Wednesday, August 10, 2016

City of Albany Institutes Mandatory Water Restrictions

Albany--The ongoing repair of the sinkhole on South Lake Avenue has involved shutting off the major water transmission main that brings water from the City of Albany’s water treatment plant in Feura Bush to the Loudonville Reservoir, which serves as the finished water storage for our water supply system.

To assure that there is sufficient water for all customers for their normal domestic and business needs while the City of Albany works to repair sewer and water lines at South Lake Avenue, the City of Albany, per order of Water Department Commissioner Joseph Coffey, has instituted the following mandatory restrictions on outdoor use of water until further notice:

1. No lawn watering, either by automatic systems or manual methods;
2. No car washing with open hoses;
3. No hosing of sidewalks or driveways;
4. No filling of swimming pools.
Watering of vegetable garden plots is permitted by hand. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a fine.

If you have questions about these restrictions, call the Department of Water & Water Supply at 434-5300.
By Order of: Joseph E. Coffey, Jr., P.E., Commissioner
Department of Water & Water Supply

Monday, August 08, 2016

Iran is First Country to Ban Pokemon Go

From PC Mag:

Good luck trying to catch 'em all in Iran. The country's High Council of Virtual Spaces has officially banned the Pokemon Go app, making Iran the first country to do so.

As for why, High Council of Virtual Spaces wasn't very specific. The BBC reported that the High Council claimed the game caused "security concerns," but it neglected to elaborate on what those were. We have our guesses, though. Pokemon Go can encourage players to get creative with their sleuthing at all hours of the night, which can prove troublesome. Trespassing concerns are prevalent, too—so much so, there's even a class-action lawsuit in the works in the United States centered on that very issue.

It's also possible that Iran wants to stop the "Pokemon effect" of tens (if not hundreds) of people all hanging out in the same area for hours at a time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Central Library brings a social worker on board

From The Oregonian:

Susan Voss-Rothmeier walks the halls of Portland's Central Library, a bag slung over her shoulder and a clipboard of resource lists in her hands.

She looks for opportunities to discreetly approach people and quietly ask if she can be of help.

"It's walking around and meeting people and just introducing myself," Susan said of her typical work day. "I just keep it low-key."

Susan is the first, and so far the only, on-site social worker contracted with the Multnomah County Library system. She's three months into a year-long pilot program that provides free social services to patrons in crisis.

Central Library, where Susan spends the bulk of her time, has a jarring juxtaposition between historic opulence and modern poverty.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fix Your Bike at Albany Public Library

Bicycle Fixit Stations to be Unveiled on Friday During Bike Tour
Just in time for prime bike-riding season, and Bike to Work Week, we are opening Bicycle Fixit Stations outside three libraries at a special event and bike tour on Friday, May 13.

The event kicks off at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) at 9:30 am when library officials will be joined by leaders of local bicycle, transportation, and community organizations for a short press conference and unveiling of that branch's Bicycle Fixit Station. Participants will then get on their bikes and ride to the Bach Branch (455 New Scotland Ave.) to visit the fixit station there. The last stop on the bike tour is the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.).

Community members are invited to participate in the bike ride -- just meet us at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch at 9:30 am this Friday with your bike and helmet!

"We're excited to provide the people of Albany with free Bicycle Fixit Stations at three Albany Public Library branches," said Scott Jarzombek, the library's executive director. "There are many recreational cyclists, families, and commuters who can benefit from having easy access to bike repair tools at three locations in the city of Albany. The Bicycle Fixit Stations are another great service the library is proud to provide to the community."

The stations, manufactured by DERO, contain all the tools riders need to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, including changing a flat tire, adjusting brakes, and fine tuning gears. Each station includes the following tools: Philips and flat head screwdrivers, various Allen wrenches, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, several sizes of box wrenches, tire levers, and an air pump. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stands using stainless steel cables, but are still easy to access for those using the stations. The stands have hanger arms that allow users to spin the pedals and wheels while making adjustments.

The library partnered with the Albany Bicycle Coalition and the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition to secure a grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee's Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Mini-Grant Program to fund the stations. Additional funds are provided by the Albany Public Library Foundation.

Monday, May 02, 2016

APL Budget, Trustee Candidate Forum

The Albany Public Library is just about two weeks out from the annual budget vote and trustee election. If you're interested in learning more about the library's 2017 budget and candidates for the Board of Trustees,  attend one of two forums this week.
  • May 2 (Mon) | 6 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
  • May 5 (Thurs) | 6 pm | Pine Hills Branch
Attendees will hear a budget presentation by Executive Director Scott Jarzombek, followed by a Q&A with the candidates running for three seats on the library board. We will make videos from the forums available on the APL YouTube channel early next week. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Learn About All that Albany Public Library Accomplished in 2015

The Albany Public Library is proud to present the 2015 community report to you. The report details accomplishments and highlights some of the programs and services that are available at the library.

As Executive Director Scott Jarzombek wrote, "We are excited to show you the good work we did last year, thanks to your investment in our city. We pride ourselves on being an open organization, and welcome the opportunity to share this information with you."

You can read the 2015 community report HERE.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Albany Public Library wants to know how it's doing

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Here's your chance to share with the folks at the Albany Public Library what you think about APL!

If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and let them know your thoughts on the programs and services being offered. Your answers will help shape the library's future.

The survey will only run for a few more days, and it takes less than five minutes to complete, so please respond to the survey today.

Thank you.