Elizabeth Zunon, a graduate of Guilderland High School and the Rhode Island School of Design, will share her story, “Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family,” with children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library, followed by cocoa and chocolate show-and-tell.

Enterprise file photo — Michael Koff

A gift from the Library of Congress: Congressman Paul Tonko presented 30 books to the Rensselaerville Library in 2018. Tonko made a similar donation to the Guilderland Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19., and also discussed the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program.

Elizabeth Zunon reads the book she wrote and illustrated, “Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family,” for kindergartners through fifth-graders on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library.

A cocoa and chocolate show-and-tell will follow, and kids can decorate their own chocolate-bar wrapper.  Candy Kraft Candies is kindly donating chocolates for this program. Please register each child for this program online, by phone, or in person.

“Miracle”

We’re commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid with the PG movie “Miracle” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. Based on one of the greatest moments in sports history, this movie recreates the epic David vs. Goliath Cold War hockey battle that played out with an improbable and stunning result. Popcorn is provided.  

Collage and Cocoa

Tweens and teens ages 11 to 17)are invited to repurpose old magazines into original art with “Collage and Cocoa” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. We’ll savor a relaxing afternoon, sipping cocoa and creating collages at our own pace. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Meet your local police dog

Ever wonder what a police dog does? Come find out on Friday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. as Guilderland Police Officer Don Jones and his canine partner, Zeus, visit GPL! Learn how police dogs are selected and trained, and watch Zeus in action! This is a family / all-ages event.

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Games, food and fun are on the agenda for our twice-a-month adult Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday,  Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Come solo, or bring a friend or two. Bring your favorite games from home, or play a game from our collection of over 100 offerings — it’s your choice. Fill our giant table with your favorites — game on!

Ukulele Jam

Uke players of all skill levels are welcome for our monthly jam session on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Whether you are just getting started, or you play every day, meet up with some friendly folks and have a bit of fun. Bring your own ukulele (or check one out from us!). No registration required, just drop in.

Munchkins & Mocktails 

Playtime with a twist for caregivers! Join us Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. for fellowship and fun.

As your child plays and socializes, you can enjoy some adult conversation and a morning mocktail.  Please register online, by phone or in person.

Cookbook Club: Special Edition

Leap Day will be hopping at GPL with a special edition of Cookbook Club on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 11:00 a.m.! Alexandra Stafford, Niskayuna resident and author of “Bread Toast Crumbs: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves & Meals to Savor Every Slice,” will be here for an author talk and food demo.

Ms. Stafford will sell and sign copies of her book after the program ($25, cash or check only.) Please register at our adult reference desk and choose your recipe in advance. Bring your completed dish to share on Feb. 29 with serving utensils; we’ll provide the rest!  

He Read/She Read Book Club

Calling all book lovers!  We’re kicking off our new He Read / She Read Book Club with a prize drawing: a Library Lovers’ gift basket!  Stop by our information desk for a slip to enter the drawing, located in a lobby case near our Helderberg Room. 

The winner will be announced on March 2. While you’re there, pick up some information about this engaging new book club and consider signing up! Librarians Dustin and Josalyn Wilder will alternate selecting a title and leading the discussion each month. 

On Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Dustin (“He Read”) will facilitate the book discussion on “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Clifford the Big Red Dog pats Greufus the Cow who once stood atop the old Gruelich’s Market and is now the mascot for the Guilderland Public Library. Clifford will celebrate his birthday at the library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Jeffrey Berman, distinguished professor of English at the University at Albany, will discuss “Teaching and Writing about Grief” on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. He’ll address the therapeutic value of writing about love and loss, and the important role grief memoirs can play in the healing process

Please register online, by phone, or in person

GPL Adventures

Our friends from Mad Science will help kids in grades 3-5 solve a chemical mystery (“che-mystery”) on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. We’ll explore the wonders of physical and chemical changes and make our own very own super ball. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

“Harriet”

From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet

Tubman is depicted in the 2019 movie “Harriet”. We’re showing this film, rated PG-13, on our big screen Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The popcorn is included!

Closed

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Vacation activities

We have several engaging programs planned for school vacation week, and hope you’ll visit often to take advantage of all we have to offer:

— Tuesday,  Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. - Clifford the Big Red Dog 

Clifford returns to GPL to celebrate his birthday with us!  Join the party with Barbara Lukas from WMHT as we watch a DVD, share fun crafts and get our photos taken with Clifford.  This is a family / all ages event.;

— Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.  Parent & T(w)een Night.

