PM: Past and Present: Embroiderers Guild of America- A
brief history of the guild, showing of samples of kinds of embroidery,
and a question/answer session where items brought by guests can be
shared and identified. Presented by Delta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma
PM: Tina Lincer Art Exhibit Opening Reception- The exhibit
of oils and collages will be on view from September 4-27. The reception
is from 2:00-4:00 PM.
PM: AARP of ColonieChapter 2873
Hudson Mohawk Bird Club: Birding While Sound Asleep - or - Using Flight
Calls to Follow Bird Migration- Many
birds, including warblers and sparrows, migrate at night, and they
call as they fly. Some species can be identified from their calls
either by listening or by viewing sonograms. For several years David
Martin has been following the progress of fall migration by recording
nocturnal flight calls at two locations in Albany County. He detects
hundreds of calls on some nights and many thousands of calls each
season. He will show how to identify birds from flight calls and present
some of his results on the migration individual species. He also will
discuss the relationship of flight call counts to wind, weather and
radar observations. One of his goals is to develop baseline values
for the timing of fall migration, as such data could be useful for
observing changes in migration timing in response to climate change.
Speaker David Martin is a retired biochemist and neuroscientist. He
is a lifelong birder and has been recording natural sounds for many
years. Some of these recordings can be found on his website naturebits.org.
He is one of the many former presidents of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird
PM: Local Currency for the Capital District- Interested
parties from the four counties of the Capital District will meet to
learn about and discuss the possibility of a local currency for our
AM: Helping Parents and School Districts Become More Efffective
Partners Special Education Mediation: A Collaborative Option
for Resolving Disputes- This free informational session will offer
attendees an opportunity to look at conflict differently, learn about
tools and resources to enable people to communicate more effectively,
and meet representatives from organizations available to assist parents
and schools with communication issues. This program will educate attendees
on conflict resolution, effective communication, and dispute resolution
options, in particular mediation. Pre-registration is required. To
REGISTER: Go to www.nysdra.org and click on this event under Featured
Events Or call Alison at 518-687-2240 by September 7, 2012.
Presented by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA).
PM: Overdrive Downloadable Ebooks- Learn the basics of
downloading digital ebooks from our free Overdrive service. You will
learn the basics of the .pdf and .epub formats for digital ebooks
and how to search for and check out titles from our digital catalog
(digitalcollection.uhls.org). Downloadable Ebooks from our free Overdrive
service can be transferred to PCs, Ipads, and select eReaders,
such as the Nook or Sony readers, as long as you have a valid library
card number. Please note, the Kindle eReader is now compatible with
the Overdrive downloadable service. Feel free to bring your laptop
and/or eReader so that we can practice after class. Class size is
limited and registration is required; call the Information Desk at
PM: College Planning and College 529 Plans- A talk about
how to pay less for college, how to find the right one, and how to
understand financial forms. Also, learn how 529 Plans work and what
are the advantages of investing in them for college savings. Presented
by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments. Reservations are required;
call the Information Desk at 810-0314.
PM: Noon Book Review- Talk 1300s Melody Burns will
kick off our Noon Book Review series with a review of the new book
What The (Bleep) Just Happened: The Happy Warriors Guide
To The Great American Comeback by Monica Crowley.
PM: The Story Circle of the Capital District- The Story
Circle was established to provide members an opportunity to tell before
a live audience; to hear stories told; to give the community a roster
of active tellers; and to encourage beginning storytellers. Members
of the group tell tales to all ages at a variety of events and locations.
Members of the public interested in learning more about storytelling
or listening to stories are invited to attend. Anyone desiring more
information should call 786-1271.
PM: Colonie Tuesday Night Live Poets' Corner- Local poets
and writers of all ages are invited to present six to ten minutes
of their original work at this open reading forum. The public is encouraged
to stop in and listen. Hosted by William Robert Foltin (785-1252).
PM: Master the Art of the College Application Essay... and
Stand Out from the Crowd!- High school seniors take heart
in just a 1 ½ hour workshop session you can create a draft
of a winning college essay that you can craft into the essay of your
dreams. Learn the statistics: the college essay ranks as a top consideration
for admission and is the one area over which you have complete control.
In this workshop, you will understand how to make your unique story,
personality and style shine. You will learn to generate several compelling
ideas, focus on one topic that reveals your most genuine side, organize
your thoughts into a clear and fluid style, and stamp your writing
with originality. Writing a memorable college essay can seem daunting,
but this reassuring workshop will help you discover your own voice
and use it to reap benefits during senior year and throughout college.
