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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



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!

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