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Free Income Tax Preparation Services at APL

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Albany Public Library (APL) should be your first stop for income tax assistance and resources this tax season.

On select days from Feb. 1 through April 9, APL will provide free federal income tax preparation services for people with an annual household income limit of $52,000. During February, assistance can be found at three APL locations—Main Library, Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, and Delaware Branch. During March and April, assistance will be provided at the Main Library only.


The income tax preparation services are provided by APL’s partners—volunteers from the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the AARP Tax-Aide program. For more information about the free tax services available at APL, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.


APL’s tax program provides a valuable service to the community. Last year alone, more than 1,400 people had their taxes prepared for free at Albany Public Library resulting in more than $2 million in refunds back to the community.


Here is the schedule of free income tax assistance programs available at APL:



Saturdays from Feb. 1 through April 12

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue

Assistance is on a walk-in basis only. No appointments or reservations will be taken. (Note that the Main Library will be closed on March 15, and there will be no tax help that day.)



Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through April 8

Hours vary, by appointment only

Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue

Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the United Way 2-1-1- hotline to schedule an appointment.


Mondays and Fridays from Feb. 3 through Feb. 28

12 pm to 4 pm, by appointment only

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch at 148 Henry Johnson Boulevard

Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the United Way 2-1-1 hotline to set up an appointment.


Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 27

12 pm to 4 pm, by appointment only

Delaware Branch at 331 Delaware Avenue

Assistance is available by appointment only. Call the United Way 2-1-1 hotline to set up an appointment.


All appointments for income tax services at APL are being scheduled through the United Way 2-1-1 hotline. Simply dial 211 on any phone to be connected to an operator who can set up an appointment at the library. The alternate phone number for the hotline is: 888-366-3211.


In addition to the tax preparation services, most Albany Public Library locations stock basic federal and New York State income tax forms for individual tax filers. Librarians are helpful in connecting people to information that will help answer their tax questions. And, the library’s website has a special section dedicated to tax information:

Local History Room Changes Hours

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Pruyn Collection of Albany History at APL will be available for public use during different service hours starting on Monday, Jan. 27. The vast collection of books, pamphlets, clippings, newspapers, photograph, city directories, and census records is located in the Local History Room on the second floor of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.

The new Local History Room hours are:

  • Mondays from 4 to 7 pm – Every week
  • Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm – First and third Wednesday of each month
  • Fridays from 2 to 5 pm – Every week
  • Saturdays from 1:30 to 5 pm – Second and fourth Saturday of each month

In addition, City Historian Tony Opalka will be available on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 pm to assist the public with their local history research.

For more information about the Pruyn Collection at Albany Public Library, please call Local History Librarian Ellen Gamache at 427-4327.

APL Executive Director Announces Retirement Later this Year

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Albany Public Library Executive Director Carol Nersinger has announced that she will retire from APL after close to five years.

Nersinger will stay on at APL until a replacement is selected in order to sustain momentum of strategic initiatives and ensure a smooth transition. The library’s Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a new executive director.

During Nersinger’s tenure at APL, she oversaw the opening of five new and renovated branch libraries in the Arbor Hill/West Hill, New Scotland, Delaware, South End, and Pine Hills neighborhoods. Several of the buildings won design awards and the whole project was lauded as a valuable community resource. She spearheaded a project to make collections in the branches more usable and accessible to patrons by instituting a Dewey-free classification system, a move that is considered cutting-edge in the library industry. Nersinger embraced technology by expanding the collection of digital books and materials, hiring the area’s first eLibrarian, creating a mobile app giving users 24/7 access to APL, as well as green-lighting a complete website overhaul to better meet library users where they are. She also led a comprehensive project to develop a new strategic plan that will guide the library as it embarks on initiatives to provide children with the knowledge to become lifelong learners, deliver employability resources and skills development to adults, and connect people with information and experiences that enrich their lives.

Learn about Habitat for Humanity

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Capital District Habitat for Humanity joins us on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 pm at the Main Library to talk about their latest work in our community. You’ll meet Dave Harrison and learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity.

