Zack McDermott’s “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love,” will be the subject of a pop-up book discussion Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Participants may keep the book, thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Not sure how to get started crafting your college admissions essays? Looking for a second opinion?  Take advantage of this opportunity to get a jump on the process before school starts!

Kelly Linehan, a National Board-certified teacher and independent educational consultant, will be available at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Wednesday evening, Aug. 21, to meet with students entering grades 11 and 12 for a one-on-one 15-minute session.

Bring your questions, plus any essay drafts if you have them, to help make your submissions the best they can be. Please register for one session online, by phone, or in person.   

Celestial Candleholders

On Thursday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m., take an ordinary glass jar and transform it into something special using a variety of paint and glitter techniques. The simply stellar results might just amaze you! This program is for ages 12 to 17. Please register online, by phone or in person.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Our space movie Thursdays conclude on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. with an epic film:  “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” A lonely boy befriends a homesick alien stranded on Earth and attempts to help him find his way home, while a group of government scientists attempt to capture the gentle visitor for research.

Serving double duty as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a poignant portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's remarkable tale is an enduring slice of movie magic for all ages. Rated PG; popcorn will be served.

Library Club

Join us Friday, Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for a summer meeting of Library Club to talk about our plans for programs and projects for the school year, and of course - our favorite books!  For grades 3 to 5. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Magician Jim Snack

We’re excited to welcome back veteran Magician Jim Snack Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a summer reading grand finale performance that’s sure to amaze and delight all ages.  Arrive early for a good seat, and bring the whole family!

Ukulele jam

Whether you play ukulele, or want to learn, all skill levels are welcome to join the fun on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for our inaugural jam!  Thereafter we’ll meet the fourth Thursday of each month for this family-friendly program.

Bring your own ukulele (or check one out from us!). No registration is required, just drop in.

Share the Summer Harvest 

Calling all gardeners and gourmets! Bring your homegrown bounty of tomatoes and other homegrown fruits and vegetables, or your favorite dish that incorporates seasonal produce, on Monday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. date was rescheduled).

We’ll award a prize for the most delicious tomato, judged by popular choice.  No green thumb? No problem, we still need tasters for this harvest feast. Sample more types of tomatoes than you knew existed, introduce your kids to some healthy treats, and help us pick the best tomato.

Pop-Up book discussion

Thanks to our sponsor, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, we’re inviting eight people to participate in this “pop-up” book discussion, Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Participants get to keep a free copy of “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love.”

The author’s unflinching memoir of coming face-to-face with his bipolar disorder, and his mother’s unwavering support during his odyssey, is described as “glorious” by the New York Times, and “rueful, funny, and utterly authentic” by Kirkus Reviews. Please register online, by phone, or in person.   

Back-to-School Clothing Swap

Has your child outgrown last year’s school clothes? Trade them in for something new to you! 

First, bring clothing items in “like new” condition (no stains, rips, stretching; no socks, underwear, or swimwear; and recently cleaned) on Drop-Off Day, Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.  Please keep in mind that we cannot accept clothing others would not be pleased to receive.

You’ll get a credit for each item brought in, which may be redeemed on Shopping Day, Friday,  Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. (ten items maximum per family). Any leftover clothing will be donated to Goodwill.  Crafts will be available to keep little ones occupied while you shop.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Lisa Dougherty, a professional genealogist with 20 years of experience, provides personalized family research assistance at the Guilderland Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.

Out of This World Carnival: Come on down to your favorite fun and free destination, the Guilderland Public Library, on Friday, Aug. 9, anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. for carnival games, face-painting, sno-cones, popcorn, and other out-of-this world surprises! This is a family-friendly, all-ages event. 

Better Books Sale

Those in the know mark the second Saturday of the month on their calendars for this epic treasure trove of deals galore, next happening Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early for the best selection of books, DVDs and CDs!    

Can Ducks Ride Bikes?

Join WMHT's Barbara Lukas Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a fun family literacy program based on the classic kids' book Duck on a Bike. Kids entering pre-Kindergarten through grade 2 will enjoy a morning of reading, crafting and fun! All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Ultimate Tournament

Let’s get ready to rumble — video game-style! Show off your Super Smash Bros. skills as you compete against other gamers in head-to-head rounds. The winner of each round advances until The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Champion emerges victorious.

