Welcome back! We are excited to commence patron browsing in our Normanskill Room, beginning Wedneday, Oct. 7. No appointment is needed. Hours of operation, with a half-hour closure halfway through to clean and restock, are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.; and Tuesday-Thursday 1-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. We’re also open Saturdays for four hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for your convenience.
• use hand sanitizer upon entering
• masks required for ages 2+
• maintain social distance of 6+ feet
• five people at a time in the room
• 15-minute browsing sessions
• restrooms are not available, due to construction
• self-service only
• check out all items before leaving
• room is monitored by video
• returns go to the shed with the green canopy
Also starting Oct. 7, our new schedule for curbside checkouts will be: Monday to Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For further updates, please see: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/gpl-reopening-plan/, Facebook and Instagram; and subscribe to: https://bit.ly/GPLeNews.
In addition to partially reopening to the public, Wednesday. Oct. 15 is our target date to begin construction. Multiple preparations are underway for this project, which is anticipated to last until next fall. More information on this project may be found at: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/get-to-know-us/places/renewal/.
More Return Hours
Our return sheds in the main parking lot have been moved to accommodate construction crew equipment. Return hours are now: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Look for the green canopy. All materials are quarantined 96 hours, then sanitized prior to reshelving.
Albany Guardian Society
We’re partnering with Albany Guardian Society to offer the following virtual programs to patrons. Registration is available on the Events tab of our website. “Navigating the Maze of Senior Services” happens Wednesday. Oct. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Whether you are a senior, caregiver, or professional working with the elderly, this program will touch on transportation, meals, respite, income-based programs, and other senior service options. Gretchen Moore Simmons, MSW, Assistant Executive Director, LifePath, is the presenter. “A Great Night’s Sleep” occurs on Friday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Sleep deprivation can harm your health and affect relationships. Learn about recent findings and ways to get revitalizing uninterrupted sleep as presented by Barbara Stevens, certified stress management consultant.
Lessons of Presidential History
History is a great teacher…what can we learn from it, especially this year? On Tues. Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Bruce Miroff, UAlbany professor of political science, presents “2020 and the Lessons of Presidential History.” A compelling examination of past presidential election themes can cast a fresh light on current events and what might unfold in this year’s contest. Please register on the Events tab of our website for the virtual link to participate.
Night Owls Online
On Mon. Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., our virtual book club will discuss “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson, available on Hoopla in eBook and audiobook format. This unique story beautifully illustrates the healing power of the written word, transcending poverty and intolerance throughout Appalachia. Go to the Events tab at www.guilderlandlibrary.org to register. Trustees Meet
The Guilderland Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a virtual meeting Thurs. Oct. 15 at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook. This meeting will be streamed live, then archived on our Facebook page and website. Public commentary may be directed at any time to: [email protected]
— Luanne Nicholson