We are pleased to report that voters approved our proposed 2022-2023 library budget by 66 percent. This 4.1 million dollar budget represents a slight increase of $77,365 and meets the tax cap law. We greatly appreciate this endorsement of the intrinsic value of GPL as an essential community resource and careful steward of public resources.
Interim trustee Elish Melchiade was elected to the Board of Trustees for a five-year term. Three write-in candidates also secured seats on the Board: Ted Gup (five-year term); Jo Ann Mulligan (1-year term); and Corie Dugas (1-year term).
“The people of Guilderland have spoken,” stated Library Director Tim Wiles. “We are gratified that the budget passed, and we look forward to incorporating our new trustees onto the Library board. We are grateful to all candidates who put their names forward with the hope of serving the library and the community. Thanks to all who voted!”
Local history resources
The Local History Room at Guilderland Public Library is revamped and open for research. This collection contains materials related to the history of Guilderland, as well as other communities throughout the region. We also have books assisting with genealogical research. These resources (identified by call numbers LH REF) do not circulate, but can be searched through the Library’s online catalog.
We’re also seeking Guilderland High School Tawasenthan yearbooks from the following years: 1942, 1951, 1952, 1955, 2004, and 2014. Thank you for considering donating a yearbook to help us complete our collection for everyone to access.
Current Local History Room hours are: Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wed. 1:00-5:00 p.m.; and by appointment. Inquiries may be directed to: [email protected]
GPL is closed Sat. May 28 through Mon. May 30 for Memorial Day weekend, and Thurs. June 2 for Staff Development Day. Our online resources, including eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks, learning tools and much more, are open 24/7, as well as our car charging stations, Little Free Library, book donation bins, and parking lot Wi-Fi.
Baby Activity Kit
This month, we’re offering a “Rhyme Time” activity kit, geared toward babies ages 6-24 months. It encourages playing together to help babies flourish, while providing opportunities for little ones and their caregivers to bond. Sign up on the Events tab of our website, then pick up your kit starting Tues. May 31.
“How Did You Find It?” is our monthly podcast highlighting GPL news and offerings, books, entertainment, and much more. This month’s episode features a Summer Reading Program sneak preview, plus an introduction to our newest librarian. You’ll find us on most major platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker and Radio Public, plus listennotes.com. Reach out to us at: [email protected]
This month’s Early Childhood Discovery Page is all about nature, while Middle Schoolers can explore an intriguing whodunit theme. Look for new Discovery Pages for various age groups the second Wednesday of every month at: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/gplkids.
Dial A Story
Our Dial A Story phone line offers a relaxing opportunity for children and adults to unplug with a short audio tale or poem. Call 518.456.2400 and choose option 5; then press 1 for adults; 2 for children; and 3 for the new “surprise me” option.
The Guilderland Library Foundation welcomes new members to help coordinate fundraising activities, including the annual golf tournament Mon. Aug. 22 at Pine Haven Country Club in Guilderland. Please contact Foundation President Steve Wacksman at [email protected] regarding volunteering or golf tournament sponsorship opportunities.
— Luanne Nicholson