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Catch up on all the events we’ve held, and find out about services we offer by browsing these past issues of the Guilderland Library News. Just click on the link to see a pdf of that issue.

Mid-May – June 2017
Details on the Proposed 2017/2018 Budget • Board Candidate Biographies • Sign-up for Summer Reading! • Join us to say “Happy Birthday, GPL!” • 2016 Annual Report • Concerts • Game of Thrones Trivia • Pinterest Wins, Event Planning Edition • Book Talk & Signing by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Dr David Oshinksy • Consumer Health Classes • Become a Literacy Volunteer! • Check out GPL Gadgets! • GPL at Lupine Fest • Movies • Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles-Themed Musical Storytime • Yellow Submarine Factory • and so much more…

March – Mid-May 2017
Concerts • American Perspectives • GPL Poets Workshops • Drug Take-Back Day • Consumer Health Programs • RAD Training for Women • Marty Appel on his latest book, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character • Workshops for Professionals • Investing and Estate Planning  • Pop-Up Library • Pinterest Wins • Flight! • Family Science Night • Storytimes • First Friday Family Films • more…

January – February 2017
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PL Concert Series: Caroline Doctorow; A Live Recording Session with Sonny & Perley; Cliff Brucker and Full Circle • Escape the Room: GPL Edition • All Aboard to 1,000 Books before Kindergarten! • Teen Winter Writing Contest • AARP TaxAide Assistance • and so much more…

November – December 2016
John Simon, producer for The Band, speaks at GPL • Health Risks for Vietnam Vets and their Families • Suburban Sounds Holiday Concert • Check Out GPL Gadgets! • Indian Ladder Farms: From Apples to Hard Cider & Beer • Family Science Nights • and more…

September – October 2016
From Tragedy to Transcendence: Back, Casals, and the Six Suites for Cello Solo, performed by Steven Hancoff • Politics and Patriots: A Concert with the Lost Radio Rounders • Italian Genealogy Webinar • Read Local: Never Leave Your Dead, Book Talk and Signing with Author Diane Cameron • RAD Training for Women • A Community Conversation about Advance Care Planning • Kent State: A Firsthand Look • Pop-Up Library • Border Issues: A Firsthand Look • Operation Gratitude • Book Discussion Groups • Around the World in 30 Instruments • Nevermore! An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe • Storytimes • Drug Take-Back Day • more…

Mid-May – August 2016: The Budget Issue
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! :: Super Summer Reading Olympics 2016 • Proposed 2016-2017 Library Budget • Bryan Best, Candidate for Library Board of Trustees • Annual Report 2015 • Read Local: Jacopo della Quercia, and Everett Rau  • more…

March 2016 – Early May 2016
Book Talks & Author Signings: Dennis Mahoney and Matthew McElligott  • Drug Take-Back Day • Talking to Teens/Young  Adults about Drug Abuse: Prescriptions, Heroin & Alcohol • Sunday Concerts: Heavenly Echoes, Sensemaya, Sonny & Perley Trio • Dollars & Sense at GPL • Newbery-Caldecott Tea • Raymond Boisvert, author of Philosophers at Table • The Practice of Homeopathy • Pop-Up Library •  What Families Need to Know about Memory Loss and Dementia •  Drop-In Genealogy Help, with Lisa Dougherty •  Family Films •  Book Discussions • Free Comic Book Day & Mighty Superhero Drawing Program • Pride @ GPL •  GPL Sprouts/STEM Programs •  Storytimes • Learn a New Language with Mango! •  Get in Gear with Overdrive! •  All about the New SAT •  SCRABBLE at GPL • more…

December 2015 – February 2016
Sunday Music Series • Read Local: Amy Halloran; Sylvie Kantrovitz • A Community Conversation with Assemblymember Patricia Fahy • Take & Bake! • Pop-Up Library • Star Wars Trade Show • Consumer Health • AARP TaxAide Service • Teen Winter Writing • Drug Information Workshop for Kids & Parents • more…

