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Halloween-Themed Events at APL

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Calling all ghosts and witches, vampires and werewolves, clowns and cowboys . . . We’ve got a lot of fun, free Halloween-themed activities planned at Albany’s libraries in the next two weeks.

The featured event is “Halloween in the Hills” — a kids dance and costume party scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch. We’ll have a live DJ and dancing, yummy snacks and candy, fun crafts and face painting, and a costume contest with prizes. This party is geared toward elementary- and middle-schoolers and their caregivers.

Another fun event for the whole family is a live telling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by NYS Assemblyman Jack McEneny on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. at the Howe Branch. Come early to make fun Halloween crafts and decorate a pumpkin to take home.

Here are some other Halloween activities, listed by date. All are free and open to the public. For more information, call the host library.

MONDAY, OCT. 18
5 p.m. Watch the “Corpse Bride” at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch. A Victorian groom finds himself accidentally married to a dead woman–the corpse bride–in this Oscar-nominated animated feature from director Tim Burton. (2005, PG)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20
1 p.m. Halloween Floral Arranging Demonstration at Pine Hills Branch. Adults can get great decorating ideas from Nagengast Florists.
5:30 p.m. Watch “Beetlejuice” at Pine Hills Branch. This Tim Burton classic is comically ghoulish and stars Michael “I’m Batman” Keaton. (1988, PG)

THURSDAY, OCT. 21
3:30 p.m. Halloween Craft at Pine Hills Branch. Kids make a fun craft to take home.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27
3:30 p.m. Halloween Craft at North Albany Branch. Kids make a fun Halloween craft to decorate their rooms at home.
4 p.m. After-School Halloween Craft at Bach Branch. Make a flying furry bat to take home.

THURSDAY, OCT. 28
3:30 p.m. Celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” at Delaware Branch. Kids will make skeleton masks for the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday that remembers family and friends who have died. This activity is part of the library’s La Mezcla Hispana Spanish language and culture program for elementary and middle school children.
4 p.m. Halloween Crafts at Howe Branch. Kids make crafts and decorate pumpkins.
4:30 p.m. Spooky Storyteller at Howe Branch. Hear “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

FRIDAY, OCT. 29
6-8 p.m. Halloween in the Hills kids dance and costume party at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch.

SATURDAY, OCT. 30
2 p.m. Watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at Pine Hills Branch. This animated feature follows Jack Skellington, mayor of Halloweentown, as he learns about Christmastown and tries to figure out that holiday’s traditions. Enjoy free popcorn from the Madison Theater too. (1993, PG)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31
1-5 p.m. Trick-or-Treat at the Main Library. Kids wear your costumes and visit the children’s room for a Halloween treat.
2 p.m. Watch “Poltergeist” at the Main Library auditorium. This 1982 movie follows a family as they struggle with a home filled with ghosts and creepy happenings. Rated PG.

Libraries Offer Free Tutoring and Homework Help

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Students needing extra help with their homework and reading can get assistance at several Albany Public Library locations. Our community partners provide FREE tutoring, reading homework help, and GED classes at various libraries in the city. For more information, call or visit your neighborhood library.

End of Summer Reading Parties Coming Up

Monday, August 16th, 2010

It’s now party time for kids and teens who participated in the Summer Reading Program! Each library is hosting an end of the Summer Reading Program party in the week ahead. Here’s a schedule:

Main Library: Aug. 21 (Sat) at 1:30 p.m. Ages 5-18. Dancing, treats, and prizes for all.

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch: Aug. 17 (Tues) at 2 p.m. Ages 5-18. Ice cream, snacks, games, music, and more.

Bach Branch: Aug. 18 (Wed) at 2 p.m. for ages 5-11 AND at 6 p.m. for ages 12-18. Prizes and goodies.

Delaware Branch: Aug. 23 (Mon) at 4:30 p.m. Ages 5-18. Final prizes and certificates, plus refreshments.

Howe Branch: Aug. 19 (Thurs) at 1:30 p.m. Ages 5-18. Ice pops, bouncy balls, sidewalk chalk art contest.