Students in grades 5 to 9 and their parent/guardian are invited for a fun night out together for our new monthly Parent & T(w)een Night.  We’ll enjoy dessert and create a fused glass suncatcher project, led by the Studio for Art and Craft. Please register online, by phone or in person;

— Wednesday,  Feb. 19 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Building Challenges.

Students in grades 2 to 5:  try creating bold configurations with our open building challenges, working solo or together.  We’ll provide LEGOS, keva planks, marble runs, and more! Stop by any time during this drop-in program;

— Wednesday,  Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.  “The Secret Life of Pets 2”.

Come enjoy a family film on our big screen, popcorn included!  In “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (rated PG), Max and his pet friends explore the idyllic farm they now call home while the owner is absent.  What unsupervised trouble will they get into?;

— Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.  “Miracle”.

We’re commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid with the 2004 movie “Miracle”, rated PG. Based on one of the greatest moments in sports history, this movie recreates the epic David vs. Goliath Cold War hockey battle that played out with an improbable and stunning result;

— Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.  Collage and Cocoa.

Tweens and teens are invited to turn old magazines into original art.  We’ll savor a relaxing, creative afternoon, sipping cocoa and creating unique collages. Please register online, by phone or in person;

— Friday, Feb. 21 @ 2:00 p.m. – Meet Your Local K-9

Ever wonder what a police dog does?  Come find out as Guilderland Police Officer Don Jones and his canine partner, Zeus, visit GPL! Learn how police dogs are chosen and trained, and watch Zeus in action!  This is a family / all ages event;

— Saturday, Feb. 22 at  2 p.m. “Grandpa Cacao” with Elizabeth Zunon.

Elizabeth Zunon reads her author-illustrated picture book, “Grandpa Cacao: a Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family”, for grades Kindergarten through 5.  A cocoa and chocolate show-and-tell will follow, and kids can decorate their own chocolate bar wrapper. Candy Kraft Candies is kindly donating chocolates. Please register each child for this program; and

— Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes

Personalized “Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes” for February break are available for grades 8 to 12.  Participants will receive a specially-selected library book to check out and an advanced reader paperback book to keep - plus some fun surprises! 

Boater Safety Course

This two-day course on Tues. Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 10 p.m., is led by state-certified safe-boating instructors from Watercraft Network. Participants must attend both days. The state’s Parks and Recreation fee is $10 for a completed certification.

Please register online, by phone, or in person.

Heavenly Echoes will perform inspirational gospel music at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.

Calling all book lovers! We’re kicking off our new He Read / She Read Book Club with a prize drawing: a Library Lovers’ gift basket!

Stop by our information desk for a slip to enter the drawing, located in a lobby case near our Helderberg Room. The winner will be announced on March 2. While you’re there, pick up some information about this engaging new book club and consider signing up!

Librarians Dustin and Josalyn Wilder will alternate selecting a title and leading the discussion each month. On Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m., Dustin (“He Read”) will facilitate the book discussion on “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty. 

Better Books Sale

Savvy shoppers routinely snag frugal treasures at our Better Books Sale, the second Saturday of each month.  The next bargain bonanza is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy hunting!  

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Games, food and fun are on the agenda for our twice-a-month adult Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. Come solo, or bring a friend or two — bring your favorites from home, or play a game from our collection of over 100 offerings. Fill our giant table with your favorites — game on!

Heavenly Echoes

If you could use some uplifting music to cure cabin fever and lift your spirits on a winter afternoon (yes, please!), join us Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. for inspiring gospel music performed by Heavenly Echoes.  This is the latest installment of our GPL Sunday Concert Series and, like everything else we offer, all concerts are free. 

GPL Adventures

Our friends from Mad Science will help kids in grades 3 to 5 solve a chemical mystery (che-mystery) on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. We’ll explore the wonders of physical and chemical changes and make our own very own super balls. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

“Harriet”

From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is depicted in the 2019 movie “Harriet.” We’re showing this film, rated PG-13, on our big screen on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. — popcorn included!

Project Picture Book

On Friday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m., we’ll share the heartwarming story of Knuffle Bunny with children ages pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, followed by a related art project. Dress for a mess and join the Valentine’s Day fun! Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Writing about grief

Jeffrey Berman, distinguished professor of English at the University at Albany, will discuss “Teaching and Writing about Grief” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. He’ll address the therapeutic value of writing about love and loss, and the importance of grief memoirs. Please register online, by phone, or in person.

