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.”

 

On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., virtuoso guitarist, musicologist, and author Steven Hancoff will give a very special multimedia presentation on Johann Sebastian Bach entitled “From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals, and the Six Suites for Cello Solo.”

Using music, video, and hundreds of historic images and spectacular contemporary art, Hancoff presents a concert-length story about the life of Bach, the creation of his masterful cello suites, the role of Felix Mendelssohn in resurrecting the music, and cellist Pablo Casals’ rediscovery and recording of the suites.  

A reviewer in Classical Guitar Magazine writes that Hancoff’s program “blends music, videos, and well over a thousand still images — like a Ken Burns documentary gone wild! — into a vivid and compelling tapestry of history, stories, ruminations, and fascinating tangents that grow like vines off the main Bach saga.”

Other reviewers are equally effusive in their praise of Mr. Hancoff’s work:

We are very lucky to be a site for Mr. Hancoff’s current tour. This moving, mesmerizing story of one of music’s great geniuses is a very special program you will not want to miss!

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free; limit of four per person. Please pick up tickets at the library’s adult reference desk. For more information, please visit www.guilpl.org/bachtranscendence

 

On Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Guilderland YMCA, Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, and the Guilderland Public Library are partnering to give the community a new way to get together: think of it as a block party for the whole town.

Featuring Bouncy Houses at the Y, a puppet show at the Library, barbeque lunch at Our Lady of Mercy, concerts around Mercy Care Lane sure to please one and all, live-action displays by the Guilderland police and fire departments, and the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad — not to mention prizes and give-aways — this family-fun Saturday is going to be a wonderful time.

The Y is holding an open house that day. Feel free to come in and take advantage of all it has to offer. Bring your sneakers to play a little basketball, try out the exercise machines, and bring your swimsuit for a dip in the pool.

So come on by. Park in the Guilderland Elementary School parking lot, if you can’t find a space at the Library or Y, and buy lunch – a barbecue Chicken lunch with all the trimmings,  in front of Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. You can make a day of it.

Overdrive office hours

Want to get free library books or magazines on your iPhone or Kindle? Ask us how! Sign up for a one-on-one session with an expert.  The next Overdrive Office Hours will be held on Wednesday, September 7, from 2 pm to 4:15 pm.  If you miss that one, come to the one the afternoon of Wednesday, September 21.

Bring your library card and your device to the appointment. Devices we can help you with: Kindle and Kindle Fire, Nook,  iPhone, iPad, Android tablets, and laptops. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or you can just drop in.

Read to furry friends

Our furry friends will be back at GPL’s storyhour room on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and they are ready to listen to new readers share their favorite books with them.

Reading to furry friends is a great way for beginners to practice and improve their reading skills and our furry friends are very patient listeners.

Holiday

While the library is closed Labor Day weekend — Saturday through Monday Sept. 3 to 5 the main parking lot will be closed for repaving. Please return all materials by walking them to the book drops in front of the library.

Even though the library is closed that weekend, our online library at www.guilpl.org is always open.  Request or renew material using the “My Account” feature, search the catalog for your next great read, check out all the exciting events by clicking on the “Events & Registration Calendar,” or just browse through the “Research” tab to see all the authoritative resources you can access online. Remember: You can get the real answers at GPL.

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