Due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Albany County driving a high transmission rate, we are asking everyone to please wear a mask inside the library until this status changes.
Should you need a mask, just ask – we will gladly provide one. All programs are being held virtually until further notice, and our young children’s playroom, The Meadow, is currently closed.
For more information, please refer to the Pandemic Operations Chart and links on our website: https://bit.ly/GPLPOP.
Virtual Family Programs
Our storytimes for ages birth through age five feature special themes incorporating books, music and lots of fun! During May, live (and lively) storytimes are held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom. On Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m., we welcome back Barbara Lukas of WMHT for a literacy program for preschoolers. Caregivers are asked to pick up a kit from us beforehand containing a free copy of the book Mouse Count by Ellen Stohl Walsh, plus craft and activity supplies. Scissors and crayons will be needed at home as families follow along with Barbara on Zoom. Please register for these programs on the Events tab of our website.
Gardening & Landscaping Tips
Attention gardening buffs: want to dig deeper, and get better results? Attend our virtual program, “Native Non-Invasive Plants”, on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. Kate Brittenham of Front Stoop Pocket Gardens will advise us on wisely choosing native plants that will thrive in our gardens while supporting local wildlife, followed by a Q & A session. Please register on the Events tab of our website.
On Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m., Michele Chalice from Healthy Home Habitats will present “Creating a Sustainable Backyard” via Zoom. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your outdoor surroundings could be improved, particularly from an environmental standpoint, this program is for you. Michele will cover problems associated with traditional landscape design, plus five steps that can save you time, money, and resources and boost soil fertility. These simple actions can foster greater peace of mind as we take positive action to cultivate a more sustainable backyard. Sign up on the Events tab of our website to receive the link.
Budget, Board Candidate Vote
The annual budget and board candidate vote for Guilderland Public Library is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17. Voting will occur at the five Guilderland elementary schools, in conjunction with the school budget vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The proposed 2022-2023 operating budget for Guilderland Public Library is $4,164,265, a slight increase from the 2021-2022 approved budget of $4,055,000. Current interim trustee Elish Melchiade is seeking a full term on the ballot. Ms. Melchiade serves as a salesforce project manager with an international medical device company. She also has ten years of experience in human resources and holds a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) designation.
For more information, including a breakdown of budget figures and candidate statement, please see: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/2022vote.
— Luanne Nicholson
On Tues. May 17 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at GPL, which they typically do every other month. The need remains dire, and it only takes a little time out of your day to be a hero and save lives. Sign up for a donation appointment on redcross.org, or simply walk in. As a bonus, everyone who donates by May 19 gets a $10 e-gift card plus a chance to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane.
Memoirs in the Morning
Our next selection is “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner. We’ll meet online to talk about this book on Wed. May 18 at 10:30 a.m. Can’t make it to our virtual meeting, but still want to chat about the book? Look for our “Memoirs in the Morning” group on goodreads.com to participate in the discussion whenever it works with your schedule.
Overdue fines have been eliminated at GPL; patrons will be billed for the replacement cost of lost items. Curbside pick up is available with 24-hours notice by calling 518.456.2400 ext. 2. Masks are strongly recommended. Contact us at 518.456.2400 or [email protected].
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