September 2015 – November 2015: The Cartoon Issue
The Art of Being Super: How Graphic Novels Are Made / Story Structure and the Language of Comics / International Batman Day Celebration! / Creating Comics • Get Your Hunting & Fishing Licenses at GPL  • Sinatra Sundays  • Trivia Contests  • Landis Arboetum  • Going Solar at Home  • Sunday Crafternoons  • Monday Night Baseball Series  • Bus Trips to NYC  • Crafty Teen Read Book Club  • Pride Pizza Party  • Teen Open Mic Night  • Me & My Tween: Crafty Book Club  • improv for tweens  • Hobbit Day Party  • Guilderland’s Ghoulish Pumpkin Decorating Contest  • Go Batty & Quack Up with WMHT  • Storytimes  • Playaway Launchpads Coming Soon  • Read Locals, featuring Bruce Dearstyne, Teresa Buckley, and Paul Grondahl  • and so much more!

May 2015 – August 2015: The 2015/2016 Budget Issue
The 2015/2016 Proposed Budget  • Hudson Valley Beer: From Hops to Home  • Dollars & Sense @ GPL  • Candidate for Library Board of Trustees: Christopher Aldrich • Annual Report 2014 • Common Questions About the Common Core • The Singing Anchors • Literacy New York Volunteer Training • “It Came from the ’80s” Film Series • The Classic Film Series • Book Signing with Jeff Katz, Author of Split Season 1981 • Capital District Seals • Kindergarten Boot Camp • Movies for Your Super Little Ones • Super Summer Reading Adventure! (Summer Reading Club)  • and so much more…

March 2015 – Early May 2015
You’re Invited to “A Novel Affair,” benefitting the Guilderland Library Foundation •  Love Letters from Mount Rushmore • Broad Street Chamber Players concert • Lost Radio Rounders concert • The Singing Anchors concert  • Senior Citizens’ Legal Information Workshop • Every Day is Earth Day: A Program for Children • Medicare 101 • Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy • The Hot-Stove League • Digital Photo Forum • Book Discussion Groups • Local Connections Films Series •  Travel for Genealogy •  Cake Decorating with Rebecca Yates • Discover the Empire State Aerosciences Museum • Parent & Teen Communication • Storytimes • Newbery and Caldecott Tea Party  • Dining to Donate at “Peaches Cafe”on March 4 • Book Signing with Jeff Katz, Author of Split SeasonMore…

December 2014 – February 2015
Suburban Sounds Holiday Concert  • Deidre Flint Concert  •  Dino Cimino Trio Concert  • Prepare for the Coming Tax Season with AARP’s Taxaide Program :: Call 211 to make appointments • Focus on Facebook  • Cake Decorating with Rebecca Yates  •  Book Discussion Groups  •  You’re Invited to “A Novel Affair” • Local Connections Film Series  •  Stamps: A Postal History from the Revolution to the Civil War  • Take Your Child to the Library Day (February 7) • Storytimes  •  Children’s Favorite Books in Many Languages  •  DIY Snow Globe  •  More…

September – November 2014
Bone Marrow Registry Drive • Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner • Library Card Signup Month/”Can Your Fines!” • Union College Coach Bennett Speaks at GPL  • Consumer Health Programs  • Book Discussion Groups  • Focus on Facebook • Tuesday Night Trivia • Monday Night Baseball Series • Local Connections Film Series • Storytimes are Back! • Bits, Bytes, and Bots  • More…

May – August 2014: The 2014/2015 Budget Issue
The Proposed 2014/2015 Budget • Candidates for the Library’s Board of Trustees • GPL’s 2013 Annual Report • Savor the Season • Through the Heartland on US 20 • Meet the Director • Native Plants for your Backyard • Henry Hudson: A Living Presentation • Quirky QR Treasure Hunt • Summer Readking Club • More…