New Streaming Service

Explore RBDigital, our new library streaming service! Your Guilderland or Altamont library card grants you a seven-day loan. Visit https://guilderlandlibrary.org/e-library-landing-page/#watchtv, or call 518-456-2400, ext. 3 to get started.

Through RBDigital, you can access popular British shows on Acorn TV, concerts and playlists on Qello, a variety of topics on the Great Courses, and cutting-edge films through IndieFlix. Try it today!

Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes

Personalized “Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes” for February school break are available for students in grades 8 through 12. Participants will receive a specially-selected library book to check out and an advanced reader paperback book to keep, plus some fun surprises. When done, return the box and sign up again for April school break.

Enterprise file photos — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Albany native Stephen Myers, shown above on top, portrayed in a bust made from the only known photograph of him, is regarded as an important Underground Railroad agent by many noted abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass.  Local connections to fugitives seeking freedom will be explored as “The Underground Railroad of the Capital Region” is presented on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at Guilderland Public Library by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, co-founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region Inc. The Stewarts have been instrumental in restoring the Stephen and Harriet Myers residence, shown above on bottom, in Albany, an Underground Railroad hub in the mid-1850s.

Wondering how to unlock the secret to a more zen-like existence? 

On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., local professional organizer Jes Marcy will present “The Answer is Less,” examining underlying reasons why we over-consume, and outlining practical streamlining strategies. Please register at the Guilderland Public Library online, by phone, or in person.  

Take Your Child to the Library Day

We’re planning an exceptionally fun-filled family day on Saturday, Feb. 1, and we hope you’ll join us.  It’s national Take Your Child to the Library Day, and our theme is “The Library is Super!” We’ll have engaging activities planned throughout the day, plus a special visit from Spider-Man from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages welcome!

Underground Railroad

Our neighborhoods were visited by thousands of fugitives seeking freedom in the pre-Civil War era.  On Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m., learn how local citizens helped these freedom seekers, facing daunting dangers and risking everything in their quest.

Presenters Mary Liz and Paul Stewart are co-founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. and have been instrumental in the restoration of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany, a headquarters for Underground Railroad activity during the mid-1850s.  

Family STEAM Night

Representatives from area schools and colleges lead hands-on activities during our educational and entertaining Family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Nights.  On Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., the RPI Science Ambassadors will be on hand for grades 2 through 6 and their families. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Paying for college

Contemplating how to manage the cost of tuition?  You’re certainly in good company. On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m., a representative from the State Employees’ Federal Credit Union will cover the hidden costs of college, how to navigate the financial aid process, methods and strategies to cover costs, and additional financial resources available.

A SEFCU membership is not required to attend, and teens and their guardians are strongly encouraged to participate   together. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Winter diorama

Tiny things are irresistible!  On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3:45 p.m., students in grades 4 to 12 are invited to create a unique seasonal scene using miniature creatures and other cute accessories. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

He Read/She Read Book Club

Calling all book lovers! We’re kicking off our new He Read/She Read Book Club with a Meet & Greet on Friday Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit our table in the lobby to survey the selections for our upcoming book club, and enter our prize drawing: a Library Lovers’ gift basket!

Librarians Dustin and Josalyn Wilder will alternate selecting a title and leading the discussion each month. Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. will feature “He Read” (Dustin’s selection) — “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty.  

Better Books Sale

Savvy shoppers routinely snag frugal treasures at our Better Books Sale, the second Saturday of each month.  The next bargain bonanza is slated for Sat. Feb. 8, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Happy hunting!  

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Games, food and fun are on the agenda for our twice-a-month adult Missing Piece Board Game Club, Sat. Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m.  Come solo, or bring a friend or two…bring your favorites from home, or play a game from our collection of 100+ offerings. Fill our giant table with your favorites…game on!

Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes

Personalized “Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes” for February school break are available for grades 8-12.  Participants will receive a specially-selected library book to check out and an advanced reader paperback book to keep, plus some fun surprises.  When done, return the box and sign up again for April school break.

Streaming service

Explore RBDigital, our new library streaming service!  Your Guilderland or Altamont library card grants you a seven-day loan.  Call 518.456.2400, extension 3 for more information, or visit https://guilderlandlibrary.org/e-library-landing-page/#watchtv to get started. 

