Celebrate the season with the annual Suburban Sounds Holiday Concert in the Guilderland Public Library’s Helderberg Room at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. This respite, right before the Hanukkah,  Christmas, and New Year holidays, gives you a chance to sit, relax, and enjoy a live choral performance.

Perfect polymer jewels

This program on Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., is for teens — and anyone else who wants to craft a really cool piece of jewelry (that could even be a gift).  You will create wearable art using polymer clay. The project is fun and does not require any previous jewelry-making skills.

You will learn some simple techniques that will enhance your pieces and give them a professional look. Again: Adults are welcome.  Just give us a call at 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.

Musical mystery story time

Local singer-songwriter and librarian Tor Loney will lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement story time on Monday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. You’ll listen to stories, dance, and sing along .

Holiday schedule

We will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Saturday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 26, opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

For New Year’s, we will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, and be closed all day, Sunday, Jan.1, 2017.  Happy New Year!

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).

 

Youngsters in pre-kindergarten through first grade will learn all about three woodland animals — raccoons, deer, and muskrats — by coming to the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m., for “Amazing Woodland Wonders, with WMHT'S Barbara Lukas.

Not only will the kids be able to get creative and make woodland animal puppets, but each child will get the book “Morning, Noon, and Night,” by Jean Craighead George, for their very own. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, or by using the Events and Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org.

Let us wrap it for you

Volunteers will hold a “Wrap-Fest” at GPL on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Bring your presents, and let our volunteers do the wrapping.

We supply the paper, ribbons, and bows. (Think of all the frustration this will save you!) The suggested donation is $1 per item; proceeds support library activities.

Musical Mystery story time

Local singer-songwriter and librarian, Tor Loney, will lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement storytime on Monday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

You’ll listen to stories, dance, sing along while Tor plays his guitar, and try out different instruments and more. Musical Mystery story time happens again on Monday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Local history on display

What did your neighborhood look like a century or more ago?  Where was the station that gave Fuller Station Road its name? And did you know that the state police substation on Willow Street used to be a school?

Find out about all this and more when you visit the Guilderland Historical Society’s display of pictures in the Library’s lobby. The display runs through the end of December. Make it a point to stop by and see it.  

Holiday bus trip

If you’ve already reserved your seats for the Dec. 10 bus trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 10, please arrive at the library no later than 6:45 a.m. Please park along the Western Avenue edge of the parking lot, or in the staff lot.

Finally, a board in front of the library will show, by last name, what bus to board. Have a great time.

Better books sale

Looking for a book, CD, or DVD to give as a small gift to yourself or a friend? Then come to GPL’s Better Books Sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good hunting!

December concert

Come to GPL on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., to enjoy a musical respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Suburban Sounds, the ever-popular choral group, will sing seasonal favorites, and some selections sure to become new favorites. Their calming, peaceful, and entertaining renditions are just the thing to put the joy back into this joyful time.

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).

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made, as you’ll learn when you come to “A Taste of Change: Handwritten Cookbooks as Documents of Social & Family History” at GPL on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations.

Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, food historian Peter G. Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrapbooks, dating as far back as the late 17th Century and ranging to the 20th Century that contain Dutch recipes. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the effects of gradual assimilation.

Please feel free to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes. A discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program.  Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or by going online to the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org.

Family science night

Our next “Family Science Night,” on Monday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m., is hosted by the University at Albany’s Society of Physics Students!  This is going to a wonderful experience for children in grades three through six, and their folks.

This is part of our regular series where local college science and engineering students come to GPL and bring fun science activities for kids! Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, or by going online to the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org.

Origami fun

Children in grades two through six can learn about origami –— those amazing, delightful creatures crafter with folded paper — when they come to “Origami Fun & Folding” at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.

We supply the paper and fun; you bring your creativity to fold your own masterpiece … maybe even a paper crane!  Sign up by calling call 456-2400, ext.  4, or registering online via the “Events & Registration Calendar” at www.guilpl.org.

