The Guilderland Public Library’s next Night Owls Online book discussion on “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 9. at 7:30 p.m.

What are you working on? Need new ideas? Join our craft-centered discussion on Thursday, July 29. at 6 p.m.

We’d love to chat, share tips, maybe even inspire one another.  Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, paint -—whatever craft you dabble in — let’s talk! We’ll meetup online via Zoom. Register on the Events tab of our website to reserve your spot; you’ll receive an email with log-in details in advance.
 

Golf tourney

Last call!  All skill levels are invited for a casual day of fun as Guilderland Library Foundation hosts a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13.  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole afternoon celebration only.  Registration closes Sunday, Aug. 1. Please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021 for further details.
 

Jungle Week

Our all-ages Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program fun continues!  Check our Events calendar frequently at guilderlandlibrary.org and register up to two weeks in advance, or call us at 518-456-2400 ext. 3.  Registration is required for all SRP programs (unless otherwise noted) and in-person library programs are limited to Guilderland residents.

More SRP details for kids and teens may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page. For adult information, go to:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp. To find out about teen community service opportunities:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/teenvolunteers.
 

Activity kit

Find out who would win the Ultimate Jungle Rumble with an activity kit for grades 3-5.  Each kit contains a free copy of the Who Would Win? book and a fun activity. Please register by Sunday, Aug.1, then pick up your curbside kit Tuesday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 7.Story time at Tawasentha

Sign up for a fun socially-distanced jungle-themed family story time at Tawasentha Park on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.! Please bring a lawn chair and/or blanket and plan to sit with your family members. GPL follows Albany County guidelines and reserves the right to cancel or adapt the program as needed for weather or safety concerns.

   

Teen Virtual

Escape Room

Think you have what it takes to navigate through the clues and crack the code to make your great escape? Let's find out! Grades 6-8 are invited to sign up for the Thursday, Aug. 5 session at 2 p.m., while grades 9-12 can register for the 3:30 p.m. session.
 

Tomatoes 101

What to do with all those juicy, ripe tomatoes?  Let’s find out on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. with Karen Roberts Mort from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. We’ll learn how to safely hot pack crushed tomatoes and make salsa, plus cover the basics of using a boiling water canner. This program will be held in-person at the Tawasentha Park small pavilion.  Space is limited; registration and masks required.  
 

Becoming

a foster parent

New date!  Ever thought about adopting or fostering a child? Join us for a virtual information session on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m., presented by Albany-based Northern Rivers Family of Services, to learn how you can make a difference in a child’s life. Nationally-accredited Northern Rivers provides comprehensive training and support throughout the entire experience. Please register to receive the virtual meeting link.
 

New café

Our new café is currently being constructed, and we’re looking for a tenant to operate it. Please see https://bit.ly/GPLCafeRFPs for more information.  The deadline for requests for proposals is Wednesday, Aug. 11 at noon.
 

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project.  Completion is expected around Labor Day. More details, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.  Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing. 

Contact us at 518-456-2400 or ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information.  Also, consider subscribing to weekly updates at: http://bit.ly/GPLeNews, and to our YouTube channel for engaging story times and more.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Several opportunities for teens are available at the Guilderland Public Library this summer, including technology volunteering, Read it Forward, and a virtual escape room event on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 2:00 or 3:30 p.m.

What does it take to complete the Iditarod — the grueling annual Alaskan dog sled race covering almost 1,000 miles?

Watch this family / all ages virtual program on Monday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. with veteran dog musher, Karen Land, and her two beautiful dogs, Noggin and Chloe, to find out, as part of our “Tails and Tales” summer reading program.

As a bonus, we have a very limited supply of free children’s books (preschool to grade 2 or grade 3 to 5 levels) to give away prior to this program. Supplies are limited; one book per child. Please register on the Events tab of our website to receive the Zoom link on the day of the program, plus the free book.
 

Reading for all ages

“Tails & Tales”, our Summer Reading Program, offers something for everyone, from infancy through adulthood! Register your reading progress for a chance to win prizes. Any format or genre counts toward SRP goals.

Check our Events calendar frequently at guilderlandlibrary.org and register up to two weeks in advance, or call us at 518.456.2400 ext. 3. Registration is required for all SRP programs (unless otherwise noted) and in-person library programs are limited to Guilderland residents. More SRP details for kids and teens may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page. For adult information, go to:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp.
 

