Magician Jim Snack will present two programs at the Guilderland Pubic Library on Sunday, March 6.

Jim Snack is returning to the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, March 6, for two exciting, magical events.

The first  “You Can Do Magic!”  is a registered workshop that starts at 2 p.m. Jim will let children age 8 and older in on some of the secrets behind his very magic tricks. To register for this workshop, please call 456-2400, ext. 4.

Then at 3 p.m., Jim presents his wonderful “Magic Show” for children of all ages. Packed with audience participation, and full of fun, it’s a family-friendly event not to be missed. No registration required for the show; just walk in and witness the wonder in your children’s eyes.

Your vegetable garden

Join us for the second part of our gardening series, this one on vegetable gardens, on Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. This program is brought to you by the great folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Do you want to have a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to start? Join CCE’s horticulture educator, Sue Pezzolla, for a class on all the basics to get you started in growing vegetables. This class will also be a good review for seasoned gardeners with questions about best practices for the home gardener regarding an organic approach to cultivating great veggies.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re attending.

Then save March 12  for CCE’s “The Nitty Gritty of Soil.”

Drop-in genealogy

Professional genealogist and Guilderland resident Lisa Dougherty is available for free family-history consultations on a drop-in basis at GPL on Wednesday, March 9, from 6  to 8 p.m.

This is a regular program: Ms. Dougherty will be at GPL the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your questions and 'brick walls' for help finding solutions.

She is a former volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, and now devotes her time to lecturing around the area on family history, and assisting family researchers. A whiz at, she specializes in online research and the effective use of websites to investigate family history. Visit her website at

Be a community leader

If you want to have a voice in how the library serves its community, running for office to become one of the 11 library trustees who oversee library policy is the way to go.

Incumbents and new candidates may run for a board seat by obtaining an information packet at the library.  Everyone picking up a packet must sign their name, address, and phone number; this information is required by the school district. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 17; this election is concurrent with votes on the library budget, school district budget, and election of members of the school board.

Please call the library director Tim Wiles at 456-2400, ext. 113, or the school district clerk at 456-6200, with any questions.

Writing reception

All participants in the Teen Winter Writing Contest are invited to a reception on Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Winners will read selections from their entries, and honorable mentions will be announced.

Welcome spring

Kids, welcome spring at GPL on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m., with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and watch as he eats his way through lots of yummy foods. Act out the story, make a caterpillar hat, and get your very own copy of the book to take home. Please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to let the caterpillar know you’re coming.

Board meets

GPL’s board of trustees will hold its monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 10, at 7 pm. Among the items to be discussed is the proposed budget for GPL’s 2016-17 fiscal year. The public is encouraged to attend.

Spring is rumored to be just around the corner, so it’s time to “think gardens.” With that in mind, two garden-focused events are coming up at the Guilderland Public Library.

The first, is a discussion of rain gardens led by Sue Pezzolla, a horticulture educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m.  Rain gardens are small, shallow depressions that collect storm water run-off, allowing the water to be cleaned as it filters down through the soil to the local aquifer. These gardens use native plants that can withstand the extremes of drought and excess water, and work well with our local environment, offering food for birds and pollinators.

Then on the following Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m., organic vegetable gardening is the focus of discussion. Ms. Pezzolla will give you all you need to know to get started growing vegetables. This class will also be a good review for seasoned gardeners who want guidance on the best approach to growing great vegetables organically. Following that, there’s “The Nitty Gritty of Soil: Beyond the pH,” with CCE master gardener Mary Carol White, on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m.  All are fascinating programs, full of practical guidance and information.

These classes are registered events: Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re attending.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Kids, come to GPL to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’s special day with crafts and games and lots of fun on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. (By the way, Dr. Seuss was born in 1904, so this would’ve been his 112th Birthday! Imagine the candles!)

Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, the American Poet Laureate of Nonsense wrote and illustrated more than 40 books, each one a delightful tour through imagination and a stepping-stone to millions upon millions of children learning to read.