Seeking exhibitors

We currently have a few openings for local artists, crafters, photographers and collectors to display their wares.  Please contact Luanne Nicholson at 518-456-2400, ext. 112, or for more information.

— From Facebook @artdecho3

Art D’Echo will perform jazz standards and originals at Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.

Working on your family's history? Keys to your past may be unlocked at the Albany County Hall of Records and County Clerk’s Office.

On Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m., Deputy Albany County Clerk Craig A. Carlson and Albany County Hall of Records Archivist Rebecca Shevy shed light on the documents and historic treasures held at these institutions that might aid your research. Please register online, by phone, or in person.

The Grand Playdate

Calling all grandparent caregivers!  Bring you grandbaby (ages birth-three years) for a special playdate, Fri. Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll have coffee for the grown-ups and snacks and fun toys for the little ones, plus a special gift for each child.  Please register online, by phone or in person.  

The Public Enemy

Our Prohibition-Era Bootleggers and Rum Runners Film Series continues on Friday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. with a screening of The Public Enemy, starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow.  This classic depicts two ruffians who rise up from poverty to become petty thieves, bootleggers, and finally, cold-blooded killers. 

Teen volunteering

Students in eighth grade seeking community service hours for Junior Honor Society can volunteer with us on Saturday,  Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Please register in advance online, by phone or in person.  

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Games, conversation, snacks, fun…what’s the missing piece? You! Check out our new adult Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Bring your favorite game, or choose one from our collection of 100+ board games. We’ll provide treats and the biggest table you've ever seen!  

Art D’Echo 

Warm jazz on a cold winter’s day? Yes, please! Art D'Echo, a classic-style trio performing jazz standards and originals, will perform Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. for the latest installment of our Sunday Concert Series.  

Wicked Albany 

What was Albany really like during the Roaring 20s? University at Albany Professor Frankie Bailey will paint a fascinating picture of stark contrasts with her presentation “Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era”, Wednesday,  Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

She’ll describe how Prohibition produced the exact opposite result of its intent, merely forcing alcohol-related commerce underground, and lawlessness and violence to the forefront. 

The Answer is less

Wondering how to pare down unnecessary belongings and by extension, simplify your life? This presentation is for you!

On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., local professional organizer Jes Marcy will examine underlying reasons why we consume so much, and cover practical streamlining strategies. Please register online, by phone, or in person.  

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Mark Saturday,  Feb. 1 on your calendar for an exceptionally fun-filled day here as we demonstrate that “The Library is Super!” We’ll have fun activities planned throughout the day, plus a special visit from Spider-Man from 10 a.m. to noon.  All ages welcome!

Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes

If you’re in grades 8 to 12, sign up for a personalized Take a Break Teen Reader Box for February School Break! You’ll get a specially-selected library book and an advanced reader paperback book to keep, plus fun surprises. Return your box and sign up again for an April Break box!  

Winter Reading Challenge

We’re nearing the end of our Winter Reading Challenge…let’s reach 4,000 books this month! Log your completed books online at guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org. We could win great prizes from Penguin Random House if we’re a top-reading library. Keep reading and logging…every book counts!  

New streaming service

Explore RBDigital, our new library streaming service!  Your Guilderland or Altamont library card grants you a seven-day loan, and downloads are unlimited during January. Call 518.456.2400, extension 3 for more information, or visit https://guilderlandlibrary.org/e-library-landing-page/#watchtv to get started. 

Seeking exhibitors

We currently have a few 2020 openings for local artists, crafters, photographers and collectors to display their wares on a monthly basis. Please contact Luanne Nicholson at 518-456-2400, ext. 112, or for more information.

Several January programs at Guilderland Public Library examine fascinating aspects of the 13-year Prohibition Era, which began in 1920. 

This month, we’re looking back 100 years to 1920 and the Prohibition Era. The 18th Amendment prohibiting intoxicating liquors proved difficult to enforce, as bootlegging and speakeasies fueled the underground market.