Summer schedule

Please note:  no curbside checkouts will be available on Wednesday, July 28. Per our traditional summer hours, we are closed on Sundays during July and August. Our current curbside hours  are:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday closed.  

New café

An inviting new café in the front area of our building (formerly the Normanskill Room) is taking shape. We're looking forward to having a new gathering space for all to enjoy refreshments and conversation this fall, and are looking for a tenant to operate it. Please see https://bit.ly/GPLCafeRFPs  for more information. The deadline for RFPs is Wednesday, Aug. 11 at noon. We appreciate any and all interest in this endeavor.
 

Golf tourney

Tee time is fast approaching! All skill levels are invited for a low-key day of fun as Guilderland Library Foundation hosts a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole afternoon celebration only.  Registration closes Aug. 1. Please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021 for further details, and email any questions to:  .
 

Virtual Craft and Chat

What are you working on?  Need new ideas?  Join our craft-centered discussion Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m.!  We'd love to chat, share tips, maybe even inspire one another.  Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, paint — whatever craft you dabble in — let’s talk!  We'll meetup online via Zoom, and you’ll receive an email with login details in advance. Register on the Events tab of our website to reserve your spot.
 

Tomatoes 101

One of the most-prized garden rewards is a juicy, ripe tomato. There’s so much you can do with this versatile pantry staple.  On Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m., learn how to safely hot pack crushed tomatoes and make salsa with Karen Roberts Mort from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, one of our favorite presenters.

We’ll cover the basics of canning in a boiling water canner, including equipment needed.  This program will be held in-person at the Tawasentha Park small pavilion.  Space is limited; registration and masks required.  
 

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project.  Completion is expected around Labor Day. More details may be found at: https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject. Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.

Contact us at 518.456.2400 or ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information. Also, consider subscribing to weekly updates at: http://bit.ly/GPLeNews, and to our YouTube channel for engaging story times.

Our Summer Reading Program offers something for everyone, infancy through adulthood! Children from birth through grade 12 are encouraged to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points and win prizes.

Teens can serve as GPL technology volunteers this summer and participate in Read It Forward. Adults can register their reading for a chance to win a grand prize gift basket and $50 gift card from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, plus other prizes. Any format or genre counts toward SRP goals.

As you read this, we’ll be wrapping up Week 1-Farm Week and getting ready to launch Week 2-Forest Week. Register for woodland-themed preschool and teen activity kits in advance and pick them up during our curbside hours starting Tuesday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. 

We’ll have a virtual bedtime story time on Wednesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., featuring stories, songs, and rhymes — the perfect wind-down to an active summer day for preschoolers and kindergarteners. On Thursday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., we’re organizing a Family Nature Walk at the Albany Pine Bush Great Dune for all ages. Along the way, we’ll be looking for native plants, animal tracks, and birds.

Check our Events calendar frequently at guilderlandlibrary.org and register up to two weeks in advance, or call us at 518-456-2400, ext. 3. Registration is required for all SRP programs (unless otherwise noted) and in-person library programs are limited to Guilderland Central School District residents.

More SRP details for kids and teens may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page. For adult information, go to:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp.

Summer schedule

Per our traditional summer hours, we are closed on Sundays during July and August. Our current curbside hours  are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Easy perennials

Love the look of a lush flower-filled garden and a classic border with three seasons of continuous bloom, but not the work involved? This online talk on Tuesday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. is for you!

We’ll cover the basics of lower-maintenance gardening, including choosing the right plants and shrubs, and provide examples and plant lists. This program is presented by Judith Fetterly, master gardener and owner of Perennial Wisdom, in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society. Please register on the Events tab of our website; AGS will email the link in advance.

Fermenting foods

Food and Nutrition Educator Karen Roberts Mort, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, returns for a Tawasentha Park program on Tuesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. We’ll learn about the history and health benefits of fermented foods, and make small batches of sauerkraut and kimchi at the small pavilion.

Space is limited; masks are required. Please register on the Events tab of our website, or call 518-456-2400, ext. 3.

Tiny Art Extravaganza:

Call for Artists

To celebrate GPL’s grand reopening, we’re filling our glass display cases with tiny artwork specially-made by you, our patrons!  Here’s how it will work:

— Register online through our Events calendar (or call us at 518-456-2400, ext. 3);

— Pick up a supply kit starting Thursday, July 15. The kits include a tiny canvas with easel; a small birdhouse to paint; or a supply of sculpting clay, plus anything else you’ll need (we’ll choose a kit for you);

— Share your finished product with us through Saturday, Aug. 21;

— Come see your work proudly on display for our official reopening in September, while you tour our freshly-expanded and renovated facility; and

— We'll return your project to you in the fall. Thank you for participating!

