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.

— Photo courtesy of Richard Johnson, via albanyjazz.com

Cliff Brucker and the sextet Full Circle will perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

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 Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. This event is part of the library’s Sunday Concert Series.

Teens: It’s due

Teens: It’s time to tell us your story. The deadline for the 2017 Teen Winter Writing Contest is Monday, Feb. 13, by 9 p.m.

Submit your piece via email to: . The categories are:

— Grades 6 to 8, poetry;

— Grades 6 to 8, fiction or nonfiction prose;

— Grades 9 to 12, poetry;

— Grades 9 to 12, fiction or nonfiction prose;

Full details at www.guilpl.org/teenwriting.

3 Little Birds

Join local librarian and former Kindermusik teacher Josalyn Wilder at GPL on Monday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for “3 Little Birds: Music, Movement & Storytime,” a fun-filled program of music and literacy activities geared toward children ages 5 and under.

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

“Gal”entine's Day Edition

February’s Pinterest Wins event, on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. celebrates 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 even be a dessert waffle bar. Please register each member of your squad online at www.guilpl.org, by phone at 456-2400, ext, 2, or in person at either the information desk or the children’s desk.

GPL Sprouts

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.

Book sale

Fight the Gloom Period Blahs with a new book!  There are bargains galore on books, CDs, DVDs and more at the Guilderland Public Library's next Better Books Sale on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good hunting!

Folk singer and songwriter Caroline Doctorow will perform at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m.

Chart-topping folksinger and songwriter Caroline Doctorow has a stirring, gorgeous voice that recalls Judy Collins and Sandy Denny, and you’ll get to experience the beauty of Caroline’s singing when you come to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m., for a free concert.

The daughter of renowned novelist E.L. Doctorow, Caroline has released 11 solo albums; her most recent is “Dreaming in Vinyl,” which was #2 on the nationwide Folk Radio hit list. She and her trio will perform their signature bluegrass and American roots music. You can read more about the artist at www.carolinedoctorow.com. And, just in case, the snow date is Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.

Flipster!  

There's a new, free, and super-easy way to read digital magazines on your phone, computer, or tablet: Flipster! Access current and back issues of more than 60 of your favorite magazines, from The New Yorker, to People, to Rolling Stone; all you need is your library card. If your device has Internet access, you can read directly in your browser; you can also download a magazine to the Flipster app (free) to read offline. Go to www.guilpl.org to take advantage of this great digital service.

It’s never too cold for ice cream

On Friday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m., SUNY Poly Children’s Museum of Science & Technology and the Scotia Glenville Children’s Museum will share the secrets of making ice cream, our favorite cold or hot weather treat. For kids in grades two through five.  Please call 456-2400, ext,  4 to register.

Read to a Book Buddy

Calling all kids in grades one through four. Come and build your reading skills and confidence by reading to a teen Book Buddy. The 30-minute Book Buddy sessions take place every Tuesday in January. Slots are available at 4, 4:30, 5, and 5:30 p.m.

All reading levels welcome. Limit one slot per day per reader. Sign up and read! Call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Another Brick in the Wall

Teens and tweens are invited to come to Lego Club on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. It’s your chance to show off creations you bring from home, or to work on a great project with friends and fellow Lego fans.

Read to furry friends

New readers! Grab your favorite book (or choose one at the library) and read to GPL's friendly dog — or cat — on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Our furry friends are very patient listeners, and look forward to listening to you read to them!

New Year’s schedule

GPL will close at 2 pm on Saturday, Dec. 31, and be closed all day, Sunday, Jan. 1. Happy New Year!

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