Historically, Prohibition is fascinating — from its political and religious origins, to groups that vigorously opposed it, to its impact on social mores. We hope you’ll join us to mark this intriguing centennial with the following programs:

— The Prohibition Era: A Confusing and Misunderstood Time on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.:

Richard F. Hamm, a history professor who has studied Prohibition for more than 35 years and is co-editor of a forthcoming book, “Prohibition’s Greatest Myths: The Distilled Truth About America’s Anti-Alcohol Crusade,” will cover some of the common myths and misunderstandings about Prohibition, the 13-year failed “noble experiment.” Beyond debunking, he will explain how Prohibition became such an important policy goal and was added to the Constitution; and

— Wicked Albany: Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.:

What was Albany like during the “Roaring 20s?” University at Albany Professor Frankie Bailey will paint a picture of stark contrasts, as Prohibition produced the exact opposite result of its intent: merely forcing alcohol-related commerce underground, and lawlessness and violence to the forefront.

Film series

The library will also host a Bootleggers and Rum Runners Film Series of three classic films depicting unruly and humorous elements of the 1920s:  

— Friday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.: “The Roaring Twenties”  (1939). Starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, this film set in the Prohibition era is still widely considered the greatest gangster movie of all time. Two World War I buddies team up to become ruthless underworld kingpins;

— Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.: “The Public Enemy” (1931). Two Chicago youths (James Cagney and Eddie Woods) rise up from poverty to become petty thieves, bootleggers, and finally, cold-blooded killers. Also starring Jean Harlow; and

— Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m.: “What! No Beer?” (1933). Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante star in this comic tale of two men who naively try to cash in on the waning days of Prohibition by peddling their accidentally-diluted beer.

Saturday STEAM

Kids in grades 2 to 5  make dancing snakes, gummy bear catapults and other fun projects that demonstrate the importance and power of energy at our next Saturday STEAM, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Join Miss Rebecca on a weekly themed adventure filled with songs, rhymes, dance, and more, Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Guilderland Library patrons may register by calling 518.456.2400, ext. 4.  

Parent & T(w)een Night

Join us for our new monthly event!  Kids in grades 5 to 9 and a parent/guardian — enjoy night out with dessert and a fun activity on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. We’ll explore bullet journals, a creative and artistic way to combine a planner, to-do list, goal tracker, and diary. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Healthy Eating on a Budget 101

On Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., Health and Wellness Coach Rhonda Allen will cover key strategies for shopping smart, empowering us to master the grocery store, nutrition and our wallets!  Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Take a Break Teen Reader Boxes

If you’re in grades 8 to 12, sign up for a personalized Take a Break Teen Reader Box for February School Break!  You’ll get a library book selected especially for you to check out, and an advanced reader paperback book to keep, plus some fun surprises.  Return your box and sign up again for an April Break box!  

New Streaming Service

Explore RBDigital, our new library streaming service! Your Guilderland or Altamont library card grants you a seven-day loan, and downloads are unlimited during January. Call 518.456.2400, extension 3 for more information, or visit https://guilderlandlibrary.org/e-library-landing-page/#watchtv to get started. 

Winter Reading Challenge

Can you help us read 4,000 books during January? Log your completed books online at guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org. We could win some great prizes from Penguin Random House. Happy Reading!

— National Portrait Gallery

Jane Austen’s portrait was painted by her sister Cassandra in 1810. The Guilderland Public Library will hold a Jane Austen Craft Night on Monday,  Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.

Guilderland library patrons are encouraged to choose recipes from “Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen” by Josef Centerno, to make at home and then bring the dishes with serving utensils to the library on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Our next GPL Cabaret Night is on Friday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and it’s sure to once again fill to capacity.  This after-hours special evening performance of jazz standards will feature the wonderful stylings of vocalist Teresa Broadwell and her accomplished quintet.

Relax with a glass of wine, appetizers, and soothing music to usher in the weekend on a pleasant note.  Please register for this program online, by phone or in person (space is limited), and bring a photo I.D. if you’re planning to enjoy a glass of wine. 

GPL Adventures: Move It!

Children in third through fifth grades are invited to participate in this kinetic-based after-school program as GPL Adventures encourages them to “Move It!” on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Among the fun activities planned, we’ll be running, jumping, competing for fun and working as a team with jump ropes, hula hoops, stretchy bands, and maybe even a parachute!  Please register online, by phone or in person.  

New Streaming Service

We’re excited to launch RBDigital, the only library streaming service that allows you to  binge-watch your favorites! At your fingertips: AcornTV (British TV & film); IndieFlix (pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning films, documentaries, and shorts); Stingray Qello (the world’s largest collection of concert films and music documentaries); and The Great Courses (spanning scores of topics from wellness, food and finance to science, travel, language, hobbies and much more!)

