Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Where are the books? Libraries under fire as they shift from print to digital.

The hallmark of public libraries — the printed book, bound by covers and centuries of page-turning — is being shoved aside by digital doppelgangers.

Around the country, libraries are slashing their print collections in favor of e-books, prompting battles between library systems and print purists, including not only the pre-pixel generation but digital natives who represent a sizable portion of the 1.5 billion library visits a year and prefer print for serious reading.

[Millennials prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.]

Some of the clashes have been heated. In New York, protesters outside the city’s main branch have shouted: “Save the stacks! Save the stacks!”

More from the Washington Post


Outdoor Party for Families at Delaware Branch is Library-Fan Favorite

It's almost time for the Albany Public Library's annual outdoor party at the Delaware Branch! Join us at 331 Delaware Avenue from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, July 11, for SummerFest! We've got lots of great activities for the whole family.

We'll celebrate summer reading with:
+ Fun games and prizes
+ Bounce house obstacle course
+ Magic by Mr. MagicMan
+ Cool giveaways
+ Yummy refreshments

Kimono Dragons, the awesome surf-rock band that provided the music for the super-cute Summertime Reading video (watch it on YouTube), is playing that day, too.

All kids and teens who sign up for summer reading at SummerFest get a raffle ticket and chance to win a bike from the Albany County District Attorney's WORDS campaign.

Many thanks to our summer reading sponsors:
+ Price Chopper
+ Stewart's Shops
+ Friends of Albany Public Library

Join us at SummerFest on July 11 -- we promise it'll be a blast!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Rezone Albany Meeting - Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6pm at Albany Public Library, Washington Avenue

A New Unified Sustainable Development Code (USDO) for the Entire City

The second consultant product related to the citywide USDO is an Annotated Outline showing how a new Development ordinance can be structured and revised to address weaknesses identified in the Technical Report and implement the key planning goals in Albany 2030. The Annotated Outline has now been posted in for your review, and they welcome your comments.

A Public Meeting will be held to discuss the Annotated Outline. 
Monday, July 13th6:00-8:00 PM 
161 Washington Avenue Branch of the Albany Public Library 12210 

Rezone Albany

Public Meeting: Technical Report & Annontated Outline

Thought you might be interested in both attending this meeting and in reading the Public Draft of the Technical Report available on the Rezone Albany website at