This game is rated Everyone 10+, and this tournament is for those entering grades 3 to 12. Please register online, by phone. or in person.

Books in the Barnyard

Look for us at the Altamont Fair Tuesday, Aug. 13 as GPL librarians share special animal-themed story times at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. See you at the fairgrounds!

Starlab

The Dudley Observatory at MiSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) will fascinate us with multiple programs accessing their portable Starlab planetarium on Wednesday, Aug. 14. 

At 1:30 p.m., children entering grades Kindergarten through grade 5 become “Seasonal Stargazers,” discovering why the sun and other stars appear to move through the sky in predictable patterns, both daily and seasonally.

At 2:45 p.m., kids entering grades Kindergarten through grade 2 look for patterns and make predictions based on the rotation of the Earth with “As the Earth Spins.”

At 4 p.m., grades 3 to 5 learn about the connection between Greek mythology and seasonal constellations with the “Andromeda to Zeus” segment.

At 5:45 p.m., the Seasonal Stargazer program repeats for grades kindergarten through grade 5.

Then at 7 p.m., “Andromeda to Zeus” gets more in-depth for grades 6 to 12, as participants predict the regular motion of celestial objects. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Drop-in genealogy

Would you like to dig a little deeper to uncover your family roots, but aren’t sure how to get started?  Or perhaps you’re at a standstill researching your lineage?

Professional genealogist and Guilderland resident Lisa Dougherty is here to help. Lisa brings 20 years of experience and provides free family history consultations on a drop-in basis the second Wednesday of each month.

The next session is slated for Wednesday,  Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your questions and challenges for help finding answers. Also, see her website: http://www.upstatenygenealogy.com.

Celestial candleholders

On Thursday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m., take an ordinary glass jar and transform it into something special using a variety of paint and glitter techniques.

You may be amazed by the simply stellar results!  This program is for ages 12 to 17. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Space Movie: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

Our space movie Thursdays conclude on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. with an epic film: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” A lonely boy befriends a homesick alien stranded on Earth and attempts to help him find a way home. Forces collide when a group of government scientists attempt to capture the benevolent visitor for research.

Serving double duty as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a poignant portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg’s remarkable tale is an enduring slice of movie magic for all ages. The film is rated PG and popcorn will be served.

Library Club

Join us Friday, Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for a summer meeting of Library Club to talk about our plans for programs and projects for the school year, and of course — our favorite books! The club is for kids in grades 3 through 5. Please register online, by phone, or in person.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Think your garden variety tomato is the best?  Put it (and any other homegrown produce) to the test, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library.

During August, we’re screening a series of family-friendly space-themed movies, plus providing the popcorn. First up is “Space Jam” on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Synopsis:  An evil alien theme park owner (Danny DeVito) seeks a new attraction, and decides kidnapping Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes will fill the bill. Bugs challenges the bad guys to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens steal the powers of NBA basketball players Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, so Bugs enlists Michael Jordan to help thwart their evil plan.

The film is rated PG.

Explore gravity

Can you defy gravity? Let’s find out! 

On Tuesday,  Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology will lead us on a scientific journey as we experiment with hands-on learning activities revolving around planets, moons and stars.  This program is for Grades 3 to 5. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Sci-Fi Craft Night

Teens:  grab your companions and harness the Force within to boldly go where no craft night has gone before! Be here Wednesday,  Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. for multi-dimensional inspiration. 

We’ll provide the supplies and some ideas, while you bring your sci-fi fandoms and creativity!  Please register online, by phone or in person.

Tomato-tasting

Calling all gardeners and gourmets!

Bring your homegrown bounty of tomatoes and other homegrown fruits and vegetables, or your favorite dish that incorporates seasonal produce, on Wednesday,  Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a prize for the most delicious tomato, judged by popular choice.

No green thumb? No problem, join us for this harvest feast. Sample more types of tomatoes than you knew existed, introduce your kids to some healthy treats, and help us pick the best tomato.

