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March & April Program Guide is Here

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

It might not look, or feel, like spring outside, but it’s time to start making plans with our March and April program guide! You can pick one up at any APL branch or view it online.

The guide includes information about the transformation of the Washington Avenue Branch, including the lovely new Youth Services Room, as well as our ongoing tax assistance program that provides free income tax preparation services for qualified individuals.

You’ll also learn about the many free activities, workshops, and other programs available at Albany Public Library in March and April. Here are just a few (check the guide or our online calendar for a complete listing):

Get Free Income Tax Preparation at APL

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Albany Public Library should be your first stop for income tax assistance and resources this tax season.

On select days now through April 15, APL provides free federal income tax preparation services for people with an annual household income limit of $53,000.

During February, assistance can be found at four APL branches—Washington Ave., Arbor Hill/West Hill, Delaware, and Howe.

During March and April, assistance is provided at the Washington Ave. and Howe branches.

The income tax preparation services are provided by APL’s partners—volunteers from the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the AARP Tax-Aide program.

This quick reference guide has the basics about our tax help program. For more information, please call the Washington Ave. Branch Reference Department at 427-4303.

Explore Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man with Guitarist Roger Noyes on Feb. 25

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Reading Music program returns Feb. 25 with a discussion of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” and performance of songs inspired by that work.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch (in the Local History Room on the second floor) for this special program during which guitarist Roger Noyes will lead a small jazz ensemble performing original compositions inspired by Ellison’s landmark 1952 novel exploring race and identity.

Noyes is one of the principal composers in the Arch Stanton Quartet and taught English literature at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Borrow a copy of “Invisible Man” (a number of copies are available from the first floor circulation desk at the Washington Ave. Branch) and join us for a thoughtful discussion and moving musical performance.

For more information about APL’s Reading Music program, please call 427-4349.

Free Winter Break Fun at APL!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Beat the winter break blues with some fun and educational activities at Albany Public Library (APL). The library’s branches are hosting more than two dozen programs to keep kids and teen entertained during school vacation Feb. 16 to 21. All activities are free and open to the public.


Here is a sampling of the programs planned for kids and teens at APL libraries Feb. 16-21. For a complete listing, visit the library’s online calendar.


Feb. 16 (Mon)

Teens make sugar scrubs and other DIY skin care items. For ages 12-17.

Make catapults and launch marshmallows to see which goes the farthest. For ages 6-17.


Feb. 17 (Tues)

Kids create clay characters and bring them to life with stop-motion animation. This is a two-day workshop that continues on Feb. 18. For ages 8-14. Please register at 463-0254.

This workshop is for younger kids and is just one day. For ages 4-7. Please register at 463-0254.

Celebrate winter with games, like Olaf bowling, activities, and hot cocoa. For ages 5-12.

Experience the joy of flight in the museum’s flight simulators. For all ages. Please register at 472-9485.


Feb. 18 (Wed)

  • Appy Hour at 10:30-12 pm – Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.)

Bring a device (iPad, Kindle, etc.) and play apps featuring popular PBS Kids characters. A few sample devices will be available for use during the program. WMHT will also provide free download codes for the apps. For ages 3-5.

Kids create clay characters and bring them to life with stop-motion animation. This is the second session of a two-day workshop. For ages 8-14. Please register at 463-0254.

Make a fun, colorful, foaming geyser with library scientists. For ages 5-17.


Feb. 19 (Thurs)

Teens battle it out for Super Smash Bros. supremacy, and prizes. For ages 12-18. Please register at 482-7911 x223.

Watch “Bear Snores On,” read the book, and make puppet crafts. Children get a gift bag with the book and other activities to take home, too. For ages 3-7. Please register at 463-0254.

  • Chinese New Year – Celebrate the year of the sheep with fun activities. For ages 17 and under.

3-4 pm – Washington Ave. Branch (161 Washington Ave.)

4-5 pm – Howe Branch (105 Schuyler St.)


Feb. 20 (Fri)

Experience the joy of flight in the museum’s flight simulators. For all ages. Please register at 482-2154.


