On Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., there is a very special musical event at the Guilderland Public Library featuring some of the most talented young people in town!

Back by popular demand: the extraordinary Guilderland High School Chamber Choir and Chamber Strings will perform a wide variety of classical to contemporary favorites. Please get here early, because this is always a “sold-out” concert.

Bet you can’t get out of this!

Save Eleven and escape from the upside-down in our Stranger Things escape room! On the weekend of Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, we have several 45-minute time slots you can choose from to show us what you can do.

Register as an individual, with a friend or two, or with a larger group; these events are intended for teens and adults. Each person in your group must register. Up to six people can play at a time. Please arrive on time for your session.

On Saturday, April 21, spots are still available for 2:15 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.  And on Sunday, April 22, you can choose from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. or 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Spring into Organization

Spring is here and it is time to clear out, clean up, and get organized. Start by coming to the library on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. for Spring into Organization, presented by professional organizer Jordana Turcotte.

In this program, sponsored by the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, you will learn a simple system of purging and organizing large storage areas such as the basement, garage, and even the great outdoors. Jordana will share tips on how to let go of unneeded items and clear your clutter — a good step for both your mental and physical health!

Registration is required. Please call 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or sign up online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

GPL Sprouts: Metamorphosis

Join us on Thursday, April 26, at 3:30 pm, for a fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Math) program for kids ages 4 to 7.

We’ll explore the world around us through books, experiments, activities, and crafts. Lots of hands-on learning for everyone! For youngsters in pre-kindergarten through grade 2. Please register by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Drug Take-Back Day

Save the date: On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the library — in cooperation with the Guilderland Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration — is holding a Drug Take-Back Day at the library’s parking lot.

Find those old, unused, and expired medications, and get rid of them at this no-questions-asked collection point.

So, what’s a coral reef?

Barbara Lukas from public television station WMHT will teach youngsters in pre-kindergarten through second grade all about coral reefs, what they’re made of, how they grow — and who lives in them!

So come to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m., for this very special and fun class. You’ll watch a movie about reefs, talk about them, and then use some colorful craft supplies to create your own unique reef that you can take home.

Please have your folks register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Final Night of STEAM Fair

Calling all budding scientists in grades two through five. On Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. we are wrapping up our latest Season of STEAM with a youth-centered-centered STEAM Fair.

Bring your STEAM-based projects to show your friends and the college science students who are coming, too. Let us know you’re coming by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Start Your Journey to Better Health

On Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m., a certified coach with the American Council on Exercise Ariffa Bevin will present Start Your Journey to Better Health — a Capital District Physicians Health Plan program — that will help you get motivated to lead a lifestyle of health and wellness.

You will learn how to set and achieve realistic goals, incorporate fitness, manage stress, and much more. Please register for this very popular class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3.

Create Documents in Google Drive

Google Drive is so simple and easy to use that you’ll be amazed you’ve not used it before. Find out all there is to know about creating, storing, and sharing documents when you come to the library on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., for Creating Documents in Google Drive.

In 90 short minutes, you’ll find out all you need to know about this user-friendly service. One of the great features of Google Drive is that it is a great substitute for Microsoft Word, and it’s free with your Gmail account.

This class also demystifies “cloud storage.”  This program is offered thanks to an Adult Literacy Grant from the Upper Hudson Library System. Please register for this very popular class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3.

Making collages

Collage art is a fun and relaxing way to begin experimenting with the endless possibilities of mixed media. We invite all Tweens and Teens to come to the Library on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. to discover and explore just how much fun “collaging” is.

With collage art, you can become an artist with just some magazines, scissors and a bit of glue. Please let us know you’re coming by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Escape from the Upside Down

Save Eleven and escape from the upside-down in our Stranger Things escape room!  On the weekend of Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 we have several 45-minute time slots you can choose from to show us what you can do.

Register as an individual, with a friend or two, or with a larger group; these events are intended for teens and adults. Each person in your group must register. Up to six people can play at a time. Please arrive on time for your session.