North Albany: Aug. 17 (Tues) at 2 p.m. Ages 5-18. Games, prizes, and refreshments.

Pine Hills: Aug. 24 (Tues) at 2 p.m. Ages 5-18. Entertainment by ventriloquist/magician Steve Charney.

Lots of Free Activities Week of Aug. 2 at Your Libraries

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It’s a new month of fun, free activities at your Albany Public Library! Check out our online schedule for a full listing of this week’s events. If you’re looking for more details about any of the activities, please call the host branch.

Here are just a few highlights for the week of August 2:

Monday, Aug. 2
2 pm. Make Water Globes at Delaware Branch. Kids used recycled jars, glitter, and pictures to make their own water globes to take home. Register at 463-0254.

Tuesday, Aug. 3
12:15 pm. Friends of APL Book review at Main Library. Herbert Holland reviews Neil Sheehan’s “A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon.”

Wednesday, Aug. 4
1:30 pm. Paper Airplane Derby at Main Library. Kids make their own paper airplanes and see who has the fastest one.

5:30 pm. Family Movie at Pine Hills Branch. The children’s classic comes to the big screen in “Where the Wild Things Are.” Free popcorn from the Madison Theatre too.

Thursday, Aug. 5
1 pm. Fruit and Veggie Sculptures for Kids at Howe Branch. Honest Weight Food Co-op will teach you how to play with your food to make nutritious and delicious snacks. Register at 472-9485.

2 pm. Fantastic Flip Flop Flippers for Kids at North Albany Branch. Make and decorate a unique sculpture with the Tang Teaching Museum.

Friday, Aug. 6
12:30-4:30 pm. Community Book Reading at Bach Branch. Community members will take turns reading John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” on the 65th anniversary of the bombing of that Japanese city.

3-4 pm. Hip-Hop Dance Class for Kids at Arbor Hill/West Hill. Get your groove on with your friends and learn hip-hop moves. First of four Friday afternoon classes this month.

Fun Stuff at Your Libraries this Week!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Don’t let the summer slump get you down! Head over to your favorite neighborhood library for free fun activities for the whole family.

Our online calendar has a full listing of this week’s events. If you need more details, please call the host branch.

Here are just a few highlights for the week of July 26:

Monday, July 26
6 pm. Monday Movie at Main Library. “The Losers” details a mission by an elite Special Forces unit.

6 pm. Family Movie Night at Bach Branch. Watch modern animated classic “The Iron Giant” and enjoy free popcorn too.

Tuesday, July 27
12:15 pm. Friends of APL Speaker at Main Library. Melanie Trimble of the Capital Region Chapter of the NY Civil Liberties Union discusses “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

2 pm. Cupcake Cram at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch. Kids decorate and eat your own dessert masterpieces. Ages 5+.

2 pm. Design What You’d Catch in McElligot’s Pool at North Albany Branch. Listen to Dr. Seuss’ story and create what you would catch in McElligot’s pool. Ages 6+.

Wednesday, July 28
1:30 pm. Scavenger Hunt for Kids at Main Library. Register at 427-4310. Ages 5+.

2 pm. Kids Get Crafty at Bach Branch. Make a peek-a-boo pet to take home. Ages 5+.

5:30-7:30 pm. Purl Jam at Delaware Branch. Bring your knitting and crocheting projects. All levels welcome. No formal instruction, but plenty of advice.

5:30 pm. Wednesday Movie at Pine Hills Branch. Follow the struggles and triumphs of a female professional baseball league in “A League of Their Own” and enjoy free popcorn.

6 pm. Teen Tokyo at Bach Branch. Learn about Japanese culture, anime, food, and more. Ages 12-18.

Thursday, July 29
10 am. Local Gardening for Kids at Howe Branch. Learn about growing delicious, health food in your own backyard. Lessons and snacks from Youth Organics. Register at 472-9485. Ages 5+.

2 pm. Flip Flop Flippers at Pine Hills Branch. Fun craft for kids presented by Tang Teaching Museum. Register at 482-7911. Ages 6+.

