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.

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).

Pages