Holiday Gift Making Workshops

December 8th, 2014

Want to make a holiday craft worthy of giving to someone as a gift? We have a couple of upcoming workshops just for you!


Holiday Greeting Cards & Gift Bags — Dec. 13 (Sat)

2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Delaware Branch

Drop by and use our supplies to make your own holiday greeting cards and gift bags.


Holiday Gift Making — Dec. 13 (Sat) and Dec. 20 (Sat)

2 to 3:30 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch

We’ll make a different holiday gift each session. Please call 427-4310 for details.

APL Director Profiled in Times Union

December 1st, 2014

Scott C. JarzombekAlbany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek is the subject of a profile article in the Times Union. The article, “New Director’s Resume Reads Like Adventure Tale,” is available online.

The profile talks about how a skateboarding punk rocker with a love of history and comic books came to be a librarian and leader of a cutting-edge public library system.

Scott also shares his thoughts about ensuring that Albany’s libraries are seen as a third place by the community.

“It’s not home, it’s not work. It’s a third place where people can go to and spend time either interacting with their community or just leaving their house,” Jarzombek tells reporter Cathleen Crowley. “It’s space you can go to because it’s yours, because it’s everybody’s. That was my experience growing up.”

Get Involved in Pine Hills Art Exhibition

November 27th, 2014

Our winter art exhibition — Written Response Requested — is in full swing at the Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave.) and viewers have the unique opportunity to participate in the show by creating their own writings, in response to the art, and submitting them to our juried writing contest.

For the exhibition, each artist was paired with a writer who created a unique writing prompt for one piece of artwork, and then responded to their own prompt by creating a short piece of writing—fiction, poetry, essay—that is displayed alongside the artwork. For the other pieces in the show, prominent regional writers created writing prompts that will be displayed alongside the art.

Viewers are invited to respond to the prompts by submitting their own written pieces. The writing contest is in partnership with the Pine Hills Review and faculty members from the Creative Writing Program at The College of Saint Rose. Selected submissions will be showcased during the show in Spring 2015 and published in a chapbook.

Contest details are online.

“Written Response Requested” is an exhibition in partnership with the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at The College of Saint Rose that will feature the work of four visual artists and four local authors. The exhibition can be viewed during library hours and continues through March 21, 2015.

Delaware Avenue Trolley Tree

November 26th, 2014

The Delaware Branch is the new home to the Delaware Avenue Trolley Tree by artist Matt Hart.

The sculpture was created using trolley rails dug up during street construction. A gift to APL from the Delaware Avenue Merchants Group and the Delaware Area Neighborhood Association, the sculpture is dedicated in the memory of Albany historian and neighbor Virginia Bowers.

The sculpture was installed along the back patio in mid-November. The library will host a dedication ceremony in the spring.

All Branches Closing at 2 pm WED 11/26 Due to Weather

November 26th, 2014

Because of the incoming winter storm, all APL locations are closing at 2 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The libraries will remain closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 27 and Nov. 28) due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Reading Music Program Nov. 19 on Cormac McCarthy

November 17th, 2014

Songwriter Danny Whitecotton performs original songs inspired by the novels of Cormac McCarthy on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 pm in the Albany History Room at the Washington Ave. Branch. The program is free and open to the public.

Part book discussion and part music performance, this program is a unique opportunity to delve deeper into McCarthy’s contemporary classic novels and learn about the songwriting process from Whitecotton.

A selection of McCarthy’s books is available to borrow at the Washington Ave. Branch circulation desk.

For more information about this reading music program, please call 427-4349.



Albany Authors Celebrated at Literary Legends Awards

November 16th, 2014

Albany celebrated three of its own Nov. 15 at the first Literary Legends Awards hosted by the Albany Public Library Foundation at the Pine Hills Branch.

Authors William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl, and Amy Biancolli were presented with the awards by Foundation President Holly McKenna in front of an audience of about 150 friends and supporters.

The evening cocktail reception was also a fundraiser for the Foundation, which supports special projects and programs at the library.

Check out the library’s Facebook page for some photos from the event.



Komotion Movement Theater Performance on Sunday at Washington Ave

November 15th, 2014

Join us for family fun event on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch as we enjoy a free performance by Komotion Movement Theater.

Talented mime Rich Kuperberg will entertain and amaze us with stories, illusions, and laughter.

The performance is made possible by grants from the City of Albany and the NYS Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Literary Legends Event is Saturday at Pine Hills

November 11th, 2014

The first Literary Legends event honoring outstanding local writers — Amy Biancolli, Paul Grondahl, and William Kennedy — takes place this Saturday, November 15, at the Pine Hills Branch.

The event is a fundraiser, hosted by the APL Foundation, which benefits programs and projects at Albany Public Library.

Tickets for this awards ceremony/fundraising event are $75 per person. The Honorary Committee is $125 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the night of the event.

The Literary Legends evening includes:

  • Food by Café Capriccio, New World Bistro, Taste and Saati’s
  • Wine/beer/soda
  • A silent auction
  • And, of course, the awards presentation to the honorees

For more information about the Literary Legends event, please call the Foundation at (518) 427-4367.

5-Hour Film Project for Teens on Nov. 15

November 10th, 2014

Teens ages 12 to 15 can learn the basics of filmmaking and create a short film in just one day! This special program takes place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Washington Avenue Branch.

The program is free and open to the public, but registrati0n is required by calling 427-4310 or via our online calendar.

The 5-Hour Film Project is presented by Youth FX Film Experience.

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