Guilderland Library Notes for Friday, May 23, 2014

Landscaping with native plants is an excellent way to attract more birds to your yard and do some good for the environment, and is the subject of Native Plants in Your Backyard: Bringing Back Birds, Bees, and Butterflies at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.

In this illustrated talk, Professor Sigrin Newell will discuss the reasons for choosing native plants, and the best places to plant them. She will show pictures of a variety of good choices, which will help you decide which plants you would like to try. She will also give you take-home information on sources for native plants, as well as a listing of websites, and books that can help further your understanding of the subject.

Sigrin Newell recently moved to Guilderland. Her hobbies are botany, natural history and gardening. For many years, she has taken people hiking in the woods to show them native plants in the wild. She had an extensive garden of native plants in her former home and is in the process of transplanting many of them to her new home. She is active with the Friends of Thacher Park, and has been for more than a decade. Every spring the friends sponsor a native plant sale, the source of many of her garden’s plants.

Sigrin is a professor at the on-line Walden University, where she mentors students working towards their PhDs in education. There is no need to register for this program; just show up. 

Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

You can always take advantage of your “Virtual GPL” at – that never closes -- to do everything from renewing material you currently have, to finding and reserving books you want to read.  The long-term weather forecast is “iffy” for the holiday weekend, so if you’re looking to fill some rainy-day hours, consider starting some genealogical research at

Library info

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