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Awesome Kid and Teen Programs at the Library

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

We’ve got some terrific programs for kids and teens at our libraries this week! Check out these free activities.


JULY 30 (Tues)

+ Clay Workshop at 2 pm — Pine Hills Branch

Make a small clay pot using only your hands. Then carve and paint your creation. Ages 5-12.

Charcoal Drawing at 3 pm — North Albany Branch

The Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum teaches us how to make charcoal drawings. Ages 6-18.

Cretaceous Crime Scene Investigation at 4 pm — Main Library

Who killed the thescelosauraus? Try to solve the mystery as we investigate a prehistoric crime scene. Must register online or at 427-4310. Ages 6-18.


JULY 31 (Wed)

Super-Sized Memory Game at 12-8 pm — Howe Branch

Drop in and play an oversized game of memory using illustrations from classic children’s books. All ages.

Terrarium Workshop at 2 pm — Bach Branch

Make a miniature garden inside a cool container that you can take home. Must register at 482-2154. Ages 5-12.

+  Honest Weight Food Co-op at 3 pm — Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

Learn about fun and healthy food from the folks at Honest Weight. All ages.

Take the 2014 Teen Video Challenge at 4 pm — Delaware Branch

Aspiring teen directors can make a 30- to 90-second video promoting public libraries and the fun of summer reading. Winning teens get cash prizes and their videos gain national exposure. Learn how to enter the challenge and get started making your video. Ages 13-18.


AUG. 1 (Thurs)

Choose Health at 3 pm — Delaware Branch

The Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches us about being healthy. All ages.

Super-Sized Memory Game at 12-6 pm — Howe Branch

Drop in for more game fun. All ages.


We also have an assortment of our regular weekly story times and related activities going on this week too. Check our online calendar or call your neighborhood library for details.


Hunger Games Mania Arrives at APL

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Just in time for the movie’s release this week, you can channel your inner Katniss or Peeta and join us for some fun activities based on the award-winning young adult trilogy by author Suzanne Collins. Our “Hunger Games” events for tweens/teens are on March 20 and March 23. Read on for details.


March 20 (Tuesday) at 3:30 to 5 pm

Pine Hills Branch

Participate in a survival role-playing game where contestants are sorted into teams based on the 12 Panem districts. As in the books, we’ll have a cornucopia with items that will either help or hinder the teams in their quest for survival. There’ll also be an archer contest. Participants will enjoy pizza too. For ages 12-16. For more information, call the Pine Hills Branch at 482-7911.



March 23 (Friday) at 4-6 pm

Howe Branch

Show off your survival skills, intimidate your competitors, and impress the game makers as you compete in archery, sprinting, jumping, and other physical challenges. The game makers judge and the winner receives bragging rights of “most likely to win in the arena” plus free movie tickets. Ages 9-18. For more information, call the Howe Branch at 472-9485.

Snow Day Movie at Pine Hills at 3 pm

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

We’re hosting a snow day family movie at the Pine Hills Branch library today (Thursday, March 1) at 3 pm. Join us for “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” We’re serving free hot chocolate and marshmallows too!

Winter Break Activities for Kids & Teens Feb. 20-25

Friday, February 17th, 2012

School vacation is upon us and APL has lots of fun and FREE activities to help keep the kids busy. Here’s a printable flier of the activities.

Main Library 427-4310
+ Feb. 20 (M) at 10 am-5 pm: Make yarn dolls
+ Feb. 21 (Tu) at 10 am-5 pm: Make foam mosaics
+ Feb. 22 (W) at 2 pm: Make and battle Lego Mindstorm NXT robots (please call to register)
+ Feb. 23 (Th) at 2 pm: Learn about good pit bull care and training

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch 694-0596
+ Feb. 20 (M) at 3 pm: Make beaded snowflakes
+ Feb. 21 (Tu) at 2:30 pm: Make a Mardi Gras mask
+ Feb. 22 (W) at 2:30 pm: Make and race airplanes
+ Feb. 24 (F) at 2 pm: Watch “Puss in Boots” animated movie

Bach Branch 482-2154
+ Feb. 22 (W) at 4 pm: Make a craft
+ Feb. 25 (Sa) at 2 pm: Harry Potter Club

Delaware Branch 463-0254
+ Feb. 20 (M) at 12-8 pm: Make crafts
+ Feb. 22 (W) at 4 pm: Make a 3-D mask
+ Feb. 24 (F) at 4 pm: Watch your favorite picture books on the big screen

Howe Branch 472-9485
+ Feb. 23 (Th) at 4 pm: Make snowflakes
+ Feb. 24 (F) at 4 pm: Play new and favorite games on Wii and Xbox Kinect

North Albany Branch 463-1581
+ Feb. 24 (F) at 3 pm: Make a fun winter craft

Pine Hills Branch 482-7911
+ Feb. 20 (M) at 12-8 pm: Play board games with friends
+ Feb. 21 (Tu) at 10 am-6 pm: Make some art with our supplies
+ Feb. 22 (W) at 3:45 pm: Learn how to juggle with homemade juggle balls
+ Feb. 23 (Th) at 12-6 pm: Make some art with our supplies
+ Feb. 24 (F) at 3 pm: Watch “Puss in Boots” on the big screen

Special Family Roller Skating Party
Join us at the Washington Avenue Armory (corner of Washington and Lark) for a free family roller skating party on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 pm. The event is designed for kids in grades 4-6 and their families. We’ll provide the skates, music, games, and popcorn. And the Albany All Stars Roller Derby League will be on hand to help kids learn to skate.