Your Guilderland or Altamont library card grants you a seven-day loan, and downloads are unlimited during January! Sign up for a one-on-one session with a librarian to take full advantage of our digital options, and bring your library card and mobile device to the appointment. Call 518.456.2400, extension 3 for more information, or visit https://guilderlandlibrary.org/e-library-landing-page/#watchtv to get started.  

Winter Reading Challenge

Can you help us read 4,000 books during the month of January? Over 1,000 libraries are taking part in Beanstack’s Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge. Last year we read 3,775 books, so this year we’ve raised the bar.

Log your completed books online at guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org. If we’re a top reading library, we could win an author visit or other great prizes from Penguin Random House. Happy Reading!

Knuffle Bunny

Join us for a fun read-aloud and related art project on Friday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. as we enjoy the heartwarming story of Knuffle Bunny together. This program is for pre-K through grade 2, and registration is required. Be sure to dress for a mess!

Better Books Sale

Our colossal monthly sale is slated for Saturday,  Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat yourself (and your wallet) to some incredible deals on books, DVDs and CDs!

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Adults seeking games, food and fun: Look no further than our new twice-monthly Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday,  Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. Come solo, or bring a friend or two…bring your favorites from home, or play a game from our collection of 100+ offerings — the choices are yours!  Marvel at our humongous table…game on!

Jane Austen Craft Night

Whether you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s enduring legacy, or are curious about the enduring buzz surrounding this cherished author, we’ve got a seat reserved for you at our Jane Austen Craft Night on Monday,  Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. We’ll share art supplies, treats, and a collective interest in her timeless novels, which still speak to us today. For teens and adults. Please register online, by phone or in person.  

Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Join Miss Rebecca on a weekly themed adventure filled with songs, rhymes, dance, and other fun activities, starting Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. This is a registered program for children ages 2 to 5 with an adult caregiver.

Instructor Rebecca Marcello is the owner of Little Feet Dance Street in Glenmont, a professional singer, and mom of three. Registration for individual sessions is available by phone for Guilderland Library patrons by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4.  

Cookbook Club: Tex-Mex

What better way to elicit warmth in January than with some kicked-up culinary creations! Come to the adult reference section of the library to browse through “Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen” by Josef Centerno, choose one or two recipes to make at home, and register for the program.

Bring your prepared dishes with serving utensils on Wednesday,  Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.; we’ll provide the rest. Share samples with other cooking enthusiasts, and leave inspired to explore new recipes with enticing flavor combinations. You may even win a copy of the featured cookbook!

Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will visit the Guilderland Public Library on Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m.

Teresa Broadwell and her jazz quintet will perform at the Guilderland Public Library’s Cabaret Night on Friday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, so registration online, by phone, or in person is required.

New Year, new streaming service! Starting in January, your Guilderland library card grants you access to streaming videos from RBDigital.

Watch your favorite BBC shows on AcornTV, independent films on IndieFlix, a concert from your favorite musician on Qello, or learn something new with the Great Courses.

Sign up for a one-on-one session with a librarian to take full advantage of all we offer, and bring your library card and a mobile device to the appointment. Call 518-456-2400, ext. 3 for more information.  

Winter Reading Challenge

Can you help us read 4,000 books during the month of January? Over 1,000 libraries are taking part in Beanstack’s Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge.

Last year, we read 3,775 books, so this year we’ve set the bar even higher! Log your books online at guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org. If we’re a top reading library, we could win an author visit or other great prizes from Penguin Random House. Happy Reading!

Mead to visit

Baseball fans:  you’re in for a special treat as president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Tim Mead visits us on Monday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. Prior to assuming leadership in Cooperstown, Mr. Mead spent 40 years on staff for the Los Angeles Angels.

He’ll cover the upcoming Hall of Fame elections and his experiences working with three Angels owners, including Gene Autry and Arte Moreno, as well as two of the greatest players in baseball history, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. He’ll also field your questions on all things baseball following his remarks.  Join us!

2020 Vision Boards

Make the most of this fresh start to a new year (and decade!) on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with a fun craft that puts your goals into a visual context you can constantly refer to.

You’ll thumb through magazines to create a colorful collage for year-long inspiration.  Families are welcome at this all-ages activity. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Family STEAM Night

Children in grades 2 to 6 and their families are encouraged to attend our Family STEAM (science technology, engineering, arts, and math) Night on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Tang Museum will be on hand to offer their hands-on expertise.

This is a rescheduled event, and space is extremely limited. Please register online, by phone, or in person. 

