John Simon, a music producer, composer, writer, and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies, and on Broadway,  will share his experiences working with the legendary American roots music group “The Band” on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m., at the library, in a performance called “We Can Talk About It Now.” This event is part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” program.

Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and ’70s, responsible for producing dozens of recordings including The Band’s iconic albums, as well as classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and others.

Combining a multimedia presentation with live piano performance, Mr. Simon will discuss and demonstrate how he first became involved with The Band, producing (and occasionally playing on) their albums “Music from Big Pink,” “The Band,” and “The Last Waltz.” He will offer insights into how the compositions, arrangements, and instrumentation came together to create the foundation of “Americana” music.

They separated from Hawkins in 1964. Bob Dylan hired them for his 1965 U.S. tour and 1966 world tour. Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Woodstock, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink. This album and its successor, simply entitled The Band, were produced by John Simon. The rest is history.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on concerts taking place in conjunction with the NY Living Legacy Project on The Band, contact The Egg Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Empire State Plaza in Albany at 473-1845  or on line:

GPL “Pops-Up”

GPL's Pop-Up Library will be at Crossgates Mall on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of “Albany County Cares: Live Life Local.” Please stop by and say, "Hi."  You’ll find us on the lower level, near Lucky Strike Social.  

Albany County Cares: Live Life Local is an opportunity for residents from the Capital District to learn about businesses and local non-profits who represent the diversity that Albany County has to offer.


On Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m., CDPHP presents a program on the benefits of breastfeeding. Patty Schardt, Registered Dietitian, will discuss topics including the particular nutritional needs for both mom and baby; issues surrounding bottle vs. breastfeeding; and strategies for successful weaning. To attend, please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

Veterans Day

The Library will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. We thank all those who have served.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will hold its monthly business meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, starting at 7 p.m.


The Lost Radio Rounders will give a free “Politics & Patriots” concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Celebrate the approaching close of the tumultuous presidential election season by coming to GPL for a free “Politics & Patriots” concert by the ever-popular Lost Radio Rounders, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.

This perfectly fun and calming concert features campaign songs and stories from America's founding to World War II, from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. One thing you’ll take away from this concert is that talking trash about your opponent is as old as our country.

Working with “The Band”

Music producer John Simon, perhaps best known for helping create some of The Band’s most memorable music, will speak at GPL on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m.  

Mr. Simon is also a composer, writer, and performing artist who has also worked with Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. During the late 60s and 70s, Simon produced dozens of recordings, including The Band's iconic albums, "Music from Big Pink," "The Band," and "The Last Waltz."

Combining a multimedia presentation with live piano performance, Simon will discuss and demonstrate how he became involved with The Band, the legendary rock group composed of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson who lived and recorded their music in the Woodstock/Saugerties area. Simon's appearance is made possible through an arrangement with the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center's "New York Living Legacy" project.

Party fun

At “Night of the Living Bread: Munch on Monsters” on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. tweens and teens can play Frankenstein chefs as they assemble a set of weird and wacky medium-pita faces for party snacks. For youth in grades five through eight. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Agent Orange health risks

If you served in Vietnam in the military, as a contractor, or humanitarian worker or are a family member of one who served then you should attend “Agent Orange: Health Risks for Vietnam Veterans” at GPL on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

Agent Orange, a chemical herbicide and defoliant, was used extensively during the Vietnam War from 1961 through 1971.  During this session, medical specialist William Rockenstire provides information on health concerns encountered by veterans themselves as well issues that their families should be aware of.  Get the facts you need from this informative presentation.

Story time

Baby and Me: Drop-In Early Literacy Storytime will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m. and every Monday morning through the fall, offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to share time together at the library with baby! If you have a baby, newborn to 12 months, and want to make new friends, you are welcome to join us as we sing, clap, bounce, listen to nursery rhymes, and short stories, and develop early literacy skills!

No registration is required, drop in any Monday that baby's schedule allows. Story time will be approximately 30 minutes followed by an open playtime.

Got drugs? Get rid of them!

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can get rid of all your unused or expired medications at a National Drug Take-Back Day drop-off point in the Guilderland library’s parking lot … no questions asked.

The library and the Guilderland Police Department have teamed up for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide Drug Take-Back Day, a collaborative effort between the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies that focuses on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from your home.

It does not matter if the medications are over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Get rid of them at GPL.

All surrendered expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals/controlled substances and other medications are destroyed by law enforcement officers.

Medications cannot be left at the library before 10 a.m. on Oct. 22. Medications may be turned in at the library's auxiliary parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 only.

What can be disposed:

— Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances; and

— Medication in its original container or removed from its container and disposed of directly into the disposal boxes. (If an original container is submitted, be sure to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.)

What cannot be disposed:

— No sharps and syringes.

“Politics & Patriots” concert

The ever-popular Lost Radio Rounders will be at GPL on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. to present “Politics & Patriots," a perfectly fun and calming concert to enjoy during this tumultuous Presidential season. It features campaign songs and stories from America's founding to World War II; from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. There is humor, history, and hummable melodies from across the aisle and through the years. Turns out candidates talking trash is nothing new.


Flu vaccines

Protect yourself this flu season. Pharmacists from Rite Aid will be at GPL’s Tawasentha Room on Thursday, Nov. 27, from 3 tol 7 p.m. to administer flu shots to anyone in need of one. Please be sure to bring your insurance card. No appointment necessary; please just walk in.


Meet Edgar Allan Poe at the Guilderland Public Library when you come to “Nevermore! – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.  