On Saturday, April 2, you can sign up for slots from 11 to 11:45 a.m., 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., 2 to 2:45 p.m., or 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. And on Sunday, April 22, you can choose from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. or 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Spring into Organization

Spring is here and it is time to clear out, clean up, and get organized! Start by coming to the library on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. for Spring into Organization, presented by professional organizer Jordana Turcotte.

In the CDPHP-sponsored program, you will learn a simple system of purging and organizing large storage areas such as the basement, garage, and even the great outdoors. Jordana will share tips on how to let go of unneeded items and clear your clutter — a good step for both your mental and physical health!

Registration is required. Please cal l518-456-2400, ext. 3, or sign up online at guilderlandlibrary.org.

— Photo from  Andrea Buchanan’s website

Author Andrea J. Buchanan will speak at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author, Andrea J. Buchanan — whose latest work is the multimedia young adult novel “Gift” — will speak at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.  This event is sponsored jointly by the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, and the Guilderland Library.

Ms. Buchanan is the co-author of the million-selling “The Daring Book for Girls” series, an empowering set of how-to manuals for girls with a sense of adventure. Her multimedia young-adult novel, “Gift,” a sci-fi story that comes with its own fully playable Minecraft map, was named one of Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2012.

Before becoming a writer, Ms. Buchanan trained as a pianist, earning a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Time Out (for Parents!)

Every parent has been there: Your baby is crying, you have no clue how to soothe him or her, and you’d give anything to have someone tell you how to stop it. (So every new parent should come to Time Out for Parents! at the library on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.)

As frustrating as crying is, simply understanding why babies do it can take some of the stress out of the situation. And fortunately, there are several things you can do to calm your baby — and make both of you feel better.

Join us for another Parent Education Mixer, where St. Peter’s Health Partners will discuss tips to soothe your crying baby, followed by a discussion on infant growth, development, and mindful parenting tools and techniques with Becky Morris, MS, and L.M.T from BodyWork Professionals.

Come relax and learn parent tips and tricks! Refreshments will be provided. This program is for adults only and is geared for parents of children ages infant to six months. Please arrange childcare for children.

Public presentations on possible library renewal

The library’s board of trustees is exploring a renovation of the library’s 26-year-old building.  Over the past year, there has been a wealth of public-input sessions, so it is now time for the board to show you where things stand with plans and concepts.

While the plan is not final, and has not yet been voted on by the board, public feedback at this stage is vital. You are encouraged to attend one of two public presentations being held on Wednesday, April 11, one at 3 p.m., the other at 7 p.m. Both address the same content, a review of current plans and on a possible renovation of the library.

Downsizing for seniors

Learn how to prepare your home and your life for changes, relocations, new needs, other accommodations, and the process of sorting, downsizing or relocating, when you come to the GPL on Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m., for a very important class, Downsizing for Seniors.

“Call Sheilah! Your Personal Concierge and Senior Move Specialist,” who will present the class, is an award winning local business, serving the Capital Region’s busiest retirees, professionals, and all those people who need an extra set of hands (or two) to manage “downsizing.”

She offers tips and tricks for handling this daunting task that has multiple moving parts and requires the skills of a “solutionist.” Please register for this presentation by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or by going online to www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Secrets of maple sugaring, revealed!

Why does the sap from a tree taste so sweet? And how does that sap get turned into maple syrup?  It’s simple, really, and this is the best time of year to find out!

Come to the GPL on Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m., and learn how trees work, why sugar is so important, and — best of all! — get a taste of real maple syrup. This program is for children in pre-kindergarten to second grade. Please register by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Budget presentation

The Guilderland Public Library’s Board of Trustees will hold a public presentation on the library’s proposed 2018-19 budget on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room.  This presentation will be followed, at 7 p.m., by the board’s regular monthly business meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

April is National Letter-Writing Month, and we at the Guilderland Public Library invite you to celebrate the written word and brighten the day for someone in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

During the entire month of April, you’ll find a letter-writing station near the adult-information desk, stocked with all the makings for a lovely letter — cardstock, glue sticks, sweet sayings, and writing prompts, along with some beautiful nature photographs donated by a talented Guilderland patron and photographer.

