Cybersecurity and You
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Cyber attacks and fraud scams have increasingly targeted individuals, especially seniors. Arm yourself with information shared by FBI Special Agent Samantha Baltzersen about the latest cyber threats affecting our area. Topics to be covered on Thurs. Oct. 26 at 6:00 p.m. include new tactics criminals are using to steal money through social engineering and cyber attacks; positive and negative aspects of Artificial Intelligence; and how AI is rapidly changing cybercrime. Please register on the Events Calendar at guilderlandlibrary.org.
Live Virtual Author Talks
On Thurs. Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m., bestselling author John Irving chats about “The Last Chairlift” – his latest, and self-proclaimed final, long novel – and about his prolific body of work. Then on Wed. Nov. 1 at 8:00 p.m., “Full House” star John Stamos leads us through his incredibly moving and vulnerable memoir, “If You Would Have Told Me.” Please register online to receive the link to any live virtual author talks, presented 2-3 times per month, and recorded and accessible on our website for later viewing.
Drug Take Back Day
GPL and the Guilderland Police Department team up every spring and fall for Drug Take Back Day, facilitating safe, anonymous disposal of prescribed and non-prescribed substances. This drive-through event will be held in the Library’s side parking lot on Sat. Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Guidelines:
• Please put all medications (controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances; pet meds) in a bag, if possible, and remove labels
• Put bagged medications where you can easily access them, while remaining in your vehicle
• Drive through to the drop-off point and follow the officers’ instructions
• No sharps or syringes can be accepted.
Sharon Stuart of Cooperstown (also known as Tom Heitz) is an 82-year-old pioneer of the transgender rights movement. Sharon has spent their entire life fighting for the opportunity to simply be themselves, and advocating for others who feel the same way. A key achievement was co-authoring the 1991 International Bill of Gender Rights, published by the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy. On Sat. Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m., Sharon will narrate the historical evolution of this movement, recounting interesting, profound, and humorous stories along the way.
Trunk or Treat
Our second annual Trunk or Treat event promises to top last year! Come to our upper parking lot on Mon. Oct. 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. dressed in your favorite costume for trick or treat fun! A variety of car trunks will be creatively decorated in various themes. Allergy-free and non-food items will be available, too! Please note: Library services will close at 4:00 p.m. to accommodate this large-scale event.
Put on your favorite costumes on Tues. Oct. 31 and join us at 10:30 a.m. for a light-hearted Halloween morning storytime full of dancing, bubbles, and books! We’ll finish with a costume parade around the library to collect some treats. For all kids ages birth-5 years old, with a caregiver.
Feeling a little stuck with technology? Reserve your appointment with coach Donna for 1:1 tech assistance on Wed. Nov. 1 at 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. covering internet searches; Microsoft Word and Excel; Emails; DocuSign; Facebook basics; printing, scanning and faxing; and more.
Design Inspiration for Perennials
“New Perennials: A Love Story” explores the design trend toward naturalistic gardens, as seen in New York’s High Line, Chicago’s Lurie Garden, the Oudolf Meadow at Delaware Botanic Gardens, and Oudolf Garden Detroit. This virtual talk on Wed. Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. by Deborah Chud will cover preeminent designers and the historical context of the New Perennial movement, concluding with current concepts and practical advice for solving the problem of excessive contrast. Please register online to receive the link.
Contact us at 518.456.2400 or [email protected]. Café con Mel is open Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Overdue fines were eliminated; patrons will be billed for the replacement cost of lost items.