You’ll get in the spirit of Halloween by watching a one-hour performance of “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” featuring Mr. Campbell Harmon as the author himself. This is spooky-great fun for families.

Night of the Living Bread

At “ Night of the Living Bread: Munch on Monsters” on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m., tweens and teens can play Frankenstein chefs as they assemble a set of weird and wacky medium-pita faces for party snacks. This program is for kids in grades five through eight. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Italian Genealogy Webinar

An expert genealogist from the New England Historic Genealogical Society will present a webinar on how to conduct genealogical research on Italian ancestry; this will be shown in the Helderberg Room on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

This webinar will go over the various US records and resources to use in your family history research, settlement patterns, methods for identifying origins in Italy, understanding Italy’s geographical changes and how they affect records, and resources to assist with the Italian language.

You have two ways to see the webinar: At GPL or at home.

— To see the webinar on our screen at the GPL, please call 456-2400 x 2, or register online at; and

— To view the webinar on your computer at home, please use the ‘At home webinar’ link you’ll find at

The Albany Yankees

Take a trip down baseball’s Memory Lane on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. as local photographer Steve Twardzik shows photos from Albany's years as a farm team for the Yankees and Athletics, from 1983 tp 1994. Steve will also be bringing memorabilia to share.

— Photo from Mark Curiale

Sold out! The line winds out the door of the Guilderland Public Library as fans line up on the evening of Oct. 3 to get tickets — 420 in less than an hour — to the Nov. 18 Ron Darling talk.

What are colleges really looking for in applicants today? Teens and parents, find out the answers to this vital question when you attend this class on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.  

This interactive (and fun!) session will provide steps for students to take to immediately become stronger candidates for college acceptances and institutional scholarships. Ideal for families with students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students are encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian. Presented by Kelly Linehan, MA, a college admissions counselor and associate member of IECA, as well as a National Board Certified Teacher.

Commotion of motion

Let’s work together to learn all about the energy of motion. On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m, students in grades five through nine can experiment with the differences in kinetic and potential energy by creating a marble run, exploring the forces of gravity through experimentation and discover the science of Newton’s Laws. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Arts and crafts

Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at the library is going to be a very special time: We’re opening the arts and crafts closets. Come use a variety of materials to make your own masterpiece. Open to all ages. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

Ron Darling event

In the words of Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto, “Holy Cow!”  We knew the Nov. 18 reception and author talk by Mets pitcher, broadcaster, and author would be popular, but we did not expect that when we opened the ticket window at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3, that the line for tickets would go out the front door and extend to Mercy Care Lane.

But it did. The Foundation sold all reception tickets, and gave away every free ticket. That’s 420 tickets. In less than an hour.  

What this means is that the reception, at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, will be held, as planned, in GPL’s Helderberg Room, while the 7:30 p.m. Author Talk and book signing — since the library cannot hold such a crowd u2014 will be moved to the Farnsworth Middle School’s Cafetorium. See you there.

“The Band” fans

“Music from Big Pink,” and “The Band.” Are these two of your favorite albums?  Then save the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 5 on your calendar. That’s when we’re hosting “Living Legacy: John Simon, producer of ‘The Band,’” where Mr. Simon will combine a multimedia performance with a live piano performance.

Trustees meet

The library’s board of trustees will hold their monthly business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. You’re encouraged to attend.

About GPL

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

Remember Game 7, 1986? If you’re a Mets fan, and even if you’re not,  the name Ron Darling probably calls to mind one of the Mets’ star pitchers, and the roller-coaster 1986 World Series in which he pitched against that other team.

You’ll get to hear all about many behind-the-mound stories when Darling speaks at the Guilderland Library Foundation’s next Notable Author event the evening of Friday, Nov. 18.

Along with his time with the Mets and his award-winning career as a color commentator for TBS’s major league baseball coverage, Darling is an author.  His most recent work, the centerpiece of his talk at the library, is “Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life.”

Tickets will be available at the library’s circulation desk starting Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. There are two types of tickets: Premium tickets to the author’s “Beer & Pretzel” reception at 6:30 p.m. You also get preferred seating at the 7:30 p.m. talk. Only two premium tickets per person, at $50 each; and free tickets to the talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. Only four free tickets per person, please.

For more information, please visit

Science night

Family Science Night, at the library on Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m., is a time for everyone to learn.

RPI’s Engineering and Science Ambassadors will be here with fun science activities for kids in grades 3 to 5 and their families. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, or online.

Fire prevention story time

GPL is holding a very special “Fire Prevention Storytime” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m., in a perfectly wonderful place: the North Bethlehem Fire House. This program is for children up to age 6 and an adult caregiver.

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” & Bowie’s “Blackstar”

This is going to be wild.  GPL’s Movie & Music Sync-up on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m., teams the “Star Trek: Into Darkness” movie (muted, of course) with David Bowie’s Blackstar “album” as the soundtrack. And save Friday, Oct. 28: We’re teaming 12 Monkeys with Radiohead’s OK Computer. Wow. Just…wow.

Legal resources for seniors

In “Legal Resources for Seniors: A Presentation by Albany Law School,” being held at GPL on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m.,  Albany Law’s Elder Law Pro Bono Project provides free presentations regarding legal resources important to senior citizens.

Project members are Albany Law School students and are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice regarding particular situations.

Kent State: A firsthand look

Join Thomas M. Grace, author of “Kent State, Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties,” at GPL on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., for an enlightening discussion of the tragic events of May 4, 1970 by someone who was there.

Dr. Grace, an adjunct professor of history at Erie Community College, will give a first-hand account of the day’s events, and sign copies of his book.