The Albany County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., to present a program for kids and parents to learn about local drug use, abuse, and prevention.

The program will include an informational session; followed by an opportunity for parents (no kids) and kids (no parents) to separately discuss their concerns with the professionals; next, young speakers from Hope House will share their stories of addiction and recovery. The sheriff’s office mobile education center will be on site to provide a firsthand view of how poor choices can lead to the path of incarceration.

The bald eagle returns

 Come to GPL to 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 victim of human ignorance and neglect, their numbers so reduced by the effects of DDT that they were placed on the Federal Endangered Species List.

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.


Join us for a sewing show and tell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., as we share some crafty stitching and sewing projects from December’s Sewing 101 programs.

Presenter Su Tanner will also share some fun, sewing fashion tips. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience.



Sinatra Sunday

Our celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday continues on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m., when we show 1957’s “Pal Joey” on the Helderberg Room’s big screen.

After the tsunami

Come to GPL on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., for photographer Michael Forster Rothbart’s presentation of his photos depicting the current state of the Japanese countryside around Fukushima, nearly five years after the devastating tsunami.  This event is part of the digital photo forum series.

Martin Luther King Day

GPL will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

If you’re a fan of guitar music, then the performance by the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday, Jan.10, at 2 p.m., is a must.

The quartet presents exciting, eclectic programming spanning five centuries, including original arrangements. The four accomplished guitar soloists — Joel Brown, Brett Grigsby, Sten Isachsen, and Paul Quigley — have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

Crime solving

 Learn the science of crime solving when you come to the library on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., when super detectives from CNSE Children's Museum of Science + Technology will present “Who Done It? Detective Science Sleuths,” an elementary introductory course on Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). You’ll examine fingerprints, learn about observation skills, and get some insight into this fascinating field.  For kids in grades three through six. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Pop-up library

Be sure to stop by our “Pop-Up Library” at the Crossgates Mall on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. You'll be able to register for programs, borrow books and DVDs, download the latest eBooks and even get a library card. We’ll be easy enough to find; just look for the “Imagine, Discover, Connect @ GPL” sign. We’ll see you there.

Get gadget help

Having trouble with your cell phone? Can’t get your laptop to synch your e-mail accounts? Mystified by the many features of your latest electronic device, and don’t know where to turn?

Come to the library for Tech Time on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., to get help with your gadgets from an expert, a teenage expert, who’s up on the latest tech. (Remember when you had to get a kid to program your VCR? It’s like that, only better.)

You’re encouraged to register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2, but drop-ins are also welcome on a first-come-first-served basis.

Crafty book club

Parents and tweens are invited to GPL’s twist on the traditional book discussion group. Read the same book at the same time, and join the group to discuss it over a craft project.

The next meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m., when it’s a free read. Pick a book that the both of you have read, and come tell the rest of us all about it.

The group now meets on the second Thursday of every month. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4.

Show and tell

Join us for a sewing show and tell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., as we share some crafty stitching and sewing projects from December’s Sewing 101 programs.

Presenter Su Tanner will also share some fun, sewing fashion tips. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Register by calling 456-2400, ext. 4, and come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience.

Board meets

The library’s governing board of trustees will hold its monthly business meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., in the library’s Tawasentha Room. This is a public meeting, and you’re encouraged to attend.

Share a hoot

 Barbara Lukas from WMHT will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m., to show “Owl Moon,” the story of a young girl and her dad on a midnight winter’s walk in the woods.

 You will then make an owl hat complete with feathers, and receive a copy of the book to take home and keep.

This program is for kids ages 3 to 6, accompanied by an adult caregiver.  Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Music and movement

 There are still just a few spots available for the library’s music and movement series that meets Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Join us and we’ll sing songs, dance, learn about music through fun games, play instruments, and read books. The class meets again on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Minions, minions, and more minions

If there’s a movie sure to get the kids giggling, this is it: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super-villain who — alongside her inventor husband Herb —hatches a plot to take over the world. And it’s all happening on the big screen in GPL’s Helderberg Room on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Popcorn is free. This movie is rated PG and is about 90 minutes long.

