Our reading community has surpassed the January goal of 2,000 books and is now on track to garner top-ten standing nationwide! This enhances our potential as a possible recipient of Mark Cuban’s donation to literacy programs, so please keep reading and logging. Come to the celebration Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and the announcement of our grand total!
Want to find your perfect match, book-wise? Your trusty librarian has you covered! Fill out your “book profile” between January 31 and February 12, then let us do the legwork. Your recommended book will be waiting for you on the holdshelf from February 14 through February 21.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 2, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day,’ with a full slate of fun family activities planned. The Guilderland Police Department will administer Child Safe Fingerprinting throughout the day, and we’ll have craft projects, a scavenger hunt for kids, and a puppet show at 2 p.m.
Oscar Movie Thursdays
Oscar-nominated films will be screened on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. throughout February in our Helderberg Room:
“Black Panther” – 2/7;
“First Man” – 2/14;
“Bohemian Rhapsody” 2/21; and
“A Star is Born” 2/28. Popcorn included!
Better Books Sale
Come survey what’s for sale – you may just find a permanent gem to add to your home library at a bargain price. Our monthly Better Books Sale is happening Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 10 a.m.
Owl Moon with Barbara Lukas
WMHT’s Barbara Lukas will share the story of “Owl Moon” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. As we’ll discover, the hardest part about going owling is being quiet. We’ll also do a craft project based on the book. For pre-K – Grade 2; registration required.
Sunday Concert Series
Popular homegrown favorites Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys will delight music lovers with a free concert in our acoustically pristine Helderberg Room on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Their folksy tunes have been described as “progressively-flavored bluegrass with wickedly funny, all-original lyrics” showcasing Gaudet’s master storytelling talents. They’ve played at various venues and festivals internationally and have five original albums to their credit. We’re thrilled to feature them on our entertainment roster.
Call 2-1-1 For Tax Help
Dial 2-1-1 for the United Way call center to make an appointment for free tax assistance. You’ll meet with an IRS-certified TaxAide volunteer to prepare your federal and NYS tax returns. Monday and Saturday appointments are being scheduled between Monday, February 4 and Monday, April 8, on Saturdays and Mondays. Appointments are required (no walk-ins) and must be made by calling 2-1-1, not the library.
Top Ten of 2018
Drumroll, please… here are top ten items checked out of Guilderland Public Library during 2018. Spoiler Alert! – only one of them is a book:
1. WiFi Hotspot
2. Folding Table
4. “Poirot” – DVD
5. “The Post” – DVD
6. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
7. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – DVD
8. “Darkest Hour” – DVD
9. “Wonder” – DVD
10. “The Greatest Showman” – DVD
Our “Library of Things” are among many popular items available, as well as our museum passes. Of course, we offer an excellent selection of books and periodicals, including e-books and e-magazines. See our website “Get To Know Us” section, and stop in to discover for yourself all we have to offer.
— Luanne Nichols