The local Habitat organization was founded in 1988 and serves Albany, Rensselaer, and southern Saratoga counties and has built more than 70 homes for area families. Habitat is currently involved in the Sheridan Hollow Redevelopment Project in Albany and the Fox Hollow Project in South Troy. Habitat also operates the ReStore on Fuller Road, which sells new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture, and tools at reduced prices.




Upcoming Musical Performances at APL

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Craving a live music fix? Visit APL for these free musical performances.


JAN. 17 (Fri) — Linda Brown Jazz Project

5 pm at Delaware Branch


FEB. 7 (Fri) — Vanguard/Albany Symphony Orchestra Preview Performance

12 pm at Main Library


FEB. 14 (Fri) — Violinist Jessica Belflower

5 pm at Delaware Branch


FEB. 19 (Wed) — Jazz Ensemble Nat Phipps Duo

6 pm at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch


FEB. 28 (Fri) — Vanguard/Albany Symphony Orchestra Preview Performance

12 pm at Main Library


MARCH 21 (Fri) — Vocalist Eileen Egan Mack and Pianist John Van Stone

5 pm at Delaware Branch



Video Production Workshop for Teens

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Want to learn about video production and make your own short film? You can do just that at the Main Library’s Video Production Workshop for teens ages 11-17. The program is on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 22, and 29 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Children’s Room.

Participants explore videography, special effects, editing techniques, and more. Students also make their own short films using the library’s cameras.

For more information, please call 427-4310.

Art Class Starts at Pine Hills on Jan. 18

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Budding and more experienced artists can study drawing and painting from local artist Sarah Moore in a six-week class for ages 16 and over that starts on Jan. 18 at the Pine Hills Branch.

The free Still-Life, Self-Portrait, and Beyond class runs on six consecutive Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm. Each session includes drawing exercises, instruction, sketch time, and discussion. Mediums include pencils, pastels, colored pencils, acrylic, and gauche paints. Supplies are provided.

Space is limited and registration is required by calling the Pine Hills Branch at 482-7911 x230.


Jam Comic Workshop Coming to Main Jan. 25

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Local illustrator and cartoonist Ira Marcks brings his Jam Comic Workshop to the Main Library on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 4 pm. In this special hands-on workshop, Marcks teaches kids ages 10 to 16 how to make their own comics.

Participants draw, develop storytelling skills, and work together to create their cartoons. Students go home with a finished comic strip, a draft of their collaborative comic, and a box of colored pencils to keep making comics on their own.

Space is limited and registration is required. Students can register online or by calling the Main Library Children’s Room at 427-4310.

Marcks’ artwork has appeared in a number of national publications and comic anthologies. His most recent work is Witch Knots about the mystical seaside town of St. Forget. He is also an arts educator based out of Tiger Trap Studio in Troy.


Hip Hop Workshops Coming to Main Library

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The latest installment of our Music Matters workshops is the Drop-in Hip Hop Club. The twice-monthly classes start Jan. 13 and run through March 24.


The Hip Hop Club runs on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 7 to 8 pm at the Main Library:

Jan. 13 and Jan. 27

Feb. 10 and Feb. 24

March 10 and March 24


The free workshops are led by local Emcee Sev Statik and are open to anyone interested in learning the musical aspects of hip hop. Drop by the Main Library’s large auditorium and learn tips and tricks to make your own beats and rhymes. No experience necessary.


For more information, please call 427-4349


New Year, New Activities at APL

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Our latest program guide is chock full of information about all of the wonderful FREE classes, activities, and events planned at APL for January, February, and March. You can pick up a copy at any of our APL libraries. You can also access the guide online.

Here are just a few of the programs you can look forward to:

+  Zumba, Pilates, Family Yoga, and Forever Fit exercise/fitness classes at several locations starting next week

+  Arts and crafts for kids at every library, and adult-oriented art activities at Bach, Delaware, Howe, Main, and Pine Hills

+ Computer assistance and classes at six of our locations

+ Live musical performances by local bands and soloists

+ Homework help and tutoring for youngsters, and language and GED classes for adults

+ A full week of special activities for kids and teens during February break, including movies, clowning class, science workshops, origami session, Dr. Seuss celebration, American Girl Dolls play, and indoor planetarium

+  Income tax preparation assistance at Main, Arbor Hill/West Hill, and Delaware starting in February

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