Golf tourney

Golfers of all skill levels and sponsors wanted! The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included.

The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole afternoon celebration only. Sponsorship opportunities are due by July 15 and the registration deadline for golfers is Aug. 1. For more information, please see: https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021. Email any questions to: guilderlandlibraryfoundation@gmail.com.

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project! Completion is expected around Labor Day.

More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at: https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.  Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.

Contact us at 518-456-2400 or ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information. Also, consider subscribing to weekly updates at: http://bit.ly/GPLeNews, and to our YouTube channel for engaging story times.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Get tips on efficient landscape management as the Guilderland Public Library co-sponsors “Lower-Maintenance Perennial Gardening” with the Albany Guardian Society on Tuesday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. Register on the Events tab of guilderlandlibrary.org for the virtual link.

Ah — sunny days ahead poolside, at the beach, lake, or just chilling in the backyard with a book or reading device in hand — that’s our idea of a perfect summer day. You too?

As long as you’re reading anyway, why not try to win fabulous prizes too?

Summer reading is for all ages! There’s something for everyone, from infancy through adulthood. Preschoolers through high schoolers are encouraged to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points, and win prizes.

Teens can serve as GPL technology volunteers this summer and participate in Read It Forward. Adults can register their reading for a chance to win a grand prize gift basket and $50 gift card from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, plus other prizes.

Any format counts — print, audiobook or eBook; short story, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel. The goal is simple: Read!

Families: Make sure to check our Events calendar at guilderlandlibrary.org frequently and register. Sign-up for specific activities is available two weeks in advance, and each week features a different theme.

The summer reading Program officially kicks off with Farm Week, starting Tuesday, July 6, featuring an activity kit for kids in grades 3 to 5 with all the materials needed to create your very own farm animal play set, and a family/all ages farm tour at Indian Ladder Farms on Thursday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for a variety of engaging story times, too!

More summer reading details for kids and teens may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page. For adult information, go to:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp.

Summer schedule

Please note that GPL will be closed Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday; no curbside pickup or return services will be available on that day.  Per our traditional summer hours, we are closed on Sundays during July and August.  Our regular curbside hours as of July 1 are:  are:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday  9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday closed. We look forward to serving you!

Lower-maintenance

perennials

Love the look of a lush flower-filled garden and a classic border with three seasons of continuous bloom, but not the work involved?  This online talk on Tuesday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. is for you! We’ll cover the basics of lower-maintenance gardening, including planning, simplifying and editing plantings and choosing the right plants and shrubs for your site.

Examples of lower-maintenance gardens and plant lists will be provided as well. This program is presented by Judith Fetterly, master gardener and owner of Perennial Wisdom, in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society. Please register on the Events tab of our website; AGS will email the link in advance of the program.

Fermenting foods

One of our favorite presenters, Food and Nutrition Educator Karen Roberts Mort from Cornell Cooperative Extension–Albany County, returns for a Tawasentha Park program on Tuesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. We’ll learn about the long history and health benefits of fermented foods, and make small batches of sauerkraut and kimchi at the small pavilion. Space is limited; masks are required. Please register on the Events tab of our website, or call 518-456-2400 ext. 3.

Golf tourney

Golfers of all skill levels and sponsors wanted! The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included. The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole afternoon celebration only.  Sponsorship opportunities are due by July 15 and the registration deadline for golfers is August 1. For more information, please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021. Email any questions to:  .

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project!  Completion is expected around Labor Day.  More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.  Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information.  Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at:  http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Simon the Donkey may be on hand when a group from the Guilderland Public Library tours Indian Ladder Farms on Thursday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. as part of its “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program. Registration is required on the Events tab of guilderlandlibrary.org, or by calling 518-456-2400 ext. 3.

Due to our major construction project and parking-lot renovation, plus serving as a polling place for the Democratic primary, we are not able to provide curbside checkout or return services from Tuesday, June 22, through Sunday, June 27.

During those days, we will be available to answer calls at 518-456-2400 and emails at during our curbside hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding during these final months of construction. Project completion is expected around Aug. 31.  

All-Ages

Summer Reading

Summer is here!  We’re ready to welcome the sunny fun-filled days ahead…hope you are too!  Join the celebration on Tuesday, June 29 for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program (SRP) kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School for kids from infancy through Grade 12. 

