— Photo by Danny Schmidt

Andrew Calhoun, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Woodstock Folk Festival, will sing Robert Burns’s songs at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, April 9.

Celebrate the life, songs, and poems of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. On Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m., the Guilderland Public Library is hosting Andrew Calhoun who will sing Robert Burns’s songs to the long-neglected original melodies to which the poet composed his lyrics.

Andrew will also read selections from his new book, “Warlock Rhymer, English translations of Robert Burns’ Scots poems,” published by Artemis Books, and relate the tale of Burns’s brief and blazing life.

Optimizing your presence online

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Do you want to collaborate online through Google? Find out how easy it is to best use these and other online tools when you come to GPL tonight Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. for Optimizing Your Online Presence.

Internet expert and William K. Sanford Library Director Evelyn Neale will give you practical tips on building and improving your professional online presence by using the appropriate online platforms. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Build your network on LinkedIn

If you’re not on LinkedIn, why not? Come to GPL on Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. and Sarah McFadden from Cornell Cooperative Extension will show you how to connect with professionals in your field, or build an online resume with LinkedIn. Please register for this program by calling 456-2400, ext 2.

Musical Mystery Story Time

Local singer-songwriter and librarian Tor Loney returns to GPL on Monday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. to lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement storytime.

Yoga-inspired Story time

Early literacy skills encourage success in school! Join us at GPL on Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and yoga-inspired movement!

Preschool Yoga-Inspired StoryTime is for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Younger siblings are always welcome. Please dress for movement and bring either a yoga mat or a towel.

Tea talks

If you love tea, then you need to come to the library on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. to learn all about teas and tisanes, especially those that you can grow in your garden.

Origami fun

Learn about origami and then create your own masterpiece, perhaps a paper crane, when you come to GPL on Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m. GPL will supply the paper and fun, you supply the creativity. Open to children grades three to six; parents/caregivers are welcome to join. Please let us know you’re coming by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Better books sale

There are bargains galore on books, CDs, DVDs and more at the Guilderland Public Library's next Better Books Sale on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good hunting.

 

There is a very special concert coming up at the Guilderland Public Library: On Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., the Guilderland High School’s Chamber Choir and Chamber Strings groups perform a Sunday concert, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook and so much more.

The Chamber Choir is a highly select group of mixed voices drawn from the Concert Choir. This talented ensemble makes frequent appearances within the community at various functions. Past events include tree lighting ceremonies at Stuyvesant Plaza and town hall, radio appearances on WGY and WFLY, and a fully staged opera.

The Chamber Strings are among the best musicians from the Concert and Symphony Orchestras. They show a superior level of dedication and talent, and play selections that are demanding yet have wide audience appeal. The Chamber Strings often play throughout the community, and act as “ambassadors” for the string program and the music program as a whole.

FSN open house science fair

Over the past several months, Family Science Nights have brought local college science and engineering departments to GPL to share “great science!” with students in grades three through six.

It all comes to a head on Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Open House Science Fair when these grade-school scientists show us what they’ve learned.  

Optimizing your presence online

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Do you want to collaborate online through Google? Find out how easy it is to best use these and other online tools when you come to GPL on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30.m. for Optimizing Your Online Presence.

Internet expert (and William K. Sanford library director) Evelyn Neale will give you practical tips on building and improving your professional online presence by using the appropriate online platforms.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or by using the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org. Go to April 6, and click on the program link.

The upside of downloading

The great thing about downloading free library books or magazines to your iPhone or Kindle is that all these books or magazines go anywhere you take your device. Find out how easy it is to download by coming to GPL on Wednesday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m., for Overdrive Office Hours.

Devices we can help you with include Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and laptops.

Sign up today for a one-on-one session with a librarian expert. Please bring your library card and your device to the appointment. Register in-person, or call the library at 518-456-2400, ext. 2.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

Are you puzzled by confusing health information, or concerned that you're unqualified to ask questions of your doctor, or that you're wasting your doctor’s time? If so, come to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m., for a hands-on workshop — suitable for everyone — where you will learn to be an effective advocate for yourself and your loved ones.

Your doctor wants you to be well-informed and an active partner in your care. Please join us to learn strategies for talking with your doctor and learning how to use information resources to improve health communication. Please note: this is not a discussion on the future of the Affordable Care Act; it is, however, a great presentation for helping you work with your medical professionals to get the best healthcare outcomes.

“Navigating the Healthcare Maze” is presented by Albany Medical College's Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education, and the Schaffer Library of Health Sciences; it is co-sponsored by Community Caregivers and the Guilderland Public Library.

Please register for this hands-on health workshop by calling 456-2400, ext. 2. Light refreshments will be served.

Celebrate the best in children’s lit

Enjoy an afternoon with adult fans of children’s literature at GPL on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m., with a Caldecott Newbery Tea.

Professionals (authors, illustrators and librarians) in the field share their insights into the 2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books.

