— Photo from Mark Curiale
Reviewing the oath of office: Before he swears in two recently elected Guilderland library trustees, the board’s president, Daniel Centi, left, goes over the oath that incumbent Bryan Best, second from left, and Jason D. Wright will shortly take. Trustee Chris Aldrich, seated, who had just turned the board presidency over to Mr. Centi, looks on.
This month, the Digital Photo Forum invites one and all to come to the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m., and bring your best shots of weather events. Remember that Big Snow? The storms we’ve had lately? That’s what we’re talking about.
We'll share work. Beginners are welcome.
Get ’em while they’re hot
Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? We did. So, to mark this summer-food celebration, GPL is holding its own National Hot Dog lunch on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., by serving a grilled hot dog or two to anyone who stops by the library.
Magic is back
Master magician Jim Snack will be at the library on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., to delight and amaze you. 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.
Take folding paper to a whole new level when you come to GPL on Monday, July 25, at 3 p.m., to learn about origami and then create your own masterpiece. We supply the paper and fun; you supply the creativity. Open to children grades three to six. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.
Songs for Kids
Guitarist Tom Fisch brings his fabulous Songs for Kids performance to GPL on Monday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required, but bring your sing-along voice.
Book discussion and party
We’ll discuss the “Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret” on Tuesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. and have fun. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and then come to the children’s desk and pick up a copy of the book to read in advance. It’s yours to keep.
Zumba and dance
Teens are invited to a Wii Zumba & Just Dance Party with the latest Wii Just Dance games on the big screen. It’s all happening on Tuesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. Just give us a call at 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’re coming.
Teen Iron Chef!
Teens, come to GPL on Tuesday, July 26, at 6 p.m., and bring your cooking chops. You’ll compete to make the best dish using your creativity, your wits, and whatever random food the library gives you.
Work as a team to make the best appetizer and entrée possible. Each person should sign up individually. Teams of more than four will be split up.
Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4. If you have concerns about food allergies, this may not be the right program for you.
Groovin' in the Garden with Story Laurie
Gardeners, bookworms, and kid community heroes all meet up in Story Laurie's highly original musical storytelling adventure, “Groovin' in the Garden,” and it’s yours to enjoy at GPL on Wednesday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext 4.
The Guilderland Public Library Board welcomes Jason D. Wright as its newest trustee. Wright and incumbent Bryan Best, who were both recently elected to five-year terms on the board, will be sworn in at the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, July 14, at 6:40 p.m.
Immediately thereafter, the board will hold its regular monthly business meeting. The public is always welcome.
Teens, join us after-hours for a read-in, featuring snacks and comfy chairs, on Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m. Bring your friends, and any book you want. We also encourage you to bring this year's Read It Forward book — swap and pass it on to a friend. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.
Join local filmmaker, author, and illustrator Alex Guilderland at GPL on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m., as he shows his new short film, “This is Andromeda,” and talks about his upcoming book, “Impossible Tales by an Insensitive Foreigner." Alex moved to America from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2000, and loves his adopted home so much that he’s taken Guilderland as his surname.
CrossFit for adults
If you’re looking for a proven core-strength and conditioning program suitable for adults of all ages, then come to GPL on Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. for a 90-minute demonstration of CrossFit. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
Flight in the locker room
Join WMHT for a high-flying time. On Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m., you’ll learn how and why things can fly, experiment with paper airplanes, and whirligigs, and create your own rocket launcher to take home. For ages 7 through 12. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.
Quidditch in the Park for teens
Mount your broomsticks! In collaboration with Albany Public Library and the Altamont Free Library, on Thursday, July 21, at 2 p.m., GPL brings you QUIDDITCH IN ABELE PARK.
Learn to play, and then face off against friends. Bring your own broom if you're able. For kids in grades six through 12.
Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4. You’ll meet GPL’s Kristina Ronald, Altamont’s Joe Burke, and Albany’s Stephanie Preston at Fred Abele Park in McKownville. To get to the park, from Route 20 (Western Ave.), turn onto Schoolhouse Rd and left onto Strawberry Lane. The park is situated at the end of the street. Have a great time.
Come be competitively creative in our kindergarten through grade six obstacle course Olympics. On Thursday, July 21, at 3:30 p.m., kids will be able to race through an obstacle course and even design their own! Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.
To help you learn about our every product and service, take a tour of the library with your own personal guide. Meet in the lobby on Monday, July 18, at 11 a.m., and enjoy.
The Guilderland Public Library’s “Super Summer Reading Olympics” reading club kick-off is on. Young readers, be sure to come to the library on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m., in the library’s Normanskill Room. Children, tweens, and teens can sign-up to be summer readers, collect program information, and ask our staff any questions they might have.
While you’re here, enter a drawing for a chance to win your own Summer Reading Club T-shirt. And at 7 p.m., be sure to grab a free ice cream sundae.
Get details on all the fun Super Summer Reading Olympics activities at www.guilpl.org/src.
Ribbon-cutting on the roof?
Thanks to grants received through the efforts of Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. and Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy, the library has a new roof, all-new energy-efficient lighting, and an improved loading dock. These projects will be officially unveiled by Senator Amedore, Assemblyperson Fahy, Town Supervisor Peter Barber, Library Foundation President Rosemary Revoir, and Guilderland School District representatives Marie Wiles, Neil Sanders and Cliff Nooney at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the library on Thursday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m.
