— Photo courtesy of Jester Jim.

Jester Jim, as Jim Maurer calls himself, will perform at the Guilderland Public Library on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m.

Combining juggling, beatbox, and comedy, Jester Jim who is working his magic at the Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., will offer a variety show that is sure to delight young and old alike.

As Jim Maurer, who goes by Jester Jim, puts it, “This is not your ordinary juggling show!”

With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, he takes the stage and starts his show. You’ll be glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro, and you’ll be talking about his wild antics for weeks.

Kindergarten boot camp

Get your youngster set for kindergarten with GPL’s Kindergarten Boot Camp. Join us for a fun-filled, two-hour program where soon-to-be kindergarteners can hone their kindergarten-readiness skills and celebrate this important milestone.

There are two sessions, on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m., and another on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. so you can pick a time that meets your schedule.

Starting kindergarten is a special and exciting time for children and their parents and caregivers. This program is for children starting kindergarten this September.

To register — for one session only, please — call 456-2400, ext. 4, or go to the Events and Registration Calendar on guilpl.org, and click on the Kindergarten Boot Camp link on either Aug. 24 or 25.

Prize pick-up day

Can you believe it? The Super Summer Reading Olympics are quickly coming to a close, and it’s time for all our young readers to come to the library on Friday, Aug. 19, to come pick up prizes. The prize station will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s been a very successful summer reading program. We thank you for being a part of it.

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).

 

The Guilderland Public Library is helping raise funds to send a nearby youngster, who has muscular dystrophy, to MDA summer camp where he or she can enjoy a fun and safe outdoor experience.

But we need your help.

Our goal is $1,000, and, as of early August, we are far short of this goal. So, if you believe that helping someone less fortunate is worthwhile, please consider making a $1 or $5 donation at GPL to this cause.  You can follow the success of this effort by checking the MDA thermometer on the library’s entrance doors. Donor cards are available at the circulation desk.   

MDA summer camp provides thousands of kids with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases "the best week of the year." At MDA summer camp, kids are living beyond limits in a place where anything is possible. It's a week where they’re free to enjoy adventures like horseback riding, swimming and fishing, develop lifelong friendships, and build self-confidence and independence. So please help.

Literacy morning

WMHT's Barbara Lukas will be at GPL on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m., for a berry special family literacy morning with “Summer Blueberries for Sal.”

Kids in pre-kindergarten through grade two are invited to join us, read books, watch a DVD and do crafts based on this classic children's book.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  4. And note that children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Family math night

Join us for a fun night of math games at GPL on Monday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. This activity for children in grades three through six and their parents/caregivers gets kids actively engaged in fun and creative math activities. When families communicate about math in a hands-on environment, it gives students and adults a deeper understanding of important concepts, and contributes to  powerful learning experiences.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Making collages

What does a library do with old magazines? We save the best of them so that teens in grades seven through 12 can join us in making unique collages. It all happens on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

You’ll create unique collages using magazine pages. Clip, snip, and paste. Not only are you creating, you’re also recycling, reducing, and reusing. This means less paper waste. And you get a really cool thing to take home.

Come on. You know you want to. Join us for this fun, hands-on activity.  Please call 456-2400 , ext. 4 to let us know you’re going to collage.

Little Lego

Our Lego Club for children in kindergarten through grade two will meet in the story hour room on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Use your imaginations for some creative play with friends. Bring your own bricks or create with ours. As usual, creations that you bring to show off will be kept separate from the library supplies.

Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re Little Lego-ing.

Prize pick-up day

Can you believe it?  The Super Summer Reading Olympics are coming to a close, and it’s time for all our young readers to come to the library on Friday, August 19, to pick up prizes. The prize station will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In fact, in July alone, we had more than 1,900 patrons attend children and teen programs. We thank you for being a part of it.

CrossFit Kids is big fun for children ages five to 18 of all abilities. On Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., our neighbors at CrossFit Aevitas of Guilderland will be here at the library to demonstrate the exercise concepts of CrossFit, emphasizing good mechanics of movement, teamwork, agility, balance, consistency, and intensity.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  4. and be sure to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and bring a water bottle.

Help your library

During the month of August, every time you purchase the blue “Hannaford Helps” reusable bag at the Guilderland Hannaford, a $1 donation is made to support the library.

Hannaford’s reusable bag program has helped more than 1,000 local causes by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to these community organizations. But the real benefit here is that, every year, some 6.4 million disposable paper and plastic bags are not being used. That’s just good news for everyone.

So, next time you go to Hannaford, please purchase a reusable bag or two. But remember to use them when you shop.

Download eBooks

Want to get free library books or magazines on your iPhone or Kindle? Learn how at GPL during Overdrive office hour on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. Call 456-2400, ext.  2 to sign up for this one-on-one session with an expert librarian. Please bring your library card and your device to the appointment. We can help you with: Kindle and Kindle Fire, Nook, iPhone or iPad, Android tablets, and laptops.

Classic children’s book

WMHT's Barbara Lukas will be at GPL on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m., for a "berry" special family literacy morning with “Summer Blueberries for Sal.”

