APL Reopens Renovated North Albany Branch with Open House on Oct. 19

October 13, 2022 | Library News

Albany Public Library is welcoming the community to the newly renovated North Albany Branch for an open house celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 4 pm to 7 pm.

The open house activities include:

  • A ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from library and community officials at 5:30 pm
  • Tours of the renovated branch
  • Meet-and-greet with the North Albany staff
  • Goody bags for children and teens
  • Light refreshments

The North Albany Branch has been closed since March 2020 when the entire system shut down in-person operations at the onset of the COVID pandemic. The library branch remained closed during the renovation and expansion of the North Albany Middle School by the City School District of Albany, which opened last month. Part of the school’s expansion replaced a former YMCA building, which opened at 616 North Pearl St. in 2005 and included a small space for APL’s North Albany Branch. The renovation added some square footage to the branch, which now includes a public meeting room, study rooms, a staff office, and two public bathrooms. A new entrance was created that solely serves the library. APL’s investment included a new service desk, new carpeting, new paint on the walls, new furniture and shelving, and updated collections.

“Albany Public Library is thrilled to be opening the renovated North Albany Branch,” said APL Executive Director Andrea Nicolay. “It may be our smallest branch but it’s bigger and better than ever, with dedicated rooms for programs, activities, community meetings, and tutoring. As a full-service branch people can also take advantage of the collection, use computers, or relax and read. We’re excited to welcome everyone back to this great little library.”

While the North Albany Branch is the smallest of APL’s seven location, it offers services common to all of Albany’s public libraries, including:

  • Browse the collection of books, DVDs, music CDs, magazines, and other materials
  • Borrow items to bring home, including museum passes and WiFi hotspots
  • Use computers, Chromebooks, and WiFi
  • Access printers, scanners, and copiers
  • Hold community meetings in the dedicated program room
  • Use study rooms for tutoring or small-group meetings
  • Participate in activities, like crafting sessions, and educational programs, like resume workshops
  • Get assistance from trained librarians and staff
  • Purchase and replenish CDTA Navigator bus passes

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.