March – Early May 2014
An Evening with Robert MacNeil • True Wilderness • Second Sunday Concert Series • Q & A with Tim Wiles, GPL’s New Director • Friends & Family CPR • Call for Literacy Volunteers! • Meet Children’s Book Author James Deem • GPL Became Candy Land for One Magical Afternoon • Celebrate Spring Sale • More…

December 2013 – February 2014
Take Your Child to the Library Day! • Gluten Free Baking  • Music at GPL • Learn How to Download eBooks to Your eReader (whatever brand it is) • Be a Star on Our Giving Tree! • “Just for Teens!”  • Mother/Daughter Book Group • Paper Bag Architects • LEGO Clubs • Storytimes and Playtimes • About that Big Green Box in our Parking Lot: Better World Books Donation Bin • The Singing Anchors on Broadway! come to GPL • More…

September – November 2013
A Conversation with Joseph E. Persico •Local Author Book Fair  • Guilderland’s Lost Landmarks • Saratoga: The Battle and the Park • An Evening with Julia Spencer Fleming • Solving Genealogical Puzzles through DNA • Tastes Great / Get Healthy Nutrition Programs  •  Consumer Health Information Classes • Traveling a Path of NYS Nursing History  •  Star Wars Day and the Jedi Academy •  Digital Photo Forum • Office for New Americans ESOL Class • Teddy Bear Tea Party • Scooby Doo Movie Matinee Marathon • More …

May – August 2013: The 2013/2014 Budget Issue
The Proposed 2013/2014 Budget • Candidates for the Library’s Board of Trustees • The Library’s 2012 Annual Report • An Evening with Bestselling Crime Novelist Alafair Burke • Lyme Disease in the Capital Region • Tastes Good/Get Healthy • Native American Genealogy • The Classic Film Series • Second Sunday Concerts • Construction Alert about the New Parking Lot • New Toddler Play Space • Storytimes and Playtimes • Family Fun Day • The Summer Reading Club is on the Way! • More…

March – May 2013
Tastes Good / Get Healthy at the Library! • Money Smart Week • Comics Connect! • Local Author Series Renamed to Honor Frank and Joan Sheehan • Consumer Health Programs, including Itsy-Bitsy Yoga, Intro to Meditation, and Lyme Disease in the Capital Region • Jane Austen Week • Spring Vendor Market • Second Sunday Concerts • Submarines at the North Pole • Fort Drum: The First 100 Years • Classic Movies, all year long! • iPhone Artistry • Drop-In Storytimes • Earth Day Celebration • More …

December 2012 – February 2013
Borrow an eReader at the Library! • Prepare for the Coming Tax Season with the AARP Taxaide Program • Build a Better Lunchbox, Part of the Tastes Good/Get Healthy Series at the Library • Choosing an eReader for Holiday Gift-Giving • Discover the DAR • Book Discussion Groups • Holiday Concerts • Family Movie Fridays • Clifford’s 50th Birthday Bash • Drop-In Storytimes • Lego Gaming and Club Activities • Teens Talk Books • And more …

September – November 2012
Celebrating Woody Guthrie at 100 • Literacy New York Vounteer Training • The Classic Film Series • Welcome Natalie McDonough, Head of the Programming & Public Services Department • Living in the Helderberg Hilltowns • Preservation Series • “Reserved Items” Procedure

May – June 2012: The 2012/2013 Budget Issue
The Proposed 2012/2013 Budget • Second Sunday Concerts: “Keyes on Keys,” and “A Tribute to Cole Porter” • Annual Report 2011 • The Basics of Better Sleep • The 2012 Summer Reading Club • Bus Trip to Bean Town • A Tribute to Literacy Volunteer June O’Connor • New Privacy Option for Reserved Items • Rembember to Vote on Tuesday, May 15

