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.

Nevermore!

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 bit.ly/italiangenealogy; and

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

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 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.Libraryand 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 www.guilpl.org/darling.

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.

 

Diane Cameron will speak about her book, “Never Leave Your Dead,” at the Guilderland Public Library at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28.

In what is sure to be one of the most compelling Read Local events, author Diane Cameron will be at GPL on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., to speak about her recently released book, “Never Leave Your Dead: A True Story of War Trauma, Murder, and Madness.”

This powerful book is about Ms. Cameron’s stepfather, a former Marine who served in China during the Japanese invasion of 1937, and who later murdered his wife and mother-in-law. After serving 22 years in Fairview State Hospital, he was released and eventually married again. A decade later, he may or may not have been the cause of his second wife's death, as well.

After the talk, Ms. Cameron will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

A Community Conversation

What would happen if you experienced a sudden illness that prevented you from making your own medical decisions? How would you ensure that you got the care you wanted? Do you have a loved one who knows what you value and would be comfortable making decisions about your care?

These are tough questions, and Patricia Spreitzer, Community Nurse Liaison for The Community Hospice, will be at GPL on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m., to give you information to help you answer them. Join us as she leads a "Community Conversation on Compassionate Care" program. Please register by calling 456-2400 ext. 2, or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”

Holistic philosophy and practice

Join Dr. Larry Malerba for this two-part educational lecture series as he offers insight into the reasons behind the rising tide of chronic illness in America and how the trend can be reversed. He will compare conventional and holistic medical paradigms, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages and how they can work together

Dr. Malerba will discuss homeopathic treatment of children and adults on the ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) spectrum. The program includes: Principles of Holistic Philosophy and Practice on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.; and Homeopathic Treatment of ADHD on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”

Operation Gratitude edition

During our Sunday Crafternoon on Sept. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., you’ll be using your creativity to do a bit of good. We are devoting this Crafternoon to Operation Gratitude, which collects art and letters to send to our troops in the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, deployed overseas or right here at home.

We'll provide the materials and mail the letters.  Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2, or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., you’re invited to the Guilderland Public Library to hear a presentation about one of today’s most politically and emotionally charged issues: Our national borders.

The presentation will be given by members of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church who traveled to Arizona to interview people affected by immigration on the U.S. border with Mexico.

The goal of the presentation is to open up conversation about this critical national challenge while avoiding the harsh rhetoric often associated with it.

STEM

Children ages 4 through 7 can learn about the Patterns All Around Us when they come to GPL today,  Thursday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. for this fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”  

Concert

Come to GPL on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., when performers Christy and Aodh Og, who perform as Four Shillings Short, mesmerize you with their musical talents as they introduce 30 different instruments from all over the world in one extraordinary concert. Families will love this special event.

A community conversation

Patricia Spreitzer, Community Nurse Liaison for The Community Hospice, will be at GPL on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m., to give you information to help you answer questions about sudden illness and medical decisions. Join us as she leads a "Community Conversation on Compassionate Care.” Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or going online to www.guilpl.org.

Educational lecture

Join Dr. Larry Malerba for a two-part educational lecture series as he gives you insight into the reasons behind the rising tide of chronic illness in America and how the trend can be reversed. He will compare conventional and holistic medical paradigms, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages and how they can work together.

1. Principles of Holistic Philosophy and Practice: Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

2. Homeopathic Treatment of ADHD: Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2, or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”

Pop-up library

GPL’s Pop-Up Library will be at The Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Altamont Fair Grounds.

Stop by, get a library card, check out some materials, and register for our prize raffle.

Lego club

The next Little Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade three is on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Use your magic imaginations for some creative play with friends. Bring your own bricks or use the library's.  Feel free to bring your own creations for show off, they will kept separate from the library supplies. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext 4 , or going online to www.guilpl.org and using the “Events & Registration Calendar.”

 

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