Register your entire family on the Events tab of our website for a session at 3, 4, 5 or 6 p.m., with half-hour bubble dance parties featured at 3:15, 4:15 and 5:15. Summer reading provides an incentive for preschoolers through high schoolers to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points and win prizes. 

Teens can serve as technology volunteers and participate in Read It Forward. New this year:  find you friends on Beanstack and challenge them to a reading competition!  More details may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page.

Make sure to check our Events calendar at guilderlandlibrary.org frequently and register.  Sign up for specific activities is available two weeks in advance, and each week features a different theme.  SRP officially kicks off with Farm Week starting Tuesday, July 6, featuring an activity kit for grades 3-5 with all the materials needed to create your very own farm animal play set, and a family / all ages farm tour at Indian Ladder Farms Thursday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for a variety of engaging storytimes, too!

Adults: You’re invited to participate in summer reading too!  The grand prize for adults is a basket of goodies and a $50 gift card to the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. Please see:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for more information.

Downsizing

for seniors

Choosing what to keep from a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming.  Michelle Kavanaugh-Anastasi, the owner of Organize Senior Moves, will share valuable tips for stress-free downsizing on Monday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. This virtual program is offered in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society. Sign up on the Events tab of our website; AGS will email the link to all registrants in advance.

Summer schedule

Please note that GPL will be closed Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday; no curbside pick up or return services will be available on that day. Per our traditional summer hours, we are closed on Sundays during July and August.

Golf tourney

Golfers of all skill levels and sponsors wanted! The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included.

The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole afternoon celebration only.  Sponsorship opportunities are due by July 15 and the registration deadline for golfers is Aug. 1.  For more information, please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021. Email any questions to:  .

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project! Completion is expected around Labor Day.  More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.  Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information. Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at: http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.

The Guilderland Public Library is offering “Downsizing and Organizing for Seniors,” a virtual program presented in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society, on Monday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m.  To register, go to the Events tab at guilderlandlibrary.org, or call 518-456-2400, ext. 0.

Ready, set — summer! Join the fun on Tuesday, June 29, for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School for kids from infancy through Grade 12.  Register your entire family on the Events tab of our website for a session at 3, 4, 5 or 6 p.m.

Summer reading provides an incentive for preschoolers through high schoolers to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points, and win prizes. More details may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page.

Adults are encouraged to participate in summer reading too! The grand prize for adults is a basket of goodies and a $50 gift card to The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. Please see:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for more information.

Jammin’ (and Jellies)

Put those currently-fresh berries to good future use! We’ll walk through the basics of making mouth-watering preserves and boiling water canning with this virtual “Jammin’! - Making Jams & Jellies” Zoom program on Thursday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Karen Roberts Mort, a food & nutrition educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and a perennial favorite presenter, returns to share her expertise. Please register on the Events tab of our website for the link to jam with us!

Trustees meet

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees will conduct a regular business meeting on Thursday, June 17 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be streamed live on the library’s YouTube channel.  Up to 30 minutes of public commentary is accommodated at the beginning of each meeting. To call in: dial 408-418-9388, enter access code 132 068 0761 #, and enter password 9867 #.  Public commentary may also be submitted to: .  Past board meeting videos and minutes may be accessed at: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/meeting-minutes/

No services

June 19 or 22

In honor of the Juneteenth holiday, the library will suspend all curbside checkout and return services on Saturday, June 19.  GPL serves as a polling place for Primary Day on Tuesday, June 22 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Due to our major construction project, including parking lot work, no curbside checkout or return services will be available on this day. Otherwise, expanded curbside hours are:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday,  1:30 to 4 p.m.

Downsizing for seniors

Choosing what to keep from a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming. Michelle Kavanaugh-Anastasi, the owner of Organize Senior Moves, will share valuable tips for stress-free downsizing on Monday,  June 28 at 1:30 p.m. This virtual program is offered in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society. Sign up on the Events tab of our website; AGS will email the link to all registrants in advance.

Tech or résumé help

Get the most out of your Apple device, or craft a winning résumé with the Learning Express tool on our website, with customized virtual assistance. Schedule your 1:1 appointment Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on the Events tab of our website.

Golf tourne

Golfers and sponsors wanted!  The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included. The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole celebration only. Sponsorship opportunities are due by July 15; the registration deadline for golfers is August 1. For more information, please see: https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021. Email any questions to:  .

