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Library Closed Today, Monday, Feb. 2

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Due to the winter storm and poor road conditions, all Albany Public Library locations are closed today, Monday, Feb. 2.

Subsequently, all activities and meetings scheduled at APL branches are also cancelled.

Stay tuned to this website for any updates and please be safe on the roads and sidewalks today.


Play & Grow at APL

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Let your little ones tap into their imaginations and explore at our Play & Grow activity programs.

Children ages six months to five years can play with our Community Playthings kitchens, blocks, train sets, and other large-scale, day care-level play sets. This unstructured time allows pre-schoolers to re-enact the events in their daily lives and enhance their play experiences with peers.

Here’s where you can find a regular Play & Grow program:

Bach Branch

+  Every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 pm

Delaware Branch

+  Every Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm

Pine Hills Branch

+  Every first and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 pm

+ Every third and fourth Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm


Friends of APL Host Author Talks

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Friends of APL are hosting two author talks in the coming weeks. Jacopo dellaQuercia joins us on Jan. 27 and Karin Lin-Greenburg speaks on Feb. 3.

della Quercia discusses his debut historical novel, “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy,” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at noon in the large auditorium at the Washington Ave. Branch. His novel blends science fiction, adventure, and comedy.

Lin-Greenberg discusses her book of stories, “Faulty Predictions,” on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at noon in the large auditorium at the Washington Ave. Branch. The author is a professor of English at Siena College.

Ice & Mountain Climbing Programs

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

It’s the perfect time of year to tackle the subject of ice and mountain climbing with two great programs by local climber Tom Denham. Join us for these free programs.

Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks — Jan. 26 (Mon)

7 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch

Have you ever driven on Route 73 near Chapel Pond in the winter and spotted people ice climbing the Adirondacks? Ever wonder how they got up there? Denham, who started ice climbing at age 40, shares a slide presentation on this unique sport, answers your questions, and gives a demonstration of some ice climbing gear.

Rescue on Mount Rainier — Feb. 23 (Mon)

7 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch

At more than 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier in Washington state is a snow-capped marvel that hides deep glacial crevasses. While on a team climbing expedition in May 2009, Denham broke through such a “snow bridge” and ended up dangling inside a crevasse. He shares the story of how he escaped using his training, teammates, and faith.


Delaware Ave. Firehouse Focus of Local History Program on Jan. 29

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Delve into the history of Albany Fire Department Hook & Ladder No. 4 Fire Station with a special program on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 pm at the Delaware Branch of APL.

*This program is now full. Stay tuned for updates about future local history programs.*


Workshop for Food & Agricultural Entrepreneurs Coming Up

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Want to turn your homemade jam or homegrown veggies into a business? Make plans to attend Albany Public Library’s two-part workshop: Food and Agricultural Business for Urban and Suburban Entrepreneurs.

The free workshop takes place on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch. Registration is required by calling 427-4303 or you can sign up online.

This two-part series is for budding entrepreneurs who want to sell their homemade food items and homegrown produce and flowers at farmers markets, online, or at other venues. Whether you create products like jams, pickles, or yarn, or produce the raw materials that go into these kinds of items, you will learn how to turn your work into a business. This workshop series is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

+  The Jan. 28 session focuses on determining if this is the right business for you, where to sell your wares, how to price and market your products, and where to get raw materials.

+  The Feb. 11 session provides an overview of food and agriculture business regulations, along with time to get your specific questions answered.



Get Involved in Our Current Art Exhibition

Monday, January 5th, 2015

You can be a part of our current art exhibition! Come view the Written Response Requested exhibition, which is on display at the Pine Hills Branch through March 6, and then write your own response to the artwork.


For the exhibition, artists were paired with writers who created unique writing prompts for the artwork. The writers also responded to their own prompts by creating short fiction, poems, or essays that are displayed alongside the artwork.


Viewers are invited to respond to the prompts by submitting their own written pieces. The best submissions, selected through a juried process, will be displayed during the latter half of the exhibition and at readings in March.


Writing submissions will be organized into two categories: young adult (12-17) and adult (18+). Submissions must include the prompt number, be 300 words or less, and should be sent to no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, Feb. 15.


APL is partnering with local literary reviews, writing classes, and schools to solicit participation from a large and diverse audience. Images of the art, along with the prompts, will be viewable at


January & February Program Guide Available

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Want to know what’s happening at APL in January and February? Get our latest program guide for all the info!

You can pick up a guide at any APL branch. You can also view the new program guide online.

Here are just a few of the programs and activities you can read about in the guide:

+  Free income tax assistance at four branches starting in February

+  Reading Music book discussion of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” with performance of original songs by guitarist Roger Noyes on Feb. 25

+  Author talk by Jacopo della Quercia on his novel “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy” on Jan. 27

Tour of Albany Fire Department Hook & Ladder #4 station and history presentation on Jan. 29

Quit smoking program on Jan. 12

+  Take Your Child to the Library Day on Feb. 7

Teen Game Jam crash course in video game design on Jan. 19

Blind Date with a Book Feb. 2-14

Claymation Creations workshop for big kids on Feb. 17-18 and for little kids on Feb. 17

Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament for teens on Feb. 19









Holiday Break Activities for Kids

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

School’s out and we’ve got boredom busters for your kids! In addition to our regular story times and play groups, you can join us for these special activities.

Note: APL locations close early, at 5:30 pm, on Dec. 31 (Wed.)  and are closed on Jan. 1 (Thurs).


DEC. 26 (Fri)

Movie Screening of “Malificent” at 3 to 5 pm — Pine Hills Branch

This live-action movie offers a different take on the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.” The movie is rated PG.

Minecraft and Wii Gaming at 3:30 to 5:30 pm — Washington Ave. Branch

Play Minecraft for the first hour, then switch it up to play Wii games for the last hour. For ages 17 and under.


DEC. 29 (Mon)

+ Wii and LEGOs at 3 to 4:30 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Battle your friends on the Wii and build something cool with our LEGO supply. For ages 5-17.


DEC. 30 (Tues)

+  Beaded Snowflake Craft at 10 am to 6 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Drop in and made a beautiful beaded snowflake using our supplies. For ages 17 and under.

Teen Movie at 3 to 5 pm — Delaware Branch

Join us for a fun afternoon movie. Call the branch at 463-0254 for the title. For ages 12-17.


JAN. 2 (Fri)

Bored Games at 3 to 4 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Don’t be bored! Play some classic board games with your friends. For ages 5-17.

+  Minecraft and Wii Gaming at 3:30 to 5:30 pm — Washington Ave. Branch

We’ll play Minecraft for an hour, then move on to the Wii. For ages 17 and under.


JAN. 3 (Sat)

Music and Movement at 10:30 to 11:30 am — Washington Ave. Branch

Enjoy a fun music and movement class with your little ones. For ages 0-7 and their caregivers.


APL Holiday Schedule

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Please note that all Albany Public Library locations will be CLOSED:

Dec. 24 (Wednesday)

Dec. 25 (Thursday)

Jan. 1 (Thursday)


All branches will close early, at 5:30 pm, on:

Dec. 31 (Wednesday)


We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

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