What’s your favorite?  “The Cat in the Hat”? “Fox in Sox”?  How about “Green Eggs and Ham”?  Or something else? We want to know, so be sure to tell us when you come to the party. And remember:  “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss

                                                              GPL Pops Up at the Y!

GPL comes to you, this time at the Guilderland YMCA on Wednesday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so stop by the Y.  You'll be able to get a library card, borrow books and DVDs, download the latest eBooks, and register for programs.

The history of tea

Join Matthew, of Short and Stout Tea Room, at GPL on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m., as he shares anecdotes and tips from the world of tea with us. Tasting included.  Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Teen Legos

GPL’s Tween and Teen Lego Club is a great place for tweens and teens to show off creations from home, or to work on a great project with friends and fellow Lego fans. The next meeting, it’s not really a club:, is on Monday, Feb. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Kids, bring your folks to this “Read Local” event at the Guilderland Public Library.

Sylvie Kantorovitz, children’s book author and illustrator, whose “Zig and the Magic Umbrella” is a children’s favorite, will speak at this event on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.

She will read aloud from one of her recent books, and draw a special illustration based on suggestions from the young audience members. She’ll answer any and all questions about what it’s like to write and illustrate books. She will bring an assortment of her books to sign and sell. Children are especially welcome at this event.

 What's the Weather?

Find out what makes our weather when you come to GPL on Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. CNSE Children's Museum of Science + Technology will lead kids in grades three to six as they do hands-on experiments and learn about air pressure, wind direction, the water cycle, and more. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Book discussion

Guilderland's own Andy Genovese will lead a discussion of Thoreau’s timeless "Walden" at this month’s American Classic Book Discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

So much hidden meaning comes out of a discussion of this chronicle of a time when Thoreau embarked on an experience that was part social experiment, voyage of discovery, and test of self-reliance. Andy’s expertise in creating a comfortable environment for the free exchange of ideas makes this discussion group a joy to be a part of. Please let Andy know you’re coming by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

 Rain gardens

Spring is just around the corner. (We hope so, at least.) Join us for a discussion of rain gardens, on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m., led by the folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Rain gardens are small, shallow depressions that collect storm water run-off, allowing the water to be cleaned as it filters down through the soil to the local aquifer. These gardens use native plants that can withstand the extremes of drought and excess water, and offer food for birds and pollinators. Register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

 GPL Sprouts

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m., for a fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program for kids ages 4 through 7. We'll explore the world around us through literature, experiments, activities, and crafts. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext 4.

Sunday Crafternoons

Adults all need a creative outlet; why should kids have all the fun? That’s the idea behind Sunday Crafternoons, particularly with this collage session on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m.

In this craft program for adults, we explore different ways to express ourselves through the arts.  Collage requires no real artistic knowledge and is a great way to find your unique creative voice. We will supply the materials and adhesives, you bring your imagination. Please register; space is limited. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.


The Electric City Chorus,  a men's a cappella, close-harmony singing group, will perform a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.

The chorus’s repertoire draws from Broadway musicals, pop music, big band standards, and includes love songs, toe-tappers, and hits from across the decades, all sung in their unique four-part, a cappella, style.  As part of the concert, a couple of quartets break off to add their own special sound to the performance.

The chorus was founded in 1944, and has a long tradition of top-notch performances throughout the state. Locally, the chorus has recently sung at numerous locales including Schenectady's tree lighting and holiday parade, Tawasentha Park in Guilderland, the Bethlehem library’s Evening on the Green series, and it has even been featured on the Schenectady Today program.

It’s clear to see that they love to sing and enjoy sharing the delights of music with everyone.

This will be a very popular concert, so you’re encouraged to come early.  

Calling all teen writers

Your entries for GPL’s Teen Winter Writing Contest are due by Friday, Feb. 5, before 9 p.m. This is a great opportunity for a chance to win amazing prizes and publication.


