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Pine Hills Art Exhibition Opens Friday

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Join us for an evening of art and music Friday, May 2, at the Pine Hills Branch as we celebrate the opening of the “Homespun” exhibition.

The festivities include:

+  Artist Talk by Photographers Martin Hyers & William Mebane at 4 pm
+  Reception from 6 to 8 pm with music by the Whisper Jazz Trio, refreshments, and inspiring art

“Homespun” is an exhibition of artworks in a variety of mediums from artists exploring notions of “home.” The exhibition will accompany a series of library programs that connect Albany residents to resources for exploring their historic homes and neighborhoods.

The art exhibition showcases the work of eight artists: Kim Faler, Kathy Greenwood, Michael McKay, Gina Occhiogrosso, Ken Ragsdale, Barbara Todd, Martin Hyers, and William Mebane. In addition to the exhibition, APL will unveil a site-specific installation created by artist Sangwook Lee for the Pine Hills Branch.

The “Homespun” exhibition continues through September 27, 2014. The site-specific installation will be on view through April 2015.

All of the artwork can be viewed during the branch’s regular hours (Monday and Wednesday from 12 to 8 pm; Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday and Friday from 12 to 6 pm; Saturday from 1 to 5 pm).

Visit APL May 3 for Free Comic Book Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The nationwide Free Comic Book Day comes to Albany Public Library on Saturday, May 3, with special activities and free comic books to take home! All seven libraries are participating in Free Comic Book Day this year.

 

Comic books are an original American art form that feature wonderful illustrations and terrific storylines that capture the imaginations of readers. Librarians encourage children to jump into the world of comic books where they can hone their reading skills and become immersed in imaginative stories that engage their minds.

 

All APL locations will have a variety of free comic books for all ages available to pick up on May 3:

  • Main Library (161 Washington Ave.) from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) from 1 to 5 pm
  • Bach Branch (455 New Scotland Ave.) from 1 to 5 pm
  • Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.) from 1 to 5 pm
  • Howe Branch (105 Schuyler St.) from 1 to 5 pm
  • North Albany Branch (616 North Pearl St.) from 1 to 5 pm
  • Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave.) from 1 to 5 pm

Also, several locations will have special activities:

 

May Book Talks Hosted by Friends of APL

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Friends of Albany Public Library host book talks every Tuesday at 12:15 pm in the large auditorium of the Main Library. The May slate has some interesting topics!

May 6 — Review of “Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace” by Josh Ruebner. The reviewer is Mark Mishler, local attorney and member of Jewish Voice for Peace.

May 13 — Interview with author Harry Rosenfeld, former editor of the Times Union and the Washington Post, about his book “From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman.” TU reporter Paul Grondahl conducts the interview.

May 20 — Review of “FDR and the Jews” by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman. The reviewer is Barry Trachtenberg, director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany.

May 27 — Talk by Max Blumenthal, author of “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.”

The Friends’ book talks are free and open to the public. Make plans to join us!

 

Public to Vote for Two Library Trustees on May 20

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Four candidates will be on the May 20 ballot for two seats on the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees. Andrew Bechard of Forest Avenue, Jose Lopez of View Avenue, Alison Calacone of Ramsey Place, and Anthony Gooding of Clinton Avenue all submitted valid nominating petitions to the City School District of Albany to obtain positions on the ballot.

 

The candidates are seeking to fill two trustee positions that both carry five-year terms. Holly McKenna has chosen not to run for re-election, while Andrew Bechard is running to keep his seat.

 

The public is invited to a candidate forum at the Main Library’s large auditorium on Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. The trustee candidates have been invited to speak to the public. Library leaders will also present the 2015 library budget, which is a flat spending plan that carries no tax levy increase.

 

The library trustee vote is held in conjunction with the school district’s budget vote. More information about trustee candidates will be available on the library’s website. Details about voting locations will be available on the school district’s website at www.albanyschools.org.

Housing Fair this Saturday at Main Library

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Homebuyers and homeowners should make plans to attend the Capital Region Housing Fair at APL’s Main Library (161 Washington Avenue) on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The housing fair includes seminars, consultations, and exhibits. This event is free and open to the public.

Seminars for homebuyers and homeowners include:

  • 11 a.m. – Down Payment Program: Learn about down payment programs, matched savings, and other opportunities for homebuyers.
  • 12:00 p.m. – NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star: Learn how your home is wasting energy, and money, and how to fix it. Bring your most recent utility bill to apply for a free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessment.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Building a Great Credit Score: Learn about what goes into your credit score and how you can improve it.

Participants can also get free consultations:

  • Credit checks and reports (need photo ID)
  • Mortgage pre-qualifications

More than two dozen exhibitors—including banks and credit unions, home inspectors, mortgage advisors, realtors, and assistance agencies—will provide information and advice on a one-to-one basis.

The Capital Region Housing Fair is organized by the Affordable Housing Partnership and is sponsored by: Albany Community Land Trust, Albany Housing Authority, Capital Bank, Citizens Bank, City of Albany, M&T Bank, NBT Bankcorp, SEFCU, Wells Fargo, and Albany Public Library.

