Guilderland is a diverse community, including a significant Muslim population. At a time when Islamophobia is on the rise, it is good to dispel stereotypes about the Muslims who may be living next door to you.

Join us, on Monday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m.,  to meet, mingle with, and ask questions of three local Muslim women with varied backgrounds.

Panelists will give a brief introduction to Islam and address the distinction between cultural and religious beliefs, and discuss common misconceptions about Islam.

Travel for genealogy

Learn about Polish and Lithuanian genealogy at GPL on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m., by following in the footsteps of Phyllis Zych Budka. Phyllis, a second-generation Polish-American, has a passion for finding her roots; she’s made numerous trips to Poland and Lithuania for her research. She'll share her experiences and provide information on the best resources for you to use to conduct your own research.

Discuss baseball

Love baseball? So do we, which is why we are thrilled that Erik Sherman, author of “The Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball With the '86 Mets,” will speak at GPL on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m.

Mr. Sherman has also written biographies of Mookie Wilson, Glenn Burke, and Steve Blass. Sherman will speak on the World Series Champion 1986 Mets, and sign copies of his books.

 

 

Some 23 million Americans are living in long-term drug and alcohol addiction recovery, a startling reality that is the subject of the acclaimed documentary, “The Anonymous People,” being shown at Guilderland Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m.

This compelling story is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities, and elected officials, and finally shift policies toward lasting solutions.

A question and answer session moderated by Friends of Recovery-NY CEO, Robert Lindsey, will follow the screening. Please register for this event by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Ready, Set, Rhyme!

Knowing simple nursery rhymes as a preschooler is one of the biggest predictors of future reading success. Can your preschooler learn four nursery rhymes in June? Absolutely! Sign up at the children’s desk, and pick up a packet of fun activities to help your preschooler meet the goal. For children ages 3 through 5. For more information, call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Travel for genealogy

Learn about Polish and Lithuanian genealogy at the library on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m., by following in the footsteps of Phyllis Zych Budka. She is a second-generation Polish-American, and has a passion for finding her roots; she’s made numerous trips to Poland and Lithuania for her research. She'll share her experiences and provide information on the best resources for you to use to conduct your own research.

Author speaks

Love baseball? So do we, which is why we are thrilled that Erik Sherman, author of “The Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball With the '86 Mets,” will speak at GPL on Saturday, June 11, at 2 pm.

Sherman has also written biographies of Mookie Wilson, Glenn Burke, and Steve Blass. He will speak on the World Series Champion 1986 Mets, and sign copies of his books.

Drop-in genealogy

Get help in learning more about your family history from professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty on Wednesday, June 8, at 6 p.m.  Ms. Dougherty is available for free family history consultations and advice on a drop-in basis from 6 to 8 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month.

Take a tour

You know that GPL lets you borrow GoPro video cameras, metal detectors, fishing rods, bakeware, tables, and all sorts of other cool stuff, as well as books, DVDs, CDs, but there is just so much more. To help you learn about our every product and service, guides Kelly or Cindy will take you on a guided tour of your library. Meet in the lobby any Monday in June, at 11 a.m., and enjoy.

Bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist Elizabeth Rosner will be at the Guilderland Public Library on Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m., to speak about her third novel, “Electric City,” named among the best books of the year by NPR.

“Electric City” is a vital, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition. It frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.

This author event part of the Library Foundation’s Carol J. Hamblin Notable Authors Speakers Series that has hosted Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff Shaara, Joseph E. Persico, Paul Grondahl, Gregory Maguire, Tim Green, Ela Stein Weissberger, Will Moses, New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer, and novelist Alafair Burke.

A reception for Ms. Rosner follows at 8 p.m.  There is no charge for either event.  Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2, or going online to bit.ly/ElizabethRosner.

 Principles of holistic philosophy and  practice

Learn the reasons behind the rising tide of chronic illness in America, and how the trend can be reversed through homeopathic medicine, when you join Dr. Larry Malerba at GPL on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m., as he explains this rapidly growing but poorly understood healing practice.

During “Principles of Holistic Philosophy & Practice,” Dr. Malerba provides practical first-aid tips that you can use at home to help cure common ailments.  Homeopathic medicine is a 200 year-old holistic healing art and science, the principles of which have a great deal to teach us regarding the nature of health and illness, the importance of the mind-body connection, and the self-healing capacity of the human organism.  Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Weigh 2 Be

If you’re looking for an effective program that provides the support and resources you need to lose weight safely and effectively, come to the library for the continuing program, Weigh 2 Be, on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m.

This weight-management program offered by CDPHP health promotion specialists gives you information on healthy eating, staying active, and improving your health, as well as access to an online and mobile tool that allows you to track your workouts and food choices. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose? Call 456-2400, ext.  2 to register.

Book discussion

Union College anthropologist George Gmelch will discuss his new book “Playing with Tigers the Detroit Tigers”  on Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m.

Gmelch relates fascinating and entertaining stories about his time as a slugging minor league first baseman in the Detroit Tigers organization in the late 1960s. A rarity among young players, he was as interested in history, culture and civil rights as he was in the game. No registration is required.

Memorial Day weekend

GPL is closed Saturday May 28, Sunday May 29, and Monday May 30 for the Memorial Day Weekend. Our online library at www.guilpl.org is always open.

