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Silent Film Spectacular Series in Oct & Nov

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

It’s time for the Silent Film Spectacular! This award-winning program features screenings of six classic silent movies, accompanied by original scores written and performed live by talented local musicians.


This season’s films range from the dramatic to the macabre. The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.


This year’s Silent Film Spectacular programs are:

  • Oct. 8 at 7 pm – “Faust” with Blacklight Lighthouse
  • Oct. 15 at 7 pm – “The Penalty” with Ryan Devine and BeatRoot
  • Oct. 19 at 2 pm – “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with Time Travel Book Club
  • Oct. 22 at 7 pm – “Metropolis” with lastdayshining
  • Oct. 29 at 7 pm – “Man with a Movie Camera” with Yoma
  • Nov. 2 at 2 pm – “The Golem” with Clank


“Faust” with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse

Oct. 8 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

F.W. Murnau used innovative special effects in his 1926 interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of good versus evil. Blacklight Lighthouse creates loops and samples layered with acoustic and electronic instrumentation resulting in an oculauditory experience that will delight the audience.


“The Penalty” with live, original music by Ryan Devine and BeatRoot

Oct. 15 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

Lon Chaney plays a deranged criminal seeking revenge against the surgeon who unnecessarily amputated both of his legs in this dark 1920 film. Ryan Devine has been playing and teaching in Albany for 10 years and will perform his original score with current band, BeatRoot (Justin Fuld, Tony Califano, Derek Dobson) and special guests.


“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with live, original music by Time Travel Book Club

Oct. 19 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library

This 1916 enchanting re-imagining of the Jules Verne sci-fi classic is the first movie to be filmed underwater. Time Travel Book Club (Ryan Stewart, Andrew Siskind, and guests) will use modular synthesis, guitar, piano, electronics, and percussion to create a soundscape evocative of the deep sea.


“Metropolis” with live, original music by lastdayshining

Oct. 22 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

This 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece takes place against the backdrop of a futuristic city with a sharply divided population. Albany band lastdayshining is a hard-hitting, post-rock band with a sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs.


“Man with a Movie Camera” with live, original music by Yoma

Oct. 29 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

Unapologetically groundbreaking and avant-garde, this 1929 film follows a man documenting urban life as it blossoms around him in surreal and jarring ways. Yoma is a five-piece instrumental rock band from Albany that brings a fresh, hard-hitting sound to the genre.


“The Golem” with live, original music by Clank

Nov. 2 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library

The Golem of Hebrew legend comes to life in Paul Wegener’s 1920 classic silent horror film. Clank is an electronic musical duo that uses synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals, electric guitars, and modifiers to create live soundscapes of spontaneous sounds, loops, and samples woven together.

Fall Library Program Guide Available

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The latest APL program guide is now available online and at our neighborhood libraries.

Check out the issue for more information about upcoming library programs and events including:

  • Silent Film Spectacular series
  • Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program
  • Money management fair
  • Albany Made Creative Lab
  • Literary Legends event
  • Winter art exhibition
  • Albany History Race
  • Holiday craft activities
  • Friends of APL book talks

Turn Your Craft Passion into an Online Business

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Albany residents have a new opportunity to turn their craft passions into online businesses with the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program at Albany Public Library.


The free program provides micro-business training to underemployed, low-income adults with existing artistic skills to help supplement their income and sell their products to new markets.


Starting on Oct. 8, select Albany residents will participate in this free training program that guides them through the process of becoming craft entrepreneurs. Students attend a series of five workshops at APL’s Main Library taught by successful online craft sellers who coach and support them along the way.


You can find the online application form on the APL website. For more details and information, please call 427-4334 or email


The workshops cover the basics of starting and running an online business, including pricing, elementary accounting, product photography, and marketing. Participants then use Etsy—a virtual marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods—as a real-world learning lab where they create their own online stores and sell their hand-crafted items.


“Albany is a ‘do-it-yourself’ city full of talented craftspeople and artists. The library hopes that this new partnership with Etsy will expand the market nationally and internationally for hand-designed and hand-crafted products from Albany,” said APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek.


The Etsy program at APL will launch with 16 students in the October session. APL expects to add sessions as demand for the workshops emerges. There are eligibility requirements for participants, including residence in the city of Albany, commitment to attend all five workshops, at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, as well as others.


Interested participants can fill out the online application form.


