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5-Hour Film Project for Teens on Nov. 15

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Teens ages 12 to 15 can learn the basics of filmmaking and create a short film in just one day! This special program takes place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Washington Avenue Branch.

The program is free and open to the public, but registrati0n is required by calling 427-4310 or via our online calendar.

The 5-Hour Film Project is presented by Youth FX Film Experience.

Albany History Race is Nov. 8

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Local history buffs can test their knowledge as they sprint around Albany completing challenges during Albany Public Library’s first Albany History Race on Saturday, Nov. 8.


Anyone interested in Albany’s storied past is invited to participate in this “Amazing Race”-style scavenger hunt around the city. Over the course of just a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, teams will receive clues and dash around Albany completing challenges. The final stop of the race is McGeary’s Pub (4 Clinton Sq.) where each participating team will receive 20 percent off their food and drink that day. The top three teams will receive bragging rights and prizes.


Here’s how the race will work:

  • Participants must form a team (with all teammates fitting into one car) and register with the library.
  • Teams will meet in the Albany History Room of the Main Library (161 Washington Ave.) at 1 pm on Nov. 8 to receive clues directing them to locations in Albany.
  • Teams will have a few minutes to plan the quickest route to visit the locations.
  • Participants will then hop in the team car and race to the designated spots.
  • Teams must document their visits with a cell phone or digital camera.
  • The fastest three teams to complete the race will receive even greater food and drink discounts at McGeary’s, plus additional prizes.


To register or for more details about APL’s Albany History Race, please call 427-4376 or email You can also register online.


Art Exhibition Opens Nov. 7

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Albany Public Library celebrates its winter art exhibition — Written Response Requested — on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave.). The opening reception is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments and live music.


“Written Response Requested” is an exhibition in partnership with the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at The College of Saint Rose that will feature the work of four visual artists and four local authors. The exhibition can be viewed during library hours and continues through March 21, 2015.


For the exhibition, each artist was paired with a writer who created a unique writing prompt for one piece of artwork, and then responded to their own prompt by creating a short piece of writing—fiction, poetry, essay—that is displayed alongside the artwork. For the other pieces in the show, prominent regional writers created writing prompts that will be displayed alongside the art. Viewers will be 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.


The artists are: Darcie Abbatiello, Laura Christensen, Rob O’Neil, and Steve Rein. The writers are: Daniel Nester, Hollis Seamon, Rone Shavers, and Barbara Ungar.


“The idea is to model creative responses from viewers—that is, looking at visual art and developing your own narrative,” said Judie Gilmore, the library’s art exhibition coordinator. “Instead of needing to know what a piece ‘means,’ or being dependent on wall text or labels, viewers will be invited to provide their own responses—literally co-creating with the artists.”

Halloween Fun at APL on Friday

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Trick-or-treat with APL on Friday! We have some fun Halloween activities for kids on Oct. 31st. Check them out:


After-School Halloween

3:30-5 p.m. — Delaware Branch

Participants can start their trick-or-treating adventures by playing creepy games, making crafts and goody bags, and collecting candy. For youngsters ages 17 and under. More information: 463-0254.


Halloween Stories

4 to 4:45 p.m. — Bach Branch

Both scary and silly Halloween stories are on tap at this special story time. For children of all ages and their families. More information: 482-2154.


Halloween Story Time for Preschoolers

10:30 a.m. — North Albany Branch

The pre-kindergarten set can wear their costumes and enjoy this special Halloween-themed story time. For preschoolers. More information: 463-1581.


Halloween Trick-or-Treating

12 to 6 p.m. — North Albany Branch

Kids are invited to stop by the North Albany Branch for trick-or-treating. For children of all ages. More information: 463-1581.


Financial Forum Today at Washington Ave.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

APL is hosting a fall financial forum today — Monday, Oct. 27 — from 3 to 7 pm at the Main Library (161 Washington Ave.).


The free event includes guest presentations, panel discussions, and resource tables about:

  • Money management and budgeting
  • Credit card accounts
  • How to improve a credit score
  • How to prevent identity theft
  • Matched savings accounts
  • Other personal finance topics


There will also be refreshments and prizes. A free boxed dinner is available, but only for those who reserve one prior to the event. Reservations for a free boxed dinner can be made by calling David Galin, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, at 456-2200.


The fall financial fair is sponsored by CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region, ShopRite, and Albany Public Library.

Literary Legends Event to Honor Local Authors on Nov. 15

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Albany Public Library Foundation presents the first Literary Legends event honoring outstanding local writers — Amy Biancolli, Paul Grondahl, and William Kennedy — on Saturday, November 15.

The event takes place on Nov. 15 from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave.).

Tickets for this awards ceremony/fundraising event are $75 per person. The Honorary Committee is $125 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online.

All proceeds go to support Albany Public Library programs and services.

The Literary Legends evening includes:

  • Food by Café Capriccio, New World Bistro, Taste and Saati’s
  • Wine/beer/soda
  • A silent auction
  • And, of course, the awards presentation to the honorees

For more information about the Literary Legends event, please call the Foundation at (518) 427-4367.

Comic Book Fans: Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary at APL

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Albany Public Library loves comic books and is celebrating a cool event in geek culture — the 75th anniversary of Batman (first appearance in Detective Comics #27) — with some fun programs on Oct. 23-24 featuring the Dark Knight. All programs are free and open to the public.