Presenter Marea Gordett, MFA, is the founder and director of Big Mind
Learning LLC, www.bigmindlearning.com, serving students of all ages
in the Capital region since 1999. She was on the English faculty of
Tufts University and Boston University, where she taught both expository
and creative writing. Wesleyan University Press issued her book of
poems, and her writing has appeared in many literary magazines. Reservations
are required; call the Information Desk at 810-0314.
AM: NYS HEAP Vendor Update- Fuel vendors who participate
in the NYS Home Energy Assistance Program will receive information
on program changes for the upcoming heating season. DATE
CHANGED FROM Sept. 11.
PM: Capital District Genealogical Society- "The Immigrant
Swartwouts and the Bradt Connection." Peter Christoph, historian
and editor of 12 volumes of colonial records, examines the life of
17th century Albany merchant Roelof Swartwout, his years as a Kingston
public official, and some life-threatening crises he faced. In the
process, Mr. Christoph demonstrates the possibility of fleshing out
the lives of early settlers beyond birth, marriage and death statistics.
German and Irish Special Interest Groups at Noon. The Computer Group
begins at 1:00 PM followed by social time at 2:00 PM. The speaker/program
begins at 2:30 PM.
PM: Fall Film Series: Children of Heaven- On the
fourth Sunday of the next three months the Library will present a
Fall Film Series. All films will begin at 2:00 PM. First up on Sunday,
September 23rd, we will show Children of Heaven wherein
two children concoct an elaborate scheme to cover up the loss of a
pair of shoes in this family drama from Iran. The film earned enthusiastic
reviews around the world and won the Grand Prix du Americas at the
1997 Montreal Film Festival. It was more popular with movie goers
than the critics. Released in 1997. On October 28th, The
Kite Runner will be screened. Finding Neverland
director Marc Forster adapts author Khaled Hosseini's critically acclaimed
novel about two childhood best friends forever torn apart as their
country is ravaged by endless war and bitter strife in this 2007 movie
which prompted numerous discussions as the book became popular for
book discussion groups. Finally, on November 25th, Caramel
will be shown. Caramel, released in 2007, is both an astute cultural
study and a charming comedic drama from talented newcomer, Nadine
Labaki, where a Beirut beauty salon serves as a microcosm of modern
society in this look at liberated conversation in a conflicted society.
AM: Medicare 101- Medicare can be very confusing even if
you are already enrolled, or if you will be turning 65 soon. Seniors
must select from a dizzying array of options, including 50 different
Medicare health insurance plans, 12 Supplemental Insurance (Medigap)
policies and 48 prescription drug plans. It is no wonder that seniors
may need assistance in evaluating Medicare plans and identifying those
that best fit their needs. A trained counselor will be available to
answer questions about Medicare benefits, coverage options, out-of-pocket
costs, and how to evaluate and compare plans. Sponsored by the NYS
Office for Aging and the Albany County Department of Aging. Reservations
are required; call the Information Desk at 810-0314.
PM: Fiction Book Group- The group discusses March by Geraldine
Brooks at 7:00 PM in the Youth Services Activity Room. If possible,
please register ahead of time for the group by accessing the registration
link on the following website: http://www.colonie.org/library/bdl.html.
For further information, please email Paul Drezelo at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Information Desk at (518) 810-0314.
AM: Overdrive Downloadable Audiobooks- Come in and learn
the basics of downloading digital audiobooks from our free Overdrive
service. You will learn the basics of the MP3 and WMA formats and
how to search for and check out audio titles from our digital catalog
(digitalcollection.uhls.org). In general, if you have an MP3 player,
a PC, an Ipod or a smartphone you can download audiobooks free of
charge using your library card number. We will then transfer the digital
title to an MP3 device. The Overdrive service is free of charge to
use, as long as you have a valid library card number. Feel free to
bring your laptop and/or players so that we can practice after class.
Class size is limited to 8 participants and registration is required;
call the Information Desk at 810-0314. (Training/Conference Room)
PM: Are You Ready to Retire?- A successful transition to
retirement involves consideration and preparation. Learn about the
five areas to consider as you prepare for your transition into retirement:
work; leisure and activity; relationships; income and benefits; and
contingency planning. Presented by representatives of MetLife Financial
Services. Reservations are required and seating is limited; call the
Information Desk at 810-0314. (Training/Conference Room)
PM: Emergency Services for the Hearing Impaired- Dealing
with emergency situations takes special consideration for persons
with hearing loss. The Hearing Loss Association of Albany will join
Town of Colonie EMS, Fire Services and Police Department representatives
for a discussion on how to best approach dealing with emergency circumstances
such as: How should we communicate with emergency responders? What
safety devices are recommended for persons with hearing loss? How
do we make a 911 call when we are unable to hear the dispatcher? In
addition to answering these questions, the presenters are interested
in hearing from US what they can do when we are in an emergency situation.
