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Reading Groups Go Digital

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Did you know we have an online reading group?

Adults can participate in our goodreads APL Online Reading Group. It’s a great place to share and connect with local readers, and get suggestions for your next book. Sign up for a goodreads account (it’s free), search the groups for Albany Public Library, and join us for some online book discussions!

We’re also planning a book discussion on Twitter!

Join Readers’ Services librarians on Twitter @APLMReadersServ on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 pm for a lively chat. It may be winter, but we’re ready to break out the beach reads and talk about our summer reading plans. Also enjoy a virtual scavenger hunt where one lucky Twitterer will win a prize.

Get Your E-Books and Audio Books Online

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Did you know you can borrow e-books and digital audio books for free from APL? You can download titles to your e-reader or listening device and keep them for three weeks.

Check it out here: http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/booksonline/overdrive.php

Make sure you have your library card number handy. Have fun browsing the thousands of titles!

Win Prizes for Reading with APL this Summer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

There’s still plenty of time left to participate in our Summer Reading Program! Read any book of your choice, record your reading online, and you could be eligible for great prizes.

All you have to do is register for APL’s Summer Reading Program. All of our libraries are participating in the program, which runs through Aug. 14. Kids, teens and adults register and record their reading online. For every week they read during the program, participants are eligible for prizes.

The Summer Reading Program has something for everyone:

Make a Splash @ Your Library for Kids in Grades K-5
Kids get a chance to earn a prize for every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.

Make Waves @ Your Library for Teens in Grades 6-12
Teens also earn chances for a prize every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.

Baby Bookworms for Babies and Toddlers
Parents read to their little ones for 15 minutes each day, and fill out a reading record. Each child gets a new book in July and August. Visit your APL children’s librarian to register your little one for Baby Bookworms.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Grownups can get in on the summer reading act too. In the Read It & Rate It program, they can read any book, give it a rating, and earn a chance to win a prize in the weekly drawing.

More than 100 special events and activities—like magic shows, movie showings, yoyo classes, jewelry-making sessions, Wii game nights, paper airplane derbies, bubble blowing contests, and parties—are planned at the library’s seven locations.

This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of Albany Public Library, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shops, and The Stakeholders Foundation.

Plenty of Programs at APL in February

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Events and programs for all ages and interests are on the schedule at Albany Public Library in February. The library’s calendar, which details the schedule of events, is available online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org/calendar/. Printed copies of the calendar are also available at all library locations.

Here’s just a small sample of some of the educational and entertaining activities—all free and open to the public—planned at Albany Public Library in February:

Readcycle Workshop—Make works of art out of found materials, including used books, at the Pine Hills Branch Library (517 Western Avenue) on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will help participants create “altered books.” Appropriate for all ages. Funded by a Community Art$Grant through the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Bollywood Bonanza Film Festival—A series of Bollywood films will be shown in the large auditorium at the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue) at 6 p.m. on the following Thursday evenings: “Chandni Chowk to China” on Feb. 4, “Salaam Bombay” on Feb. 11, “Monsoon Wedding” on Feb. 18, and “Saawariya” on Feb. 25.

Delaware Dogs Program—Meet Miss Rose and her certified therapy dogs for a fun and educational children’s program at the Delaware Branch Library (331 Delaware Avenue) on the following Tuesday afternoons: Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 4 p.m.

Making Ends Meet Workshop—Learn how to make a household spending plan and maximize your resources on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue). Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Register with the presenter at 765-3559.

Sunday Cinema Showings—Feb. 14 check out “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and see Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” on Feb. 28. Both movie showings take place at 2 p.m. in the large auditorium of the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue).

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