Roller Skating Party Feb. 25!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Kids love school vacation, but by the time it’s almost over, parents are searching for something different to keep them entertained. Albany Public Library has a great option: a free roller skating party on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 pm at the Washington Avenue Armory (at 195 Washington Avenue, right next to the Main Library). The library is hosting this free activity that is geared toward kids in grades 4-6 and their families. Skates will be provided.

The Albany All Stars Roller Derby League will be on hand to help kids learn to roller skate. The skating will be done in rounds depending on the number of skaters at the event. While waiting to skate, participants will enjoy music, games, and popcorn.

For more information about the free roller skating party, call the Main Library Children’s Room at 427-4310.

The roller skating party caps off a full week of free programs and activities designed to keep kids entertained during the winter school vacation. A full listing of Albany Public Library’s winter vacation week activities can be found online.

Last Chance for Summer Reading Fun!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

APL’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) is winding down over the next couple of weeks. Don’t miss out on the summer reading fun while it’s still here!

The last day for kids to record books is Monday, Aug. 15. Each library is hosting a special “end of SRP” celebration where kids will enjoy fun activities and snacks, and receive certificates if they participated in that location’s SRP.

As part of the Summer Reading Program, we’ve also got lots of fun FREE activities for kids and teens. These activities continue through the end of August. A full SRP program guide is available online.

Bring the Kids to APL This Week for Summer Fun

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Need something fun to do with the kids this week? Head over to APL and enjoy one of our many free activities.

Nature Painting in Our Garden. — 2 pm. Bach Branch. — Paint a picture using our lovely garden as inspiration. Ages 5+.

Chocolate Tasting. — 2 pm. Pine Hills Branch. — Taste-test yummy chocolate treats. Ages 5-11.

African Drumming Workshop. — 2 pm. Howe Branch. — Professional drummer John Dickson teaches kids to play rhythms on African djembe drums. Limit 25. Register 472-9485. Ages 7-13.

Sew a Stuffed Llama or Horse. — 2 pm. Main Library. — Make your own stuffed animal to take home and cuddle. Register at 427-4310. Ages 5+.

Origami and Candy Sushi. — 3 pm. Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch. — Make and eat “sushi” treats using your favorite candies. Ages 5+.

Reptile Adventure. — 3 pm. Pine Hills Branch. — See snakes, turtles, and more. Ages 5-14.

Firehouse Field Trip. — 4 pm. Bach Branch. — Meet at Bach and walk to the firehouse next door for a tour and fire safety tips. All ages.

Hat and Glove Buddies. — 4 pm. Delaware Branch. — Make a stuffed buddy from old hats and gloves. Ages 11-18.

Home Depot Workshop. — 3 pm. Delaware Branch. — Build something with us. Register at 463-0254. Ages 5+.

Dollar Origami. — 12-6 pm. North Albany Branch. — Drop in for play money fun. Ages 5+.

Home Plate Trivia Double Header. — 3 pm. Bach Branch. — Test your baseball IQ for prizes. Ages 13-18.

Weekly Story Times & More
We also have more than a dozen story times, reading groups, craft times, and Wii game nights each week for kids and teens. Check our online calendar for a full listing:

SummerFest Party is Saturday, July 9!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Families are invited to celebrate summer at Albany Public Library’s SummerFest party on Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Delaware Branch Library (331 Delaware Avenue). This free outdoor party features bounce houses, activities, games and prizes, magic, music and dancing, and snacks.

SummerFest is the major event in the library’s Summer Reading Program, which encourages literacy by rewarding kids for reading. The party gives children a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and sample the activities and books available at the library.

The July 9 SummerFest activities include:
+ A giant bounce activity center and a kiddie bounce house
+ Roving magic show by Mr. Magicman
+ Special hip hop dance performance by students from Albany Salsa
+ Music and dancing
+ Games and prizes
+ Snow cones and popcorn
+ Summer snacks provided by Price Chopper

The SummerFest party is so big that the library is closing all branches—except for Delaware and the Main Library (161 Washington Avenue)—on Saturday, July 9. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood is also participating in the July 9 festivities with special sales at many businesses, food and activity booths, and a garage sale.

The Albany Public Library Summer Reading Program runs from June 27 to August 15. Kids and teens register and record their reading at the library or online. For every week they read, participants are eligible for prizes. More than 100 special events and activities are planned at the library’s seven locations during the seven week program. A complete activity guide is available online.

This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Price Chopper, Friends of Albany Public Library, Friendly’s, and Stewart’s Shops.

Summer Reading Program is Here!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Hey kids! School is out and the Summer Reading Program is in!

Visit us from Monday, June 27, through Monday, Aug. 15, for some summer reading fun! Stop by your neighborhood library to check out some great books, read them at home, record the books you read, and earn chances to win cool prizes.

We’ve also got great weekly activities planned at all seven APL libraries. This year’s Summer Reading Program is called “One World, Many Stories” and each library has planned special continent-specific arts, crafts, movies, and more fun events. You’ll get a Summer Reading Program passport and can collect stamps from each continent (library) you visit. Kids who collect a stamp from all seven continents get a chance to win a special prize at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

So kids, register for the Summer Reading Program and have some fun at the library this summer!

Summer reading for kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade

Summer reading for kids entering 6th through 12th grade

Full guide to all the summer reading activities and events at APL

Halloween in the Hills Friday Night

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Join us Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch for a FREE kids dance party and costume contest! The “Halloween in the Hills” party includes a live DJ and dancing, snacks and candy, fun crafts and face painting, and a costume contest with prizes. It’s going to be a frightfully fun Halloween party!

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