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New Year’s Schedule

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Please note that Albany Public library is operating a holiday schedule this week.

APL is closing early at 5:30 pm on Dec. 31 (Tues).

The library is closed on Jan. 1 (Wed).

We re-open with regular hours on Jan. 2 (Thurs).

Have a safe and happy New Year!

Library Activities for Last Week of December

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Get out of the house and stay busy with a few of the activities we have planned in the coming days! As always, APL programs are free and open to the public. A full list of activities is available on our online calendar. Here are just a few of the programs on tap:


DEC. 26 (Thursday)

+   Watch animated flick “Turbo” at the Pine Hills Branch starting at 3 pm.

+  Kids make arts-and-crafts projects at the Pine Hills Branch from 2 to 4 pm.


DEC. 27 (Friday)

+  It’s more crafting fun for kids at Pine Hills from 2 to 4 pm.

+  Kids and teens enjoy Wii gaming fun in the Main Library Children’s Room at 4 pm.


DEC. 28 (Saturday)

+  The adult/teen art group meets at the Bach Branch starting at 1 pm.


DEC. 29 (Sunday)

+  Watch “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” on the big screen at the Main Library at 2 pm.


DEC. 31 (Tuesday)

+  Enjoy a review of “Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Neverending Earth” at the Main Library at 12:15 pm. Jonathan Skinner, a retired statistician, reviews the book by Craig Childs. Sandesh Naik-Bengali, a local comic, provides a prelude to the afternoon’s discussion.

+  Kids in grades K-5 enjoy Wii, LEGOs, stories and more at the Pine Hills Branch at 3-4:15 pm.

+  Kids and teens do crafts, experiments, and more at the Main Library Children’s Room at 4 pm.



Holiday Closings

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Please note that APL has some holiday closures coming up.


All locations will be CLOSED on these days:

Dec. 24 (Tues)

Dec. 25 (Wed)

Jan. 1 (Wed)


And, all locations will close early — at 5:30 pm — on the following day:

Dec. 31 (Tues)

New APL Program Guide Available

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Ready to make plans for the new year? Check out our January/February/March program guide and add some of our events and activities to your calendar!

You can read the guide online. And, you can pick up a hard copy at any of our seven neighborhood libraries.

Live Holiday Music at the Library

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle with a live musical performance at the library! APL is hosting several free concerts this month. Join us for these festive musical performances.


DEC. 17 (Tues) — Holiday Classics by Albany High School Select Choir

Around 12:45 pm at the Main Library

Following a poetry reading hosted by the Friends of APL, the Albany High School Select Choir performs classic holiday tunes for us. (The poetry reading starts at 12:15 and the choir performs at its conclusion.)


DEC. 18 (Wed) — Jazz Tunes with Tony and Alex

6 pm at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Enjoy a wonderful jazz performance by these two accomplished local musicians.


DEC. 20 (Fri) — Holiday Sing-Along with Joe Finn

5 pm at the Delaware Branch

Singer/guitarist Joe Finn entertains us with a sing-along of holiday tunes geared toward children and families.


DEC. 21 (Sat) — Holiday Harp with Dahr

2 pm at the Pine Hills Branch

Local harpist Dahr performs a number of holiday favorites.

Experience Art at APL

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

APL’s winter art exhibition is currently on display at the Pine Hills Branch on Western Avenue. “Out of Print” features work in a variety of mediums by 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 from 12 to 8 pm

Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday and Friday from 12 to 6 pm

Saturday from 1 to 5 pm


“Out of Print” will remain on display until March 29, 2014.

Friends of APL Honor Lydia Davis as Author of the Year on Dec. 7

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Friends of Albany Public Library are honoring Lydia Davis with the Author of the Year Award on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 pm at the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue). The event is free and open to the public.

Davis, a professor and writer-in-residence at the University at Albany, is well known for her very brief and imaginative short stories. She received the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, which is awarded for achievement in fiction on the world stage, for her “inventive, carefully-crafted and hard to categorize works.” Her story collections include “Varieties of Disturbance,” “Samuel Johnson is Indignant,” and “Almost No Memory.”