January – April 2012
Local Stops on the Underground Railroad • Father Abraham’s Boys: Sending Our Sons to War • Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Children’s Author, Speaks to Children about the Joys of Writing • Prepare for Tax Season with the AARP Taxaide Program • Albany Medical Center’s Health Topics @ GPL • Family and Caregiver Information Series, Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York • Second Sunday Concert Series: Guilderland High School Chamber Choir … Lincoln and Librerty: Songs from the Time of Honest Abe, Performed by the Lost Radio Rounders … Mundo Nuevo… Classical Pianist Patricia Keyes Performs Works by Franz Liszt … A Tribute to Cole Porter, with Sonny & Perley • Interlibrary Loan: If You Need It, We Can Get It • eBooks for Kids • Storytime News • One-Stop Searching …

October – December 2011
Hearts Touched with Fire: Making Sense of the Civil War • Early Literacy Station Now Ready for Toddlers to 5th Graders • Documentary Film Series • Family Movie Fridays “Go to the Dogs” • Bullwinkle’s Black Friday Cartoon Marathon • Database Access Availability for Altamont Residents • Bus Trip to NYC! • Children’s Foreign-Language Collection • All About eBooks …

June 2011
Team Up for Literacy: Training Volunteers to Teach Language and Life Skills to Adult Learners • Researching Local and Family History • Spend a Hot Day at a Really Cool Museum: The Museum Pass Program • Out-of-System Patron Fee Changes • Summer Reading Club …

May 2011
The Budget Issue • Maintaning Services and Moving Forward • Candidate for Library Trustee, Robert Ganz • The 2011/2012 Proposed Library Budget • Annual Report 2010 • New WiFi Printing • Introducing the “Next Month at Guilderland’s Gathering Place” Monthly Postcards • Who Do You Think You Are? Take Advantage of Ancestry.com • The Butt Stops Here! • FREEGAL Free Music Downloads and Information • Summer Reading Club News …

January – Early March 2011
The Underground Railroad: Fact and Fiction • Music Downloads, Free and Legal, with FREEGAL! • GPL Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday with Traveling Exhibit during February • Tai Chi for Arthritis • Lego Club • Vacation Activities @ GPL • Family Movie Fridays • Storytimes at GPL • Better Book Sales …

Late September – November 2010
Award-Winning YA Author Lauren Myracle Joins Us for a Special Banned Books Read-Out! • Small Business Workshops • Get Your Hands on an eReader • Senior Health Fair • Mammography Van • A Celebration of Mark Twain • Mark Twain Bus Trip • Together Book Talk • A Not-To-Scary Storytime • Tumble into Reading with Tumblebooks • A “Wimply Kid” New book Party • Garage Sale…

Late July – September 2010
Welcome to America! Free Citizenship Course • Senior Health Fair • Radio GPL is LIVE! • Family Fun Day • Teen Summer Reading Club • Digital Photo Forum • Meet Your Newly Elected Trustees: Christopher Adrich, Robert H. Feller, Brian Hartson, Steve Wacksman…

May-June 2010
“The Budget Issue” The 2010/2011 Budget and Budget Message from the Board of Trustees • Statements by Candidates for Board of Trustees • Let’s Talk About Stroke • Mammography Van Stops Here in May • Book Discussions • Taking Great Vacation Photos with Your Digital Camera • Summer Sizzlers • Dealing with Loss • Death Education — and Life Education — in the Classroom • Emily Arnold McCully Speaks at GPL • Summer Reading Club is Almost Here! • Disney Family Fridays are Back…

Late Winter 2010
Turning Sunshine into Savings with NYSERDA-Funded Solar Panels • Join Us for the Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser • March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month • Check Out the Kill A Watt • Do the Mango Tango and Learn a new Language • Team Up for Literacy • The Art of Shade Gardening • “One-Time Fine-Forgiveness Coupon • ” “More. Social. Gaming. @t the Library • ” Tween Green Team • Teen Photo Contest • Baby Palooza • What you’ve told us