Troy-based author Amy Halloran and her book “The New Bread Basket” are featured at the Guilderland Public Library’s next Read Local event on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Not only will she share her thoughts on her book, she’ll also give out samples of her signature pancakes.

It was her love of pancakes that led Amy to write about regional grain production. The full title of her book: “The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf.” In it, she tells the stories of a new band of people working to reinvent local grain systems, and reveals the village that stands behind every loaf and every pint.

Halloran will have copies of her book for sale and autographing; this book is an excellent gift.

Missed a stitch?

If you could not make it to the first Sewing 101: Basic Buttons & Simple Stitches because it was in the middle of the week, then come to the weekend edition on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m.

You’ll learn some useful, life-long sewing skills such as sewing on a button, sewing a hem, the blanket stitch, overcast stitching and more. Presenter Su Tanner will also show some fun makeovers on dresses and coats. All ages are welcome: adults, tweens, teens, and parents. Come and enjoy this fun, crafty experience. Please register by calling 456-2400, ext. 2.

Book club

LGBTQA youth and their allies are invited to come to this safe space on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m., to chat about a book that focuses on LGBTQA related issues. During this meeting, we will discuss “Luna,” by Julie Anne Peters Regan. Copies of the book will be available at the reference desk.

Running out of table space?

 If you’re wondering where you’re going to seat all those relatives and friends who are coming to dinner, we have the solution: Borrow a table or two from the library’s Take & Bake collection.

You can borrow a six-foot table, or if that’s a bit much, take out one of our four-foot tables. All you need is your library card; you can borrow bakeware, too. It’s all waiting for you here at your library. We’ll even help load it into your car.

Holiday concert

In what has become a seasonal tradition, local chorale group Suburban Sounds will offer a Holiday Concert at the library on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. 

This musical interlude of holiday favorites and selections-soon-to-be-faves is just the calming respite you need as the season reaches its peak. Happy Holidays, all.

Read, build, play

Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to "Read, Build, and Play" at GPL on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m.

You'll have a fun read-aloud and spend some time building a story element with Lego DUPLO blocks. You’ll also have free playtime with DUPLOs, Lincoln Logs, and building blocks. As your folks know, in addition to being just plain fun, playing with building toys increases your school-readiness by developing math, science, and engineering skills.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will close at 2 p.m., on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec.31, and be closed New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.  Happy New Year! 

It’s the holiday season when we give thanks, and also have a thought for those less fortunate.  That’s why the Guilderland Public Library is starting, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, a month-long campaign where your late fine on a book/CD/DVD will be forgiven when you donate non-perishable, unexpired food items to our Fine Food drive. It’s a one-for-one exchange: One late fine gets forgiven for each food item you donate.

All donations will be given to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The campaign ends on Monday, Jan. 4. GPL staffers will bring donations to the food bank every couple of days, so that the food bank can aid those in need over the holiday season.

Toys for Tots

The local Marine Corps Reserve unit is asking you to donate an unwrapped toy to its annual Toys for Tots drive via the donation boxes in the library lobby. The mission of the program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

By donating your unused cell phone in the Cell Phones for Soldiers collection box in the library’s lobby, you will provide a lifeline to our troops serving around the world. Your generous, tax-deductible donation delivers calling cards that connect military members with their loved ones at home. For more information, please visit HYPERLINK ""

E-1 to O-10 a library card for you

Armed services active-duty members, reservists, and veterans who live outside GPL’s service area can now get a full-privilege Guilderland Public Library card for just $25, half of the card’s regular cost.

To get your GPL card, simply bring proof of service; military ID for active duty and reservists; DD-214 (Report of Separation) for veterans to GPL, and go to the circulation desk to complete a library card application. We’ll give you a card that puts the full resources of your new library to work for you.



Open house

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators welcomes one and all to an open house being held at GPL on Monday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

You’ll be able to view and purchase children's books just in time for holiday giving. There will be books of every type, so come in and browse: You may just find the perfect gift.