Kids in pre-kindergarten through grade two are invited to join us, read books, watch a DVD, and do crafts based on this classic children's book.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2 and note that children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Sew an iPod pouch

It sounds odd that you can actually sew a pouch for your iPod, but you will learn how when you come to Tween Sewing at GPL on today, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. You'll sew a felt owl pouch, large enough to hold an iPod or other treasures of your choice. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Eating right

Young readers in kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to come to GPL with an adult, of course, on today, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about the book "The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food." Healthy snacks included.  Please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to let us know you’re going to join us.

Book sale

Summer’s half over, and before you know it, we’ll be coming into those cool, early fall evenings (no mosquitos). So stock up on reading material now.  GPL’s next better books sale is on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us at the Guilderland Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m., for a series of prenatal yoga classes offered by local yoga therapist and public speaker Laura Harrison.

We will share in relaxation and mindfulness techniques, strengthening and supportive poses, deep breathing, and restful meditation at the end. Everyone is encouraged to listen to their body at all times, which is the ultimate guide.

Please be sure to bring a mat and two bed pillows to provide support, and wear comfortable clothes.  Offered in collaboration with CDPHP. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Sports and science

SUNY Poly Children's Museum of Science & Technology on Tuesday, August 2, at 1 p.m., is presenting a hands-on program demonstrating how the world of sports and athletic competition is filled with science.

For children in grades three through six. Please call 456-2400, ext.4  to register.

Sew an iPod pouch

It sounds odd that you can actually sew a pouch for your iPod, but you will learn how when you come to Tween Sewing at GPL on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m.  You'll sew a felt owl pouch, large enough to hold an iPod or other treasures of your choice. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Eating right

Young readers in Kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to come to GPL with an adult, of course, on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about the book "The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food." You’ll learn about good nutrition, exercise, and how to stay away from junk food, all from the Berenstain Bears. Healthy snacks included.  Please call 456-2400. Ext. 4 to let us know you’re going to snack with us.

Jim Snack’s magic is back

Master magician Jim Snack will be at GPL on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., to delight and amaze you with mind boggling illusions and spellbinding sleights of hand. His show is guaranteed to bring a smile to your entire family.  No registration is required, but get to the library early. Jim Snack’s Magic shows are packed.

“Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace”

Frankie Pickle hates math, but his family and friends help him learn that math can be fun and practical.  And you can, too, when you come to GPL on Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m., to join us for a discussion of this book, and some real-world math activities that will prove math can be fun. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and pick up a free copy of the book at the children's desk.

Summer party

Tweens! Mark this date and time: Thursday, July 28, at 3 p.m. That’s when everyone in grades three through six are invited to GPL for a Wii Zumba and Just Dance Party with the latest Wii Just Dance games on the big screen.

We have the hula hoops, party lights, and freeze pops;  all we need is you. And give us a call at 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’ll be there.

Join us at the Guilderland Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m., for a series of prenatal yoga classes offered by local yoga therapist and public speaker Laura Harrison.

We will share in relaxation and mindfulness techniques, strengthening and supportive poses, deep breathing, and restful meditation at the end. Everyone is encouraged to listen to their body at all times, which is the ultimate guide.

Please be sure to bring a mat and two bed pillows to provide support, and wear comfortable clothes.  Offered in collaboration with CDPHP. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Sports and science

SUNY Poly Children's Museum of Science & Technology on Tuesday, August 2, at 1 p.m., is presenting a hands-on program demonstrating how the world of sports and athletic competition is filled with science.

For children in grades three through six. Please call 456-2400, ext.4  to register.

Sew an iPod pouch

It sounds odd that you can actually sew a pouch for your iPod, but you will learn how when you come to Tween Sewing at GPL on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m.  You'll sew a felt owl pouch, large enough to hold an iPod or other treasures of your choice. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Eating right

Young readers in Kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to come to GPL with an adult, of course, on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about the book "The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food." You’ll learn about good nutrition, exercise, and how to stay away from junk food, all from the Berenstain Bears. Healthy snacks included.  Please call 456-2400. Ext. 4 to let us know you’re going to snack with us.

Jim Snack’s magic is back

Master magician Jim Snack will be at GPL on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., to delight and amaze you with mind boggling illusions and spellbinding sleights of hand. His show is guaranteed to bring a smile to your entire family.  No registration is required, but get to the library early. Jim Snack’s Magic shows are packed.

“Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace”

Frankie Pickle hates math, but his family and friends help him learn that math can be fun and practical.  And you can, too, when you come to GPL on Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m., to join us for a discussion of this book, and some real-world math activities that will prove math can be fun. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and pick up a free copy of the book at the children's desk.

Summer party

Tweens! Mark this date and time: Thursday, July 28, at 3 p.m. That’s when everyone in grades three through six are invited to GPL for a Wii Zumba and Just Dance Party with the latest Wii Just Dance games on the big screen.

We have the hula hoops, party lights, and freeze pops;  all we need is you. And give us a call at 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’ll be there.

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