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Discovery of Fort Nassau Program on Sept. 10 at Main Library

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Local historian John Wolcott sheds light on the discovery of Fort Nassau, the first Dutch trading post built near present-day Albany, in a special presentation Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm at the Main Library.

Wolcott recently asserted that he determined the exact location of Fort Nassau, which was built in 1614, to be at the north end of a rail yard at the Port of Albany. While much attention has been given to how this discovery could lead to future archaeological excavations or impact development in the area of the former fort, Wolcott’s presentation will focus on how he determined the location of Fort Nassau. Wolcott will detail his analysis of 17th, 19th, and 20th century maps of Albany. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

In 1969, Wolcott played a role in correctly pinpointing the location of Fort Orange, a Dutch outpost built in 1624. The location of Fort Nassau, which predates Fort Orange by ten years, is still a topic of debate for scholars of Albany’s Dutch past.

The Fort Nassau presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4303 or email

Art Programs Sept. 5 at Pine Hills & Main

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

We’ve got a couple of special art programs set for this Friday, Sept. 5, at our Pine Hills Branch and Main Library. Join us for:

+ A Curator’s Talk on the “Homespun” Art Exhibition — 5 to 7 pm at the Pine Hills Branch

Curator Judie Gilmore discusses the art on display that is part of the summer exhibition. For ages 18 and older.

+ 1st Friday Open Mic Coffeehouse and Art Exhibit — 6 to 8 pm at the Main Library

Poets and musicians are encouraged to express themselves with our open mic (sign ups start at 6:05 pm). You can also view a small exhibit of local art. Coffee and light refreshments too. For ages 18 and older.

Farmers Market on Tuesdays at Delaware

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
The Delaware Branch is proud to host the DANA Farmers Market in the library parking lot every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm (through early fall).
You can purchase farm-fresh produce and other goodies. Every other week (Sept. 2, 16, 30), you can also hear local singer/songwriter Matt Durfee perform.
For more information about the DANA Farmers Market, please call 432-0516.

Matt Durfee Explores East of Eden in Music & Words on Aug. 27 at Main

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Main Library’s popular Reading Music series returns on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 pm with a focus on John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” and the music of local songwriter Matt Durfee.

Durfee hosts the evening, which includes a discussion of Steinbeck’s novel and performance of original songs inspired “East of Eden.” This program is a unique opportunity to delve deeper into an American classic novel and learn about the songwriting process from one of Albany’s finest singer/songwriters.

You can get a copy of the book at the Main Library circulation desk, and then join us for a lively discussion and moving performance on Aug. 27, starting at 7 pm, in the Main Library’s large auditorium.

In case you missed our first Reading Music event — which featured musician M.R. Poulopoulos and the works of William Kennedy — you can watch some videos on YouTube. Kennedy made a special appearance and addressed the audience with a reading and discussion of his Albany novels “Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game,” and “Legs.”

Labor Day Weekend Closure

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

All Albany Public Library locations will be closed on Aug. 30 (Saturday) through Sept. 1 (Monday) for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

While our library buildings may be closed for a few days, you can still access some of our materials and services online.

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks

Borrow eMagazines

+  Read along with us in the APL Online Reading Group on

We’ll be open again with regular hours on Sept. 2.

End of Summer Fun at APL

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The summer isn’t over yet! Make plans to come to your favorite community library for one of these great programs. A full listing of our programs is available online.


Build-a-Song on Aug. 25-29

2-4 pm at the Main Library (Children’s Room)

Kids and teens ages 7-17 play instruments, write lyrics and music, record a song, and mix and master their creation in this week-long collaborative song production workshop. The finished song will be posted on APL’s YouTube channel.


Teen STEM Party on Aug. 25

3-5 pm at the Delaware Branch

Teens create “monster foam” with exothermic reactions and explore physics with the “skateboard rocket car” experiment.


Reading Music Book Discussion & Performance on Aug. 27

7-8:30 pm at Main Library (Albany History Room)

Local songwriter Matt Durfee performs original songs inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel “East of Eden.” Part book discussion and part music performance, this program allows you to delve deeper into a classic American novel and learn about the songwriting process from one of Albany’s finest singer/songwriters.




Garage Bands Concert Friday at Main

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

It’s Garage Bands time again! This Friday, Aug. 15, the Main Library is hosting a free concert featuring Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers and Blackcat Elliot.

The all-ages show runs from 6 to 8 pm in the parking garage of the Main Library (off the Elk Street parking lot).

You can also stock up on a selection of gently used CDs for just $1 each at our Garage Bands Garage Sale!

Ghostbusters is Moonlight Movie Thursday at Delaware

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Join us Thursday, Aug. 14, for APL’s first-ever showing on the all-new outdoor movie screen at the Delaware Branch where we’ll enjoy the classic 80s comedy “Ghostbusters.” The movie showing starts at 8 pm and we’ll have refreshments too.

Great way to spend a summer evening at your library!

New Summer Fun for Kids at APL

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Don’t let the summer doldrums get you down…APL has lots of awesome activities for kids and teens! Join us for these upcoming free programs at your favorite APL branches. For a full listing, or details, please check our online calendar or call the host library.


Aug. 12 — Tuesday

+ Main Library Summer Reading Finale at 2 pm — Main Library Children’s Room

Celebrate your summer reading success and enjoy snacks and raffles. We’ll also make our own mini volcanos and watch then erupt. All ages.

+ Pine Hills Summer Reading Finale at 1 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Pine Hills Branch with a fun exploration of the world of energy. We’ll have ice cream too. All ages.

+ Fun with Energy at 3:30 pm — Howe Branch

Learn about energy through interactive demonstrations that entertain and amaze. Ages 5-17.


Aug. 13 — Wednesday

+ Fizz, Boom, Power at 2 pm — Bach Branch

Learn about electricity and get a take-home activity too. Grades 1-6. Please register at 482-2154.

+ Magic Sand at 4 pm — North Albany Branch

Explore the fun colors of magic sand and make something unique.  Ages 5-17.

+ Bach Summer Reading Finale at 6:15 pm — Bach Branch

Enjoy a family dance with Paul Rosenberg and his talented musicians. All ages.

+ Yoga and Yogurt at 6:30 pm — Main Library Large Auditorium

Try out some yoga poses and then build your own yogurt parfait. Ages 11-17.


Aug. 14 — Thursday

+ CSI Evidence Workshop at 2 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Learn how detectives research evidence and use clues to solve mysteries. Ages 11-17. Please register at 482-7911 x223.

+ AH/WH Summer Reading Finale at 3 pm — Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Celebrate summer reading with a performance by the Mother Goose Jazz Band. All ages.

+ Pond Ecology at 3:30 pm — Delaware Branch

Meet wiggly pond creatures and learn how to do science explorations in their own backyard pools. Ages 5-17.

+ Howe Summer Reading Finale at 5:30 pm — Howe Branch

Celebrate summer reading by making some ice cream. Participants get their summer reading prizes too. All ages.




Read Magazines on Your Devices & Computers

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Magazine lovers can access more than 80 popular magazine titles on computers, smartphones, and tablets with Zinio Digital Magazines from Albany Public Library.

You can download as many magazines as you wish, and they will stay on your device or computer until you delete them. There will never be any late fees or expiration dates–we promise!

To read digital magazines from Albany Public Library, you have to set up free accounts with both RBdigital and Zinio. You can go right to APL’s magazine collection on Zinio (you’ll need your APL card to create accounts if you are accessing this collection from a non-APL computer or from a mobile device). We’ve also got an instruction sheet to help you get started.

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