Toddler Art Lab

On Thursday,  Aug. 8 at 3 p.m., toddlers from 18 to 36 months are invited to explore materials and techniques in this hands-on sensory program. Each toddler must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please dress for a mess, and register online, by phone or in person.

Out of This World Carnival

Come on down to your favorite fun and free destination (your local library) on Friday, Aug. 9 anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. for carnival games, face painting, sno-cones, popcorn, and other out-of-this world surprises!  This is a family-friendly all ages event.  

Better Books Sale

Those in the know mark the second Saturday of the month on their calendars for this epic treasure trove of deals galore, next happening Saturday, . Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early for the best selection of books, DVDs and CDs!    

Can ducks ride bikes?

Join WMHT's Barbara Lukas Saturday, . Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. for a fun family literacy program based on the classic kids’ book “Duck on a Bike.” Kids aged pre-K through grade 2 will enjoy a morning of reading, crafting and fun!

All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Please register online, by phone or in person.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

Let’s get ready to rumble — video game-style!  Show off your Super Smash Bros. skills as you compete against other teens and tweens in head-to-head rounds.

The winner of each round advance until The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Champion emerges victorious. This game is rated Everyone 10+, and this tournament is for grades 3 to 12.

Please register online, by phone or in person.

Books in the Barnyard

Look for us at the Altamont Fair Tuesday,  Aug. 13 as GPL librarians share special animal-themed storytimes at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. See you at the fairgrounds!

Starlab

The Dudley Observatory at MiSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) will fascinate us with multiple programs using their portable Starlab planetarium on Wednesday, Aug. 14. At 1:30 p.m., children entering grades kindergarten through grade 5 become “Seasonal Stargazers”, discovering why the sun and other stars appear to move through the sky in predictable patterns, both daily and seasonally. 

At 2:45 p.m., kids entering grades kindergarten through grade 2 look for patterns and make predictions based on the rotation of the Earth with “As the Earth Spins.” At 4 p.m. , grades 3 to 5 learn about the connection between Greek mythology and seasonal constellations with the “Andromeda to Zeus” segment.  At 5:45 p.m., the Seasonal Stargazer program repeats for grades kindergarten through grade 5. Then at 7 p.m., “Andromeda to Zeus” gets more in-depth for grades 6 to 12.

Participants will also predict the regular motion of celestial objects.  Please register online, by phone or in person.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson, public information specialist for the Guilderland Public Library

Jedi Academy is seeking new recruits to harness The Force, on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library.

Master the ways of the Jedi on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. Your cosmically comic Master of Ceremonies, Panniken Moonjumper, will guide your mission of intergalactic fun and adventure.

Young Jedi Warriors, Princesses, and Darth Vaders will enjoy comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, lightsaber lessons, and a visit from a furry alien sidekick at this family-friendly variety show.

Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character if you wish, and may the Force be with you! See http://www.davidengel.biz/jedi-academy for further information.

Out of This World Family Jam 

Kids and kids-at-heart alike will enjoy this toe-tappin’ session with the Hilltown Ramblers on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m., featuring folksy bluegrass tunes, traditional songs, original compositions, and sing-alongs. 

The Hilltown Ramblers have been delighting audiences for over 25 years, and this hand-picked repertoire of planetary songs aligns perfectly with our “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program!

Red’s Planet Book Party

First, register for this program designed for kids entering grades 3 to 5 online, by phone or in person.  Next, pick up a free copy of this graphic novel. Enjoy reading the book, then join us Monday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. for activities and space food. You can even keep the book; consider sharing the wealth by passing it along to a friend!  

Paint with your friends

Use our space to craft your own version of space!

Ages 12 to 17 are invited to join us, solo or with a companion, on Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m. to design your own unique interplanetary landscape. Please sign up in advance online, by phone or in person.  

Galaxy tote bags

Ages 12 to 17 are invited to get cosmically creative with us on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. The Studio for Art and Craft will lend their expertise as we experiment with various paint effects, decorating tote bags with a colorful galaxy scene. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Space Movie Thursdays

During August, we’re screening a series of family-friendly space-themed movies, plus providing the popcorn.  First up is “Space Jam” on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.  

