Summer goes by fast – and so does summer reading! Registration for Oceans of Possibilities programs opens two weeks in advance on the Events Tab of guilderlandlibrary.org, and is required for most programs. Don’t miss out – spots tend to fill up fast!
“Our Blue Planet Week” Aug. 8-12 features:
Grades K-2 Activity Kit: Kids vs. Plastic – Learn about how you can take the Plastic Pledge and help tackle ocean pollution. This kit contains activities and suggestions for books and videos about the global plastic problem, and what kids and families can do to make a difference in their own homes. Register, then pick up your kit Tuesday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 13.
Deep Dive: Ocean Layer Jars – Kids entering grades 3-5 are invited to join us for a hands-on exploration of the five layers of the ocean on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. Learn more about ocean animals and how they live in their deep, dark habitats. Everyone who attends will also be able to create their own ocean layers with a colorful sand art jar.
Virtual Author Visit with Lauren Wolk
Tweens & teens: read this year’s Read it Forward book, Beyond the Bright Sea, then join us Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. for pizza and a virtual visit from the author, Lauren Wolk! Please submit your questions for the author to: [email protected] by Fri. Aug. 5.
Birds of Prey – Joyce Perry, of Whispering Willow Wildcare, will be here on Fri. Aug. 12 at 2:00 p.m. with rescued birds of prey to teach us about wild animal rescue. This family / all ages presentation includes live animals.
“Bermuda Triangle Week” Aug.15-19 includes:
Grades 3-5 Activity Kit: Ocean Oddities
We’ll supply all the materials for a pop-up angler fish craft, plus a copy of Who Would Win: Ultimate Ocean Rumble. Register, then pick up your kit Tuesday, Aug.16 to Saturday, Aug. 20.
Bermuda Triangle Escape Room for Tweens and Teens, Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. Imagine an undersea expedition where your captain is MIA and your submarine goes off course. This perilous situation calls for quick collaboration in order to escape the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.
Outdoor Storytime: Sand and Sea Turtles
Come to our Literary Garden out back for storytime fun as we read books and sing songs together on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Please register as a group. For all kids, infant-5 years old.
All ages: make sure to log all of your “Oceans of Possibilities” reading in Beanstack by Wednesday, Aug. 24 at: https://guilderlandlibrary.org/adultsrp for adults, and https://guilderlandlibrary.org/srp for kids and teens. We’ve got a treasure chest of prizes for some lucky recipients!
The Blue Wonder
Author Frauke Bagusche, a marine biologist and diver, delivers a fascinating deep-sea dive on several eye-opening aspects of ocean life with The Blue Wonder. She stirs our affinity for the sea, and our commitment to protecting this vital habitat. All are welcome to join the virtual discussion. Pick up your copy of the book at the Adult Information desk, then register to join our Zoom session on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m.
We’re screening the 2022 sci-fi adventure film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (rated R) on Monday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.; no registration needed. This movie is about a middle-age Chinese immigrant who discovers that she can traverse across time and space, and that she alone possesses the power to protect the world from calamity.
Professional Genealogist Lisa Dougherty is available to provide customized family history advice at GPL on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Please contact Lisa directly to schedule your appointment slot: [email protected]
Call for Vendors
We’re seeking vendors for an outdoor Fall Marketplace Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All handmade goods, small batch product producers and artisans welcome! The cost is $25 (payable by check); deadline to reserve is Sunday, Sept. 25. Please contact Natalie Hurteau for more info: [email protected]
— Luanne Nicholson