— 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).

The movie “Piecework” will be shown at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. as the library unveils its Franco-American collection of family history materials.

Check out all that’s happening at the Guilderland Public Library — free concerts, beer and hard-cider tasting, family science nights, yoga dance, flu vaccine clinic, Medicare primer, and so much more — when you read the library newsletter online at bit.ly/NovDecAtGPL. If you still want a print copy, please call (518) 456-2400, ext. 112.

Nutrition during breastfeeding

On Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m., the Capital District Physicians Health Plan presents a program on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Patty Schardt, Registered Dietitian, will discuss topics including the particular nutritional needs for both mother and baby; issues surrounding bottle-feeding as opposed to breastfeeding; and strategies for successful weaning. To attend, please register by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 2.

“Why is Gregory a Terrible Eater?”

Join WMHT’s Barbara Lukas at GPL on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m., for a family literacy program and discover why Gregory the goat decides he only wants to eat food for people, not for goats. What are his parents going to do?

Please register for this highly entertaining program for children by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 4. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

“Piecework: When We Were French”

Join us for a film and celebration as GPL unveils its Franco-American collection of family history materials on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.

In the movie “Piecework,” actress Abby Paige depicts various characters representing present-day Franco-Americans whom she interviewed as part the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's explorations of New France.

We will also showcase the collection of genealogy research materials formerly housed at the Cohoes Public Library.  Our Modern Languages collection now features works by Quebec authors.  A reception will follow the film.

Time grows short, Harry Potter fans

Grab your remembrall, get ready to pass your O.W.Ls and N.E.W.Ts, and join us for "You're a Quizzard, Harry,” our second annual HP Trivia Event on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Celebrate the Nov. 18 release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Cursed Child” by competing in several grueling rounds of Harry Potter trivia — for grownups!

Winners will have first pick from a slew of great prizes.

Teams of one to five players may register online, or by calling (518) 456-2400, ext. 2. The event is for people 16 and older. Only one team member needs to register. Please indicate how many are on your team in the online notes field.

Tea talks

In an informative session on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Matthew from Short and Stout Tea in Guilderland will discuss topics on tea basics including: what is tea; the history of tea; how to brew tea; and, of course, there will be a tea tasting.

Ron Darling event

Just a reminder to ticket holders: The Ron Darling event on Friday, Nov. 18, is only a week away.   The 6:30 p.m. Author’s Reception — for those with  orange tickets — will be held in the library’s Helderberg Room.

The 7:30 p.m. Author Talk and Book Signing — for those with tan tickets — will be held in the Farnsworth Middle School’s cafetorium.  A very special guest will introduce Darling: CBS 6’s anchor Greg Floyd!  

Veterans Day

The Library will be closed Friday, November 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.  View the meeting on Facebook Live.

Just go to www.facebook.com/Guilderland.Library, and try it out. Let us know what you think.

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).

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: http://www.theegg.org.

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.

Breastfeeding

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.

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