4:30-5:30 pm. Making Change at Main Library. Drop-in money matters counseling sessions.

Friday, July 30
10:30 am. Open Computer Lab at Delaware Branch. Work on your projects on our computers. Register at 463-0254.

Win Prizes for Reading with APL this Summer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

There’s still plenty of time left to participate in our Summer Reading Program! Read any book of your choice, record your reading online, and you could be eligible for great prizes.

All you have to do is register for APL’s Summer Reading Program. All of our libraries are participating in the program, which runs through Aug. 14. Kids, teens and adults register and record their reading online. For every week they read during the program, participants are eligible for prizes.

The Summer Reading Program has something for everyone:

Make a Splash @ Your Library for Kids in Grades K-5
Kids get a chance to earn a prize for every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.

Make Waves @ Your Library for Teens in Grades 6-12
Teens also earn chances for a prize every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.

Baby Bookworms for Babies and Toddlers
Parents read to their little ones for 15 minutes each day, and fill out a reading record. Each child gets a new book in July and August. Visit your APL children’s librarian to register your little one for Baby Bookworms.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Grownups can get in on the summer reading act too. In the Read It & Rate It program, they can read any book, give it a rating, and earn a chance to win a prize in the weekly drawing.

More than 100 special events and activities—like magic shows, movie showings, yoyo classes, jewelry-making sessions, Wii game nights, paper airplane derbies, bubble blowing contests, and parties—are planned at the library’s seven locations.

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

Summer Reading Fun!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

School’s out and kids are flocking to their neighborhood Albany Public Libraries for the Summer Reading Program. The program encourages literacy by rewarding kids for reading from June 25 to August 14. Prizes and special activities are designed to further engage kids in the world of books and reading. Participants register, and record their reading, online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org.

“Students need to maintain their reading skills over the long summer break from school, and Albany Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is a fun way to help kids do that,” said Albany Public Library Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “The Summer Reading Program rewards kids for reading consistently during the summer. We also have more than 100 special events and great activities at our seven libraries during the summer to keep kids entertained in a fun and educational way.”

The biggest event in Albany Public Library’s Summer Reading Program this year is Summer Splash, a free outdoor family party at the Delaware Branch Library on Saturday, July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. The branch will provide snacks, popcorn and snow cones, games and prizes, activities, water fun, bounce house, music, and more for kids and their families. The party is so big that the library is closing all branches—except for Delaware and the Main Library—that day. The Delaware Avenue neighborhood is also participating in the July 10 festivities: many Delaware Avenue businesses are hosting specials that day, and the neighborhood garage sale is taking place too.

The Summer Reading Program has something for kids of all ages:
Make a Splash @ Your Library for Kids in Grades K-5 and Make Waves @ Your Library for Teens in Grades 6-12—Kids get a chance to earn a prize for every week they read. They can post book reviews online, and visit their branch libraries for prizes, special activities, events, and parties.
Baby Bookworms for Babies and Toddlers—Parents read to their little ones for 15 minutes each day, and fill out a reading record. Each child gets a new book in July and August.
Adult Summer Reading Program—Grownups can get in on the summer reading act too. In the Read It & Rate It program, they can read any book, give it a rating, and earn a chance to win a prize in the weekly drawing.

The full Summer Reading Program guide details all the great activities for kids and teens, including crafts, magic shows, food programs, movie showings, and parties. The guide is available at all Albany Public Library locations and online at www.albanypubliclibrary.org/documents/srpguide.pdf. This year’s Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of Albany Public Library, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shops, and The Stakeholders Foundation.

Workshop for Crafters, Artists March 19 at Main Library

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Crafters and artists of all ages can make their own altered books Friday, March 19, through our latest ReadCycle workshop at the Main Library. The workshop runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the large auditorium.

Altered books are a form of mixed media art. Altered book artists take old books and use found and recycled materials, plus different techniques, to transform them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self expression. Artists choose from many techniques—including cutting, gluing, tearing, painting, drawing, stamping, and sculpting—and types of found and recycled objects—like ribbons, photographs, inks, paints, papers, fabrics, and mementos—when creating their altered books.

