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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.



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

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