Synopsis:  An evil alien theme park owner (Danny DeVito) seeks a new attraction, and decides kidnapping Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes will fill the bill. Bugs challenges the bad guys to a basketball game to determine their fate.

The aliens steal the powers of NBA basketball players Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, so Bugs enlists Michael Jordan to help thwart their evil plan. Rated PG.

Book Party

Calling all youngsters from pre-kindergarten through second grade: You’re invited to a book party! 

Join us on Friday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. for “Are We There, Yeti?”, a fun read-aloud, followed by music, movement, a yummy road trip snack and just maybe — a silly summer snowball fight!

Please notify us of any food allergies, and register online, by phone or in person.

Adult/Teen Spelling Bee

We’re offering several combined teen/adult programs this summer, including this fun night of word-based competition on Friday,  Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.

This is not your average spelling bee! Assemble a team of up to six friends or family members ages 13 and up and match wits for top honors. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Museum passes

Summer means road trips for many. If you can save on museum admission at the destination of your choice, all the better!

Any Upper Hudson Library system cardholder can get free or discounted admission to several museums located in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont by borrowing a museum pass from us. 

As with any of our Library of Things offerings, we can hold an available pass for one hour while you drive over to pick it up from us.  

Here are the museums:  Albany Institute of History and Art; The Bennington Museum; The Berkshire Museum; The Children’s Museum of Saratoga; The Children’s Museum of Science & Technology (CMOST); Clark Art Institute; Empire State Aerosciences; The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; The Farmer’s Museum; The Fenimore Art Museum; Grant Cottage; and Hancock Shaker Village.

Also: Hildene; The Hyde Collection; Mass MoCA; Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSCi); Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; Norman Rockwell Museum; Olana; The Old Stone Fort Museum; Schuyler Mansion; Springfield Museums; USS Slater; The Tang Art Gallery; The Wild Center; World Awareness Children’s Museum.

See our website for details:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/library-of-things.

The critically-acclaimed 2019 documentary “Apollo 11,” featuring never-before-seen footage, will be shown at the Guilderland Public Library on the 50th anniversary of this historic space mission, Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m.

The Hilltown Ramblers have been delighting audiences of all ages with their folksy bluegrass blend for over 25 years. They will perform an “Out of This World Family Jam” at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

Join us at the Guilderland Public Library for a special event on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of an extraordinary feat of technology and bravery: The first person to set foot onto the surface of the moon. 

This compilation, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission helmed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins by artfully repurposing archival footage, including 70-millimeter film previously unreleased to the public.

This film has garnered critical acclaim, including a 99-percent approval rating on rottentomatoes.com.  Relive — or discover for the first time — this pivotal moment in human history! Rated G; popcorn will be served.  

Iroquois Storytelling 

Experience this family-friendly storytelling event Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. highlighting the rich Native American tapestry of tradition. Brenda LaForme, cultural interpreter at the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, will weave compelling tales and share intriguing insights.

Ms. LaForme is a member of the Onondaga Beaver Clan. Her family is from Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario.

Cosmic Fairies

Let your imagination take flight Tuesday,  July 23 at 7 p.m. as you create one-of-a-kind fashionable fairies. Make them in several different colors to create a magnificent fantasy world.  This program is for ages 12 to 17. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Alien Slime and Space Rocks

We’ve read that outer space can be a gooey endeavor.  We’ll imagine what it’s like while making our own alien slime, moon sand, and space rocks on Wednesday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Kids entering grades 3 to 5 are invited to join the fun!  Please dress for a mess, and register online, by phone or in person.

CRASE Course

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events: Join Guilderland Police Department Community Outreach Officer Matt Hanzalik for an informative presentation on handling an active shooter situation, Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Arming yourself with knowledge and training can greatly increase your chances of survival.

Participants will watch video simulations of active shooter events in the workplace, Officer Hanzalik will demonstrate the best strategies to reduce risk, and we’ll conclude with a Q&A period.  Please note: This is an informational training session, not a simulation exercise.

