Can you help us reach our goal of completing 3,000 books during January? All ages are encouraged to participate in the annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World,” sponsored by Lerner Publishing. Log all of your January reading by Monday, Jan. 31 on Beanstack, individually or as a family. We could win prizes for everyone to enjoy! Sign up or login at: https://guilderlandlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365.
The results are in for last year’s most popular checkouts. Adult Fiction: “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah; Adult Nonfiction: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson; Children’s Books: “Dog Man 6: Brawl of the Wild” by Dav Pilkey; Young Adult: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo; Adult TV Series: “Law & Order: The Complete Series”; Adult Movie: “Promising Young Woman;” Children’s Movie: “Luca.”
Take Your Child to the Library Week
It used to be one special day…and we’ve expanded it! Our week-long “Celebration of Libraries” kicks off Saturday, Feb. 5 with a weather twist (or should we say “twister!”) This is an opportunity for kids to explore meteorology, discovering what drives weather patterns and answering questions such as, “Why does it rain?” Whether or not you’re curious about weather, we’ll have something for everyone the first full week of February.
It’s also the perfect time for your child to obtain their very first library card, with a parent or legal guardian present. We’ve simplified the registration process, and our staff at the check out desk always looks forward to welcoming brand-new library patrons!
Valentine Card Project
Make someone’s day by making valentines! Community Caregivers will distribute your creations to their clients. Your colorful greetings make a difference, lifting the spirits of local residents who could use a boost. All ages are encouraged to get creative – make it a family project! Original or repurposed cards should be no larger than 5 x 7, and no envelope is needed. Drop them off in the designated box in our lobby until Sun. Feb. 6, allowing ample time to distribute. Thank you for participating!
Maybe You Should…
For our next Night Owls Online meetup Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., we’re reading “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed,” by Lori Gottlieb. This bestseller is a candid, poignant and often humorous exploration of the human condition, from both the professional and patient perspective. Obtain a copy at our information desk. Or request curbside pickup by calling 518-456-2400, ext. 3 or emailing [email protected] Register on the Events tab of our website for the link to participate.
Live Virtual Storytime
Let’s meet via Zoom for a lively interactive storytime on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., ideal for children ages infant-age 5. We’ll read books, sing songs and enjoy a lively time together. Please register on the Events tab of our website to join in the fun! You’ll find ideas on props you can create at home to make the experience more interactive.
Have you heard? “How Did You Find It?,” GPL’s monthly podcast, explores books, libraries, information, entertainment and more, on all major platforms. We welcome your ideas and suggestions at: [email protected]
GPL is not offering AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide services this year, but they are available at these participating sites, February through mid-April:
Crossings of Colonie
Town of Colonie Senior Resources:
Cohoes Senior Center:
Valatie Village Office
See: https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide for more information.
Curbside pick up in our lobby is available with 24-hours notice by calling 518-456-2400 ext. 2.
— Luanne Nicholson
Masks are required for ages two and up. GPL policies based on current COVID conditions are outlined in our Pandemic Operations Plan, accessible on our website. Current hours are: Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.