Guilderland Library Notes for Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Is the Mediterranean Diet a fad, or fantastic?

The Mediterranean Diet seems to be quite popular these days, particularly with people who are looking to decrease their risk of heart disease; on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Guilderland Public Library, you can find out if this diet is as good as it seems or if it’s just another fad.

 If you’re interested in reducing your risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular mortality, cancer, and incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, you should attend this Consumer Health Information program on the diet’s potential benefits.

ShopRite’s registered dietitian Kristen Caponera, MS, RD, will provide the latest information about this regimen and prepare a healthy pasta salad for tasting. There’s also a short trivia game and gift basket giveaway. Register online or by phone.

Just Dance Party

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to a Wii Just Dance party at the library on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Wii Just Dance games on the big screen are so much fun it’s almost wrong. You have all the room in the world, well, actually, just in the Helderberg Room, but that’s quite a space to dance and move to your favorites. While you wait your turn to dance, create cool crafts and color when you need to rest your dancing feet. Balloons, hop-scotch, and make-your-own bookmark crafts, round out this fun-filled evening.

 Book sale 

The library once again opens the gates of great used books at its Monthly Better Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Remember that bestseller you wanted to read two years ago, but forgot about?  It’s probably here at a steep discount.  Enjoy!

 Teens meet  

The GPL Teen group – young, smart, hard-working, creative teens who want to spend time with more of the same – will meet at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the library’s Gathering Place.

If you’re a YA Lit Fan, Aspiring Writer, Maker, Nerdfighter, Wallflower, or Geek (we mean that in the most positive sense of the word), you are one of us. Join us to discuss library programs, services and materials for teens. At this meeting, we'll also be creating props for the Angry Birds Live game for International Games Day on Nov. 16.  Save that date.

Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day, but you can still take advantage of our virtual library by going online to download eBooks, renew books and movies you’ve borrowed, do some genealogical research, and so much more.   Just go to

Story time  

The next Sensory Story time will be held on Wednesday, Nov.13, at 6:30 p.m., at the library.  Held on the second Wednesday of every month, these sessions are designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, and a parent or caregiver. We share simple stories, and engage in sensory integration through games and crafts. Registration is required, please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to attend.

Library trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees — the people charged with making sure your library is meeting the community’s needs — will meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the library's Tawasentha Room.

You’re invited to attend and speak out; there are public comment sessions at the beginning and end of the meeting.  Should you miss the meeting, you can still see it as it’s video recorded and broadcast on Guilderland cable channel 17 at 2 p.m., on the Sunday following the meeting, and again at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Monday following.

Library info

 For more information about the library, call the library at 456-2400, or e-mail us at  The library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library's website at Check out the “unofficial” library stuff at, follow the library on Twitter @GuilderlandLib, and get music information and free downloads on the library’s Freegal page. It all starts at