— Photo by Patrick Renzi Photography

Celebrating 25 Years at 2228 Western: Greeters, from left, Guilderland Library Foundation directors Lisa Brainard, Jane Bonavita, Erin Lancraft, and Susan Nevins were in the spirit for the Oct. 26 “Get Jazzed up for GPL” where each of the 150 guests received a small glass of prosecco.

On Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Peter Voelker of Helderberg Meadworks will share the secrets of making all-natural mead. This versatile drink can be enjoyed plain, or even in cocktails.

You’ll learn the basics so you can make mead at home. There will be tastings, so those age 21 and over can pick up their free tickets to this event by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 3.

Guitar serenade

Renowned guitarist Maria Zemantauski will perform a free concert at the library on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She has performed in Spain, Italy, and across the continental United States to great acclaim.

No registration is required, but you should come early for a good spot!

Teens: Write your own story

November is National Writing Month, and we’re kicking it off on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. with a writing workshop featuring award-winning author Janine De Tillio.

Over the course of three sessions, we will focus on writing compelling characters and building plot to create exciting stories. All level of writers are welcome. Bring a notebook and pen or pencil. Call 518-456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Families can STEAM at the library

Our popular Family STEAM nights are back.

On Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., we will host the Sienna Physics Club. Grades two and up can register for this monthly program where GPL teams up with local colleges to bring you science fun! Call 518-456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

GPL pops up at Crossgates

Are you a mall walker? If so, join us at Crossgates Mall on Friday, Nov. 3, between 8:30 and 10 a.m. for a mall ramble.

Be sure to visit the library’s table to learn about all the cool, new items you can borrow from GPL.

Discover the art of Japanese tea

Short and Stout Tea takes us to Japan on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll discuss the history of tea, health benefits, and much more. Call 518-456-2400, ext. 3 to register.

Dungeons and Dragons

If you've always wanted to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons, now is the time.

We'll be running a six-session “Funhouse” style campaign that begins on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. Make your own character and learn how to play. Bring dice if you’ve got them, or borrow ours.

Please register by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 3, or online at guilderlandlibrary.org.  Note: When you register for this session, you are automatically registered for all six sessions: Nov. 4, 18, 25 and Dec. 2, 9, and 16.

Celebrating 25 Years at 2228 Western

Each of the 150 or so guests who attended the Guilderland Library Foundation’s “Jazzy GPL” celebration at the library the evening of Oct. 26 received a small glass of prosecco to mark the library’s quarter-century at its 2228 Western Avenue home.

The evening’s theme was “Get Jazzed up for GPL,” and these greeters were certainly in the spirit as were many of the guests.  Pictured, from left, Foundation Directors Lisa Brainard, Jane Bonavita, Erin Lancraft, and Susan Nevins.  Picture courtesy of Patrick Renzi Photography, used with permission.


Get Jazzed Up for GPL! The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a fun-filled event that celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the founding of our cherished library and the 25th year of our library building.

The celebration will be held the evening of Thursday, Oct. 26 at the library. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and it will be a very special, Gatsby-themed cocktail reception. You’re encouraged to sport your Roaring ‘20s attire and enjoy the jazz atmosphere provided by the Skip Parsons Marmalade Quartet.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come to the library, meet your neighbors, friends, and local community officials, and support the fundraising efforts of the Library Foundation.

This promises to be a grand celebration, and I do hope you’ll join us! To purchase your tickets, please go to bit.ly/JazzyGPL.  Your support is vital to keeping our library the center of our community.

Labor Day weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2; through Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day weekend. If you want to renew material, reserve your next read, or get information about upcoming classes at the Library, please visit our website at www.guilderlandlibrary.org. It’s always open!


Dr. David Oshinsky, author of “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital”, will speak at the Guilderland Public Library as part of the library’s Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Speakers Series, the evening of Thursday, June 22.

Dr. Oshinsky’s Talk will be at 7 p.m. There will be an author’s reception at 6:15 p.m.; reservations for the reception can be made at www.guilpl.org/oshinsky.

Bellevue Hospital, on New York City’s East Side, occupies a colorful and terrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted derelicts, lunatics, and exotic-disease sufferers. In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic, social catastrophe or groundbreaking scientific advance  that did not touch Bellevue.

David Oshinsky, whose last book, “Polio: An American Story”, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America’s oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation’s preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

Copies of both Bellevue and Polio are available for sale now at the Library; they will also be for sale at the talk.  Dr. Oshinsky will be available for autographs.

What In the World Is Facebook?

GPL is excited to host a Facebook 101 program for seniors and other newbies; it’s being held on Friday, June 16 at 2 p.m. The Albany Guardian Society, in collaboration with MicroKnowledge Inc., will teach a 90-minute class that shows you what Facebook's all about. Please bring your device and your login information, including passwords, to this class.

Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., will host a special class for senior citizens, “Avoiding Common Scams.” This class will be held at GPL on Friday, June 9 at 11 a.m.

Anticipated speakers will include representatives from the Better Business Bureau and AT&T. They will offer practical, proven guidance on how to recognize a scam, what to do if you are victim of a scam.

This is a free class, open to all, but of particular interest to our community’s senior citizens. Refreshments will be served.

Documentary film

Join Amanda Bailly, a young filmmaker from Guilderland, as she presents her documentary film "8 Borders, 8 Days,"  a story of family survival at GPL on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m.

This compelling film tells the story of a fierce single mother of two from Syria who decides risking their lives in a raft is safer than staying behind on land. This film is an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

The evening will be moderated by Paul Grondahl of the New York State Writers Institute and the Times Union. A Q & A with the director will follow. We will also be joined by special guest Sana Mustafa, whose own story of escaping Syria has been featured in the “New York Times”.

What In the World Is Facebook?

GPL is excited to host a Facebook 101 program for seniors and other newbies; it’s being held on Friday, June 16, at 2 p.m. The Albany Guardian Society, in collaboration with MicroKnowledge Inc., will teach a 90-minute class to show you what Facebook's all about. Please bring your device and your login information, including passwords, to this class.

 Art at the library

The Guilderland Seniors are holding their Annual Art Exhibit in the Library’s Helderberg Room through June. Be sure to come in to see this extraordinary show.

Better book sale

 It’s not too early to get your beach reading, so come to GPL’s Better Books Sale on Saturday, June 10. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good hunting!

Board meeting

GPL’s Trustees will hold their monthly business meeting on Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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.