Holiday teas

What is tea, anyway? Find out when you come to “Holiday Teas and Cooking with Tea” at GPL on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Most people don’t know that white, green, oolong, and black tea all come from the same tea plant, just what happens after it is plucked makes tea those different kinds of styles.

In this informative session Matthew from Short and Stout Tea in Guilderland will discuss topics on tea basics including: what is tea, history of tea, how to brew tea and of course a tea tasting. Sign up by calling call 456-2400, ext. 2, or registering online via the “Events & Registration Calendar” at www.guilpl.org.

 

— Photo from the Guilderland Public Library

Soulful creature: Create your own Stupid Stock Puppet at the Guilderland Public Library on Monday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made, as you’ll learn when you come to “A Taste of Change: Handwritten Cookbooks as Documents of Social & Family History” at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations.

Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, food historian Peter G. Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrapbooks, dating as far back as the late 17th Century and ranging to the 20th Century that contain Dutch recipes. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the effects of gradual assimilation.

Please feel free to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes. A discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program.

Register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2, or by going online to the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org.

Craft kits

Teens, give back to your community by helping hospitalized children. Come to GPL on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m., and help make craft kits for inpatient children at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

We provide all the supplies; what you’re donating is your time to help make something sure to bring joy to a child who could use some. This program offers community service hours for teen participants, but the real benefit is to the children at Albany Med.  Register by calling 456-2400, ext.  4, or by going online to the Events & Registration Calendar at www.guilpl.org.

Musical mystery

Local singer-songwriter and librarian Tor Loney will lead toddlers and preschoolers through an exciting music and movement at drop-in storytime at GPL on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. You’ll listen to stories, dance, and sing along while Tor plays his guitar.

Create sock creatures

Teens and tweens invited to come to GPL on Monday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. to create quirky, lovable figures from socks. Bring your favorite socks, or we can provide them for you.

And, you can carry your funky friends home with you. To sign up, please call 456-2400, ext. 4, or use the “Events & Registration Calendar” at www.guilpl.org.

Thanksgiving

GPL will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and be closed all day Thursday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

International Games Day is being celebrated around the world — and at the Guilderland Public Library — on Saturday, Nov. 19.  GPL’s activities begin at noon, and continue until 4 p.m.

Teens are invited to spend the afternoon at GPL playing video and board games with friends old and new. No advance registration is required; just sign up to use each gaming system when you arrive. Have fun!

Medicare 101: A primer for everyone

If you are enrolled in Medicare or soon to be enrolled, you may have many questions: what is Medicare Part A? Part B? Part D? What does Medicare pay for? What will be your contribution? How are prescriptions covered?

You can get these and other Medicare-related questions answered when you come to GPL on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., for “Medicare 101: A Primer for Everyone.”

Medicare can be very confusing, but help is here: Janet Kiffney, a certified Medicare Counselor with HIICAP (New York State's Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program), will present a "soup-to-nuts" program on Medicare and answer all your questions. You'll leave with a better understanding of your options and obligations with regard to health insurance. This presentation is free and sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging and the Albany County Department for Aging.

Please register online at www.guilpl.org, or by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.  Registration is limited to 30 people.

Red Cross blood drive

The library will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 21, from noon until 6 p.m.

The need for blood locally remains constant, and donations are needed to offset seasonal blood shortages. You can donate a pint of blood every 56 days; you’re encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo ID is required at donation time.

Drop-ins are welcome, but you can also make an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Ron Darling event

Just a reminder to ticket holders for the Ron Darling event on Friday, Nov. 18:  The 6:30 p.m. Author’s Reception – orange tickets – will be held in the library’s Helderberg Room. The 7:30 p.m. Author Talk and Book Signing – tan tickets – will be held in the Farnsworth Middle School’s Cafetorium.

Please carpool. Parking is going to be tight.

Thanksgiving holiday

GPL will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and be closed all day Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

About GPL

The 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).

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