Internet safety

The internet has drastically changed how we interact with the world.  It’s important to be mindful of cyber risks and learn how to combat these threats. On Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m., staff from the NYS Division of Homeland Security will provide an informative overview on common cyber threats, plus tips and tricks to maintain a safe and secure presence online.  

Drop-in genealogy

Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty provides free family history consultations and advice on a drop-in basis, Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your questions and challenges for help finding solutions.  Also, feel free to visit her website: www.upstatenygenealogy.com.

Knuffle Bunny

Join us for a fun-read aloud and related art project on Friday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. as we share the heartwarming story of Knuffle Bunny.  This program is for pre-K through Grade 2, and registration is required. Be sure to dress for a mess!

GPL Cabaret

Mark your calendar for our next GPL Cabaret Night on Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. This after-hours special evening performance of jazz standards will feature the wonderful stylings of vocalist Teresa Broadwell and her quintet.

Relax with a glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and soothing music. Please register for this program online, by phone or in person; space is limited. Bring a photo I.D. if you're planning to enjoy a glass of wine. 

Better Books Sale

Our colossal monthly sale happens Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat yourself (and your wallet) to some incredible deals on books, DVDs and CDs!

Missing Piece Board Game Club

Adults seeking games, food and fun: Look no further than our new twice-monthly Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. Come solo, or bring a friend or two. Bring your favorite games from home, or play a game from our collection of over 100 offerings; the choices are yours! 

Check out our humongous table — game on!

Teresa Broadwell and her jazz quintet will perform at the Guilderland Public Library’s Cabaret Night on Friday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, so registration online, by phone, or in person is required.

Settle in for post-holiday chill as we present a mega Marvel Movie Marathon on Friday, Dec. 27. First up on our big screen is “Guardians of the Galaxy” at 11 a.m., followed by “Black Panther” at 1:30 p.m., and “Thor: Ragnarok” at 4:30 p.m. All movies are rated PG-13, and popcorn is provided!

Missing Piece Board Game Club

We have the games, we have the snacks — what’s missing? You!

Join us for the inaugural session of our twice-a-month adult Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Bring your favorite games to this meetup, or play one from our collection of 100+ board games. We’ll provide treats and the biggest table you've ever seen! No registration needed.  

Magical Frozen Party

Looking for a fun event to bring your kids to on New Year’s Eve day? Look no further than our Magical Frozen Party!

Costumes are encouraged as we celebrate our favorite Frozen characters with family-friendly activities, karaoke and a sweet treat on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.

Holiday hours

Please note that the library will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and is closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.

We’re Streaming!

New Year, new streaming service! We’re excited to announce that starting in January, your Guilderland library card grants you access to streaming videos from RBDigital.

Watch your favorite BBC shows on AcornTV, independent films on IndieFlix, a concert from your favorite musician on Qello, or learn something new with the Great Courses! Check our website for information, or stop at the Information Desk for print resources. Sign up for a one-on-one session with a librarian expert to take full advantage, and bring your library card and a mobile device to the appointment.

Mead visits

Baseball fans are in for a treat as president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Tim Mead visits us on Monday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.  Prior to assuming leadership in Cooperstown, Mr. Mead spent 40 years on staff for the Los Angeles Angels.

He’ll cover the upcoming Hall of Fame elections and his experiences working with three Angels owners, including Gene Autry and Arte Moreno, as well as two of the greatest players in baseball history, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. He’ll also field your questions on all things baseball during this special visit.

2020 Vision Boards

New Year’s resolutions are often fleeting — what are the goals you’re committed to accomplishing in the coming year? Make the most of this fresh start on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with a fun craft that puts your aspirations into visual context and constantly at top of mind.

You’ll create a colorful collage for year-long inspiration. This is an all-ages activity; families are welcome.  Please register online, by phone or in person.

Little Lego Club

Children in grades Kindergarten through grade 3 are welcome to join our Little Lego Club on Monday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Use your imagination for creative individual and collaborative play. Feel free to use the library's collection, or bring your own bricks. For younger children, we offer Duplo.

Internet safety

The internet has drastically changed how we interact with the world. It’s important to be mindful of cyber risks and learn how to combat these threats.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m., staff from the New York State Division of Homeland Security will provide an informative overview on common cyber threats, plus tips and tricks to maintain a safe and secure presence online.  

