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All Branches Closing at 2 pm WED 11/26 Due to Weather

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Because of the incoming winter storm, all APL locations are closing at 2 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The libraries will remain closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 27 and Nov. 28) due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Reading Music Program Nov. 19 on Cormac McCarthy

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Songwriter Danny Whitecotton performs original songs inspired by the novels of Cormac McCarthy on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 pm in the Albany History Room at the Washington Ave. Branch. The program is free and open to the public.

Part book discussion and part music performance, this program is a unique opportunity to delve deeper into McCarthy’s contemporary classic novels and learn about the songwriting process from Whitecotton.

A selection of McCarthy’s books is available to borrow at the Washington Ave. Branch circulation desk.

For more information about this reading music program, please call 427-4349.



Albany Authors Celebrated at Literary Legends Awards

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Albany celebrated three of its own Nov. 15 at the first Literary Legends Awards hosted by the Albany Public Library Foundation at the Pine Hills Branch.

Authors William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl, and Amy Biancolli were presented with the awards by Foundation President Holly McKenna in front of an audience of about 150 friends and supporters.

The evening cocktail reception was also a fundraiser for the Foundation, which supports special projects and programs at the library.

Check out the library’s Facebook page for some photos from the event.



Komotion Movement Theater Performance on Sunday at Washington Ave

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Join us for family fun event on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch as we enjoy a free performance by Komotion Movement Theater.

Talented mime Rich Kuperberg will entertain and amaze us with stories, illusions, and laughter.

The performance is made possible by grants from the City of Albany and the NYS Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Literary Legends Event is Saturday at Pine Hills

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The first Literary Legends event honoring outstanding local writers — Amy Biancolli, Paul Grondahl, and William Kennedy — takes place this Saturday, November 15, at the Pine Hills Branch.

The event is a fundraiser, hosted by the APL Foundation, which benefits programs and projects at Albany Public Library.

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

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the night of the event.

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.

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.

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