In 2003, Davis received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants for her work showing “how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold a reader’s interest…Davis grants readers a glimpse of life’s previously invisible details, revealing new sources of philosophical insights and beauty.”

Davis is also known for her translations of French literary fiction into English, and was awarded a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her distinguished translations of works by Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Jouve, Michel Butor, and others.

Twelve Days of Reading Starts Dec. 2 at Howe Branch

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Children and teens can enjoy the Twelve Days of Reading at APL’s Howe Branch (105 Schuyler Street) from Dec. 2 through Dec. 14. Howe librarians have gift-wrapped a number of sets of library books. Each day, one set of books will contain a golden tickets that entitles the lucky winner to a prize such as movie tickets, gift cards, activity kits, and food items.

Here’s how the Twelve Days of Reading works:

+  Visit the Howe Branch during regular hours and check out a specially wrapped set of books

+  Bring the books home and unwrap them

+  If you find a golden ticket, bring it back to Howe and redeem it for a prize

+  Enjoy reading your books

+  When you’re done with one set of books, return them to the branch and borrow another set

Keep your eyes open for the golden tickets and happy Twelve Days of Reading!


Holiday Activities for All Ages

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Get into the holiday spirit at Albany Public Library with our series of craft activities, musical performances, and other special treats for children and adults. All programs are free and open to the public. More information can be found by calling the host library.

A Library Thanksgiving

Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 3:45 pm

Pine Hills Branch (482-7911)

Children in grades K-5 will enjoy a showing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” play library ping pong, and feast on popcorn.


Thanksgiving Craft

Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 3 to 5 pm

North Albany Branch (463-1581)

Children of all ages can stop by after school and make a festive craft to bring home and decorate their Thanksgiving tables.


12 Days of Reading

Monday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 14, during regular hours

Howe Branch (472-9485)

The Howe Branch has some great presents in store for youngsters during the 12 Days of Reading program. Children and teens are encouraged to stop by and check out the specially wrapped books and select a set to take home. Each day, one set of books will hold a golden ticket that gets the lucky winner a prize. The prizes include movie tickets, gift cards, activity kits, and food items. When participants are done with a set of books, they can come back to the branch and get another set to read and see if they’ve won that day’s golden ticket.


Holiday Crafts for Adults

Monday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 at 6 to 7:30 pm

Delaware Branch (463-0253)

Adults can make a different craft project during each of the four sessions. Registration is required by calling the Delaware Branch at 463-0254.

            Dec. 2—Plaster figurines

            Dec. 9—Jewelry

            Dec. 16—Gift wrap and wrapping paper

            Dec. 23—Lotions and perfumes



Holiday Terrarium Craft

Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4 pm

Delaware Branch (463-0254)

Youngsters ages 9 to 17 can learn how to create a tiny garden in a glass jar that is perfect for gift giving. The library provides the basic materials, but participants can bring their own small knick-knacks to personalize their terrariums. Registration is required by calling the Delaware Branch at 463-0254.


Holiday Gift Making

Saturday, Dec. 7, 14, 21 at 2 pm

Main Library (427-4310)

Children ages 5 to 17 can make a different holiday gift at each of three crafting sessions in the Main Library Children’s Room.


Holiday Sing-along

Friday, Dec. 20, at 5 pm

Delaware Branch (463-0254)

Guitarist Joe Finn will lead a sing-along of holiday tunes geared toward children and families.


Holiday Harp Performance

Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 pm

Pine Hills Branch (482-7911)

Harpist Dahr will play a selection of holiday music.


Winter Holiday Extras

Monday, Dec. 23, and Thursday-Friday, Dec. 26-27 at 2 to 4 pm

Pine Hills Branch (482-7911)

Children and teens can drop into the Children’s Room at the Pine Hills Branch and make their own art projects using the library’s supplies.

Thanksgiving Closing Notice

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

All Albany Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition, all libraries will close at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

APL re-opens with regular hours on Saturday, Nov. 30.

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