Up, Up & Away

One of our favorite frequent flyers here at GPL, WMHT’s Barbara Lukas, will be here Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. to explore the principles of flight with us. 

We’ll experiment with all sorts of things, including hair dryers and ping pong balls, for a fun time of learning how objects stay airborne.  This program is designed for kids entering grades 2 to 4. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Toddler Art Lab

Our second Toddler Art Lab of the summer for ages 18 to 36 months happens Thursday,  July 25 at 3 p.m. Pint-sized Picassos are invited to explore materials and techniques in this hands-on sensory program. Each toddler must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please dress for a mess, and register online, by phone or in person.

Jedi Academy

Master the ways of the Jedi on Thursday,  July 25 at 6:30 p.m. with Panniken Moonjumper, a true master of intergalactic fun and adventure! 

At this family-friendly variety show, young Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will enjoy comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons, and a visit from a furry alien sidekick.  Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, and may the Force be with you!

Out of This World Family Jam 

Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy this family jam with the Hilltown Ramblers’ “northern blend” of folksy bluegrass tunes, traditional songs, original compositions and singalongs. Join us Saturday,  July 27 at 2 p.m. for a repertoire of songs about the earth, sun, and moon — the perfect complement to our “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program!

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Food donations are especially needed during the summer months. Non-perishable donations to the Guilderland Food Pantry may be dropped off in the lobby of the Guilderland Public Library. Look for this cart to the right, by the display cases. For more information, visit https://guilderlandfoodpantry.com or call 518-930-1001.

Join us Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Guilderland Public Library for books, songs, rhymes, puppets, music and movement, and more sensational summer fun! This interactive story time runs through Thursday, Aug. 15, for babies up to age 5 with a caregiver; older siblings are welcome.  

Toddler Art Lab

On Thursday,  July 11 at 3 p.m., toddlers aged 18-36 months are invited to explore materials and techniques in this hands-on sensory session. Please dress for a mess, and register online, by phone or in person.

3 Little Birds

Our popular 3 Little Birds: Music & Movement program returns Fridays, July 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m. for children ages birth to 5 years old and their caregivers. Sing, dance and join Penny, Poppy & Pete for a dynamic and interactive class worth tweeting about!

Escape the Starship

Teens: We’re counting on you (no pressure)! Your mission on Friday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m., should you choose to accept it, is to escape the Starship, save yourself, and the rest of the crew in only 60 minutes.  Up for the challenge? Let’s find out! This program is for Grades 7 to 12. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Better Books Sales

Our monthly market of modestly-priced merchandise is sure to please both your intellect and your wallet.  Stop by Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to snag some deals!  

50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, approximately 600 million people were glued to their TVs as a NASA crew landed on the moon – a seemingly impossible feat at the time. Join us on Saturday, July 15 at 4 p.m. for a live webcast event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. This webcast will feature a guided re-creation of the monumental voyage that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon, something only 12 people have achieved to date. 

Book Party with Willie Deane

On Tuesday,  July 16 at 2:30 p.m., meet local kids’ author Willie Deane. Mr. Deane grew up in Schenectady and played professional basketball for 15 years. He’ll share the inspiration for his book, “Love” (his young daughter, Sara), and answer questions about becoming a real published author.  We’ll also share a snack based on the book. For Grades 3 to 5. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Becoming a healthy vegan

A plant-based vegan diet -- perhaps this sounds appealing to you, but you’re wondering how you could actually pull it off.  On Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m., we’ll cover the four most common issues that keep people from truly “owning” their nutrition, taking charge of their wellness, and addressing their health issues the healthy vegan way.

Presenter Kristin Kulow is an Oneonta-based health and wellness coach with certificates in plant-based nutrition and diabetes prevention lifestyle coaching.  For teens and adults. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Pizza Shop Book-Tasting Party

Hungry for some new material? Join us Tues. July 16 at 6 p.m. for pizza and a “taste” of new books that you can check out for your summer reading!  For Grades 6 to 9. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Kawaii DIY Felt Pouches

Grades 6 to 8 are invited to join us on Wednesday,  July 17 at 3 p.m. to make an adorable Kawaii style pouch for your iPhone, glasses, or to hold your change. Get creative and practical at the same time!  Please register online, by phone or in person.

