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.

— 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.

Origami

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.

Teen Read-In

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.

Local filmmaker

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.

Obstacle course

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.

Library tour

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.

 

— Photo by Joan Heffler

By the book: Guilderland Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Cory Tyksinski, left, and chamber president Cherie Lasher flank Tim Wiles, director of the Guilderland Public Library, as Wiles accepts the chamber’s “Best Place to Work” award for the library.

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.

 

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