Ideally, the ceremony would be on the roof, but it’s more likely to occur in front of the library’s main entrance. Time will tell.
All are invited to attend. Stop by, enjoy some refreshments, and chat with your local officials. And be sure to bring your young readers so they can sign up for the Summer Reading Club that evening starting at 6 p.m.
Summer kids movie
On Friday, July 1 at 2 p .m., the movie “Road Chip” will be playing at GPL. This 2015 movie is rated PG, and is 92 minutes long.
Summer hours and the Fourth of July
With the coming of summer, GPL shifts to summer hours. During July and August, the library is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. This means that GPL will be closed Sunday, July 3.
The library will be closed Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.
The Schenectady Theater for Children presents “The Bremen Town Musicians,” a show children of all ages are sure to enjoy at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m.
Based on the German folktale by the Brothers Grimm, this show is packed with action, music, and talking animals. It is the story of four animal friends that set out on a journey together and end up forming a band.
In their search for fame and fortune, they learn about consequences as they outwit a band of thieves and kidnappers. Every action has a consequence and it's always a good idea to think before you act.
No registration required. Just come on in and enjoy.
On your mark, get set — read!
Mark your calendars to attend GPL’s Super Summer Reading Olympics reading club kick-off on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m., in the library’s Normanskill Room. Children, tweens, and teens can sign-up to be a summer reader, collect program information, and ask our staff any questions they might have.
While you’re here, enter a drawing for a chance to win your own summer reading club T-shirt. And at 7 p.m., be sure to grab a free ice-cream sundae.
Get details on all the fun events coming up in the Super Summer Reading Olympics, please visit www.guilpl.org/src.
GPL voted Best Place to Work
At the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony, held on Thursday, June 9, the Guilderland Public Library was honored as the Best Place to Work in Guilderland.
In commenting upon the award, Library Director Tim Wiles noted, “It’s the staff, working towards the single goal of helping the public that makes the library a great place to work. We all have different roles, and a wide variety of skills, but we pull together. Plus, I believe the staff feels more empowered — you can see that in the innovative programming we offer — and that certainly is a part of this success.”
Cindy Wadach, who is serving as a volunteer coordinating the activities of other volunteers at the library, nominated the library.
Books and brews
“Books & Brews,” GPL’s off-site book discussion group, will meet on June 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Druthers Brewery and Restaurant in Albany. The book under discussion — between sips of beer, that is — is “Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan.
The premise of Books & Brews is simple: Drink beer and talk about a great book. The group meets the fourth Monday of every month, in an Albany-area establishment. To join the group, just call 456-2400, ext. 2, or go online to www.guilpl.org.
Everett Rau, whose family still lives and farms on the land where he was born in 1919, will talk about his just-published book, “Stand Tall: Against the Odds,” at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. This is another in the library’s “Read Local” series.
“Stand Tall” is Ev’s personal American saga of farming — and living — in the 20th Century. It’s also proof that it’s never too late to become a first-time author.
In his memoir, he reminisces about his life in Altamont, along with stories of farming, working for General Electric during World War II, rising and failing in his own business, and finding his passion for the preservation of Dutch barns.
He learned how to farm "in the good old way" from his Civil War veteran grandfather and has spent many years sharing his knowledge with local historical societies. Ev was nearly 90 when he designed and supervised the construction of a German threshing barn that was built by neighbors and volunteers with old tools and techniques on his Altamont farm.
Come to this event, and hear the story of nearly a century of progress, from the man who’s living it.
Ev’s co-author, Laura Shore, who has won many awards in her communications and marketing career, will also speak about the book. In 2012, she founded Farm Share Studio to promote local food, local farms, and agricultural land conservation.
For nearly two years, she worked with Ev to record his stories and bring forth detailed descriptions of life and farming. She donates 10 percent of her proceeds to the American Farmland Trust No Farms No Food campaign.
Copies of “Stand Tall” will be available for sale at Ev’s talk.
The Schenectady Theater for Children presents “The Bremen Town Musicians,” a show which children of all ages are sure to enjoy at GPL on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m.
Based on the German folktale by the Brothers Grimm, this show is packed with action, music, and talking animals. It is the story of four animal friends that set out on a journey together and end up forming a band. In their search for fame and fortune, they learn about consequences as they outwit a band of thieves and kidnappers. Every action has a consequence and it's always a good idea to think before you act.
No registration required. Just come on in and enjoy.
Summer reading program
Mark your calendars to attend GPL’s “Super Summer Reading Olympics” reading-club kick-off on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m., in the library’s Normanskill Room. Children, tweens, and teens can sign-up to be a summer reader, collect program information, and ask our staff any questions you might have.
While you’re here, enter a drawing for a chance to win your own summer reading club t-shirt. And at 7 p.m., be sure to grab an ice cream sundae.
To get details on all the fun events coming up in the Super Summer Reading Olympics, please visit www.guilpl.org/src.
Perhaps you wouldn’t think that you could borrow a GoPro from GPL, or take out tables, or find fishing rods, but you can. These are just some of the novel aspects of your library, and there’s no better way to learn about everything that’s available to you than taking a tour of GPL.
So take a tour. The next is scheduled for Monday, June 20, at 11 a.m. Tour-guide Kelly will show you about, and answer your every question. Please register for the tour by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, or online at bit.ly/June20Tour.