Women’s History Month Programs in March

February 24, 2020 | Adult Services

Albany Public Library is celebrating Women’s History Month by commemorating the important role of women in our nation’s history with special activities at select branches. All programs are free and open to the public.

“Object Lessons” Opening Reception | March 6 (Fri) | 6:30-8:00 pm
Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
“Object Lessons” is a photo exhibition by New York City artist Nina Berman that explores the nature of the prosecution of sex trafficking crimes. Berman’s work informs the public about sex trafficking prosecutions through the physical evidence presented in these cases and the brave victims who choose to tell their stories. The opening reception includes light refreshments. The exhibition is for adults. “Object Lessons” remains on display during regular library hours through April 18.

The Black Women’s Library | March 7 (Sat) | 1:00-4:00 pm
Howe Branch | 105 Schuyler St.
This free book exchange celebrates the writing of black women with books of all genres and for all ages available to take home or pass along to others. Local author Allison D. Williams, who wrote Full Circle: A Life Taken So a Life Could Live, discusses her writing process, reads from her work, and gives away copies of her book. Snacks are provided, too. This program is for all ages. No registration required.

“Seeing Allred” | March 2 (Mon) | 6:00-8:00 pm
Howe Branch | 105 Schuyler St.
Participants watch “Seeing Allred,” which provides a candid look at Gloria Allred, one of the country’s most public crusaders against the war on women, and then discuss the film. This program is for adults. Registration is required by calling (518) 472-9485.

Making Sense of the ERA a Half Century Later | March 11 (Wed) | 6:00-7:00 pm
North Albany Branch | 616 North Pearl St.
Discuss the Equal Rights Amendment in the #MeToo age with representatives from the NYS League of Women Voters and others who first led the charge for the ERA in the 1970s. This program is for adults. No registration.

“Women & Resilience” Documentary & Discussion | March 18 (Wed) | 6:30-8:00 pm
Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
Local musician and filmmaker Taina Asili screens two of her recent short-form documentaries on women and resilience. “Resiliencia” features her intimate conversations with Puerto Rican women about their experiences during and after Hurricane Maria. “Plant the Seed” is about Soul Fire Farm co-founder and food justice advocate Lean Penniman. A discussion follows. This program is for adults. Register by calling (518) 427-4303.

Meet Creators of Women’s Artists A to Z | March 21 (Sat) | 2:30-4:30 pm
Pine Hills Branch | 517 Western Ave.
Melanie LaBarge, author, and Caroline Corrigan, illustrator, of the Women Artists A to Z children’s picture book discuss their collaboration. Attendees have an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed. Children can make a craft, too. The event is for all ages. Register at (518) 482-7911.

Women’s History in the Movies | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Mon) | 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Delaware Branch | 331 Delaware Ave.
Adults view movies that celebrate the history of women in these weekly matinee showings. Refreshments are served, too. The films are for adults; call the branch for movie titles. Register by calling the branch at (518) 463-0254.

“Harriet” | March 10 (Tues) at 5:30-7:30 pm
Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch | 148 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Commemorate the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman with a screening of “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Ervo and directed by Kasi Lemons. The film is for adults. No registration required.

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.