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Library Budget Flat for 2015

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a flat budget that results in no tax levy increase.

The 2015 library operations budget is $6,434,764—the same amount as the 2013 and 2014 spending plans. Because the budget does not raise the tax levy, the library is not required to put it out for a public vote. Approval by the library’s trustees, which was unanimously given at its March meeting, is all that is required for the flat spending plan to become official.

“The library trustees are committed to maintaining current spending levels for the coming year in order to give taxpayers a little relief from their tax burden,” said APL Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “The administration has worked hard to make the most out of our current budget so we can continue operating seven wonderful neighborhood libraries for the people of Albany.”

Spring Break Activities for Kids at APL

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Albany Public Library has more than a dozen special activities planned for kids and teens April 14 through April 18 to stave off spring break boredom. Each of the library’s seven locations is hosting its own free programs. For a full listing of spring break activities, visit the library’s online calendar

Here are just a few of the spring break activities planned at APL. For more details, please call the host library.


APRIL 14 (Monday)


APRIL 15 (Tuesday)


APRIL 16 (Wednesday)


APRIL 17 (Thursday)


APRIL 18 (Friday)

  • Earth Day Art at 2 pm – Bach Branch
  • Dyken Traveling Pond with Plants and Animals at 2:30 pm – Pine Hills Branch
  • RAPoetry Contest at 4 pm – North Albany Branch


Author William Kennedy Joins Musician M.R. Poulopoulos for Special APL Event April 16

Monday, April 7th, 2014

William Kennedy’s classic novels of Albany are the inspiration for a special musical book and author talk at Albany Public Library on Wednesday, April 16. Starting at 7 pm that night, William Kennedy himself will join local singer/songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos in the Albany History Room on the second floor of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a performance by Poulopoulos and discussion with Kennedy.

Poulopoulos has been writing songs inspired by three of Kennedy’s books—“Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game,” and “Legs”—some of which he will perform at the event. He will also conduct a discussion of Kennedy’s famed Albany cycle of eight books. Kennedy will also engage with the audience in a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public, though there is limited seating in the Albany History Room. For more information about the Kennedy musical book talk, please contact the Main Library Readers’ Services Department at 427-4349.

This musical book talk program is the first in a new series where local songwriters are challenged to write songs based on the works of one author.  The second musical book talk program will be presented later this year at the Main Library.

APL Collection of Historic Albany Photos Now Online

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

APL has an awesome collection of historic Albany photos that are now available to view online! We are working with New York Heritage, a free online portal designed for researchers and history buffs, to showcase two small APL collections: “Views of Albany” and “Urban Renewal in Albany.”

“Views of Albany” showcases a selection of black and white photographs that are mostly from the early 20th century. This collection shows us the homes, churches, businesses, weather events, transportation, streets, and people of Albany’s past.

“Urban Renewal in Albany” is an album of photographs and captions that was handmade in 1976 by Florence L. Powell, a historical research assistant for the city of Albany.  The album has before-and-after pictures of the Clinton Square area of Albany (where Broadway and North Pearl Street meet Clinton Avenue) during the urban renewal era.  The photographs document the demolition of buildings, the reshaping of streets, and the construction of Interstate 787 and the Leo W. O’Brien Office Building.  The captions contain background information on the history and people associated with the places pictured, as well as Powell’s assessment of the effects of urban renewal on Albany.

APL is working to digitize more of our collections. The full Pruyn Collection of Albany History is housed at the Main Library and includes documents about urban renewal, the South Mall construction, city and state government, and African American history. The Pruyn Collection includes thousands of books, photographs, city directories, newspapers, documents, census records, city council minutes, maps, and more.

Please send questions to or call 427-4303.

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!

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