For more information about the housing fair, call the Affordable Housing Partnership at 434-1730.

New Art Exhibition Opens May 2 at Pine Hills

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Albany Public Library celebrates its summer art exhibition — Homespun — with an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch. The art reception is free and open to the public, and includes light refreshments and live music.                                                                                     

“Homespun” is an exhibition of artworks in a variety of mediums from artists exploring notions of “home.” The exhibition will accompany a series of library programs that connect Albany residents to resources for exploring their historic homes and neighborhoods.

The art exhibition showcases the work of eight artists: Kim Faler, Kathy Greenwood, Michael McKay, Gina Occhiogrosso, Ken Ragsdale, Barbara Todd, Martin Hyers, and William Mebane. In addition to the exhibition, APL will unveil a site-specific installation created by artist Sangwook Lee for the Pine Hills Branch.

The “Homespun” exhibition continues through September 27, 2014. The site-specific installation will be on view through April 2015.

All of the artwork can be viewed during the branch’s regular hours (Monday and Wednesday from 12 to 8 pm; Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday and Friday from 12 to 6 pm; Saturday from 1 to 5 pm).

Library Budget Flat for 2015

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a flat budget that results in no tax levy increase.

The 2015 library operations budget is $6,434,764—the same amount as the 2013 and 2014 spending plans. Because the budget does not raise the tax levy, the library is not required to put it out for a public vote. Approval by the library’s trustees, which was unanimously given at its March meeting, is all that is required for the flat spending plan to become official.

“The library trustees are committed to maintaining current spending levels for the coming year in order to give taxpayers a little relief from their tax burden,” said APL Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “The administration has worked hard to make the most out of our current budget so we can continue operating seven wonderful neighborhood libraries for the people of Albany.”

Spring Break Activities for Kids at APL

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Albany Public Library has more than a dozen special activities planned for kids and teens April 14 through April 18 to stave off spring break boredom. Each of the library’s seven locations is hosting its own free programs. For a full listing of spring break activities, visit the library’s online calendar

Here are just a few of the spring break activities planned at APL. For more details, please call the host library.

 

APRIL 14 (Monday)

 

APRIL 15 (Tuesday)

 

APRIL 16 (Wednesday)

 

APRIL 17 (Thursday)

 

APRIL 18 (Friday)

  • Earth Day Art at 2 pm – Bach Branch
  • Dyken Traveling Pond with Plants and Animals at 2:30 pm – Pine Hills Branch
  • RAPoetry Contest at 4 pm – North Albany Branch

 

Author William Kennedy Joins Musician M.R. Poulopoulos for Special APL Event April 16

Monday, April 7th, 2014

William Kennedy’s classic novels of Albany are the inspiration for a special musical book and author talk at Albany Public Library on Wednesday, April 16. Starting at 7 pm that night, William Kennedy himself will join local singer/songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos in the Albany History Room on the second floor of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a performance by Poulopoulos and discussion with Kennedy.

Poulopoulos has been writing songs inspired by three of Kennedy’s books—“Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game,” and “Legs”—some of which he will perform at the event. He will also conduct a discussion of Kennedy’s famed Albany cycle of eight books. Kennedy will also engage with the audience in a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public, though there is limited seating in the Albany History Room. For more information about the Kennedy musical book talk, please contact the Main Library Readers’ Services Department at 427-4349.

This musical book talk program is the first in a new series where local songwriters are challenged to write songs based on the works of one author.  The second musical book talk program will be presented later this year at the Main Library.

APL Collection of Historic Albany Photos Now Online

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

APL has an awesome collection of historic Albany photos that are now available to view online! We are working with New York Heritage, a free online portal designed for researchers and history buffs, to showcase two small APL collections: “Views of Albany” and “Urban Renewal in Albany.”

“Views of Albany” showcases a selection of black and white photographs that are mostly from the early 20th century. This collection shows us the homes, churches, businesses, weather events, transportation, streets, and people of Albany’s past.

“Urban Renewal in Albany” is an album of photographs and captions that was handmade in 1976 by Florence L. Powell, a historical research assistant for the city of Albany.  The album has before-and-after pictures of the Clinton Square area of Albany (where Broadway and North Pearl Street meet Clinton Avenue) during the urban renewal era.  The photographs document the demolition of buildings, the reshaping of streets, and the construction of Interstate 787 and the Leo W. O’Brien Office Building.  The captions contain background information on the history and people associated with the places pictured, as well as Powell’s assessment of the effects of urban renewal on Albany.

APL is working to digitize more of our collections. The full Pruyn Collection of Albany History is housed at the Main Library and includes documents about urban renewal, the South Mall construction, city and state government, and African American history. The Pruyn Collection includes thousands of books, photographs, city directories, newspapers, documents, census records, city council minutes, maps, and more.

Please send questions to localhistory@albanypubliclibrary.org or call 427-4303.

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