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Science Crew After-School Club Launches at Main Library & Delaware Branch

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Science Crew is coming to two Albany Public Library locations this spring to encourage youngsters’ love of science and learning.

APL is partnering with the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology to provide children in second through fifth grades with a unique weekly after-school experience focused on the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Participants in the free Science Crew program will learn how things work by conducting experiments, creating designs, and building structures such as bridges, kites, and much more.

The hour-long Science Crew programs run weekly during the remainder of the school year at two APL locations: the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue and the Delaware Branch at 331 Delaware Avenue.

  • Delaware Branch: April 7, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16 (Mondays) at 4-5 pm
  • Main Library: April 10, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 19 (Thursdays) at 4-5 pm

For more information, please call the Delaware Branch at 463-0254 or the Main Library at 427-4310.

Guitar Time Workshops Start April 1 at Main Library

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Albany Public Library is continuing its popular Music Matters workshops with the latest installment called Guitar Time. Teens and adults will learn the basics of guitar playing from local musicians in a series of free weekly sessions in April, May, and June at the Main Library.

The APL Music Matters: Guitar Time sessions are scheduled every Tuesday evening (7-8:30 pm) from April 1 through June 24 in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is a desire to make music. All sessions are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a guitar, if they have one. The library will have a few guitars on hand for use during the classes.

For more information about Albany Public Library’s Music Matters workshops, call 427-4349.

The Music Matters: Guitar Time sessions at the Main Library are:

The first session is an overview of the topic, with the second session being a full lesson. The rest of the sessions are practice times where participants can work as a group or individually with help from the instructors.

The first session is a full lesson, with the rest of the month devoted to practice and help from instructors.

The first session is a full lesson, with the rest of the sessions focused on practice and help from instructors.

New Program Guide Online

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Read all about the awesome programs and events we have planned for April, May, and June in our latest program guide!

Here are just a few of APL’s upcoming activities:

  • “Homespun” Art Exhibition — Starts at the Pine Hills Branch on May 2 with an opening reception
  • Music Matters, the Guitar Time Sessions — Guitar lessons and practice sessions for teens and adults starting on April 1 at the Main Library
  • Free Comic Book Day — At all of our locations on May 3
  • Raising a Reader Baby Shower — Fun and information for young families at the Main Library on May 4
  • CNSE CMOST Science Crew — After-school program for 2nd through 5th graders at Main Library and Delaware Branch starting in April
  • Capital Region Housing Fair — For home buyers and home owners at Main Library on April 26
  • Home History Hunters — A local history program about researching your home’s past at Pine Hills Branch on  May 7
  • Walking Tours of Pine Hills Neighborhood — Learn about the area’s history and architecture on May 10 and May 12
  • Sewing and Clothing Repair – Learn how to use our sewing machine to make and fix your own clothes at Howe Branch starting on April 9

We provide dozens of free programs, activities, events, and workshops every week. Make plans to join us!

Upcoming Activities at APL

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The month is winding down, but we still have some great programs planned for you! Here are just a few of our upcoming library activities. Our online calendar has a complete listing.


MARCH 22 (Sat)

Albany History Room — 1:30 to 5 pm at the Main Library

The second floor room containing our vast collection of Albany history items is open today. City historian Tony Opalka will be on hand from 2 to 4 pm to help with your research.


MARCH 24 (Mon)

Music Matters: Hip Hop Club — 7 pm at the Main Library

It’s the last night of the Hip Hop Club! Join us and learn how to make beats and rhymes with local emcee Sev Statik.


MARCH 25 (Tues)

Friends of APL Book Review: “Engines of Change” — 12:15 pm at the Main Library

Olaf Hausgaard reviews this book by Paul Ingrassia.


MARCH 26 (Wed)

STEMpunk! Soundtrax — 6:30 pm at the Main Library

Teens get geeky with gadgets to make music.


MARCH 27 (Thurs)

After-school Story Time: Science Edition — 4 pm at the Delaware Branch

Kids explore the world of science through experiments and books. Please register at 463-0254.


MARCH 28 (Fri)

Making Music with Deb Cavanaugh — 10:30 am at the Main Library

Songs, music, and movement for little ones ages birth to 4.

Just for Teens — 3:30 to 5 pm at the Bach Branch

Teens enjoy games, movies, activities, and more.


MARCH 29 (Sat)

Walk-in Income Tax Assistance — 10 am to 3 pm at the Main Library

Get your income taxes prepared for free. Walk-ins only. There is a $52,000 household income limit. Tax help provided by volunteers from IRS VITA and AARP Tax-Aide. For more details about the library’s tax help program, please call 427-4303.


Two APL Board Seats Up for Election in May

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Albany Public Library Board of Trustees has two positions that are up for election on Tuesday, May 20.

