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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.”
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.
+ Read along with us in the APL Online Reading Group on Goodreads.com
We’ll be open again with regular hours on Sept. 2.
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.
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.
3-5 pm at the Delaware Branch
Teens create “monster foam” with exothermic reactions and explore physics with the “skateboard rocket car” experiment.
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.
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!
Join us Thursday, Aug. 14, for APL’s first-ever showing on the all-new outdoor movie screen at the Delaware Branch where we’ll enjoy the classic 80s comedy “Ghostbusters.” The movie showing starts at 8 pm and we’ll have refreshments too.
Great way to spend a summer evening at your library!
Don’t let the summer doldrums get you down…APL has lots of awesome activities for kids and teens! Join us for these upcoming free programs at your favorite APL branches. For a full listing, or details, please check our online calendar or call the host library.
Aug. 12 — Tuesday
Celebrate your summer reading success and enjoy snacks and raffles. We’ll also make our own mini volcanos and watch then erupt. All ages.
Celebrate the end of summer reading at the Pine Hills Branch with a fun exploration of the world of energy. We’ll have ice cream too. All ages.
Learn about energy through interactive demonstrations that entertain and amaze. Ages 5-17.
Aug. 13 — Wednesday
Learn about electricity and get a take-home activity too. Grades 1-6. Please register at 482-2154.
Explore the fun colors of magic sand and make something unique. Ages 5-17.
Enjoy a family dance with Paul Rosenberg and his talented musicians. All ages.
Try out some yoga poses and then build your own yogurt parfait. Ages 11-17.
Aug. 14 — Thursday
Learn how detectives research evidence and use clues to solve mysteries. Ages 11-17. Please register at 482-7911 x223.
Celebrate summer reading with a performance by the Mother Goose Jazz Band. All ages.
Meet wiggly pond creatures and learn how to do science explorations in their own backyard pools. Ages 5-17.
Celebrate summer reading by making some ice cream. Participants get their summer reading prizes too. All ages.
Magazine lovers can access more than 80 popular magazine titles on computers, smartphones, and tablets with Zinio Digital Magazines from Albany Public Library.
You can download as many magazines as you wish, and they will stay on your device or computer until you delete them. There will never be any late fees or expiration dates–we promise!
To read digital magazines from Albany Public Library, you have to set up free accounts with both RBdigital and Zinio. You can go right to APL’s magazine collection on Zinio (you’ll need your APL card to create accounts if you are accessing this collection from a non-APL computer or from a mobile device). We’ve also got an instruction sheet to help you get started.
Summer is prime time for visiting museums and historic sites, and APL has a way for you to enjoy these locations for free! Cardholders in the Upper Hudson Library System can get free admission to 20 local and regional museums, cultural organizations, and historic sites through the APL museum pass program.
Museum passes may be borrowed for seven days and there are no renewals. The passes must be borrowed, and returned, at the same APL location. All of APL’s seven locations have a selection of museum passes, but availability varies by library.
You can check on the availability of museum passes online or by calling the APL location that carries the pass in which you are interested.
Cardholders can visit these participating sites using museum passes borrowed from the library:
- Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY)
- Arkell Museum (Canajoharie, NY)
- Bennington Museum (Bennington, VT)
- Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)
- Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA)
- Chesterwood National Trust Historic Site (Stockbridge, MA)
- Children’s Museum at Saratoga (Saratoga, NY)
- Clark Museum (Williamstown, MA)
- Crailo State Historic Site (Rensselaer, NY)
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, MA)
- Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA)
- Historic Cherry Hill (Albany, NY)
- Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY)
- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – Mass MOCA (North Adams, MA)
- Museum of Innovation and Science – miSci (Schenectady, NY)
- Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)
- Old Stone Fort Museum (Schoharie, NY)
- Schuyler Mansion (Albany, NY)
- Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Saratoga, NY)
- USS Slater (Albany, NY)
APL’s Summer Reading Program keeps rolling along with some great activities for kids and teens this week. Read on for details.
Here are just a few of this week’s SRP activities. Check our online calendar for a full listing of upcoming programs.
July 29 (Tues)
+ Mirror Magic at 2 pm — Main Library Children’s Room: Make a kaleidoscope and learn about mirrors, light, and reflection with the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum. For ages 6-17. Please register online or by calling 427-4310.
+ Storytelling Campfire at 2 pm — Pine Hills Branch: Sing songs, listen to stories, and roast marshmallows using a solar-powered oven. For ages 5-17.
July 30 (Wed)
+ Power of Vibration at 2 pm — Bach Branch: Explore sound stations, build your own telephone, and play a wave game with Cornell Partners for 4-H Programming. For grades 1-6. Please register by calling 482-2154.
+ Off the Grid Teen XBox Tournament at 4:30 pm — Howe Branch: Join our XBox tourney for teens while the little ones enjoy the Wii system. Please register for a game time at 472-9485.
+ Scatterball and Skittle Art at 6:30 pm — Main Library Large Auditorium: Play this fun variant on dodge ball and make pixel art with Skittles. For ages 11-17.
July 31 (Thurs)
+ Music Production Workshop at 2 pm — Pine Hills Branch: Join us in creating a song with other teen musicians. For ages 11-17. Register at 482-7911 x223.
+ Mirror Magic at 3 pm — Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch: Make a kaleidoscope and learn about mirrors, light, and reflection with the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum. For ages 6-17.
+ Berry, Berry Good at 3:30 pm — Delaware Branch: Learn about berries, read about berries, and eat berries with our friends from Honest Weight Food Co-op. Register at 463-0254. For ages 3-8.
+ Exploring Art at 4 pm — Howe Branch: The Tang Museum brings a fun art project to us. For ages 5-17.
Aug. 1 (Fri)
+ Maker Camp Virtual Field Trip at 2 pm — Main Library Children’s Room: Join us for a special sneak peek into cool people, places and things. Past virtual field trips included Disney and Cartoon Network. For ages 11-17. For more information on this week’s virtual destination, please call 427-4310.