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule with our extensive building project!  Completion is expected around Labor Day. More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.  Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information.  Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at:  http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.  

Book donations

on hold

We cannot accept book donations at this time. In the interim, Schenectady County Public Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Albany Public Library’s Delaware and Pine Hills branches, and Colonie Town Library are possible alternatives. Please call these locations to confirm.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Guilderland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program offers incentives and prizes for all ages, including adults. The kickoff celebration for kids (infancy through grade 12) is slated for Tuesday, June 29, at Farnsworth Middle School. Registration for hourly sessions at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. is available on the Events calendar at www.guilderlandlibrary.org. More program details at:  guilderlandlibary.org/srp and guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp.

On Monday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., we’ll discuss New York Times bestseller “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett, a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Please place a hold on a copy for curbside pick-up by calling 518-456-2400 or emailing , and register in advance on the Events tab of our website to participate. All are welcome!

Jammin’ (and Jellies)

Making jam or jelly is a treasured food preservation activity, but not necessarily an easy endeavor.  We’ll walk through the basics of making mouth-watering preserves and boiling water canning with this virtual “Jammin’! - Making Jams & Jellies” Zoom program on Thursday,  June 17 at 6 p.m.  Karen Roberts Mort, a food & nutrition educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and perennial favorite, returns to share her expertise.  Please register on the Events tab of our website for the link.

No services June 19 or 22

In honor of the Juneteenth holiday, the library will suspend all curbside checkout and return services on Saturday June 19.  GPL serves as a polling place for Primary Day on Tuesday, June 22 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Due to our major construction project, including parking lot work, no curbside checkout or return services will be available on this day. Otherwise, expanded curbside hours are:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  9:30 a.m. 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday  9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday,  1:30-4 p.m.

Downsizing

Whether you or a loved one is moving to a new home or just wanting to pare down, choosing what to keep from a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming.  Michelle Kavanaugh-Anastasi, the owner of Organize Senior Moves, will share valuable tips for stress-free downsizing on Monday,  June 28 at 1:30 p.m. This virtual program is offered in collaboration with Albany Guardian Society. Sign up on the Events tab of our website; AGS will email the link to all registrants in advance.

All-Ages Summer Reading

Ready, set, summer!  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 29 for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School for kids from infancy through grade 12. Register your entire family on the Events tab of our website for an hour-long session at 3, 4, 5 or 6 p.m. 

Summer reading provides an incentive for preschoolers through high schoolers to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points and win prizes. More details may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page.

Adults are encouraged to participate in summer reading too! The grand prize for adults is a basket of goodies and a $50 gift card to the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. Please see:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for more information.

Tech or résumé help

Get the most out of your Apple device, or craft a winning résumé with the Learning Express tool on our website, with customized virtual assistance. Schedule your 1:1 appointment Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on the Events tab of our website.

Golf tourney

The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included. The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole celebration only.  Sponsorship opportunities are due by July 15; the registration deadline for golfers is August 1. For more information, please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021. Email any questions to:  .

Construction update

We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule, with completion expected around the end of August, 2021. More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing. Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information. Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at:  http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.  

Book donations on hold

We cannot accept book donations at this time, but will resume as soon as we can. In the interim, Schenectady County Public Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Albany Public Library’s Delaware and Pine Hills branches, and Colonie Town Library are possible alternatives. Please call these locations to confirm.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Construction work on the main parking lot has commenced at the Guilderland Public Library. Plans include two charging stations, reconfigured traffic flow, landscaping, and 43 additional parking spaces, including more handicapped spaces.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 29, as we finalize plans for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School.  Summer reading provides an incentive for preschoolers through high schoolers to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points, and win prizes.

More details may be found at: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page.

Adults are encouraged to participate in summer reading too! When parents model consistent reading habits to their children, everyone benefits. 

Whether you’re a parent or not — sign up today! The grand prize for adults is a basket of goodies and a $50 gift card to The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.  Please see: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for more information.

Grab-and-Go

Story-Time Kit

Pick up a story-time kit created just for you and your preschooler starting Tuesday, June 1 during our Normanskill Room curbside hours (enter through the side door). Each kit includes suggestions for eBooks, music, and rhymes, plus fun activities to complete together at home. Storytime kits are intended for children ages 2 to 5. No registration needed; one kit per child, while supplies last.