Please join us to learn the answers to these questions and many more.
PM: Sonny and Perley present She Wrote the Song: A Tribute
to the Female Composers From the Golden Age of Popular Song- Last
December the musical duo of Sonny and Perley gave a wonderful Great
American Songbook concert here. On Sunday September 30th at
2:00 PM they will be returning with their program She Wrote
the Song: A Tribute to the Female Composers From the Golden Age of
Popular Song. This program, Sonny writes, highlights music
written or co-written by women composers, many of whom in the early
decades of popular song had to struggle for recognition and acceptance
in their field. Composers and lyricists being celebrated are Dorothy
Fields, who co-wrote classics such as The Way You Look Tonight and
Im In The Mood For Love, Ann Ronell who gave us Willow Weep
For Me, and Carolyn Leigh who penned the classic Young At Heart. Peggy
Lee, Edith Piaf, and other significant international and contemporary
composers may be included as well.
All classes will meet in the Training/Conference Room, unless
Prior registration is required; come to the Information desk
or call 810-0314.
to Computers: Gateway to the World Wide Web
Date: September 20 @ 2:00 PM
Are you a computer novice? This hands-on computer course is designed
for individuals with little or no previous experience. The course
will focus on developing skills in the following areas: 1) Basic understanding
of the Windows environment. 2) Ability to use the computer mouse.
3) Ability to use the computer keyboard. 4) Ability to access computer
programs and files. This 2-1/2 hour class is limited to 6 participants.
to the Internet
September 26 @ 2:00 PM
This class is designed for library patrons who have little
or no experience with the Internet, but who are basically competent
with using a computer. Learn Internet terminology and how to access
the Internet from home, work, and at the library. Emphasis will be
on browsing the Internet using an Internet browsers toolbars,
menus, and hypertext links. The class lasts approximately two hours
and is limited to 8 participants.
Internet: Using Search Engines
Date: September 13 @ 6:00 PM
Contact Zina Shevchik at 458-9274 (press 0) to register for this class.
This class is designed for library patrons who have experience using
the Internet, and are very familiar with using the computer mouse,
keyboard and the Windows environment. Learn the best methods of searching
the Internet. We will explore the many search engines and directories
available to aid you in your informational quest. WARNING: This is
not an Introduction to the Internet. We ask that you have already
spent time online and have a modest understanding of the Internet.
Word Processing and File Management
Date: September 12 @ 10:00 AM
This class explores the basic features of the Microsoft Word 2007
Screen from top to bottom. The purpose of this class is to encourage
students to perform basic editing functions on a prepared document,
to create a folder in Windows Explorer, and to save the document to
the folder. Students should have dexterity with the mouse, keyboard
experience, familiarity with the Windows environment, and a sense
of humor. The 2-1/2 hour class is limited to six students.
to Microsoft Excel 2007
Date: September 6 @ 6:00 PM
This class will explore the basic features of Excel. Students will
learn how to create a worksheet and perform simple calculations and
manipulations with data. Students should be familiar with the Windows
environment, the keyboard and be able to use a mouse. Students may
take this more than once if they feel they need more practice with
the basics. This class will be 90 minutes and is limited to eight
Excel 2007 II
Date: September 20 @ 6:00 PM
This class is designed for library patrons who have completed the
Introduction to Excel class or are already familiar with the basics
of entering and manipulating data in an Excel worksheet. Topics such
as sorting data, customizing tables and creating graphs and charts
will be explored. This 90 minute class is limited to eight students.
Date: September 10 @ 7:00 PM or September 24
@ 2:00 PM
What is Facebook? Why do I need it? Once I have it, how do I use it?
Once I start using it, how do I keep myself safe? In this Social Media
Lecture, you will learn basic survival tools for navigating the hazards
and joys of Facebook. Designed for those library patrons who have
already created - or are thinking of creating - a facebook account.
Basic understanding of computer terminology and function is helpful.
Class size is limited to 8 students.
& Thursday, September 18 & 20,
from 1:00-4:00 PM
Tuesday & Friday, October 9 & 12, from 1:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday, November 14 & 15,
from 1:00-4:00 PM
Call the Library Information Desk
810-0314 for reservations.
Attendance is required at both
sessions. There is a $17 AARP member/ $19 non member materials
fee payable to AARP.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required.
on other classes
please call Pat Latimer at 463-5221.
(in the Youth Services Dept. Activity Room)
September 14 & 28
For further information you may call Gwen Gurien at 475-1470
Last updated August 30, 2012