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Free Tax Help Continues at Main Library

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Main Library continues to provide free income tax help in March and April. Drop-in services are every Saturday from March 1 through April 12 between 10 am and 3 pm. Appointment-only services are provided every Wednesday from March 5 through April 9.

Volunteers from IRS VITA and AARP Tax-Aide provide free tax preparation services for people with an annual household income limit of $52,000.

Appointments (for Wednesdays only) must be made by calling the United Way 211 hotline. If you have trouble with that phone number, you can also call 694-8900 or 888-366-3211.

For more information about APL’s tax help program, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.

March Book Talks at Main Library

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Friends of APL have some great book talks on tap for March. If you’re free on Tuesday at lunchtime, make plans to join us!

All Friends book talks are free and open to the public. The talks take place on Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at the large auditorium in the Main Library.

March 4 — Book review of “Year Zero: A History of 1945″ — Reviewer is Dan Wilcox

March 11 — Book review of “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945″ — Reviewer is Herbert Holland

March 18 — Book review of “The Age of American Unreason” — Reviewer is Dennis Gaffney

March 25 — Book review of “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in 15 Cars” — Reviewer is Olaf Hausgaard

STEMpunk! Soundtrax Program for Teens

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Got a kid who loves music and tech? Our great new program – STEMpunk! Soundtrax – is for them.

Participants ages 11 through 17 meet at the Main Library on Wednesday evenings in March to explore music and sound-making with a variety of cool electronics and equipment.

Let’s get geeky with gadgets and see what sounds we can make! For more information, please call 427-4310.

STEMpunk! Soundtrax

March 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 to 8 pm

Main Library Children’s Room

APL Expands Museum Pass Program

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Albany Public Library is proud to offer a newly expanded museum pass program that provides cardholders with free admission to 20 different museums and historic sites in Albany, the greater Capital Region, and beyond.

APL 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)

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. Please note that some of the museums/historic sites participating in the program are not yet open for the season.

For more information about Albany Public Library’s museum pass program, please call the Main Library at 427-4349.

Winter Break Fun at APL

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Are your kids home from school Feb. 17-23? Make plans to head to Albany Public Library to keep them entertained with any one of more than two dozen fun and educational programs. All activities are free and open to the public.


For a complete listing, visit the library’s online calendar.


Here are just a few of the programs planned for kids and teens at APL libraries Feb. 17-23.


Feb. 17 (Mon)


Feb. 18 (Tues)


Feb. 19 (Wed)


Feb. 20 (Thurs)


Feb. 23 (Sun)

  • Indoor Planetarium presented by Dudley Observatory with showings at 1-5 pm – Main Library

All APL Libraries Open at Noon Friday, Feb. 14

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Due to the weather conditions, all Albany Public Library locations open at noon on Friday, Feb. 14. Please stay tuned and we’ll update you as needed.

Scrabble Program at Bach Rescheduled

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Tonight’s adult Scrabble game program at the Bach Branch has been rescheduled to next Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing our Scrabble players on Feb. 20!

Valentine’s Day Concert

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Albany violinist Jessica Belflower performs a free concert for us on Friday, Feb. 14, at 5 pm at the Delaware Branch.

Belflower has performed with the Albany Symphony, Bolshoi Ballet Company, and Andrea Bocelli, just to name a few.

Join us for this special Valentine’s Day musical performance!

Valentine’s Day Craft Activities

Friday, February 7th, 2014

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Do you have a present for that special someone? It’s not too late to make a small homemade gift for your sweetheart. Check out these free Valentine craft programs:


*Quilling Valentines Program Rescheduled to Feb. 12 (Wed) at 6 pm due to instructor’s illness

Quilling Valentines*

Feb. 10 (Mon) at 6 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Learn how to make a lovely paper Valentine using the quilling (paper curling) technique. Participants must be at least 16-years-old. Registration is required: 482-7911 x230.


Valentine’s Day Puzzle Cards

Feb. 11 (Tues) at 3:45 pm — Howe Branch

Make a Valentine and then cut it into a puzzle for your special someone to put together. For children of all ages. No registration required.


Origami Valentines

Feb. 14 (Fri) at 3 pm — North Albany Branch

We’ll teach your youngsters how to make Valentine’s using the ancient paper folding technique. This session is for children of all ages. No registration needed. We provide the supplies and lessons, you provide the creativity.


Very Valentine Craft

Feb. 14 (Fri) at 4 pm — Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

We’ve got the supplies you need to make a cool Valentine. Enjoy a sweet treat too. For children ages 5-12. No registration necessary.



Student Aid Form Help on Monday at Main

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Is anyone in your family preparing to go to college and struggling to fill out the financial aid FAFSA form? Visit the Main Library on Monday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 pm and get assistance with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.

Representatives from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) will be on hand to guide you through the application process and help you complete the form. An online checklist will help you prepare for the workshop.

The FAFSA form is required when applying for Pell grants, Stafford loans, Parent PLUS loans, and federal work-study. In addition, many colleges and universities require a FAFSA to qualify for scholarships, grants, or other aid that they offer. Funds from individual colleges are not always based on financial need.

For more information about the FAFSA workshop at the Main Library, and to register, please contact NYS HESC at or 473-7198.


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