Writing Workshop with Donna Liquori

Love to write? Bring your ideas for essays, short fiction and poetry to a three-part writing workshop entitled “Write it Down: A Writing Workshop” with Times Union book columnist Donna Liquori. The first of three sessions is slated for Wednesday,  July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Suitable for ages 12 through adult. Please register online, by phone or in person for all three sessions: July 17, 24 and /31.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson of the Guilderland Public Library

Celebrating among the stacks: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, left, speaks at the Guilderland Public Library on June 25 about reinstatement of the $20 million state library construction fund. Upper Hudson Library System Executive Director Tim Burke, center, also spoke as did Altamont Library Director Joe Burke. The speakers also noted the importance of summer reading programs, and the approval of Guilderland's library renewal referendum in May.

 

— Photo from the Dudley Observatory website. 

Dr. Valerie Rapson from the Dudley Observatory will conduct a “Beginner’s Guide to Using a Telescope” for all ages, on Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library. GPL is adding telescopes to its Library of Things that may be checked out, in conjunction with the “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program.

The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair 

Photobombed by an alpaca: Six-year-old Jaiden Diaz peeks out from around the furry head of alpaca Griffin, at the June 21 celebration of National Llama Appreciation Day at the Guilderland Public Library. Kids could decorate and then keep small felt llamas made by 4-Her Emma Hunt’s grandfather, Dave Appleby. 

The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair 

Llamas at the Library: Three-year-old Amelia Rapp reaches out to pet a llama named River at the Guilderland Public Library on June 21, during a celebration to mark National Llama Appreciation Day. Two llamas and one alpaca from Wunsapana Farm in Guilderland Center were in the library courtyard to greet youngsters. The creatures were handled by members of farm owner Teri Conroy’s Wunsapana Llamas 4-H Club including Elara Newell, center, who holds River’s lead.

We’re over the moon about A Universe of Stories, blasting off on Friday, June 28! Stop by the Guilderland Public Library either from 3 to 4 p.m. or from 6 to 7 p.m. for ice cream and details on all the stellar selections awaiting you.

An enticing host of activities spanning early childhood to adult promises to keep everyone engaged, educated, and entertained throughout the dog days of summer. Take a look at the full schedule — several programs are designed for all ages.

Sign-up for registered programs starts two weeks prior to the event. Check out the link on our home page, www.guilderlandlibrary.org, for details, or pick up a brochure at the library.   

Adult Summer Reading Club

Summer reading programs are not just for kids and teens — adults are encouraged to join in the fun too! Make your summer reading even more rewarding.

Cardholders age 18 and older are invited to create an account on guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org to log your reading from July 1 through Aug. 30. You may also visit us at the library and we’ll log your progress for you.

Read a book, enter the author and title on Beanstack, and earn extra points for composing a short review. Books, eBooks, audio books — everything counts!

Log three books and win a free book, plus an entry into our grand-prize drawing to win a specialty gift basket. We’ll draw three winners on Friday, Aug. 30. Our thanks to the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza for their continued support of this program.  

“On the Basis of Sex”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of the final film in our current series: “On the Basis of Sex.” Join us for a viewing Thursday June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This movie depicts Bader Ginsburg’s professional ascent as she focuses on gender equality by proving discrimination “on the basis of sex” is unconstitutional. The film stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, and Sam Waterston.  

Guilderland Farmers’ Market 

Sun. June 30 is “Meet Your Neighbor” day at the Guilderland Farmer’s Market.  We’ll be there -- joining local and regional farmers, crafters, artists and food artisans — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by and visit us on 6147 State Farm Road behind Star Plaza in Guilderland. Call 518-595-8109 for more info. about the Farmer’s Market.

Tiny Tots Tummy Time

Join us for our final session. Every Monday in June from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Pediatric Occupational Therapist Amber Chaves offers tummy time for babies six weeks to rolling over, accompanied by their caregiver.