You can submit your entries by emailing ; don’t forget the completed submission form. 

 Submit your writing to one of these categories: Grades 6 to 8 in : prose, poetry, and other; and in grades 9 to 12 in prose, poetry, and other.

 Third, second and first-place prizes will be awarded for each category and age group. First place winners will receive the unique opportunity to workshop their winning pieces with Donna Liquori, Bibliofiles columnist for the Times Union. 

A reception will be held on March 11, for all participants, where honorable mentions will be announced and winners will read from their work.

 Visit to get the submission.

Trivia Night 

 Join your friends and neighbors at GPL on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m., for a team-oriented trivia night hosted by students from the Guilderland Central School District to raise money for Children's Cancer Research at St. Jude Children's Hospital. This is a family-oriented all-ages event. 

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.



Jazz band 

 GPL is proud to join libraries across the country in Take Your Child to the Library Day. This year, we are featuring a family concert with The Mother Goose Jazz Band, on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. Their repertoire is sure to please families with tiny tots and jazz enthusiasts alike.

Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day

GPL is showing the movie about Groundhog Day on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in honor of Groundhog Day . 

Showings are at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, and 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. And, no registration is required. Furthermore, you don’t need to register.

Milk: Pride @ GPL

Come to GPL on Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., to view a movie about University at Albany grad Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. 

This is part of our Pride @ GPL series, which holds activities related to LGBTQA issues. All are welcome.

It’s tax time, and the AARP tax aide appointment phone line  2-1-1  opened on Wednesday, Jan. 20. 

AARP tax preparation appointments are held at the Guilderland Public Library on Mondays and Saturdays only, from Feb. 1 through April 11. You must have an appointment for this service; no walk-ins. 

Tax aide volunteers are trained and certified with the Internal Revenue Service to prepare personal federal and New York State income tax returns. Please bring copies of your 2014 returns, all 2015 W-2s and 1099 forms, end-of-year brokerage statements, and supporting documents for itemized deductions. 

We’re adding new appointment slots frequently, so call 2-1-1 again if slots are all filled. Please remember: call 2-1-1; library staff cannot make appointments.

To get full details, please visit  

Drug-abuse prevention workshop 

Officers from the Albany County’s Sheriff’s department will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., to present a drug-abuse prevention program for kids and parents. 

The program starts with a drug-abuse prevention workshop, followed by an opportunity for parents and kids to separately discuss their concerns with professionals. Young speakers from Hope House will share their stories of addiction and recovery. The Sheriff’s mobile education center will be on-site to provide a firsthand view of how poor choices can lead to incarceration.

The bald eagle returns

 Come to GPL  on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m., to hear the marvelous story of how bald eagles, once an endangered species, have returned to the Hudson Valley.

Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program naturalist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will speak about how the bald eagle fell from honored symbol to near ex

Today, their recovery is so complete that you may see an eagle any day of the year, anywhere in the Hudson Valley.

At 2:30 p.m., kids can participate in a fun origami bird-folding craft, and test their bird identification skills with the Audubon Society's interactive bird board. Tom's talk begins at 3 p.m. 

Gluten free the easy way

Do you know what gluten is, how to identify it, and how gluten-sensitivity can affect your life? If not, then attend “Living Gluten Free the Easy Way, with Dawn Kirchoff Pavlick, RD, CDN,” at GPL on Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.  This CDPHP program will teach you about the sources of gluten, and the effects it can have on your health.

Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2. 

Shadow science

Join us for a fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program for kids ages 4 through 7, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m. We'll explore the world around us through literature, experiments, activities, and crafts. Lots of hands-on learning for everyone! Please register by calling 456-2400. ext. 4.


"After the Tsunami"


The Jan. 21 “After the Tsunami” presentation by photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart is postponed until May 19; the January 21 Digital Photo Forum will instead be a general sharing session among area photographers who share tips, tricks and talents.