Ice Skating Party Canceled

February 16th, 2015

Due to the extreme cold, the Feb. 16 ice skating party at Swinburne Skating Rink is canceled.

Sorry to disappoint all the skaters out there, but it is just brutally cold.

If you want to venture out, we do have some fun activities planned for inside our library branches all week.


Library Seeks Art Exhibition Coordinator

February 10th, 2015

APL is looking for an art exhibition coordinator. This person coordinates two exhibitions at the Pine Hills Branch each year. This includes working with the library’s Art Exhibition Committee to review and select artwork, arranging and installing the artwork for exhibitions, and implementing the library’s exhibit policies and procedures.

Applications for the APL art exhibition coordinator position are due by Feb. 15.

All Libraries Opening at Noon on Mon, Feb. 9

February 9th, 2015

Due to the poor weather conditions, all Albany Public Library locations are opening at noon on Monday, Feb. 9. Stay tuned for any updates.

Get Taxes Prepared for Free at Super Refund Saturday

February 6th, 2015

Join us this Saturday, Feb. 7, for Super Refund Saturday at the Washington Avenue Branch. Anyone with an annual household income of $53,000 or less can get their federal income taxes prepared for free by trained volunteers from KeyBank.

Assistance at Super Refund Saturday is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees must bring pertinent data with them, including: photo identification, social security card, social security cards for dependents and qualifying children, income and interest statements (W-2, 1099, etc.), and any other materials necessary to complete the tax return.

For more information about KeyBank Super Refund Saturday, please call the Washington Ave. Branch Reference Department at 427-4303.

If you can’t make it to the Washington Ave. Branch on Feb. 7, the library also hosts income tax preparation services at several locations during the tax season. This service is provided for free.



Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

February 5th, 2015

We’ll have special activities at our libraries on Saturday, Feb. 7, for Take Your Child to the Library Day! In addition to the fun and free activities, you’ll be able to sign up for a MyCARD (fine-free library card designed for kids and teens) too.

On Feb. 7 you can enjoy:

Washington Ave. Branch — 10:30 to 11:30 am — Get creative with Play-Doh

Bach Branch — 1 to 4 pm — Make a book spine poem, guess the number of items in a special jar, and listen to “Molly, by Golly” about the first female firefighter

Howe Branch — 1:30 to 4 pm — Build something awesome with  our huge LEGO collection

Delaware Branch — 3 to 4 pm — Play rounds of giant picture book memory match game




New Room for Kids & Teens Celebrated at Washington Ave. Branch

February 3rd, 2015

We celebrated the official opening of the new Youth Services Room at the Washington Avenue Branch on Feb. 3 with a special welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony.

APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek was joined by Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar and APL Board President Mary-Ellen Piche, along with a group of adorable pre-schoolers, in cutting the ribbon marking the ceremonial opening of the wonderful new room for children and teens.

The new youth space at the Washington Ave. Branch features:

  • A fresh, colorful, modern look with improved lighting and furnishings
  • Separate areas, along with computers and iPads, for children and teens
  • Comfortable spots to sit and read, work on homework, and use technology
  • Plenty of room for programs, including story times, arts and crafts, and STEM activities
  • A daycare-quality play kitchen and LEGO table
  • Puzzles, games, building sets, and toys to enjoy in the room
  • An expanded picture book collection with titles arranged by themes
  • An “express checkout station” right in the room for young patrons and their families to check out materials

“Every day, Albany Public Library nurtures a love of reading and learning in our community’s children and teens,” said Jarzombek. “The new space for youngsters at our Washington Avenue Branch enables us to do this in a more welcoming environment that includes great technology, books, toys, and other materials kids need to learn and grow.”

“Our library is certainly one of the greatest assets our city has,” Shahinfar said. “This really shows what our tax dollars do. This is a wonderful facility.”


Library Closed Today, Monday, Feb. 2

February 2nd, 2015

Due to the winter storm and poor road conditions, all Albany Public Library locations are closed today, Monday, Feb. 2.

Subsequently, all activities and meetings scheduled at APL branches are also cancelled.

Stay tuned to this website for any updates and please be safe on the roads and sidewalks today.


Play & Grow at APL

January 27th, 2015

Let your little ones tap into their imaginations and explore at our Play & Grow activity programs.

Children ages six months to five years can play with our Community Playthings kitchens, blocks, train sets, and other large-scale, day care-level play sets. This unstructured time allows pre-schoolers to re-enact the events in their daily lives and enhance their play experiences with peers.

Here’s where you can find a regular Play & Grow program:

Bach Branch

+  Every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 pm

Delaware Branch

+  Every Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm

Pine Hills Branch

+  Every first and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 pm

+ Every third and fourth Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm


Friends of APL Host Author Talks

January 22nd, 2015

The Friends of APL are hosting two author talks in the coming weeks. Jacopo dellaQuercia joins us on Jan. 27 and Karin Lin-Greenburg speaks on Feb. 3.

della Quercia discusses his debut historical novel, “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy,” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at noon in the large auditorium at the Washington Ave. Branch. His novel blends science fiction, adventure, and comedy.

Lin-Greenberg discusses her book of stories, “Faulty Predictions,” on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at noon in the large auditorium at the Washington Ave. Branch. The author is a professor of English at Siena College.

Ice & Mountain Climbing Programs

January 21st, 2015

It’s the perfect time of year to tackle the subject of ice and mountain climbing with two great programs by local climber Tom Denham. Join us for these free programs.

Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks — Jan. 26 (Mon)

7 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch

Have you ever driven on Route 73 near Chapel Pond in the winter and spotted people ice climbing the Adirondacks? Ever wonder how they got up there? Denham, who started ice climbing at age 40, shares a slide presentation on this unique sport, answers your questions, and gives a demonstration of some ice climbing gear.

Rescue on Mount Rainier — Feb. 23 (Mon)

7 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch

At more than 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier in Washington state is a snow-capped marvel that hides deep glacial crevasses. While on a team climbing expedition in May 2009, Denham broke through such a “snow bridge” and ended up dangling inside a crevasse. He shares the story of how he escaped using his training, teammates, and faith.


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