The two open trustee positions carry full five-year terms that start on July 1. The library’s nine-member Board of Trustees is charged with making the rules, regulations, and policies under which the seven-location library system operates. The expiring terms are currently held by Holly McKenna and Andrew Bechard.

In order to run for a seat on the APL board, candidates must meet the following criteria: be at least 18-years-old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the city of Albany, registered to vote in the November 2013 general election, and submit a valid nominating petition.

Nominating petitions are available at all Albany Public Library locations and on the library’s website.

Completed nominating petitions (including at least 57 valid signatures) must be returned to the Clerk of the City School District of Albany by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

The board is hosting an optional information session for people interested in running for library trustee on Saturday, April 5, at 2 pm in conference room #1 at the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue). Current trustees will participate in a moderated panel discussion about the work of the board, why they decided to run for office, and their experiences as candidates and board members.


Live Music at Delaware Friday Night

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

We’ve got a great way to start the weekend – join us at the Delaware Branch on Friday, March 21, at 5 pm for a free performance by vocalist Eileen Egan Mack and pianist John Van Stone. The duo will entertain us with a selection of jazz compositions and help ease us into the weekend!

Current Art Exhibition at Pine Hills Ends March 29

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If you haven’t had a chance to view the wonderful “Out of Print” art exhibition at our Pine Hills Branch yet, make plans to stop by soon as March 29 is the last day the art will be displayed.

The exhibition features work in a variety of mediums from artists who respond to the material qualities of books or use the book format as inspiration for new physical forms.

The art can be viewed during regular branch hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 12 to 8 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday and Friday: 12 to 6 pm

Saturday: 1 to 5 pm

The Pine Hills Branch is located at 517 Western Avenue. For more information about “Out of Print,” please call 482-7911.

A new art exhibition, “Homespun,” debuts on May 2.

Geography Bee for Grownups March 13 at Pine Hills

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

A quick morning-after update: The Pine Hills geography bee was a success! Check out this CBS6 news story about the event.

We also live-tweeted the geography bee on our Twitter page. You can follow the highlights here: @AlbanyNYLibrary #geobee


It’s time to get your trivia team together to tackle a new challenge — geography! Albany Public Library is continuing its team challenge nights with a geography bee for adults on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch.

APL’s creative librarians have come up with some non-traditional geography challenges based on kids’ games. Instead of “pin the tail on the donkey,” you’ll play “pin the city on the state.” You’ll use your best crayon skills to draw maps. And, you’ll do some local Google street-view stalking to figure out where in the world Carmen Sandiego’s been hiding.  

There will be prizes for the best teams, along with state-shaped cookies and other snacks for participants.

There are a limited number of spots and teams need to register to participate. To register, please call the Pine Hills Branch at 482-7911 ext. 230.

Teen Tech Week Mixes Music and Technology

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

APL is celebrating Teen Tech Week with a series of free programs March 8 through March 14 that combine the art of making music with the science of technology. The goal is to give youngsters a collaborative outlet for their creativity while teaching them about new technologies.

The Teen Tech Week programs take place in the Children’s Room at the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.

We are hosting WEXT radio show “The Peanut Butter Jam” on Saturday, March 8, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Main Library Children’s Room. Station DJ Chris Wienk visits to record a special episode of the popular children’s music program. Kids can DJ and try out their radio voices to make special announcements and introduce songs. The program also includes live music. The special APL episode of “The Peanut Butter Jam” show will be played on WEXT 97.7 FM at a future date.

The Build-a-Song program allows kids and teens to create a song with APL librarians (several of whom are singers, songwriters, and musicians). For five consecutive days, participants play instruments, write lyrics and music, record the song, and then mix and master their creation. The finished song will be put on a CD available to borrow from the library and posted on APL’s YouTube channel.

Build-a-Song is March 10 through March 14 (Monday through Friday) at the Main Library:

o   March 10 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Drums and basslines

o   March 11 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Guitars and keyboards

o   March 12 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Special effects

o   March 13 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Vocals

o   March 14 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Mixing and mastering

The Build-a-Song program is made possible in part by a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association through which the library purchased the music recording and engineering equipment.


For more information about Teen Tech Week at APL’s Main Library, please call 427-4310.

Get Digital Magazines from APL

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

You can read more than 80 magazine titles on your computer, smartphone, or tablet with Albany Public Library’s digital magazine collection.

APL cardholders can download as many magazines as they wish. The titles stay on your device or computer until you delete them. There are no late fees or expiration dates.

To read digital magazines from APL you will have to set up free accounts with RBDigital and Zinio. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

If you love reading magazines, this is the way to do it! Get started with our digital magazine collection today.



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