Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Deirdre Flint who performs at the Guilderland Public Library on Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. as part of GPL’s Second Sunday Concert Series  hangs out at the intersection where folk music and stand-up comedy collide, so this promises to be a fun and entertaining musical event.

Flint sings about adult themes from time to time — dating, aging, bridesmaid dresses, Keeping-Up-With The-Jones's — which means her show is a bit edgy. She’s been lauded by Billboard Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today for her special brand of humor.  This promises to be a popular event, so come early. 

Cake decorating

Rebecca Yates is trained in the Wilton method of cake decorating, and she’ll be at GPL on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., to share many of her innovative secrets with you.

Yates is an instructor in the culinary program at Schenectady County Community College (and is the owner of Little Bean Cakes). Her interactive method of instruction means that you’ll get a practical, two-hour class in torting, filling, frosting, and decorating.

You will learn to make a frosting flower and will decorate two cupcakes to bring home. You'll also get to keep a decorating tip that you've used in the class, and Yates will have recipes and book suggestions. The class is limited in size, so register soon by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or sign up online.

This program involves food, so please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Facebook fundamentals

If you’re curious about social media (and what the hype is all about), then come to GPL on Monday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., and find out how it can connect you with family and friends near and far.

You’ll learn Facebook basics: How to get started setting up your account, some of the fun features available to Facebook users, and how to protect your privacy online. There will be time for questions and hands-on practice in this small-group class. It is helpful for registrants to have an active email account before the class. If you do not have an email account, you will need to set one up during this session. Note: This is a repeat of the session held last September.

Registration is required. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’ll be at the class.

Yoga for teens

Teens can learn the benefits of yoga— improved posture, greater strength and flexibility, improved calm concentration — by attending Yoga for Teens at GPL on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

Bring a yoga mat and join the fun with Rashmi Koratkar of Yogi Minds. These classes are designed specifically for adolescent populations based on research done by Harvard Medical School and Kripalu School of Yoga.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Are You Keeping Your

Easiest Resolution?

The Guilderland Public Library has a New Year’s Resolution for you, and it’s easy to keep.

If you have any overdue or "Lost" materials at home, bring them back to the Library, and all is forgiven! No fines, no guilt. You get a fresh start, and your friends and neighbors once again get to borrow materials that have been out of circulation.

Here’s how it works: From now through Saturday, Jan. 31, just drop off your overdue items, and fees and fines related to those items will be cleared from your record. This includes items that are listed as “Lost”; return these “Lost” items, and the associated fines go away.

The Twin Towers photos

 GPL’s Photo Forum on Thursday, January 15, at 7 pm, focuses on the extraordinary work of Konstantin Petrov, an electrician who worked a night shift at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop Tower One of the late World Trade Center.

Petrov took some stunning — and through the lens of history, heartbreaking — photographs of the buildings in the early morning hours. His work will be shown and described by Photo Forum participant Dick Connery.


GPL will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. Your virtual hometown library is always open at

Better Books Sale

GPL’s Book Sale volunteers have amassed an amazing selection of material for their Saturday, Jan. 10, sale that starts at 10 a.m. The early birds get the better books (or something like that), so come early.

Blood Drive

January is National Blood Donor Month, so Tuesday, Jan. 20, is a great date for a blood drive at GPL.  Please mark your calendar. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for an appointment.

Library info

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