor Loney returns to lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement class at GPL on Monday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. You’ll listen to stories, dance, sing along while Tor plays his guitar, try out different instruments, and more.

— Photo by Danny Schmidt

Andrew Calhoun, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Woodstock Folk Festival, will sing Robert Burns’s songs at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, April 9.

Celebrate the life, songs, and poems of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. On Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m., the Guilderland Public Library is hosting Andrew Calhoun who will sing Robert Burns’s songs to the long-neglected original melodies to which the poet composed his lyrics.

Andrew will also read selections from his new book, “Warlock Rhymer, English translations of Robert Burns’ Scots poems,” published by Artemis Books, and relate the tale of Burns’s brief and blazing life.

Optimizing your presence online

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Do you want to collaborate online through Google? Find out how easy it is to best use these and other online tools when you come to GPL tonight Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. for Optimizing Your Online Presence.

Internet expert and William K. Sanford Library Director Evelyn Neale will give you practical tips on building and improving your professional online presence by using the appropriate online platforms. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Build your network on LinkedIn

If you’re not on LinkedIn, why not? Come to GPL on Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. and Sarah McFadden from Cornell Cooperative Extension will show you how to connect with professionals in your field, or build an online resume with LinkedIn. Please register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext 2.

Musical Mystery Story Time

Local singer-songwriter and librarian Tor Loney returns to GPL on Monday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. to lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement storytime.

Yoga-inspired Story time

Early literacy skills encourage success in school! Join us at GPL on Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and yoga-inspired movement!

Preschool Yoga-Inspired StoryTime is for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Younger siblings are always welcome. Please dress for movement and bring either a yoga mat or a towel.

Tea talks

If you love tea, then you need to come to the library on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. to learn all about teas and tisanes, especially those that you can grow in your garden.

Origami fun

Learn about origami and then create your own masterpiece, perhaps a paper crane, when you come to GPL on Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m. GPL will supply the paper and fun, you supply the creativity. Open to children grades three to six; parents/caregivers are welcome to join. Please let us know you’re coming by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Better books sale

There are bargains galore on books, CDs, DVDs and more at the Guilderland Public Library's next Better Books Sale on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good hunting.

 

There is a very special concert coming up at the Guilderland Public Library: On Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., the Guilderland High School’s Chamber Choir and Chamber Strings groups perform a Sunday concert, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook and so much more.

The Chamber Choir is a highly select group of mixed voices drawn from the Concert Choir. This talented ensemble makes frequent appearances within the community at various functions. Past events include tree lighting ceremonies at Stuyvesant Plaza and town hall, radio appearances on WGY and WFLY, and a fully staged opera.

The Chamber Strings are among the best musicians from the Concert and Symphony Orchestras. They show a superior level of dedication and talent, and play selections that are demanding yet have wide audience appeal. The Chamber Strings often play throughout the community, and act as “ambassadors” for the string program and the music program as a whole.

FSN open house science fair

Over the past several months, Family Science Nights have brought local college science and engineering departments to GPL to share “great science!” with students in grades three through six.

It all comes to a head on Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Open House Science Fair when these grade-school scientists show us what they’ve learned.  

Optimizing your presence online

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Do you want to collaborate online through Google? Find out how easy it is to best use these and other online tools when you come to GPL on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30.m. for Optimizing Your Online Presence.

Internet expert (and William K. Sanford library director) Evelyn Neale will give you practical tips on building and improving your professional online presence by using the appropriate online platforms.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or by using the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org. Go to April 6, and click on the program link.

The upside of downloading

The great thing about downloading free library books or magazines to your iPhone or Kindle is that all these books or magazines go anywhere you take your device. Find out how easy it is to download by coming to GPL on Wednesday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m., for Overdrive Office Hours.

Devices we can help you with include Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and laptops.

Sign up today for a one-on-one session with a librarian expert. Please bring your library card and your device to the appointment. Register in-person, or call the library at 518-456-2400, ext. 2.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave., 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).

 

Are you puzzled by confusing health information, or concerned that you're unqualified to ask questions of your doctor, or that you're wasting your doctor’s time? If so, come to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m., for a hands-on workshop — suitable for everyone — where you will learn to be an effective advocate for yourself and your loved ones.

Your doctor wants you to be well-informed and an active partner in your care. Please join us to learn strategies for talking with your doctor and learning how to use information resources to improve health communication. Please note: this is not a discussion on the future of the Affordable Care Act; it is, however, a great presentation for helping you work with your medical professionals to get the best healthcare outcomes.

“Navigating the Healthcare Maze” is presented by Albany Medical College's Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education, and the Schaffer Library of Health Sciences; it is co-sponsored by Community Caregivers and the Guilderland Public Library.

Please register for this hands-on health workshop by calling 456-2400, ext. 2. Light refreshments will be served.

Celebrate the best in children’s lit

Enjoy an afternoon with adult fans of children’s literature at GPL on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m., with a Caldecott Newbery Tea.

Professionals (authors, illustrators and librarians) in the field share their insights into the 2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books.

Please register for this literary event by calling 456-2400, ext. 4. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn the art of Mediterranean cooking

In what promises to be one of the most delightfully aromatic events at GPL this year, come to “Mediterranean Cooking” on Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., and learn some healthy cooking techniques using more olive oil, tasty vegetables and hearty whole grains for a heart-healthy diet.

Presented by Karen Roberts Mort — Nutrition Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension: Albany County — the class includes food preparation and samples! Seats are limited, so sign up now by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 2.

“Paper, Paper, Paper! Get Organized!”

If every horizontal surface is covered, bills are lost or not paid, and you can’t find things when you need them, then “Paper, Paper, Paper! Get Organized with Jordana Turcotte”  at GPL on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.  is for you!

Professional organizer Jordana Turcotte will discuss what to keep, what to throw out, and how to set up an effective to system to manage it all. This program is offered through CDPHP.

Please register for this class by calling 456-2400 ext. 2. And mark it on your calendar right now.

Spa Edition!

On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. GPL’s “Pinterest Wins!” event turns its attention to … the spa!

Join us as we experiment in making homemade spa day essentials! Using ingredients easy to find in your own home, we'll make scrubs, soaps, and bath bombs. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  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).

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