Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Zack McDermott’s “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love,” will be the subject of a pop-up book discussion Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Participants may keep the book, thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Not sure how to get started crafting your college admissions essays? Looking for a second opinion?  Take advantage of this opportunity to get a jump on the process before school starts!

Kelly Linehan, a National Board-certified teacher and independent educational consultant, will be available at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 20, and Wednesday evening, Aug. 21, to meet with students entering grades 11 and 12 for a one-on-one 15-minute session.

Bring your questions, plus any essay drafts if you have them, to help make your submissions the best they can be. Please register for one session online, by phone, or in person.   

Celestial Candleholders

On Thursday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m., take an ordinary glass jar and transform it into something special using a variety of paint and glitter techniques. The simply stellar results might just amaze you! This program is for ages 12 to 17. Please register online, by phone or in person.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Our space movie Thursdays conclude on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. with an epic film:  “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” A lonely boy befriends a homesick alien stranded on Earth and attempts to help him find his way home, while a group of government scientists attempt to capture the gentle visitor for research.

Serving double duty as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a poignant portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's remarkable tale is an enduring slice of movie magic for all ages. Rated PG; popcorn will be served.

Library Club

Join us Friday, Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for a summer meeting of Library Club to talk about our plans for programs and projects for the school year, and of course - our favorite books!  For grades 3 to 5. Please register online, by phone or in person.

Magician Jim Snack

We’re excited to welcome back veteran Magician Jim Snack Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a summer reading grand finale performance that’s sure to amaze and delight all ages.  Arrive early for a good seat, and bring the whole family!

Ukulele jam

Whether you play ukulele, or want to learn, all skill levels are welcome to join the fun on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for our inaugural jam!  Thereafter we’ll meet the fourth Thursday of each month for this family-friendly program.

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

Share the Summer Harvest 

Calling all gardeners and gourmets! Bring your homegrown bounty of tomatoes and other homegrown fruits and vegetables, or your favorite dish that incorporates seasonal produce, on Monday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. date was rescheduled).

We’ll award a prize for the most delicious tomato, judged by popular choice.  No green thumb? No problem, we still need tasters for this harvest feast. Sample more types of tomatoes than you knew existed, introduce your kids to some healthy treats, and help us pick the best tomato.

Pop-Up book discussion

Thanks to our sponsor, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, we’re inviting eight people to participate in this “pop-up” book discussion, Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Participants get to keep a free copy of “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love.”

The author’s unflinching memoir of coming face-to-face with his bipolar disorder, and his mother’s unwavering support during his odyssey, is described as “glorious” by the New York Times, and “rueful, funny, and utterly authentic” by Kirkus Reviews. Please register online, by phone, or in person.   

Back-to-School Clothing Swap

Has your child outgrown last year’s school clothes? Trade them in for something new to you! 

First, bring clothing items in “like new” condition (no stains, rips, stretching; no socks, underwear, or swimwear; and recently cleaned) on Drop-Off Day, Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.  Please keep in mind that we cannot accept clothing others would not be pleased to receive.

You’ll get a credit for each item brought in, which may be redeemed on Shopping Day, Friday,  Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. (ten items maximum per family). Any leftover clothing will be donated to Goodwill.  Crafts will be available to keep little ones occupied while you shop.