Create a card, write something warm and uplifting inside, and we will mail your creations to Love for the Elderly, a not-for-profit organization (run by a 17-year-old!) that will distribute the letters to senior citizens nationwide.

Could you survive a hurricane?

Are you prepared for severe weather? Join Erin Lynch, a University at Albany senior studying atmospheric science, on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., as she teaches us what to expect, and how to stay safe in two different weather scenarios: a blizzard and a hurricane.

Then an educator with the Red Cross will present The Pillowcase Project, which includes a pillowcase to decorate along with a “My Preparedness Workbook,” along with suggestions on items to include in case of an emergency. This program is for children in second through sixth grades. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or go online to guilderlandlibrary.org.

Is winter driving you crazy?

Kids, if winter is driving you crazy, then come to the library on Wednesday, April 4, at 2 p.m., and we will provide a load of cardboard boxes, colorful paper plates, markers, and more so that you can use your magic imagination to create and decorate your first car.

Speeding is allowed.this is for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. Please register for this hour of creativity and fun by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.

Silent spinners

Do spiders really make silk?  Find out when you come to GPL on Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. when you can take a close-up, hands-on look at common and exotic spiders, their bodies, webs, and habits.  You’ll have a whole new appreciation of these amazing creatures.

The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology will present the class, and they are bringing a whole lot of cool stuff guaranteed to fascinate you. For children in grades 1 through 4.  Please register by calling 518-456-2400 ext.4.

What’s the secret of maple sugaring?

Why does the sap from a tree taste so sweet? And how does that sap get turned into maple syrup?  It’s simple, really, and this is the best time of year to find out!

Come to GPL on Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. and learn how trees work, why sugar is so important, and – best of all! – get a taste of real maple syrup.  For children in PreK to grade 2. Please register by calling 518-456-2400 ext. 4.

Holiday

The Guilderland Public Library will be closed all day, Sunday, April 1, for the Easter holiday.

“Hero Dog” was written by Hilde Lysiak when she was 9 years old. Her book is the topic of a Book Party at GPL on Wednesday, March 28.

Young readers in grades three through five are invited to register for a very special book party happening on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library. The featured book — “Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog” — was written and published last year when the author was only 11 years old!

Author Hilde Lysiak began writing her own newspaper when she was only 9.  “Hero Dog” is Hilde's first book, and she’s gone on to write several other books in the Hilde Cracks the Case series.

So register for the book party by calling  518-456-2400, ext. 4 and come to the library and pick up your copy of “Hero Dog.” It’s yours to take home and read. Then come to GPL to celebrate this amazing young writer’s talent at our book party on March 28.

By the way, Ms. Lysiak and her books, and how she came to write them, is the subject of a charming New York Times profile — “Hilde Lysiak Reporter, Author, 10-Year-Old” — published Oct. 31, 2017.

Concert: Gals Who Play Jazz Quintet

The Gals Who Play Jazz Quintet is performing a free concert at the library on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. This concert is a special project of professional jazz artists and friends featuring Peg Delaney (piano), Linda Ellen Brown (bass), Patti Melita (vocal), Kristina Johnson (sax), and Alyssa Falk Verheyn (drums).

Members of the group originally teamed up to create programs for Women’s History Month in public libraries, showcasing women composers and players of the jazz era. This full complement jazz ensemble will perform swinging, bluesy, bebop selections from the American Song Book and shimmering new melodies in the creative and improvisational idiom of jazz.

Ladies of Schuyler Mansion

Come join us at the library on Friday, March 23, at 2 p.m. for a fascinating presentation on the Schuyler Mansion and the lives of all of the Schuyler women — Philip Schuyler's wife Catharine, her daughters Angelica, Elizabeth, Margaret (Peggy), Cornelia, and Catharine, and the enslaved women who worked at the home — and discuss the impact they had in shaping the family's place in history.

The wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the mansion in 1780. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or go online to guilderlandlibrary.org.

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