Please register for this literary event by calling 456-2400, ext. 4. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn the art of Mediterranean cooking

In what promises to be one of the most delightfully aromatic events at GPL this year, come to “Mediterranean Cooking” on Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., and learn some healthy cooking techniques using more olive oil, tasty vegetables and hearty whole grains for a heart-healthy diet.

Presented by Karen Roberts Mort — Nutrition Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension: Albany County — the class includes food preparation and samples! Seats are limited, so sign up now by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 2.

“Paper, Paper, Paper! Get Organized!”

If every horizontal surface is covered, bills are lost or not paid, and you can’t find things when you need them, then “Paper, Paper, Paper! Get Organized with Jordana Turcotte”  at GPL on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.  is for you!

Professional organizer Jordana Turcotte will discuss what to keep, what to throw out, and how to set up an effective to system to manage it all. This program is offered through CDPHP.

Please register for this class by calling 456-2400 ext. 2. And mark it on your calendar right now.

Spa Edition!

On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. GPL’s “Pinterest Wins!” event turns its attention to … the spa!

Join us as we experiment in making homemade spa day essentials! Using ingredients easy to find in your own home, we'll make scrubs, soaps, and bath bombs. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

— Photo courtesy of albanyjazz.com

Cliff Brucker and the sextet Full Circle will perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 18, at 3 p.m.

If you want to have a voice in how the Guilderland Public Library serves your community, here’s your chance: Consider running for one of the two seats on the board of trustees that will be up for election on May 16.

Incumbents and new candidates may run for a permanent board seat by following the steps outlined below. The May 16 election for library trustees is concurrent with votes on the library budget, school district budget, and election of members of the school board.

To start the process of running for the library board, stop by the library and pick up an information packet. When you pick up the packet, you must provide your name, address, and phone number; this information is required by the school district. Completed nomination packets must be filed with the clerk of the Guilderland Central School District on or before Monday, April 17, 2017.

Your packet includes a memo from the director, the library bylaws, and a document titled “On Being a Board Member,” which outlines the responsibilities and opportunities the position entails. There is also a two-page biographical information sheet, which must be filled out and returned. This information is used in the Library’s publicity pertaining to the election. Everyone picking up a packet is encouraged to read all the information completely.

If you have questions on this, please call library director Tim Wiles at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200.

Cliff Brucker performs

Cliff Brucker, jazz drummer and pianist, and his exceptional sextet Full Circle, will perform classic jazz standards and original compositions at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, March 18, at 3 p.m. This event is part of the library’s ongoing Concert Series.

Full Circle includes Leo Russo, tenor and alto sax; Larry Ham, piano; Dylan Canterbury, trumpet and flugelhorn; Mike Novakowski, guitar; Otto Gardner, bass. Individually, the six musicians have performed with both local and legendary jazz artists; together, they recently recorded the eponymous album, "Full Circle," showcasing the uplifting swing and phrasing of saxophonist Leo Russo — "an exceptional and satisfying recording," notes one jazz reviewer.

Family research and the DAR

Interested in genealogy? Then come to the Library on Saturday, March 18, at 10:30, to learn how to use the historical and genealogical resources and services that The Daughters (and Sons) of the Revolution organizations offer.

These groups have a wealth of information available for family history searchers. Presenter Trudy Hutchinson will also provide information on how you can become a member if you wish.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Visit the library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

—   Photo from the Guilderland Public Library.

Owl about that! A crowd of 75 fascinated children (and a few slightly leery adults) packed the Guilderland Public Library’s Helderberg Room on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a “Rescuing Raptors” program presented by Joyce Perry, of Whispering Willow Wildcare. Here Malerie Muratori, Perry’s assistant, holds Lucy Pearl, a barn owl who is clearly not camera shy.

Join the Guilderland Public Library and our friends from other area libraries at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the 12th Annual Hannaford Kidz Expo, featuring “Storybook Fun with Curious George.” We'll have books, crafts, and of course fun!

Family science night

What a lot of fun our next Family Science Night is going to be.  On Monday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., students from the Hudson Valley Community College’s biology department will be at the library with fun science activities for kids. For children in grades three to six, with their families. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Book Buddies are back

Calling all kids in grades one to four to come and read to a teen buddy. Build your reading skills and confidence. All reading levels welcome.

The 30-minute Book Buddy sessions take place every Tuesday in March, starting March 6. Slots are available at 4, 4:30, 5, and 5:30 p.m. Limit one slot per day per reader. Sign up and read! Call 456-2400. ext. 4 to register.

Drop-in genealogy help

Professional genealogist and Guilderland resident Lisa Dougherty will be ready to help breach the “brick walls” encountered when doing genealogical research. Her next session is on Wednesday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lisa is a former volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She now devotes her time to lecturing around the area on family history, and assisting family researchers monthly at the Clifton Park Public Library, Crandall Library in Glens Falls, and the Irish-American Heritage Museum in Albany, where she is the genealogist-in-residence. Visit her website at http://www.upstatenygenealogy.com.

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