Bonding, sensory stimulation, baby massage and other therapeutic benefits are covered. Quality tummy time now supports school readiness later! Please register online, by phone, or in person.  

Be A VolunTeen!

Once the novelty of school-free days wears off, teens often wonder what they can do to feel productive and keep boredom at bay. We’ve got the perfect solution: Sign up to become a VolunTeen at Guilderland Public Library this summer.

VolunTeens must be in grades 8 to 12 in the fall and attend the informational session Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m., while parents are invited to attend the concurrent parent informational session in the Normanskill Room. 

If you’ve volunteered during a previous summer, simply pick up an application at the library and skip the sign-up night. This is a terrific opportunity to gain valuable resume-worthy experience while helping GPL with our brimming calendar of summer programming.   

Closed on July 4

Please note: The library is closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

ESOL tutor training

Literacy NY Greater Capital Region is looking for new literacy volunteers for the 2019-20 school year. A training module is scheduled at GPL on Saturday. July 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Training consists of an orientation, three self-paced online modules, and a post-training follow-up class. After training is completed, you’ll be paired with an adult student who is learning English or improving his or her literacy skills.

The small investment of your time can make a lasting impact on someone’s life, while providing you with a sense of gratification. To register or for more information, please contact Christina Darling at cdarling@literacynycap.org.

Please note: You must attend both in-person sessions:  Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Aug. 3.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Christopher Aldrich, center, is flanked by Guilderland Public Library Director Timothy Wiles, left, and Upper Hudson Library System Executive Director Timothy Burke, right, after receiving the 2018 Library Trustee of the Year Award from the Upper Hudson Library System on June 12. Aldrich served as a Guilderland Public Library Trustee for nine years.

Christopher Aldrich, on June 12, received the 2018 Library Trustee of the Year Award from the Upper Hudson Library System, a cooperative association of 29 autonomous public libraries serving the 446,626 residents of Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Mr. Aldrich provided dedicated leadership and valued counsel as a Guilderland Public Library Trustee for nine years, and was instrumental in the May 21 referendum approval as chairman of the Design Steering Committee. His positive contributions to the library and the greater Guilderland community will reverberate for years to come.

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Our Oscar-caliber film series continues with “If Beale Street Could Talk,” on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.

The film tells the story of a young black couple ripped apart in early 1970s Harlem by the scheme of a racist cop. Tish and her fiancé Fonny dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Regina King won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in this film.  Also starring Kiki Layne and Stephan James.

Llama Extravaganza

Celebrate National Llama Appreciation Day with us!  Bring the whole family Friday, June 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet live llamas and an alpaca, courtesy of Wunsapana Farm in Altamont.

We’ll have a llama-themed storytime, crafts, and a visit from the one and only “Llama Llama in Red Pajamas” to add to the fun-o-rama.  

Pet safety and first aid

On Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m., veterinarians from Guilderland Animal Hospital will share practical tips to help keep your pets safe and healthy. We'll also be collecting new pet toy donations to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Just stop by — no need to register, but please leave your pets at home.  

Final-exam prep

We’ve got middle and high school students cramming for exams covered.

Plan to meet in the Normanskill Room with your study buddies from 5-8pm on Mon. June 24 and Tuesday,  June 25. We reserve this space to help you ace!

“On the Basis of Sex”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of the final film in our current series: “On the Basis of Sex.” Join us for a viewing Thursday,une 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This movie depicts Bader Ginsburg’s professional ascent as she focuses on gender equality by proving discrimination “on the basis of sex” is unconstitutional. The film stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, and Sam Waterston.  

Summer Reading

A Universe of Stories blasts off Friday, June 28! Stop by either from 3 to 4 p.m. or from 6 to 7 p.m. for ice cream and information on all the stellar selections awaiting you: An enticing host of activities spanning early childhood to adult promises to keep everyone engaged, educated and entertained throughout the summer.

Sign up for registered programs starts two weeks prior to the event. Check out the link on our home page, www.guilderlandlibrary.org, for details.