Early Winter 2009
Meet Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker Magazine • Team Up for Literacy • Preparing for Winter • Take Part in the 2010 Census • What’s with the skylight…? • Music at the Guilderland Public Library • AARP Taxaide Program • Librarian-Led Book Discussions • Consumer Health Programs • Databases at Your Service • Baby Palooza • TumbleBooks • 2010 Charlotte Award…

Fall 2009
Library eNews Alerts You to Favorite Programs • Preparing for H1N1 • Internet Crime and Prevention • Cutting and Young Adults • Small Business Workshops • Understanding Medicare • Digital Photography Classes and Exhibit • Fit for Life Programs • College Prep Programs • The Happenings of 1969 • Disney Family Fridays • The “Antiques Roadshow” of Books • “Guilderland’s Got Talent” GPL Teen Talent Show • Explore Your Shore Programs • Baby Bounce and Storytimes • Researching Your French North American Roots • Library Card Sign Up Month • Say “Hello!” to Debbie Shoup, Our New Head of Youth Services …

Summer 2009
GPL Tweets! • Summer Reading Clubs (for kids and adults!) • Quadricentennial Events • Historic Map collection • The Happenings of 1969 • Homebuyer’s Education Workshop • Library Card Sign-up Month • Tumblebook Games • New Museum Passes • Disney Family Friday Movies …

Spring 2009
2009/2010 Library Budget Submitted to Voters for Approval (Thanks for passing our budget!) • Candidates for Board Vacancies • Quadricentennial Events • What’s Your Library Worth to You? • Special Concerts about New York • Financial Education Workshops • Consumer Health • Fit for Life • Preview of Summer Reading Club • Teen Antics • Friends’ Book Sales …

Late Winter 2009
We Are at Your Service • Get Fit for Life • Consumer Health • Explore Your Shore • TV Turn-Off Week…

Early Winter 2008
Will Moses Notable Author Event • New Shredding Service • Library Energy Conservation Efforts • “Fit for Life” Kickoff • AARP Taxaide Program • “Explore New York’s Roots & Rhythms” Campaign Launch…

Fall 2008
New Website Launch • Literacy Volunteer Training • Jewish Literature Program • Long-Term Care Insurance • Latin/Jazz Concert • Alice Begley and Readings on the History of Guilderland • Indian Film Series • Teen Events • Big Apple Bus Trip…

Summer 2008
Author Joseph E. Persico discusses Franklin & Lucy • Small Business Workshops • Summer Movies for Kids • Bus Trip to Cooperstown • Museum Pass Program • VideoEye Device for Patrons with Impaired Vision…

Spring 2008
2008/2009 Library Budget • Board Candidates • Library Awarded ESOL Grant • Librarian Captures National Adult Services Award • Mammography Van • Summer Reading Club • Playaways Introduced…

Late Winter 2008
The Big Read and Selected Shorts with Isaiah Sheffer and Patricia Kalember • Viva Latin Jazz! • Celtic Concert • Celebrating Bike Safety • James Preller Author Visit…

Early Winter 2007
Notable Author Event with Ela Stein Weissberger, Coauthor of The Cat With the Yellow Star and Holocaust Survivor • Literacy Volunteer Training • Librarian Wins Multicultural Award • Lighthouses of New York • BookLetters Provides Reading Recommendations • Flu Shots…

Fall 2007
Be Part of Our 50th Anniversary Gala! • Librarians on the Silver Screen • Consumer Health & Wellness Programs • College Planning Programs • Teen Read Week • Peace Corps Programs…

Summer 2007
“The Beav,” Jerry Mathers, Kicks Off the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! • Jeffrey Berman speaks on Dying to Teach • New Tween Reading Area • Literary Garden Dedicated to Barbara Rachel Leonard McEneny, Lifelong Library Lover • Smoking Cessation Programs • Summer Reading Club • Computer Basics • Summer Screenings at the Library…