Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Closure Required While Work is Done on Adjoining Property 12/29-12/31

We're putting up a park at our Howe Branch! 

This project requires us to close Howe, at Schuyler and Broad streets in the South End, on Dec. 29-31 (Tues-Thurs) so we can do work on an adjoining property. The closure is for the convenience and safety of patrons and staff. 

We are doing work on the neighboring property in preparation for the new park, which will be completed and open to the public in the spring. Before it was renovated in 2009, the Howe Branch included a very popular "Peace Park" that was used by the library for programming. The new park will be a gated greenspace that can be used by library patrons and the neighborhood, just like the original. 

All of our other branches will be open while Howe is closed this week, so we hope you'll visit one of them, or use our online eLibrary

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we make improvements to the Howe Branch property!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Upcoming activities at APL, including School Break Boredom Busters!

Visit the Library for Great Programs
It's a quieter week at APL, but we've still got some interesting activities planned. Please join us!

DEC. 21 (Mon)
Reading for Book Bucks (teens)3:30-6 pm @ Delaware Branch

DEC. 22 (Tues)
Car Q and A6-7:30 pm @ Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

DEC. 23 (Wed)
Waffle Cone Trees (kids, teens)4-5 pm @ North Albany Branch

DEC. 24 (Thurs)
Craft Lab with Fiona12-2:30 pm @ Howe Branch
Note: All branches close at 3 pm

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Albany Public Library adding Sunday hours

From the Albany Times Union:

A second Albany Public Library branch will be open on Sundays starting next month.

The Bach branch on New Scotland Avenue will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., mirroring the existing Sunday hours at the Washington Avenue branch downtown.

The new hours, funded with $22,000 the library board found in the existing budget, will take effect January 10.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Albany Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks to Fill Vacancy

Letters of Interest and Resumes for Temporary Post Due on or Before Jan. 11, 2016

The Albany Public Library (APL) Board of Trustees is seeking interested candidates to fill a temporary vacancy due to the resignation last month of Daniel Curtis. The chosen candidate will serve until the May election.

The Nominating Committee of the APL Board of Trustees is asking interested candidates to submit a resume and a letter of interest by Jan. 11. The committee will review submissions and then conduct interviews the week of Jan. 25. The selected candidate will be appointed at the Feb. 9 board meeting and immediately start serving a four-month term.

The library will run an election on May 17 for city voters to elect a trustee to fulfill the final year of Curtis’ term. Candidates interested in the temporary trustee appointment to the APL board must submit a resume and a letter of interest on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, to:
Nominating Committee
Albany Public Library Board of Trustees
Washington Avenue Branch
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

APL trustees must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens, and residents of the city of Albany. For more information, please contact APL Public Information Officer Stephanie Simon at 427-4344.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Craft & Music Programs on Tap at APL

We've got some fun programs planned to help make your holidays brighter. Please join us for these free holiday-themed activities!

+ Greeting Cards & Gift Tags Workshop: Dec. 12 (Sat) at 1:30 to 3:30 pm (ages 13+) @ Delaware Branch
Snowflake ScratchersDec. 15 (Tues) at 4 to 5 pm (ages 6-17) @ North Albany Branch
Ornament WorkshopDec. 15 (Tues) at 6:30 to 7:30 pm (ages 18+) @ Delaware Branch (register: 463-0254)
Snowflake BraceletsDec. 16 (Wed) at 4 to 5 pm (ages 6-17) @ North Albany Branch
Snowflake WindowsDec. 17 (Thurs) at 4 to 5 pm (ages 6-17) @ North Albany Branch
Easy Bake Holiday CreationsDec. 18 (Fri) at 3:30 to 4:30 pm (ages 11-17) @ Pine Hills Branch
Candle JarsDec. 22 (Tues) at 3:30 to 4:30 pm (ages 5-12) @ Pine Hills Branch
Waffle Cone TreesDec. 23 (Wed) at 4 to 5 pm (ages 6-17) @ North Albany Branch

Holiday Music by Classical Harpist DahrDec. 12 (Sat) at 2 to 3 pm (all ages) @ Pine Hills Branch
Holiday Concert by Albany High School Select ChoirDec. 22 (Tues) at 12 to 1 pm (all ages) @ Washington Ave. Branch