 

— Photo courtesy of Ashley Hentrich

Mayan children learn from local students who spent their February vacation in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala. The students will talk about their trip at the Guilderland Public Library on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

Guilderland Public Library’s “Read Local” series of author talks and book signings features the pseudonymous author, Jacopo della Quercia (actually local author Giacomo Calabria), on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m.  

Author della Quercia has penned two wonderful, alt-history titles: “License to Quill”, a spy thriller starring William Shakespeare; and “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy”), in which President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War.

School break in Guatemala

A dozen local students spent their February vacation on a mission trip to aid impoverished Mayan children at a learning center in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala, and many of these local students will be at GPL on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., to share that experience with you in words and pictures.

These young explorers will offer their observations of Guatemala, the learning center, and of visiting some of the Mayan children's homes. They will relate how they had to move out of their comfort zones during the trip, and how getting to meet the sponsored child was a moving experience for all involved.

If you enjoy hearing about different areas of our world and seeing young people exhibit leadership in action, then you should attend this event, which is open to the public.

CPR with Western Turnpike Rescue Squad

Members of the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad will teach the family and friends CPR course at GPL on Tuesday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m., and you’re encouraged to attend and learn this lifesaving skill.

This course is ideal for students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. Space is  limited to 20 people. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Coloring for adults

Why should kids have all the coloring fun? Come to Sunday Crafternoons on May 22, at 2 p.m., and color — inside the lines or out.  It’s a great activity for stress relief, and you don’t even need to worry about bringing your crayons. We supply the coloring sheets and the colored pencils and markers. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Weigh 2 Be

If you’re looking for an effective program that provides the support and resources you need to lose weight safely and effectively, come to GPL for Weigh 2 Be, on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

This weight-management program offered by CDPHP health promotion specialists gives you information on healthy eating, staying active, and improving your health, as well as access to an online and mobile tool that allows you to track your workouts and food choices. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose? Call 456-2400, ext.  2 to register.

Holiday schedule

GPL is closed Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day Weekend. Our online library at www.guilpl.org is always open.

Voting on the Guilderland Public Library’s proposed 2016-17 budget, and election of  library trustees, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at your local Guilderland elementary school.

The library’s board of trustees has approved a 2016-17 operating budget of $3,666,832, an increase of just $39,631 over the 2015-16 budget. This is based upon a tax-levy of $3,598,332, an increase of 1.78 percent, well under the mandated tax cap over last year’s levy. Details of the budget are available in the “News From the Guilderland Public Library” newsletter you received in the mail, and at www.guilpl.org.

A declared candidate,  incumbent Bryan Best,  is running for one of the two open five-year terms as trustee. The other open seat will be filled by write-in votes.

The trustees are holding a public budget hearing on Thursday evening, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. The board welcomes your questions, and will explain how the proposed budget was developed.

GPL delays opening for safety

To ensure the safety of patrons and staff while the hazardous phases of replacing the library's aging roof is being done on Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12. The library is delaying opening on those days until 5 p.m. Once open on those days, the library will remain open until its normal closing time of 9 p.m.

We regret the inconvenience this presents, but given the risks of the roof-removal work being done on those two days, we prefer to err on the side of caution.

By Friday morning, May 13, the hazardous work will be done. Thereafter, it's a matter of the new roof being installed; that work should be completed by Friday, May 27. In the meantime, you will see workers on the library roof; their general work hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Get a taste of Albany’s “spirited” history

If you’re fond of the rich tradition of spirits that can be found only in Albany  think, “Ironweed Whiskey,” then register right now to attend “Albany Distilling: A Spirited History” (with tasting!)  at  the library on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m.

In this talk, the Albany Distilling Company, Albany's first distillery since prohibition,  explores the rich tradition of spirits in the Capital Region. Participants over 21 years of age will also be able to sample the Quackenbush Still House Rum, an homage to Albany's original rum, as well as the Ironweed Whiskey, which pays tribute to the William Kennedy’s novel of the same name.

You must be 21 years or older to sample the spirits. Your identification will be checked at the door. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult to attend. To register, call 456-2400, ext.  2, or go online to www.guilpl.org.

Talking to teens about drug abuse

Representatives from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and Project Safe Point, will present “Talking to Teens/Young Adults about Drug Abuse: Prescriptions, Heroin & Alcohol”  at the library on Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m.

Addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time. Join us to learn the facts about this growing epidemic. You will learn how to talk to young people about drug and alcohol use, how to recognize the warning signs of addiction, and how to prevent an overdose.

Everyone who completes the training will know how to respond to an opioid overdose, and receive a Naloxone kit provided by Project Safe Point. This is a CDPHP program. Please register online at www.guilpl.org, or call 456-2400, ext.  2.

Library pops up at …

The great thing about the Pop-Up Library is that it comes to you so that you can get a library card, borrow books, and DVDs, download the latest eBooks, and register for the library’s exciting programs.  And there are two Pop-Ups happening soon.

The first, on Friday, May 13, starting at 5 p.m., is at the Guilderland Little League’s opening ceremony at Keenholts Park in Guilderland Center. The second  Library Pop Up is at the Albany Pine Bush’s Lupine Fest on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 4 p.m..  Enjoy!

 

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