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Labor Day Weekend Closure

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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.

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks

Borrow eMagazines

+  Read along with us in the APL Online Reading Group on

We’ll be open again with regular hours on Sept. 2.

End of Summer Fun at APL

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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.


Build-a-Song on Aug. 25-29

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.


Teen STEM Party on Aug. 25

3-5 pm at the Delaware Branch

Teens create “monster foam” with exothermic reactions and explore physics with the “skateboard rocket car” experiment.


Reading Music Book Discussion & Performance on Aug. 27

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.




Garage Bands Concert Friday at Main

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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!

Ghostbusters is Moonlight Movie Thursday at Delaware

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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!

New Summer Fun for Kids at APL

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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

+ Main Library Summer Reading Finale at 2 pm — Main Library Children’s Room

Celebrate your summer reading success and enjoy snacks and raffles. We’ll also make our own mini volcanos and watch then erupt. All ages.

+ Pine Hills Summer Reading Finale at 1 pm — Pine Hills Branch

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.

+ Fun with Energy at 3:30 pm — Howe Branch

Learn about energy through interactive demonstrations that entertain and amaze. Ages 5-17.


Aug. 13 — Wednesday

+ Fizz, Boom, Power at 2 pm — Bach Branch

Learn about electricity and get a take-home activity too. Grades 1-6. Please register at 482-2154.

+ Magic Sand at 4 pm — North Albany Branch

Explore the fun colors of magic sand and make something unique.  Ages 5-17.

+ Bach Summer Reading Finale at 6:15 pm — Bach Branch

Enjoy a family dance with Paul Rosenberg and his talented musicians. All ages.

+ Yoga and Yogurt at 6:30 pm — Main Library Large Auditorium

Try out some yoga poses and then build your own yogurt parfait. Ages 11-17.


Aug. 14 — Thursday

+ CSI Evidence Workshop at 2 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Learn how detectives research evidence and use clues to solve mysteries. Ages 11-17. Please register at 482-7911 x223.

+ AH/WH Summer Reading Finale at 3 pm — Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Celebrate summer reading with a performance by the Mother Goose Jazz Band. All ages.

+ Pond Ecology at 3:30 pm — Delaware Branch

Meet wiggly pond creatures and learn how to do science explorations in their own backyard pools. Ages 5-17.

+ Howe Summer Reading Finale at 5:30 pm — Howe Branch

Celebrate summer reading by making some ice cream. Participants get their summer reading prizes too. All ages.




Read Magazines on Your Devices & Computers

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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.

Borrow Free Museum Passes from APL

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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)

Summer Reading Fun this Week

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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.





APL Accepting Donations of Albany Yearbooks

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Main Library of Albany Public Library is now accepting donations of yearbooks from current and former schools in the city of Albany. Yearbooks should be in good condition, but can have signatures and messages written in them. Yearbook donations can be dropped off at the Main Library, during normal hours, at the first floor circulation desk, the basement reception desk, or the reference desk.


APL’s collection of Albany yearbooks is housed within the Pruyn Collection of Albany History, which is located in the Albany History Room on the second floor of the Main Library.


“We are hoping to expand our yearbook collection to better assist Albany Public Library patrons who frequently seek out high school, college, elementary school, and parochial school yearbooks,” said Jim Davies, APL’s local history librarian. “These books can serve as the perfect resource for reunion organizers, genealogists, alumni, education historians, business researchers seeking out advertisements, and those simply looking to stroll down memory lane.”


A recently donated 1932 Albany High School yearbook has been digitized by APL and can be viewed for free through New York Heritage Digital Collections, an online portal designed for researchers and history buffs. To view the yearbook, visit the Albany Public Library collection on


Although the library cannot assess the value of donated yearbooks, donors can receive a form indicating how many yearbooks were donated to APL.


For more information, please call Albany Public Library’s Reference Department at 427-4303 or email


First Garage Bands Concert of the Summer is Friday

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Kick off your Friday night in style with the library’s Garage Bands in the Garage concert featuring Party Boat, Pony in the Pancake, and Linear North! This free all-ages show runs from 6 to 8 pm in the garage at the Main Library’s back entrance (off Elk St.).

We’ll also have a sale of gently used CDs for just $1 each.

Come out and support some awesome local bands at the library!


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