Star Wars trade show

Don’t miss the library’s biggest and best popular culture event to date, the Star Wars Trade Show, happening on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a full day of comics, graphic novels, food, toys, games, and a life-size R2D2.

Part of the fun is the Star Wars Cantina at 12:30 p.m., where you can get a free pizza lunch.  Some seats are still left, but you have to register. Call 456-2400, ext.  2 to reserve your seat, or go to

Last call for NYC

 You’ll see the sights, sounds, and holiday cheer of Manhattan when you join your neighbors and friends on the chamber of commerce/library bus trip to NYC on Saturday, Dec. 12., that is, if you’ve already made your reservation.  If not, you still have time. You can purchase your seats at the library. We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash, or you can purchase your seats online at the Chamber website at HYPERLINK "" Click on the calendar, and page down to Dec. 12. Links there enable you to purchase seats assuming there are any left.  Act now.

Family film

“Inside Out,” the First Friday Family Film that’s showing in the library’s Helderberg Room on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., follows young Riley and her emotions including joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness, as she navigates a new city, house, and school.  This film is rated PG, and is 94-minutes long.

Thanks in large part to a $75,000 grant obtained by Assembly woman Pat Fahy, and further financial support from National Grid, you’re seeing the Guilderland Public Library in a whole new light. All incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are being replaced with LEDs that are brighter, energy-efficient, and long lasting.

Within the library, the improvement is immediately apparent: The whole building is brighter, and those areas in the main reading room that were dark even on the sunniest days are now amply lit. Reading titles in the stacks is markedly easier thanks to the clear illumination provided by the new fixtures, and — if you’re here at night — you’ll really appreciate the vastly improved parking lot lighting.

This project means long-term cost-savings on two counts: First: LEDs consume much less electricity, yet yield more light, so we shall shortly realize a much-reduced electric bill. And, secondly, since LEDs last so long, bulb-replacement expenses will drop dramatically. Some of the legacy lighting elements lasted only six months or so.

Work is proceeding rapidly, but there are so many fixtures to replace that the work will extend to early December. You may notice that some areas are unavailable for an hour or two, but we are ensuring that the inconvenience is minimal.

We’re sure you’ll notice the difference. These new, brighter lights are making  your library a better place to read, work, or just relax.

Take & Bake

Just in time for the holidays, we're adding some new and unique items to our library collections — bakeware and folding tables. 

If you have a Guilderland Library card, you can check out cookie cutters or take home a table, just as you would a book or DVD.  Our "Take and Bake" collection has a few dozen items, and we have nine tables (six six-footers, and three four-footers) you can check out, just right for Thanksgiving and holiday parties, and for your upcoming spring garage sales.


Have some unique bakeware you'd like to donate?  We're accepting items in good condition such as specialty character or shaped cake pans, and holiday cookie cutters. Help our collection grow.

Please donate

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive at GPL on Monday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 6 p.m., and the need for donations is urgent.

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. In fact, according to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save as many as three lives. And donating is simple: The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10 to 12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes. 

You can just drop in, or you can make an appointment at HYPERLINK "", or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

GPL Sprouts

 Join us for a fun-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) program for kids ages 4 to 7 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 3:30 p.m. You’ll explore sinking and floating through literature, experiments, activities, and crafts. Lots of hands-on learning for everyone. Please call 456-2400, ext. 4 to register.

Li'L Lego Club

 Our Lego Club for children in grades kindergaten through second meets in the Storyhour Room on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 3:30 p.m. Use your imagination for some creative play with friends, and create things of Lego wonder! Bring your own bricks or create with ours. As usual, creations that you bring to show off will be kept separate from the library supplies.

Yo, Nipper

Don’t miss hearing Times Union reporter Paul Grondahl and editor Teresa Buckley as they discuss their book, “Great Dogs of Albany and Beyond,” at GPL on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.

This is part of GPL’s ongoing “Read Local” series, which celebrates the many accomplished authors and book illustrators among us in the Capital District.



Thanksgiving hours

 The library will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and is closed all day on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26.