— 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.

For those of you who were — like us — really disappointed that a snowstorm caused us to call off the Cliff Brucker & Full Circle concert two weeks ago, great news! The concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at the Guilderland Public Library. We’ll remind you as the date gets closer.

We cannot tell a lie

We cannot tell a lie: Over the President’s Day weekend — when we celebrated, among others, George Washington who supposedly took an axe to his father’s cherry tree — we chopped down the trees in the library’s front parking lot.  It’s unfortunate, but the trees had died and needed to go.

We will plant new trees in the spring.  Our new trees will be beacons of flowering loveliness in the spring, and provide shade in the summer.

Arm Knitting

OK, this is really cool: Learn how to knit without needles. In this program, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m., each teen will learn how to Arm Knit their own infinity scarf to take home.

Please bring two skeins of a size 6 bulky or size 6 super bulky yarn (no blanket yarn) in the color of your choice to make your scarf. (Recommended brands are Lion Brand: Wool-Ease, Red Heart: Grande)

Registration is open for all teens and tweens entering grades five to 12; just call 456-2400, ext  4 to let us know you’re coming.

TWiins

Tweens are invited to a Wii Just Dance Party with the latest Wii Just Dance games on the big screen. It all happens on Friday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

We have the hula hoops, party lights, and freeze pops — all we need is you and your friends. Call  456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.

At the zoo

Families with young children are invited to come to GPL for a very special Saturday storytime on Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.  Miss Beth will be leading you in a fun, active time that features books, songs, and crafts for the whole family.

Music, movement and story time

Join local librarian and former Kindermusik teacher Josalyn Wilder for “3 Little Birds” on Monday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m., for a fun-filled program of music and literacy activities geared toward children ages 5 and under.

No registration is necessary, drop in whenever you're able. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Board committee meets

The finance committee of the library’s board of trustees will meet tonight Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss various issues related to the library's budget and operations.

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).

On Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., join V. Frederick Rickey, retired Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, who will be at the Guilderland Public Library for a talk about the early career of George Washington, particularly Washington’s experience as a surveyor.

Professor Rickey has extensive experience working with George Washington’s papers at the Library of Congress, as well as those housed in private collections. One insight Rickey will share is the importance of working with original documents; all too often he’s found that digitized copies lack the depth and detail of information of the source document.

We cannot tell a lie

We cannot tell a lie: Over President's Day Weekend — when we celebrate, among others, George Washington who supposedly took an ax to his father’s cherry tree — we are chopping down the Japanese Lilac trees in the front parking lot. It’s unfortunate, but the trees have died, and need to go.

We plan on planting new trees, but do not yet know what they should be. Do you have a suggestion?  Send your ideas to .

Closed President’s Day

GPL will be open its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, but closed Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in 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).

 

You are invited to the Guilderland Public Library for “Coffee with a Cop” on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Guilderland Police Department is hosting this event so that members of the community can come together in a friendly, informal environment to chat, build relationships, and enjoy a good cup of coffee. You’re encouraged to attend.

All too often contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations; not the best time for relationship building. Also, some people may feel that officers are unapproachable. This program aims to fix that by fostering communication between police officers and the public, one cup of coffee at a time.

Classic jazz

Cliff Brucker, jazz drummer and pianist, and his exceptional sextet Full Circle, will perform classic jazz standards and original compositions at the library on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. This event is part of the library’s Sunday 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.

“Gal”entine's Day

February’s “Pinterest Wins” event – on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. focuses on “Gal”entines Day to celebrate our gal pals.

Bring your gal pal (mom, daughter, co-worker, next-door neighbor!) to a night of Valentine’s Day inspired crafting for all ages. There will be a dessert waffle bar. Please register each member of your squad online, by phone -- call 456-2400, ext. 2 or in person at either the information desk or the children’s desk.

Sweet treats

This Valentine’s Day, if you’re planning on giving a sweet treat to someone, why not pick it up at the library?  Feb. 6 through 14, we are offering “Lollipops for Love,” homemade chocolate lollipops sure to bring a smile. And on Valentine’s Day itself, we are having a bake Sale where there will be lots of tasty, scrumptious, home-baked goodies for sale.  Enjoy!

STEM

Find out “what’s the matter” at our next fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m.  

Ideal for kids ages 4 through 7, this program explores the world around us through books, experiments, activities, and crafts. Lots of hands-on learning for everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Please register by calling 456-2400. Ext. 4, or go online to www.guilpl.org, and use the Events & Registration Calendar.

Special meeting

The library’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., which will be devoted to an Executive Session discussion of a building-maintenance contract.

That same evening, at 6:30 p.m. the board’s finance committee will meet to discuss various issues related to the library's budget and operations.

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