— 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.

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.

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