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.

 

— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

Altamont’s first-time author Everett “Ev” Rau will speak at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, June 18.

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.

Children’s program

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.

Library tour

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.

 

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.

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