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.

There are several exciting and important library events in September that we think you want to know about, so here’s a quick digest of what’s going on.

Operation Gratitude

During the month of September, the library is collecting letters and art for Operation Gratitude.

Every year, Operation Gratitude sends more than 250,000 care packages to deployed troops, wounded heroes, veterans, and new recruits. To get details, please visit www.guilpl.org/operationgratitude.

Community Day

Enjoy four hours of fun on Sept. 10, with bouncy houses and an open house at Guilderland YMCA; a bargain-priced BBQ lunch at Our Lady of Mercy; a puppet show, book sale, and exercise classes at the library; and concerts in various places around Mercy Care Lane: think of it as a block party for the whole town, starting at 11 a.m.

Cello solo

On Sunday, Sep. 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.

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.

GPL Pops-Up

GPL’s Pop-Up Library will be at the Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come to a novel affair

The Guilderland Library Foundation is hosting its 2016 annual gala at the Albany Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.

This dinner-dance event features live entertainment, a first-rate meal, and some fun surprises, including silent and live auctions. (The live auction offers some amazing vacation bargains!)

This year’s honoree is the Robinson family, long-time owners of one of the region’s cornerstone businesses, Robinson’s Ace Hardware.

To attend the gala, please order your tickets online at guilpl.org/gala

End of summer hours

With the end of summer comes the end of summer hours. Starting Friday, Sept. 2, we are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays. And starting Sunday, Sept. 11, we are open every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Labor Day weekend

While the library is closed Labor Day weekend , Sept. 3 through Sept. 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.

— 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.

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