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!

 

The ever-popular Sonny & Perley Trio will perform a tribute to Frank Sinatra, in celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th birthday, at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

Think of your favorite Sinatra song, and you’ll probably hear it.  Not only will Sonny & Perley perform Sinatra’s timeless standards, they will also dig deeper into Frank’s catalog to render some lesser-known but beloved ballads.

We suggest you arrive early as this will be a very popular concert.

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 a two-part series — Talking to Teens/Young Adults about Drug Abuse: Prescriptions, Heroin & Alcohol —  at the library in mid-May.

Part 1 is on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., and addresses the reality of addiction: it 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.

Part 2 is on Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m., and concludes the presentation and features the Albany County Sheriff’s Mobile Education Center. This “anti-drug bus” is staffed by a member of the sheriff’s office who talks about the progression of drug use, the legal implications of drug use, and the devastating health effects of drugs, particularly heroin and prescription opiate addiction.

Each trainee who completes the training will learn how to respond to an opioid overdose, as well as receive a Naloxone kit provided by Project Safe Point. This is a CDPHP program.

You are encouraged to sign up for both events. Please register online at www.guilpl.org, or call 456-2400, ext. 2.

Planning for children with special needs

Carol Van Valkenburgh, a registered representative with Foresters Financial, will speak at GPL on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., and present a program on planning for the future and creating an effective plan for an individual with special needs. Discussion will include medical, legal, financial, and educational considerations. Please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Mighty Superhero drawing workshop

Do you enjoy drawing? Do you love superheroes? Then come to GPL on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m., for the Mighty Superhero Drawing Workshop, which is part of Free Comic Book Day.  Come learn to draw amazing superheroes and villains! No previous drawing skills are required – all you need is a No. 2 pencil.  Grades six to 12; please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

GPL blood drive helps meet urgent need

The library will host a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, May 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can make a donation appointment by calling the Red Cross at 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Got drugs? Get rid of them!

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can get rid of all your unused or expired medications at a National Drug Take-Back Day drop-off point in the Guilderland Library’s parking lot, no questions asked.

The Library and the Guilderland Police Department have teamed up for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide Drug Take-Back Day, a one-day collaborative effort between the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies that focuses on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from your home.

All surrendered expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals/controlled substances and other medications are destroyed by law enforcement officers. Not only does this program provide an opportunity for community agencies to collaborate and establish a safe collection site, it also brings national attention to the issue of pharmaceuticals and controlled substance abuse.

What can be disposed:

— Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances; and

— Medication in its original container or removed from its container can be disposed of directly into the disposal boxes.  (If an original container is submitted, be sure to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.)

What cannot be disposed:

— No sharps and syringes.

Drug Take-Back Day officials will not ask questions of nor request identification from anyone. It’s your best opportunity to rid yourself of hazardous medications that can bring harm to you and others in your household.

Sonny & Perley Trio: Tribute to Frank Sinatra

The ever-popular Sonny & Perley Trio will perform a tribute to Frank Sinatra, in celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes' 100th Birthday, at GPL on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

Think of your favorite Sinatra song, and you’ll probably hear it.  Not only will Sonny & Perley perform Sinatra’s timeless standards, they will also dig deeper into Frank’s catalog to render some lesser-known but beloved ballads.

 

Alzheimer's Workshop: Dementia Conversations

Community Caregivers is holding a very important Alzheimer’s workshop at GPL on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. This session will give you very helpful tips to assist you with difficult conversations related to dementia, including doctor visits, decisions about driving, and making legal and financial plans. Please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 ext. 2.

Planning for children with special needs

Carol Van Valkenburgh, Registered Representative with Foresters Financial, will speak at GPL on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m., and present a program on planning for the future and creating an effective plan for an individual with special needs. Discussion will include medical, legal, financial, and educational considerations. Please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 ext. 2.

Mighty Superhero Drawing Workshop

Do you enjoy drawing? Do you love superheroes? Then come to GPL on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m., for the “Mighty Superhero Drawing Workshop,” which is part of Free Comic Book Day.  Come learn to draw amazing superheroes and villains! No previous drawing skills are required – all you need is a No. 2 pencil.  Grades 6-12; please register for this class online or by calling 456-2400 x 4.

 

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