Jeanne O’Connor and the New Standard will perform at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.

— Photo from the Guilderland Public Library

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, left, recently took a tour of the Guilderland Public Library with librarian Maura Lynch as part of the Upper Hudson “Library Expedition” program.

By a unanimous vote, the 11 members of the Guilderland Public Library’s Board of Trustees, on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 11, approved a plan to renovate the quarter-century old library building, and provide a modest increase in the size of the children’s and young-adult areas.

“This right-sized plan is the result of an 18-month process of listening to the community to determine what’s needed and wanted in Guilderland,” said Library Director Tim Wiles. “We worked hard to develop the concept, and I am pleased that the Board is unanimous in its desire to move ahead.

“Now that the board has approved a conceptual design, we have a lot of work to do before placing this project before the public at our annual library election on May 21.  While the conceptual design can be found on our website at www.guilderlandlibrary.org/renewal, it’s just that: a concept.

“Having the board’s approval, we now begin developing the actual construction plans, including architectural and engineering work, fund-raising efforts, grant applications, selecting a construction manager, financing, and effects upon taxpayers  … all steps that must be taken before we submit the detailed plan for the public’s approval.

“We will keep the public informed through our website, social media, in-house events, and outreach to community groups. Guilderland residents who would like me to speak to their neighborhood association, P.T.A., social club, church, and other community groups should feel free to give me a call at the library.  I look forward to speaking with you.”

Gay and Lesbian Rights in the 20th Century

Most Americans rightly view the changing status over the last two decades of gays and lesbians in the United States as nothing short of remarkable. They are not wrong to think this.

In his talk, How We Got to Today, at the library on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., University at Albany Professor Carl Bon Tempo explores the longer story of gay and lesbian rights in the United States, from the late 19th Century to the present. What emerges from that history is a more nuanced — and interesting — understanding of how we got to today.

Safe and Seen

Safe and Seen, at the library on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., addresses an issue facing friends and families today: As awareness and acceptance around gender and sexuality grows, more youth and adults are questioning, disclosing, and embracing their LGBTQ identities.

For parents, families, and friends, this can be both joyous and stressful. Many do not always know how to best support LGBTQ friends and family, or what they need to thrive.

Whether struggling or feeling very supportive, this presentation, by Lyndon Cudlitz (who has 17 years of experience in LGBTQ services, sexual health education, and social justice training) provides an opportunity for loved ones to learn more about LGBTQ identities, and a safe space to ask tough questions.

This program is geared toward adults. Seats are limited. Please register by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3.

Jeanne O’Connor performs

On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., Jeanne O’Connor and the New Standard will perform at the Guilderland Public Library. This jazz sextet of superb musicians breathes new life into ’60s and ’70s standards.

Are you a “36er” yet?

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy stopped by the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 11, to take part in the Library Expedition, a program that encourages people to discover and explore all that the libraries of Albany and Rensselaer Counties offer.

She was on a tour to visit all the libraries in her Assembly District: Altamont Free Library, the Albany Public Library’s Pine Hills and Bach branches, and the public libraries of Bethlehem and Voorheesville. While at GPL, she spoke with librarian Maura Lynch, who was key to the success of the 36er program at Guilderland.

The Expedition runs through the end of November. Stop by your library and start the tour!

Join us at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m., for Star Wars Cosplay 101 and together we can rule the (costuming) galaxy!

Members of the Rebel Legion and 501st Legion are coming to our library to pass down their Star Wars costuming knowledge! Learn the basics of how to make or commission a great Star Wars costume, how to create or where to purchase props, how to join the Rebels or 501st, and so much more!

If you have in-process costumes or props, bring them along to get tips from the experts!

Please register for this galactic-scale event by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3.                    

Self-defense for women

Officers from the Guilderland Police Department will be at GPL on Monday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m., to start the three-session Rape Aggression Defense program for women.

The RAD course is a total of 12 hours long, and the two follow-on sessions are Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

The RAD training course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. It is not a typical self-defense course, where students learns how to punch or kick through repetition — rather, it teaches students how to survive attacks.

This program is for women 16 years of age and older. No experience is necessary. You must attend all three sessions. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Consider bringing a light snack and water.

Seats are limited. Register by phone at 518-456-2400 x 3, in person, or online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Tips for Visiting Disney

Are you feeling overwhelmed planning your trip to Disney? You’re not alone; this is such a challenge for so many people that there is expert help!

Come to the library on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. and get expert advice on how to maximize fun and minimize stress on your next visit.  Presented by Colleen Parisi, of awalkintheparkwithcolleen.com.

Please register by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3.

A Change for Good

Giving you a framework and tools needed to Change for Good, this workshop at the library on Wednesday, October 17, at 6 pm, will help you implement positive personal change for life.

Whether your goal is to start a healthy habit, save money, perform better at work, or end self-defeating behavior, this workshop is for you. Change does not depend on luck or willpower.

It is a process that can be successfully managed by anyone who understands how it works. Efficient self-change depends on doing the right thing at the right time. Presented by David Przybyla, MS, CHES, on behalf of the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan.