Holy Multiple Personalities! The Many Faces of (The) Batman

In this discussion, comic book expert and author (and APL’s own) Gene Kannenberg Jr. takes participants through a highly illustrated look back at the Caped Crusader’s many pop culture incarnations over the past 75 years: spooky, gun-toting mystery man from the 1940s; sci-fi adventurer of the 1950s; campy 1960s TV star; husky-voiced, armored avenger of recent films; and many more. This program is appropriate for all ages.


Batman Cupcake Battle


  • Oct. 23 (Thurs) at 4 to 5 pm – Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave., 482-7911)

Teens are challenged to decorate the perfect cupcake that only the Dark Knight or his arch nemesis, the Joker, would love. There will be two teams—one decorating in Batman style and the other with Joker flair. Cupcakes will be judged and the winning team gets a Batman-themed prize. This program is appropriate for ages 11-17. Registration is required at 482-7911 x230.


“Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”

  • Oct. 24 (Fri) at 5 to 6:30 pm – Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave., 482-7911)

This popular Batman animated feature from 1993 (rated PG) follows the Dark Knight as he searches for a shrouded vigilante who is knocking off prominent Gotham mob bosses. Attendees will also enjoy snacks, drinks, and Batman loot. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Silent Film Spectacular Series in Oct & Nov

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

It’s time for the Silent Film Spectacular! This award-winning program features screenings of six classic silent movies, accompanied by original scores written and performed live by talented local musicians.


This season’s films range from the dramatic to the macabre. The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4349.


This year’s Silent Film Spectacular programs are:

  • Oct. 8 at 7 pm – “Faust” with Blacklight Lighthouse
  • Oct. 15 at 7 pm – “The Penalty” with Ryan Devine and BeatRoot
  • Oct. 19 at 2 pm – “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with Time Travel Book Club
  • Oct. 22 at 7 pm – “Metropolis” with lastdayshining
  • Oct. 29 at 7 pm – “Man with a Movie Camera” with Yoma
  • Nov. 2 at 2 pm – “The Golem” with Clank


“Faust” with live, original music by Blacklight Lighthouse

Oct. 8 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

F.W. Murnau used innovative special effects in his 1926 interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of good versus evil. Blacklight Lighthouse creates loops and samples layered with acoustic and electronic instrumentation resulting in an oculauditory experience that will delight the audience.


“The Penalty” with live, original music by Ryan Devine and BeatRoot

Oct. 15 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

Lon Chaney plays a deranged criminal seeking revenge against the surgeon who unnecessarily amputated both of his legs in this dark 1920 film. Ryan Devine has been playing and teaching in Albany for 10 years and will perform his original score with current band, BeatRoot (Justin Fuld, Tony Califano, Derek Dobson) and special guests.


“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” with live, original music by Time Travel Book Club

Oct. 19 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library

This 1916 enchanting re-imagining of the Jules Verne sci-fi classic is the first movie to be filmed underwater. Time Travel Book Club (Ryan Stewart, Andrew Siskind, and guests) will use modular synthesis, guitar, piano, electronics, and percussion to create a soundscape evocative of the deep sea.


“Metropolis” with live, original music by lastdayshining

Oct. 22 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

This 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece takes place against the backdrop of a futuristic city with a sharply divided population. Albany band lastdayshining is a hard-hitting, post-rock band with a sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs.


“Man with a Movie Camera” with live, original music by Yoma

Oct. 29 (Wed) at 7 pm at the Main Library

Unapologetically groundbreaking and avant-garde, this 1929 film follows a man documenting urban life as it blossoms around him in surreal and jarring ways. Yoma is a five-piece instrumental rock band from Albany that brings a fresh, hard-hitting sound to the genre.


“The Golem” with live, original music by Clank

Nov. 2 (Sun) at 2 pm at the Main Library

The Golem of Hebrew legend comes to life in Paul Wegener’s 1920 classic silent horror film. Clank is an electronic musical duo that uses synthesizers, samplers, effects pedals, electric guitars, and modifiers to create live soundscapes of spontaneous sounds, loops, and samples woven together.

Fall Library Program Guide Available

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The latest APL program guide is now available online and at our neighborhood libraries.

Check out the issue for more information about upcoming library programs and events including:

  • Silent Film Spectacular series
  • Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program
  • Money management fair
  • Albany Made Creative Lab
  • Literary Legends event
  • Winter art exhibition
  • Albany History Race
  • Holiday craft activities
  • Friends of APL book talks

Turn Your Craft Passion into an Online Business

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Albany residents have a new opportunity to turn their craft passions into online businesses with the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program at Albany Public Library.


The free program provides micro-business training to underemployed, low-income adults with existing artistic skills to help supplement their income and sell their products to new markets.


Starting on Oct. 8, select Albany residents will participate in this free training program that guides them through the process of becoming craft entrepreneurs. Students attend a series of five workshops at APL’s Main Library taught by successful online craft sellers who coach and support them along the way.


You can find the online application form on the APL website. For more details and information, please call 427-4334 or email


The workshops cover the basics of starting and running an online business, including pricing, elementary accounting, product photography, and marketing. Participants then use Etsy—a virtual marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods—as a real-world learning lab where they create their own online stores and sell their hand-crafted items.


“Albany is a ‘do-it-yourself’ city full of talented craftspeople and artists. The library hopes that this new partnership with Etsy will expand the market nationally and internationally for hand-designed and hand-crafted products from Albany,” said APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek.


The Etsy program at APL will launch with 16 students in the October session. APL expects to add sessions as demand for the workshops emerges. There are eligibility requirements for participants, including residence in the city of Albany, commitment to attend all five workshops, at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, as well as others.


Interested participants can fill out the online application form.


For more information, please call 427-4334 or email


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