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Live Music at Delaware Friday Night

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

We’ve got a great way to start the weekend – join us at the Delaware Branch on Friday, March 21, at 5 pm for a free performance by vocalist Eileen Egan Mack and pianist John Van Stone. The duo will entertain us with a selection of jazz compositions and help ease us into the weekend!

Current Art Exhibition at Pine Hills Ends March 29

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If you haven’t had a chance to view the wonderful “Out of Print” art exhibition at our Pine Hills Branch yet, make plans to stop by soon as March 29 is the last day the art will be displayed.

The exhibition features work in a variety of mediums from artists who respond to the material qualities of books or use the book format as inspiration for new physical forms.

The art can be viewed during regular branch hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 12 to 8 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday and Friday: 12 to 6 pm

Saturday: 1 to 5 pm

The Pine Hills Branch is located at 517 Western Avenue. For more information about “Out of Print,” please call 482-7911.

A new art exhibition, “Homespun,” debuts on May 2.

Geography Bee for Grownups March 13 at Pine Hills

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

A quick morning-after update: The Pine Hills geography bee was a success! Check out this CBS6 news story about the event.

We also live-tweeted the geography bee on our Twitter page. You can follow the highlights here: @AlbanyNYLibrary #geobee


It’s time to get your trivia team together to tackle a new challenge — geography! Albany Public Library is continuing its team challenge nights with a geography bee for adults on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch.

APL’s creative librarians have come up with some non-traditional geography challenges based on kids’ games. Instead of “pin the tail on the donkey,” you’ll play “pin the city on the state.” You’ll use your best crayon skills to draw maps. And, you’ll do some local Google street-view stalking to figure out where in the world Carmen Sandiego’s been hiding.  

There will be prizes for the best teams, along with state-shaped cookies and other snacks for participants.

There are a limited number of spots and teams need to register to participate. To register, please call the Pine Hills Branch at 482-7911 ext. 230.

Teen Tech Week Mixes Music and Technology

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

APL is celebrating Teen Tech Week with a series of free programs March 8 through March 14 that combine the art of making music with the science of technology. The goal is to give youngsters a collaborative outlet for their creativity while teaching them about new technologies.

The Teen Tech Week programs take place in the Children’s Room at the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.

We are hosting WEXT radio show “The Peanut Butter Jam” on Saturday, March 8, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Main Library Children’s Room. Station DJ Chris Wienk visits to record a special episode of the popular children’s music program. Kids can DJ and try out their radio voices to make special announcements and introduce songs. The program also includes live music. The special APL episode of “The Peanut Butter Jam” show will be played on WEXT 97.7 FM at a future date.

The Build-a-Song program allows kids and teens to create a song with APL librarians (several of whom are singers, songwriters, and musicians). For five consecutive days, participants play instruments, write lyrics and music, record the song, and then mix and master their creation. The finished song will be put on a CD available to borrow from the library and posted on APL’s YouTube channel.

Build-a-Song is March 10 through March 14 (Monday through Friday) at the Main Library:

o   March 10 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Drums and basslines

o   March 11 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Guitars and keyboards

o   March 12 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Special effects

o   March 13 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Vocals

o   March 14 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Mixing and mastering

The Build-a-Song program is made possible in part by a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association through which the library purchased the music recording and engineering equipment.


For more information about Teen Tech Week at APL’s Main Library, please call 427-4310.

Get Digital Magazines from APL

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

You can read more than 80 magazine titles on your computer, smartphone, or tablet with Albany Public Library’s digital magazine collection.

APL cardholders can download as many magazines as they wish. The titles stay on your device or computer until you delete them. There are no late fees or expiration dates.

To read digital magazines from APL you will have to set up free accounts with RBDigital and Zinio. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

If you love reading magazines, this is the way to do it! Get started with our digital magazine collection today.



Free Tax Help Continues at Main Library

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Main Library continues to provide free income tax help in March and April. Drop-in services are every Saturday from March 1 through April 12 between 10 am and 3 pm. Appointment-only services are provided every Wednesday from March 5 through April 9.

Volunteers from IRS VITA and AARP Tax-Aide provide free tax preparation services for people with an annual household income limit of $52,000.

Appointments (for Wednesdays only) must be made by calling the United Way 211 hotline. If you have trouble with that phone number, you can also call 694-8900 or 888-366-3211.

For more information about APL’s tax help program, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.

March Book Talks at Main Library

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Friends of APL have some great book talks on tap for March. If you’re free on Tuesday at lunchtime, make plans to join us!

All Friends book talks are free and open to the public. The talks take place on Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at the large auditorium in the Main Library.

March 4 — Book review of “Year Zero: A History of 1945″ — Reviewer is Dan Wilcox

March 11 — Book review of “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945″ — Reviewer is Herbert Holland

March 18 — Book review of “The Age of American Unreason” — Reviewer is Dennis Gaffney

March 25 — Book review of “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in 15 Cars” — Reviewer is Olaf Hausgaard

STEMpunk! Soundtrax Program for Teens

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Got a kid who loves music and tech? Our great new program – STEMpunk! Soundtrax – is for them.

Participants ages 11 through 17 meet at the Main Library on Wednesday evenings in March to explore music and sound-making with a variety of cool electronics and equipment.

Let’s get geeky with gadgets and see what sounds we can make! For more information, please call 427-4310.

STEMpunk! Soundtrax

March 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 to 8 pm

Main Library Children’s Room

APL Expands Museum Pass Program

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Albany Public Library is proud to offer a newly expanded museum pass program that provides cardholders with free admission to 20 different museums and historic sites in Albany, the greater Capital Region, and beyond.

APL cardholders can visit these participating sites using museum passes borrowed from the library:

  • Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY)
  • Arkell Museum (Canajoharie, NY)
  • Bennington Museum (Bennington, VT)
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)
  • Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Chesterwood National Trust Historic Site (Stockbridge, MA)
  • Children’s Museum at Saratoga (Saratoga, NY)
  • Clark Museum (Williamstown, MA)
  • Crailo State Historic Site (Rensselaer, NY)
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, MA)
  • Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Historic Cherry Hill (Albany, NY)
  • Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY)
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – Mass MOCA (North Adams, MA)
  • Museum of Innovation and Science – miSci (Schenectady, NY)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)
  • Old Stone Fort Museum (Schoharie, NY)
  • Schuyler Mansion (Albany, NY)
  • Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Saratoga, NY)
  • USS Slater (Albany, NY)

Museum passes may be borrowed for seven days and there are no renewals. The passes must be borrowed, and returned, at the same APL location. All of APL’s seven locations have a selection of museum passes, but availability varies by library. Please note that some of the museums/historic sites participating in the program are not yet open for the season.

For more information about Albany Public Library’s museum pass program, please call the Main Library at 427-4349.

Winter Break Fun at APL

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Are your kids home from school Feb. 17-23? Make plans to head to Albany Public Library to keep them entertained with any one of more than two dozen fun and educational programs. All activities are free and open to the public.


For a complete listing, visit the library’s online calendar.


Here are just a few of the programs planned for kids and teens at APL libraries Feb. 17-23.


Feb. 17 (Mon)


Feb. 18 (Tues)


Feb. 19 (Wed)


Feb. 20 (Thurs)


Feb. 23 (Sun)

  • Indoor Planetarium presented by Dudley Observatory with showings at 1-5 pm – Main Library
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