Go Batty with “Stellaluna”

Join WMHT's Barbara Lukas at GPL on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30, for a fun morning of family literacy — books, crafts and more based on the classic children's book, “Stellaluna.”

This session is for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade, with an adult caregiver.  Please call 518-456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Downsize Now

Come to Downsize Now on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., for a 90-minute class that will show you how to prepare your home and your life for changes, relocations, new needs, other accommodations and the challenging process of sorting, downsizing and/or relocating.

Call Sheilah! Your Personal Concierge and Senior Move Specialist 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 those errands, projects, tasks that have multiple moving parts and require the skills of a “solutionist.”

Please call 518-456-2400, ext. 3 to register.

Nature Hunt

Create. Play. Explore. It’s time for a nature-filled adventure!

Come explore the outdoors around GPL — on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 — and gather items to create your very own nature collages and creatures. Since we will be going outside, please be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing!

This program is for kids in third through fifth grades. Please call 518-456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Trustees to meet on library renewal

The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., to hear a presentation on a possible renewal of the library building. The presentation will be given by the architectural firm of Butler, Rowland and Mays.

The public is encouraged to attend. Information on this possible project is available at www.guilderlandlibrary.org/renewal.

The board will hold its next regularly scheduled monthly business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Concerts return!

Save the date: On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., Jeanne O’Connor and the New Standard will hold a free concert where these six superb musicians will breathe new life into your favorites from the 1960s and ’70s.

— Photo from Meg Mosher Photography

Paul Grondahl, left, and Gregory Maguire were honored at the Guilderland Library Foundation’s “Novel Affair” Gala on Sept. 29.

An interactive (and fun!) session at the Guilderland Public Library, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., will provide steps for students to take to immediately become stronger candidates for college acceptances and institutional scholarships.

This session is ideal for families with students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students are encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian.

Kelly Linehan, a college admissions counselor and associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association as well as a National Board Certified Teacher, will make the presentation. There is no need to register; just attend and learn!

Nature Hunt

Create. Play. Explore. It’s time for a nature-filled adventure!

Come explore the outdoors around GPL — on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. — and gather items to create your very own nature collages and creatures. Since we will be going outside, please be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing! For grades 3 to  5. Please call 518-456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Trustees meet

The Guilderland Public Library’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., to hear a presentation on a possible renewal of the library building.

The presentation will be given by the architectural firm of Butler, Rowland and Mays. The public is encouraged to attend. Information on this possible project is available at www.guilderlandlibrary.org/renewal

Two great writers atone great celebration!

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Guilderland Library Foundation held its annual fundraising gala at the Albany Country Club, and the two honorees — Paul Grondahl and Gregory Maguire — had a great time!

In her remarks, Foundation President Rosemary Revoir spoke about why these two “hometown writers” were honored:

This evening’s Novel Affair is a special one because in the past we’ve celebrated leaders of the library and business community, but tonight we turn our attention to literature: This is, after all, “A Novel Affair.”  So we honor two marvelous local writers: Paul Grondahl and Gregory Maguire … and they represent the best of non-fiction and fiction.

While neither really needs an introduction, some highpoints must be hit:

Who else but Gregory Maguire could transform one of literature’s most hated and feared fictional characters into a sympathetic, lovelorn, misunderstood woman?

Gregory did so in his book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, which, since 2003 as “Wicked,” is now the seventh-longest running play in Broadway history. It’s been running since October 2003. Next month, it’s a 15-year run, with no sign of slowing any year soon.

But “Wicked” is just one among the dozens of Gregory’s books. In reviewing his backlist, I had to wonder if the titles some of his others – “Three Rotten Eggs,” “Out of Oz,” and maybe “The Good Liar” -- were reflective of the politics of his hometown, Albany.

Our non-fiction honoree, Paul Grondahl, by his own admission, wrote more than 8,000 stories for the Times Union. Even though he grew up in Tacoma, Washington, simply by chronicling the Capital District’s activities in some 8 million words, he became part of the fabric of the community.

Even though he “retired” from the TU last year, he continues to open our eyes to the reality around us.

Paul’s writing  – the quality of his reporting  – his ability to give us the unvarnished who, what, where, etc. – what made Paul’s reporting so trustworthy, is summed up in his own words from his TU retirement address: “My work was never about me.  I was a reporter, an observer, a witness – a conduit for the first draft of history.”

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with us here at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., with a bilingual family story time in Mandarin and English.

Julia Liu, a bilingual early-childhood educator will lead this program. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Family STEAM Nights

On Monday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., the Shaker High School Robotics Club will be at the library to share and guide you through some exciting, hands-on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math -- activities! For second grade and up. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Story times are back!

Story times are designed to reinforce early literacy skills. We may use a combination of stories, videos, singing, crafting, playing, puppets and movement to entertain and teach.