Farmers’ market

Sunday, June 30, is “Meet Your Neighbor” day at the Guilderland Farmers’ Market. We’ll be there — joining local and regional farmers, crafters, artists and food artisans — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by and visit us on 6147 State Farm Road behind Star Plaza in Guilderland. Call 518-595-8109 for more information about the farmers’ market.

Tiny Tots Tummy Time

Every Monday in June from 1 to 1:45 p.m., pediatric occupational therapist Amber Chaves offers tummy time for babies six weeks to rolling over, accompanied by their caregiver.

Bonding, sensory stimulation, baby massage and other therapeutic benefits are covered. Quality tummy time now supports school readiness later!

Please register online, by phone, or in person.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Llamas from Wunsapana Farm will visit the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m, for National Llama Appreciation Day.

It’s close to countdown for our Summer Reading Program at the Guilderland Public Library. We’re plan-eting to launch our quintessentially cosmic extravaganza, “A Universe of Stories,” in just a couple weeks!

Be here on Friday, June 28, for our ice cream party Blast-Off from either 3 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. We’re over the moon about the many exciting offerings for all ages that will send this summer into the stratosphere!

Kids can fill July and August with a whole solar system of fun and educational activities. Tweens and teens can explore several stellar programs, some of which also include adults.

Everyone can try out our telescopes, scope out our full calendar, and sign up for the intergalactic fun!  Check out the link on our home page, www.guilderlandlibrary.org, for details.

Tai Chi and QiGong

If you’ve been wanting to try Tai Chi & QiGong and reap the benefits, now is the perfect time as we wrap up the current season. No need to pre-register, just wear comfortable clothes and join the movement:  Thursday, June 13 and/or 20 at 11 a.m.

Project Picture Book

Children aged pre-K to Grade 2 are encouraged to attend Project Picture Book:  Splatter Art on Friday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. We’ll read a story, then create a masterpiece based on the book. Please dress for a mess, and register online, in person or by phone.

Final-exam prep

We’ve got middle and high school students prepping for final exams covered!  Meet in the Normanskill Room with your study buddies from 5 to 8 p.m. on these dates:  Monday, June 17; Tuesday, June 18; Wednesday, June 19; Monday, June 24; and Tuesday, June 25.  

Fitness for Arthritis

Join us Tuesday,  June 18 at 2 p.m. for Fitness for Arthritis a Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan Program. This class incorporates stretching, strength, and range-of-motion exercises geared toward decreasing joint pain and stiffness, while improving flexibility, mobility and overall wellness.

Our instructor is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.  Please register online, by phone, or in person.

Cookbook Club: Asian Cuisine

This month we’ll explore delectable Asian cuisines. Come to the information desk to register in person, peruse the current cookbook, and choose your recipe.

Then on Wednesday,  June 19 at 7 p.m., bring a sample of the dish you’ve prepared for everyone to taste. One lucky participant will go home with a copy of the featured cookbook!  

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

We continue screening Oscar-caliber films with “If Beale Street Could Talk,” on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. The film tells the story of a young black couple ripped apart in early 1970s Harlem by the scheme of a racist cop. Tish and her fiancé, Fonny, dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Regina King won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in this film. The film also stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James.

Board and Foundation meetings

On Thursday.  June 20, The Guilderland Library Foundation meets at 6:30 p.m. and the Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Llama extravaganza

Bring the whole family on Friday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. to meet real live llamas (and an alpaca!), courtesy of Wunsapana Farm in Altamont. It’s National Llama Appreciation Day, and we’ll have a llama-themed story time, crafts, and a visit from the one and only Llama Llama in Red Pajamas.

Pet safety and first aid

Veterinarians from the Guilderland Animal Hospital will provide practical tips Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. to help keep your furry companions safe and healthy. We'll also be collecting new pet toy donations to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. This program is only for people; please leave your pets at home.  

Tiny Tots Tummy Time

Every Monday in June from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Pediatric Occupational Therapist Amber Chaves offers tummy time for babies six weeks to rolling over, accompanied by their caregiver.

Bonding, sensory stimulation and baby massage are just a few of the therapeutic benefits covered.  Quality tummy time now supports school readiness later! Please register online, by phone, or in person.

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