For more information, please call 427-4334 or email


Last Chance to View Art Exhibition at APL

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

“Homespun,” the art exhibition currently on display at the Pine Hills Branch, comes to a close on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The exhibition features work in a variety of mediums from artists exploring the notions of “home.” Inspired by the APL’s efforts to help Albany residents research their own houses and neighborhoods using library resources, the exhibition considers the myriad interpretations of home today.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Pine Hills Branch hours through the end of this week:

+ Wednesday from noon until 8 pm

+  Thursday from noon until 6 pm

+  Friday from noon until 6 pm

+  Saturday from 1 to 5 pm

ReadOut for Banned Books Week is Sept. 23 at Main Library

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Celebrate your right to read whatever you want by attending a ReadOut on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6 pm in the Main Library’s large auditorium.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the New York Civil Liberties Union (Capital Region Chapter) is hosting the ReadOut where local actors, writers, poets, and prominent community leaders read brief excerpts from books that have been banned or challenged in America.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Interesting Programs to Finish Out September

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

We’ve got some great library programs on the calendar over the next week or so. You can always see a full schedule online, or you can check the program guide for topics of interest.

Here are just a few of APL’s upcoming programs:

+ View “Homespun,” an art exhibition — Through Sept. 27 during regular hours — Pine Hills Branch (throughout)

+ Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the DANA Farmers Market — Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm — Delaware Branch (parking lot)

+ Celebrate our freedom to read what we want with “Read Out,” an evening of readings from banned books — Sept. 23 (Tuesday) from 6 to 8:30 pm — Main Library (large auditorium)

+ Attend a seminar on self publishing — Sept. 24 (Wednesday) at 6 pm — Delaware Branch

+ Get your credit report and advice on how to repair your credit — Sept. 26 (Friday) drop in between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm — Main Library (second floor computer lab)

+ Visit the Albany History Room for help with local or family history research — Sept. 27 (Saturday) from 1:30 to 5 pm — Main Library (second floor)

+  Watch showing of feature film “Her” — Sept. 28 (Sunday) at 2 pm — Main Library (large auditorium)

+ Listen to local singer/songwriter Matt Durfee perform a live acoustic set — Sept. 30 (Tuesday) from 5 to 5:45 pm — Delaware Branch (part of the Farmers Market)

Great Fun at Spelling Bee for Grown Ups

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Congratulations to all 13 teams that participated in APL’s second annual grown up spelling bee Sept. 18 at the Pine Hills Branch!

We hosted 40 participants for team challenges, like speed scrabble and word jumbles, as well as a traditional spelling bee.

You can follow the night’s action on Twitter.

Check out the recap, with photos, on Facebook.

CBS 6 Albany also covered the event.

Don’t feel bad if you missed all the fun; we’re already planning for next year’s awesome bee!


Rock/Punk Bands Play Free Show Sept. 19 at Main

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Two local rock/punk acts headline Albany Public Library’s last Garage Bands concert of the season on Friday, Sept. 19. Hammer Hawk and Hill Haints perform at the free, all-ages show from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library (in the garage at the rear entrance to the building off Elk Street).


Hammer Hawk is a trio that plays “post-hamburger rock” and enjoys “pro-wrestling, hockey, and long walks on the beach.” Hill Haints is a three-piece primal garage punk band that brings a sonic assault to every show.


The Garage Bands concert also features a CD/DVD garage sale with $1 items.


Albany Public Library’s Garage Bands concert series is co-sponsored by Exit 97.7 WEXT. For more information about the show, call 427-4349.


NYS Museum Curator Discusses Passenger Pigeons Sept. 17

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

APL’s Delaware Branch is exploring the life, and death, of passenger pigeons with a special program, “The Passenger Pigeon: Icon of Extinction,” on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 pm.

“Martha,” the world’s last passenger pigeon, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden on Sept. 1, 1914, marking the demise of a species that once numbered in the billions of birds. New York State Museum Curator of Birds Jeremy Kirchman discusses the life and times of a species that used to make up 25 to 40 percent of the country’s total bird population.

Refreshments will be served prior to the library program, which is free and open to the public. The lecture is appropriate for ages 18 and older. For more information, please call the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Avenue) at 463-0254.

Walking Tour of Clinton Square This Saturday

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Inspired by a photo album chronicling Clinton Square from the 1960s and 1970s, APL is co-hosting a presentation and walking tour of this historic neighborhood on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 pm.


Join our local history librarian, City Historian Tony Opalka, and the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center as they share bits of history while touring the neighborhood that was permanently changed with the construction of I-787 and urban renewal projects.


We’ll examine the dramatic streetscape changes captured in the photographs of Florence Powell, who took numerous before-and-after photos of Clinton Square in the ’60s and ’70s. We’ll then go on a 30-minute walk to retrace Powell’s footsteps, learn about the neighborhood today, and note how the area has changed in the last 40 years.


Registration is required by calling APL at 427-4303 or emailing


Powell’s fascinating photo album of Clinton Square, which is part of APL’s Pruyn Collection of Albany History, can be viewed online at



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