Choose the story time that’s best suited for your child’s age. No need to register, just come here and enjoy! Story times begin Sept. 25:

— Baby Bookworms – a new story time that’s held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. – is a story time full of songs and fun. Make a weekly date to build memories with your baby, lay a foundation for success with pre-literacy skills, and connect with other caregivers in the community.  Ages birth to 18 months and a caregiver.

— Toddler Time – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. -- offers a variety of fun activities to encourage early literacy and motor skills including: reading stories, singing, dancing, playing instruments, and creating crafts (both sessions feature the same activities). Toddlers 19 - 36 months with a caregiver.

— Preschool Drop-In Story time – on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. – develops the early literacy skills so vital to success in school! Join us for stories, songs, and movement!   Ages 3 - 5 years with a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome!

— Wee Waddlers Rhyme Time – a new story time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. -- provides bonding and pre-literacy skills.  We’ll have music and movement, rhymes & bounces, puppets, read-alouds, toys, bubbles and more.  New walkers up to 24 months old with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome to attend. Older siblings should bring a stuffed animal with them.

— The ever-popular 3 Little Birds: Music & Movement starts Friday Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m., and is then held every Friday at that same time.  You’ll sing, dance and join our 3 Little Birds – Penny, Poppy & Pete – for a fun-filled class your whole family will enjoy! This program is dynamic and interactive, so come ready to participate in the fun.  Ages birth to five years with a caregiver.

Please note: We follow the Guilderland Central School District calendar. When school is not in session, we do not hold story time. Also, when schools are closed due to bad weather, story times are cancelled.

Trustees meet

The Guilderland Public Library’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., to hear a presentation on a possible renewal of the library building. The presentation will be given by the architectural firm of Butler, Rowland and Mays. The public is encouraged to attend. Information on this possible project is available at www.guilderlandlibrary.org/renewal

GPL pops up at Ladies’ Night Out

Ladies’ Night Out, held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Western Turnpike Golf Course Ballroom, is a health and wellness event is sponsored by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. We’ll be there with free books to give away, consumer health resources, and a special raffle basket, too! The Western Turnpike Golf Course is located at 2350 Western Ave, Guilderland; see you there!

The “Better Angels” Skills Workshop — at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. — is a practical exercise where you can learn effective ways to communicate with others who differ from you politically.

There’s a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn’t help. Please join us for the Better Angels Skills Workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that — rather than aiming to persuade — clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

The workshop format was developed by Better Angels (https://www.better-angels.org). After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice the conversation skills. (To make it easier, you’ll practice with someone from your side of the political spectrum, who will play the role of someone on the other side.) If you fall in the center politically, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills.

To register for this program, please call 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or sign-up online at bit.ly/gplbetterangels.

Password Workshop

Sarah McFadden from Cornell Cooperative Extension will give you the ins and outs of successful passwords. Come to the library on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m., and in 90 minutes, you’ll learn the best practices for creating strong passwords, how to keep track of your passwords, and how to keep your passwords away from bad people online.

Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Long-term care

Find out what you need to know about planning for long-term care when you come to this class on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m.

The New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care is a unique New York State Department of Health program designed to assist New York residents in planning for the cost of long-term care. The Partnership between the DOH and private insurers allows individuals to protect their assets from Medicaid through the purchase of a Partnership-qualified, long-term care policy.

Find out more about this critical coverage to protect both your health and your financial well-being! Your presenters include an elder-care law attorney, an insurance broker, and the program manager for the New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care.

Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Library Club

Join us for an after-school snack at GPL on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m., and we’ll talk about our favorite books, plan future programs, and do a project to benefit the library!

This is a great program for students in grades 3 to 5. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Rappy Goes to the Library

When Rappy the Raptor’s class goes to the library, it’s all Rappy can do not to be noisy. Can he keep his rapping quiet, or will he start a book riot? To find out, register for this Wednesday, Sept. 26 program – it starts at 6:30 p.m. – come to the library to pick up your free copy of the book to take home and read – and then join us for a book party celebration on that Wednesday!

For children in grades 1 to 2. Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Moon Festival Story Time

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with us here at GPL on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., with a bilingual family storytime in Mandarin and English. Julia Liu, a bilingual early childhood educator will lead this program.  Please register for this class by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 4, or register online at www.guilderlandlibrary.org.

Jacqueline Schwab Concert

In her free concert “I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” at the library on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., pianist Jacqueline Schwab celebrates America’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their contributions to our heritage. Along the way, she reflects on growing up in Pittsburgh’s “melting pot,” as well as on her later exploration of music from around the world.

You’ve already enjoyed Jacqueline’s extraordinary playing: She is key to the sound tracks of Ken Burns’ Grammy-winning films including The Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War, and The National Parks.

In Burns’ words: “Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and ... unusually moving.” Critic Scott Alarik wrote she has “… an uncanny sensitivity to the moods and proprieties from other eras.” One listener wrote: “Your music, the touch you have, entwines the heart.”

That she is playing at the library is truly extraordinary.  Registration required: Please call 518.456.2400, ext. 3, or register online at bit.ly/september20schwab.

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