Decoupage coasters

Meet us at the Tawasentha Park pavilion on Saturday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. to decorate coasters and picture frames using decoupage.  If you have a special photo you'd like to use, email it in advance to: so we can print it for you.  These make great personalized Father’s Day gifts!  Sign up on the Events tab of our website for this family / all ages program.

Night Owls Online

Our June selection is New York Times bestseller “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett, a 2020 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Please place a hold on a copy for curbside pick up by calling 518-456-2400 or emailing , and make sure to register in advance on the Events tab of our website for the link to join us on Monday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome!

Jammin’ (and Jellies)

Making jam or jelly is a favorite food preservation activity, but not necessarily an easy endeavor.  We’ll walk through the basics of making sweet preserves and the basics of boiling water canning with this “Jammin’! - Making Jams & Jellies” Zoom program on Thursday. June 17 at 6 p.m.  Karen Roberts Mort, a food & nutrition educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, is our presenter.  Please register on the Events tab of our website.

No curbside June 22

GPL will serve as a polling place for Primary Day on Tuesday, June 22 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Due to our major construction project, including parking lot work, we will suspend curbside services on this day – no checkouts or returns.  Otherwise, expanded curbside hours as of June 1 are:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Golf tourney

The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13, with shotgun start at 9 a.m., lunch, and 19th hole celebration at 2 p.m. included.

The cost is $125 per golfer, or $25 to attend the 19th hole celebration only.  Sponsorships opportunities are due by July 15; the registration deadline for golfers is Aug. 1.  For more information, please see:  https://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021.  Email any questions to:  .

Construction update

The unveiling of our freshly renovated and expanded library is just a few short months away, and we can’t wait to welcome you back!  We’re on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule, with completion expected around the end of August 2021.  More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at:  https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing.  Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information.  Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at:  http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.  

Book donations

on hold

We cannot accept book donations at this time, but will resume as soon as we can secure another vendor.  In the interim, Schenectady County Public Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Albany Public Library’s Delaware and Pine Hills branches, and Colonie Town Library are possible alternatives. Please call these locations to confirm.

“The Dutch House,”  a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction by best-selling author Ann Patchett, is the subject of Guilderland Public Library’s Night Owls Online book discussion on Monday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

Over two-thirds of Guilderland voters supported our proposed 2021-22 budget — essentially the same margin as last year. We are very grateful for this solid show of support as we dealt with the twin challenges of construction and the pandemic. We take our responsibility of serving the community and stewarding the resources entrusted to us very seriously, and we sincerely appreciate this vote of confidence.  

Four new GPL Trustees were elected: Vanessa Threatte, Antonio Rivera, Norina Melita, and Michael Hawrylchak. We look forward to working with these accomplished individuals on library initiatives, and we thank Herb Hennings and Philip Metzger Jr. for their dedicated service.

Operating schedule

GPL will pause operations on Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day weekend. No curbside or return services will be available on those days. Starting June 1, our expanded curbside schedule is:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday  9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 to 4 p.m.  

Due to limited interior space from construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is currently not open to public browsing. Call us at 518.456.2400; email us at ; and check www.guilderlandlibrary.org, Facebook and Instagram for further information.  Also, consider subscribing to weekly eNews and monthly newsletters at:  http://bit.ly/GPLeNews.

Construction update

We’re diligently preparing to unveil a freshly renovated and expanded library in just a few short months to facilitate community connections and lifelong learning. We look forward to welcoming you back! This major construction project is on budget and 11 months ahead of schedule, with completion anticipated around the end of August, 2021. More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at: https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

All-Ages Summer Reading

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 29 as we finalize plans for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School. Summer reading provides an incentive for preschoolers through high schoolers to enjoy books, complete activities, attend programs, earn points and win prizes. More details may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp and on our GPL Kids and Families Facebook page.

Adults: You’re encouraged to participate in summer reading too! When parents model consistent reading habits to their children, everyone benefits. But whether you’re a parent or not, you’re welcome to participate! The grand prize for adults is a basket of goodies and a $50 gift card to the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.  Please see: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for more information.

Grab & Go Story-time Kit

Pick up a story-time kit created just for you and your preschooler starting Tuesday,  June 1 during our Normanskill Room curbside hours (enter through the side door).  Each kit includes suggestions for eBooks, music, and rhymes, plus fun activities to complete together at home.  Storytime kits are intended for children ages 2-5. No registration needed; one kit per child, while supplies last.

