You’re a teen with boatloads of musical talent. And you want to share this talent with friends, family, and community at the Guilderland Public Library’s “Coffeehouse Open Mic Night for Teens!” on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. And we want you to do it!

But, before you can share it, you have to let us know your name, and what kinds of set-up and sound needs you have. And you need to do it by Tuesday, April 19.  So e-mail with the particulars, but do it soon. There is limited space, and the last time we did this, we had quite a turnout.

No registration is required to attend this event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided by our local Starbucks.

Fabric self-portrait

Come to the library on Friday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m., and celebrate Earth Day with us.

Learn about textile art as we use bits of fabric, yarn, and glittery sequins to create portraits of ourselves. Please call 456-2400, ext.  4 to let us know you’re coming; we’ll have your favorite fabrics waiting for you.

Coloring for adults

A coloring session great for stress relief, isn't just for kids anymore; it’s become quite the thing for adults, too. So come to the library for Coloring for Adults on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m.

We all need a creative outlet; and why should kids have all the fun? In these craft programs for adults we will explore different ways to express ourselves through the arts.  We supply the coloring sheets, the colored pencils and markers, and a relaxing environment to get in touch with your Inner Crayola; you supply your own coloring inspiration. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext.  2.

 

On Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m., GPL kicks off a three-part series on homeopathy with “Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine.”

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.

Join Dr. Larry Malerba as he explains this poorly understood but rapidly growing approach to healing, gives practical first-aid tips that can be used at home for common ailments, and offers insight into the reasons behind the rising tide of chronic illness in America and how the trend can be reversed.  Dr. Malerba will have copies of his books for sale.  Please call 456-2400 x 2 to register.

All About the new SAT

If you’re taking the SATs this year (or are the parent or guardian of a teen who is), then it’s in your best interest to attend “All about the New SAT” at GPL on Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 pm.

So much depends upon this test, and major changes are being introduced, including updates to the vocabulary, essay, and evidence-based reading sections. This informational session with Umang Sharma will tell you what you should expect from the new format.

Umang is a graduate of the University at Albany currently serving in the US Army. He has been a tutor for eight years and is a certified instructor for the Revised SAT through the Princeton Review. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend this important event.  Please register by calling 456-2400 x 4.

American Classics Discusses ‘Cat’s Cradle’

Lovers of fiction are invited to join Guilderland's own Andy Genovese on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. for this month’s American Classics book discussion. You’ll examine Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” called by the New York Times “a free-wheeling vehicle … an unforgettable ride.”

If you’ve read the book, you’re going to love the discussion. If you’ve not read the book, or it’s been a while, come anyway, because after the discussion you’ll go right to the fiction stacks and take it out.

Published in 1963, “Cat’s Cradle” explores issues and situations that are strikingly relevant today, everything from the way science and technology have changed our lives, to examinations of religion and free will. Along the way, it skewers the arms race and other situations that – good or bad – surround us now.

Please register for this entertaining book discussion by calling 456-2400 x 2.

About GPL

The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Visit the Library's website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” Library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.Library and follow the Library on Twitter (@GuilderlandLib).

 

The Secret pH Life of Gardens will be the focus of the third and final part of the Guilderland Public Library’s gardening series — this one on the effects pH has on your garden, on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m.,  by the great folks from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Join CCE Master Gardener Mary Carol White for a fascinating look at what goes into having healthy soil, and why it is important. Being knowledgeable about your soil is the all-important key to gardening success. Each class participant will receive a coupon for one free soil pH test with CCE. Please call 456-2400, ext. 2 to let us know you’re attending.

Welcome spring

 

On Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m., bring children ages 3 through 6 to GPL to welcome spring with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar!”  Watch as the caterpillar 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. This is a WMHT Family Literacy program, with Barbara Lucas. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to let us know you’ll be there.

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.

Concert

The Gospel group, Heavenly Echoes, will perform a free concert at GPL on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. All are welcome

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

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 Ancestry.com, she specializes in online research and the effective use of websites to investigate family history. Visit her website at www.upstatenygenealogy.com.

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.

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