The Albany Made Podcast

The Albany Made Podcast

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Welcome to the Albany Made Podcast – a podcast about the city of Albany and the library’s place in it.

With the help of our staff and the local community, we will explore everything from local history, to arts and culture, to the function of the library in the community. Thank you for tuning in! We hope you enjoy it.

We also want to hear from you, our patrons.  Maybe you’re curious about the programs & services we offer, or you’re wondering what goes on in the Albany Made Creative Lab?  Send us those questions, along with your comments and show ideas, and we’ll answer them as thoroughly as only librarians can.

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Episode 15: Drag Queen Story Hour

Episode 15 on SoundCloud

In this episode, we take you inside Noelle Diamond’s Drag Queen Story Hour at the Washington Ave. Branch and talk to parents who shared in this special event with their preschoolers. We also speak with John MacDonald, who performs as Noelle, to learn more about why he performs and how these storytimes help teach acceptance and kindness to young children and adults alike. Enjoy.

Episode 14: The 2020 U.S. Census & You

Episode 14 on SoundCloud

In this episode, we explore facts and concerns about next year’s federal census. You’ll hear “Shape Your Future: The 2020 Census & You” — a panel discussion hosted by APL and League of Women Voters of Albany County on May 20 at the library’s Washington Ave. Branch.

Panelists include:

  • Elaine Frazier | One Person One Vote Coalition
  • Cate Bohn | Council on Children and Families
  • David Galin | City of Albany
  • Lucas Rogers | Albany County
  • Linda Berk | U.S. Census Bureau
  • Scott Jarzombek | Albany Public Library

Here are some 2020 Census links:

2020 Census at a Glance

U.S. Census Bureau

NYS Census Overview

City of Albany Census Complete Count Committee

New York Counts 2020

Episode 13: Highlights from 2018 & Community Activism

Episode 13 on SoundCloud

In part 1 of this month’s episode, we begin with APL Public Information Officer  Stephanie Simon speaking to our Executive Director Scott C. Jarzombek about some library highlights from 2018, as well as a look at what is coming for our patrons in 2019.

In part 2, APL staff member Tor Loney speaks with Dr. Alice Green and Mia Nilo from The Center for Law & Justice about community activism and community journalism.

Episode 12: Library Highlights

Episode 12 on SoundCloud

We talk about some of APL’s 2018 highlights and look ahead to what’s coming in 2019 with Scott Jarzombek, the library’s executive director.

You’ll learn about how APL eliminated late fines and added evening and morning hours last year, and is planning to bring WiFi to three Albany parks this year in a partnership with the city.

Episode 11: Banned Books Week!

Episode 11 on SoundCloud

Sarah Clark sits down with Joanna Palladino of the New York Civil Liberties Union to discuss the upcoming Banned Book Readout at Albany Public Library’s Washington Ave Branch, why books get banned, & our favorite banned books.

Episode 10: Historic Theaters of NY's Capital District

Episode 9: The Library Budget

Episode 9 on SoundCloud

We take a break from regular Albany Made programming for a short episode about the library’s proposed 2019 budget.

APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek talks with Stephanie Simon, the library’s public information officer, about the budget and its impact on taxpayers and library users. The budget vote is set for Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Episode 8: Albany History

Highlights from two local history programs held at Albany Public Library: History of Albany’s Streetcar System and Albany Archives: the Full Story.

Part 1: Tony Opalka, Albany City Historian

Part 2: Matt Malette, Albany Archives

Episode 7: The NYTimes Best Illustrated Books list for 2017

In this episode we visit the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library and discuss The New York Times Best Illustrated Books list for 2017 with Youth Services librarians Christina Stenson-Carey and Stephanie Preston.


Episode 6: Telestory with Brooklyn Public Library

Episode 6 on SoundCloud

TeleStory – “a free video visitation program that brings storytime to incarcerated New Yorkers and their families” – is the focus of this episode.

Our producer and Head of Branch Services Sarah Clark and Adult and Outreach Services Manager of the Upper Hudson Library System Deanna DiCarlo pay a visit to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch to speak with Nick Higgins, Michael Carey and Nick Franklin about TeleStory.

Brooklyn Public Library – Jail & Prison Libraries


Episode 5: The Changing Media Landscape

Episode 5 on SoundCloud

In this episode, APL Director Scott Jarzombek speaks with Paul Grondahl, journalist and Director of the New York State Writers Institute about today’s changing media landscape.

Our producer Sarah Clark speaks with local history librarian Jim Davies about our very own Pruyn Collection.

Special thanks to Roger Noyes for this episode’s music.

Episode 4: Fake News, Skepticism, & Science on Tap!

Episode 4 on SoundCloud

Note: This episode contains adult language.

Part One: Sarah Clark interviews Deanna DiCarlo of the Upper Hudson Library System & Amy Peker of the New York State Library about fake news, & how librarians can help you decide what’s real & what’s not.

Part Two: Dr. Sean Rafferty of SUNY Albany gives a presentation on Skepticism at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady as part of the Science on Tap series.

Part Three: Sarah talks to Dr. Cara Ocobock of SUNY Albany about the Science on Tap series, & other science outreach events happening in the Capital District.

Fake News & How to Spot It

Novel NY

Space Crab

Science Café, Nova

Science on Tap

Episode 3: Libraries Are Education

Episode 3 on SoundCloud

This episode of the Albany Made Podcast is devoted to New York State Library Advocacy Day, which took place on Wednesday, March 1st.  This podcast features interviews from two of New York’s library champions.

First we’ll hear Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability in for the Mid-Hudson Library System. Rebekkah is a library consultant on sustainability, and has developed library sustainability initiatives on the state and national level.

Our second interview features our Head of East Branches, Rebecca Lubin, talking with Mike Neppl, the Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the New York State Library Association (NYLA). Mike is also a member of the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees.

Sustainable Libraries

NYLA Sustainability Initiative

2017 NYS Library Advocacy Day

2017 Legislative Priorities

NYLA Virtual Advocacy Center

Girls Who Code at the Delaware Branch

Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award Given to Senator Hugh Farley

Episode 2, the Mini-sode: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

Episode 2 on SoundCloud

Sarah Clark interviews Andrea Williams of RPI about her experiences working & performing with Pauline Oliveros.  Andrea Williams, along with other musicians from the Albany Sonic Arts Collective, will be performing at the Pauline Oliveros Tribute at the Washington Avenue Branch on Wednesday, January 11th, at 7 pm.

Pauline Oliveros Links:

Deep Listening Institute

Tape Music Center

Pauline Oliveros Tedx Talk: “The Difference Between Hearing and Listening”

Bye Bye Butterfly

Albany Sonic Arts Collective

Episode 1: The Music Episode

Episode 1 on SoundCloud

Sarah Clark, head of Adult Services, interviews local musicians who have created & performed in APL programs like Garage Bands, Silent Film Spectacular, & the Murder Ballad series.

APL Services & Programs

Albany Made Creative Lab Reading Music
The Local History Room Garage Bands
APL Mobile App Murder Ballads

From the APL Catalog – works by William Kennedy

From the APL Catalog – East of Eden

From the APL Catalog – Infinite Jest

From the APL Catalog – Screwtape Letters

Matt Durfee:

Matt Durfee MR Poulopoulos Michael Eck

Ryan Devine:

Silent Film: The Penalty, with live music by Ryan Devine

Silent Film: The General, with live music by Ryan Devine

Donald Sosin

Other Links:

Delaware Ave Farmers Market Kimono Dragons
Listen with the Lights On Victory Soul Orchestra
Charmboy Zan Strumfeld