Book donations on hold

We cannot accept book donations at this time. We will resume book donations as soon as we can secure another vendor. In the interim, the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library accept donated books Monday to Saturday from  9 a.m. to noon on the loading dock at the Central Library.  Better World Books bins collect donations at Bethlehem Public Library and Albany Public Library’s Delaware and Pine Hills branches. Colonie Town Library accepts one box of donations on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Please call these locations in advance to confirm.

GPL Podcast

“How Did You Find It?,” GPL’s monthly podcast moderated by librarian Kathleen Tyrrell, explores books, libraries, information, entertainment and more. A new episode debuts the third Friday of every month. This podcast is accessible on major platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker and RadioPublic. We welcome your input and topic suggestions at: .

Golf tourney

The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 13. For more information on participation and sponsorship opportunities, please see:  http://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021.

—Photo by Luanne Nicholson

Major construction at Guilderland Public Library is significantly ahead of schedule, with project completion now expected at the end of August 2021.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Staff at Guilderland Public Library paused for a “shelfie” during the arduous task of moving the collection to its permanent home as the library’s construction project nears its final months. From left are Bryana Wachowicz, Mitzi Hall, Amy McCarthy, Kristina Ronald, Holly Andreou, and Diane Bruins.

Starting June 1, curbside hours will expand at the Guilderland Public Library.

Current hours: Through Friday, May 28: Pick up requested materials on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. through the Normanskill Room side door. Return items anytime (except holidays) to the parking lot sheds.

GPL is closed Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. No curbside pick-up or return service is available on these days.

Expanded hours: Starting June 1, our curbside schedule will be: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Due to limited interior space due to construction plus social distancing constraints, GPL is not currently open to public browsing. Call us at 518-456-2400; email us at ; or check www.guilderlandlibrary.org for further information.

Podcast news

"How Did You Find It?", GPL’s monthly podcast moderated by Librarian Kathleen Tyrrell, explores books, libraries, information, entertainment and everything in between. A new episode debuts Friday,  May 21. This podcast is accessible on major platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker and RadioPublic.  We welcome your input and topic suggestions at: .

Podcast enthusiasts are invited to join our monthly podcast discussion group, “Earbuds and Bookmarks,” for friendly banter as we build this casual community.  Our next online meeting is Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. to talk about Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Season 1, Episodes 4 and 6: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Please register on the Events tab of our website to receive the link to participate.

Microsoft Office:

Basic Excel

Master the spreadsheet with this virtual basic Microsoft Excel class on Tuesday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m.  Excel may be used to create a budget, maintain a list of valuables, create a trip itinerary, and much more. Register on the Events tab of our website to obtain the link in advance. This class is presented in collaboration with the Albany Guardian Society, and taught by Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, training and development specialists at MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Virtual Craft & Chat

Let’s craft while we talk...or talk while we craft!  Meet up online with like-minded crafters Wed. May 26 at 6 p.m. as we gather for casual conversation, share inspiring ideas, and learn more about our Creativebug web resource. Discover your next project! Register on the Events tab of our website to receive the Zoom link in advance.

Tech and Résumé Help

Optimize your usage of an Apple Watch, iPhone, MacBook, or Apple TV; or get customized assistance with our website’s Learning Express tool to craft your résumé. Register for a one-on-one appointment Mondays at 6:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 10 a.m. throughout May on the Events tab of our website.

Construction update

According to the latest estimate, our major construction project could be completed as soon as the end of August 2021 — 11 months ahead of schedule — and on budget.  More details, including monthly progress reports, may be found at: https://bit.ly/GPLbuildingproject.

Book donations on hold

We cannot accept book donations at this time.  Discover Books, our previous provider, removed the blue bins from our side parking.  We will resume book donations as soon as we can secure another vendor.  In the interim, the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library accept donated books Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m.  to noon. on the loading dock at the Central Library. 

Better World Books bins collect donations at Bethlehem Public Library and Albany Public Library’s Delaware and Pine Hills branches. Colonie Town Library accepts one box of donations on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.  Please call these locations in advance to confirm.

Summer Reading kickoff

Mark your calendars for Tuesday June 29 as we finalize plans for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program kickoff at Farnsworth Middle School. More summer reading details may be found at:  https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp.

Summer golf tourney

The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at Western Turnpike Golf Course on Fri. Aug. 13.  For more information on participation and sponsorship opportunities, please see:  http://bit.ly/GLFGolf2021.

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