Feb. 21 (Sat)

Learn how to walk like a chicken with dance movement educator Lili Loveday and her pet chicken, Henrietta. For ages 3-8. Please register at 427-4310.

Bring your American Girl doll and learn about life in the early 1800s, including maple sugaring and quilting. This program is funded by the Junior League of Albany. For ages 6-17.

Draw a pirate map and learn science and technology skills along the way. For ages 5-12.


Ice Skating Party Canceled

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Due to the extreme cold, the Feb. 16 ice skating party at Swinburne Skating Rink is canceled.

Sorry to disappoint all the skaters out there, but it is just brutally cold.

If you want to venture out, we do have some fun activities planned for inside our library branches all week.


Library Seeks Art Exhibition Coordinator

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

APL is looking for an art exhibition coordinator. This person coordinates two exhibitions at the Pine Hills Branch each year. This includes working with the library’s Art Exhibition Committee to review and select artwork, arranging and installing the artwork for exhibitions, and implementing the library’s exhibit policies and procedures.

Applications for the APL art exhibition coordinator position are due by Feb. 15.

All Libraries Opening at Noon on Mon, Feb. 9

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Due to the poor weather conditions, all Albany Public Library locations are opening at noon on Monday, Feb. 9. Stay tuned for any updates.

Get Taxes Prepared for Free at Super Refund Saturday

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Join us this Saturday, Feb. 7, for Super Refund Saturday at the Washington Avenue Branch. Anyone with an annual household income of $53,000 or less can get their federal income taxes prepared for free by trained volunteers from KeyBank.

Assistance at Super Refund Saturday is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees must bring pertinent data with them, including: photo identification, social security card, social security cards for dependents and qualifying children, income and interest statements (W-2, 1099, etc.), and any other materials necessary to complete the tax return.

For more information about KeyBank Super Refund Saturday, please call the Washington Ave. Branch Reference Department at 427-4303.

If you can’t make it to the Washington Ave. Branch on Feb. 7, the library also hosts income tax preparation services at several locations during the tax season. This service is provided for free.



Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

We’ll have special activities at our libraries on Saturday, Feb. 7, for Take Your Child to the Library Day! In addition to the fun and free activities, you’ll be able to sign up for a MyCARD (fine-free library card designed for kids and teens) too.

On Feb. 7 you can enjoy:

Washington Ave. Branch — 10:30 to 11:30 am — Get creative with Play-Doh

Bach Branch — 1 to 4 pm — Make a book spine poem, guess the number of items in a special jar, and listen to “Molly, by Golly” about the first female firefighter

Howe Branch — 1:30 to 4 pm — Build something awesome with  our huge LEGO collection

Delaware Branch — 3 to 4 pm — Play rounds of giant picture book memory match game




New Room for Kids & Teens Celebrated at Washington Ave. Branch

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

We celebrated the official opening of the new Youth Services Room at the Washington Avenue Branch on Feb. 3 with a special welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony.

APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek was joined by Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar and APL Board President Mary-Ellen Piche, along with a group of adorable pre-schoolers, in cutting the ribbon marking the ceremonial opening of the wonderful new room for children and teens.

The new youth space at the Washington Ave. Branch features:

  • A fresh, colorful, modern look with improved lighting and furnishings
  • Separate areas, along with computers and iPads, for children and teens
  • Comfortable spots to sit and read, work on homework, and use technology
  • Plenty of room for programs, including story times, arts and crafts, and STEM activities
  • A daycare-quality play kitchen and LEGO table
  • Puzzles, games, building sets, and toys to enjoy in the room
  • An expanded picture book collection with titles arranged by themes
  • An “express checkout station” right in the room for young patrons and their families to check out materials

“Every day, Albany Public Library nurtures a love of reading and learning in our community’s children and teens,” said Jarzombek. “The new space for youngsters at our Washington Avenue Branch enables us to do this in a more welcoming environment that includes great technology, books, toys, and other materials kids need to learn and grow.”

“Our library is certainly one of the greatest assets our city has,” Shahinfar said. “This really shows what our tax dollars do. This is a wonderful facility.”


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