Knuffle Bunny

Join us for a fun-read aloud and related art project on Friday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. as we share the heartwarming story of Knuffle Bunny. This program is for kids in prekindergarten through second grade, and registration is required. Be sure to dress for a mess!

GPL Cabaret

Mark your calendar for the next installment of our GPL Cabaret – Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. This after-hours special evening performance of jazz standards will feature the wonderful stylings of vocalist Teresa Broadwell and her quintet of musicians.

Relax with a glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and soothing music. Please register for this program online, by phone or in person, as space is limited. Also, bring a photo I.D. if you're planning to enjoy a glass of wine.

— Photo from Luanne Nicholson

Ukulele Jam: Guilderland Public Library is hosting ukulele-themed events on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. The library circulates ukuleles for patrons to borrow.

— Photo from Senator George Amedore’s Office

Cell Phones for Soldiers: American Legion Riders from the post in Altamont stand behind officials who announced a holiday drive for used cell phones, from left: First Sergeant Patrick Abrams, retired, United States Army; Kristin Duffy, director, External Affairs, AT&T; Senator George Amedore; and Tiffany Orner, Air Force Veteran and Business Development Manager of JDog Junk Removal, a military veterans partner. Cell phones may be donated at the Guilderland Public Library at 2228 Western Ave. and at the Altamont Free Library at 179 Main St. All proceeds from recycled devices will be used to buy long-distance calling cards for troops at home and abroad.

Want to try your hand at a new instrument? Ukulele players of all skill levels are welcome on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Whether you are just getting started or are a seasoned pro, join our relaxing and enjoyable jam sessions.

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

’Tis the season

… for a ukulele sing-along! We’ll continue the musical fun on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m., strumming along to some lively seasonal tunes, ringing bells and enjoying some hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. Stop in for a jolly good time!

Trustees meet

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees will conduct their monthly business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For your convenience, these meetings are also streamed live on the library’s Facebook page.  

Suburban Sounds Concert

Take a break during this busy time of year to enjoy the uplifting melodies performed by the Suburban Sounds Community Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.  This four-part harmony chorus will perform their winter concert, “Songs for the Season.” Make a point to revel in the merriment this group conveys.

Holiday hours

Please note that the library will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. We will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Now showing

Our large screen in the Helderberg Room will feature the family favorite “Toy Story 4” on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Then on Friday, Dec. 27, settle in for a mega Marvel Movie Marathon (all rated PG-13) as we show “Guardians of the Galaxy” at 11 a.m.; “Black Panthe” at 1:30 p.m.; and “Thor: Ragnarok” at 4:30 p.m. Popcorn provided!

Missing Piece

Board Game Club

We have the games, we have the snacks — what’s missing? You!

Adults are invited to join us for the inaugural session of our twice-a-month Missing Piece Board Game Club, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Bring your favorite games to this meetup, or play one from our broad collection of 100+ board games

We’ll provide treats and the biggest table you've ever seen. We plan to host this new gathering the second and fourth Saturday of the month; no registration needed.  

Magical Frozen Party

Looking for a fun event to bring your kids to on New Year’s Eve day? Look no further than our Magical Frozen Party!

Costumes are encouraged as we celebrate our favorite Frozen characters with family-friendly activities, karaoke and a sweet treat on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.

Meet the president

of the Baseball HOF

Attention baseball fans: Though spring training is still a way off, let’s talk about America’s pastime.  Get to know Tim Mead, new President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (and Library!), on Monday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m

 Prior to assuming leadership in Cooperstown, Mr. Mead spent 40 years on staff for the Los Angeles Angels. He’ll discuss the upcoming Hall of Fame elections and about working with three Angels owners, including Gene Autry and Arte Moreno, as well as two of the greatest players in baseball history, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. He’ll also field questions on various baseball matters during this special visit.

2020 Vision Boards

New Year’s resolutions often go by the wayside shortly after they’re made. What are the more concrete goals you are committed to accomplishing in the coming year?

Make the most of this fresh start on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with a fun craft that puts your aspirations into visual context and constantly at top of mind. Each participant will create a personal collage to provide inspiration all year long. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Help wanted 

Guilderland Public Library is currently seeking a volunteer treasurer. This independent officer reports directly to our board of trustees and is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of tax monies with Board approval.

Typical duties are expected to take three to five hours per month.  Interested candidates with financial expertise are encouraged to contact Board President Bryan Best at: 518-265-4432 or bestb@guilderlandlibrary.org.

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