Participants in the March 19 ReadCycle event at Main will make beautiful works of art out of found objects, including old library books. During this program, visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will present a hands-on workshop on how to make altered books using a variety of found and recycled materials. Crafters and artists of all ages are welcome to attend this free program. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own found items and memorabilia to use in creating their altered books.

Another ReadCycle program is set for Friday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Howe Branch Library at 105 Schuyler Street. This program will provide returning and new participants with studio time and materials to work on their altered books art projects.

ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books, A Community Art Project kicked off in February at the Pine Hills Branch Library. The Delaware Branch Library also hosted a workshop, and the Howe Branch Library will offer one in April. The project will make its way around to all of Albany’s libraries this year.

Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle altered books community art project is made possible in part through a Community Art$Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Vacation Fun at APL Feb. 13-20

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Parents looking for fun things for their kids to do during winter break should look no further than Albany Public Library. The five APL libraries have plenty of programs planned for Feb. 13 through 20 to keep kids busy.

Here’s a small selection of APL’s winter vacation week activities for children. All programs are free and open to the public. For a full schedule and details, visit the library’s online calendar at www.albanypubliclibrary.org/calendar/.

FILMS
Feb. 15, 1 p.m., Main Library, “Spirited Away”
Feb. 17, 1 p.m., Main Library, “Shorts”
Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Delaware Branch, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Feb. 19, 1 p.m., Main Library, “The Parent Trap”

CRAFTS
Feb. 13, 1-5 p.m. at Delaware Branch and 1-4 p.m. at Main Library, Make a Valentine
Feb. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Pine Hills Branch, “ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books Community Art Project” Workshop
Feb. 15-Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Main Library and 12-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Branch, Art-on-a-Cart
Feb. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., Delaware Branch, ReadCycle Altered Books Project Studio Time

GAMES
Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m. at Main Library and 5-7 p.m. at Howe Branch, Wii Games
Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m. at Main Library and 4-5:30 p.m. at Delaware Branch, Wii Games

STORY TIMES
Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m., Pine Hills Branch, Toddler Story Time
Feb. 17, 10:15 a.m. at North Albany Branch and 10:30 a.m. at Main Library and Delaware Branch, Preschool Story Time
Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Lapsit Story Time, and 10:30 a.m., Pine Hills, Toddler Story Time

APL locations:
Main Library, 161 Washington Avenue, 427-4300
Delaware Branch, 331 Delaware Avenue, 463-0254
Howe Transitional Branch, 200 South Pearl Street, 472-9485
North Albany Branch Library, 616 North Pearl Street, 463-1581
Pine Hills Branch, 517 Western Avenue, 482-7911

Library Kicks Off Altered Books Art Project

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Calling all artists and crafters. Albany Public Library has a new program just for you. The ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books, A Community Art Project kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pine Hills Branch Library at 517 Western Avenue (482-7911).

Altered books are a form of mixed media art. Altered book artists take old books and use found and recycled materials, plus different techniques, to transform them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self expression. Artists choose from many techniques—including cutting, gluing, tearing, painting, drawing, stamping, and sculpting—and types of found and recycled objects—like ribbons, photographs, inks, paints, papers, fabrics, and mementos—when creating their altered books.

Participants in the ReadCycle kickoff event on Feb. 13 will make beautiful works of art out of found objects, including old library books. During this program, visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will present a hands-on workshop on how to make altered books using a variety of found and recycled materials. Crafters and artists of all ages are welcome to attend this free program. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own found items and memorabilia to use in creating their altered books.

A second ReadCycle program is set for Friday, Feb. 19, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Branch Library at 331 Delaware Avenue (463-0254). This program will provide returning and new participants with studio time and materials to work on their altered books art projects.

The ReadCycle project will expand throughout the Albany Public Library system. Look for more art-making sessions at Albany’s other neighborhood libraries this year.

Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle altered books community art project is made possible in part through a Community Art$Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

For more information about Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle community art project, please call the Main Library at 427-4300.

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