Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Rumor has it extra cheescake for APL Staff

Book Tastings at Main tonight, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Sample a variety of coffees from Albany's very own The Daily Grind and desserts from Cheesecake Machismo.

The suggested book selection is Coffee and Kung Fu, by Karen Brichoux.

And don't forget to save some cheesecake for me!!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


"Everything You Need to Know about Graphic Novels" (but were afraid to ask?)

From Panels to Panel: A Workshop on Graphic Novels
May 19, 2006, 12:45 to 5:00 pm.
At the Albany Public Library (Main), Albany, NY

Graphic novels? If you are scratching your head about them, then you need to come find out what all the fuss is about. Graphic novels are one of the hottest topics in libraries today, and not just in the YA room. Professionals, library school students, and support staff who are interested in learning more about graphic novels are invited to join us for this exciting program sponsored by Albany Public Library.

The panel discussion "Everything You Need to Know about Graphic Novels" will feature:

Todd DeZago, writer of Sensational Spider-Man, X-Factor, and Wolverine for Marvel Comics; and Impulse and JLA: World Without Grown-ups for DC Comics, and others;

Jennifer Feigelman, Teen Services Librarian at the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society and member of the new YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee;

Daniel Gray, a librarian who specializes in graphic novels and popular culture materials and has taught comic and graphic novel related art classes;

Amy Maurer, Head of Readers' Services at Albany Public Library's Main Library and the developer of the library's first graphic novel collection for adults.

Scott Jarzombek, Branch Librarian, Albany Public Library, specializes in youth services and crossover graphic novels.

Breakout sessions led by our panelists will follow the discussion. Topics include publishing and selling graphic novels; reviewing, evaluating, and selecting graphic novels for your library; and Japanese culture, anime, and manga.

Workshop Registration Fees: Professionals, $15, Students (with proof of enrollment), FREE

Registration forms and agendas are available at or contact Amy Maurer, Head of Readers' Services at or 518-427-4349. Registration forms must be received by Friday, May 12, 2006.

Friday, March 17, 2006


A Far Cry from Freedom: Gradual Abolition (1799-1827) New York State's Crime Against Humanity

Local Author L. Lloyd Stewart discusses his new book on Sunday, March 19th, 3pm at Main.

Although historians have described NYS's brand of African enslavement as benevolent and mild in comparison to the barbarism that existed in the southern states, L. Lloyd Stewart's research on a little know period in NYS history called Gradual Abolition, explores the impact of the brutal enslavement in NYS.

L. Lloyd Stewart is a third generation native of Albany and an eighth generation native of NYS. As principal of his lobbying and consulting firm, Stewart Associates, Stewart became the first registered independent African-American lobbyist in NYS.

This event is produced by the New World African Film & Art Forum.

Check out Times Union Article

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Have you read Wicked? Son of a Witch?

I just finished Gregory Maguire's Wicked after listening to the Broadway Musical CD in the car with my 9 year old. It's a really terrific soundtrack the first 99 times . . .

"Loathing . . . Unadulterated loathing . . . "
"Popular . . . "

So, what do you think? Book vs. Broadway Musical? Both for different reasons?

I liked the depth of the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda in the musical. Curious about the unresolved search for forgiveness in the book.

Author Gregory Maguire
Tuesday, April 25th, 7pm
Albany Public Library, Main

Monday, March 06, 2006


Free Tutoring at APL

Free tutoring for elementary and middle school students at Main and New Scotland offered by Albany College of Pharmacy students through America Reads/Counts, a federal work-study program. Tutors are carefully screened and receive extensive training before participating in the program.

Parents interested in registering their children should call:

Main Library Children's Room at 427-4310


New Scotland Branch at 482-6661.

Friday, March 03, 2006


What’s happening at New Scotland Branch you ask?

Thanks to Melissa at New Scotland for sending along today's blog updates!!!

Friday March 10th 10:15-11:45am
Introduction to Computers I for Seniors
Please Sign-up in advance for this program
Learn about the computer, mouse, keyboard, & Microsoft Windows

Every Monday 6-7:30pm
Monday Night Scrabble Club
All ages are welcome to drop in, watch and play!
(Boards, dictionaries, rules and word lists on hand)

Every Wednesday at 10:30am
Wednesday Morning Toddler Storytime
Drop in for stories, songs, and fun with crayons!

Every Wednesday at 5pm
Wednesday Night Knitting Circle

All ages are welcome to drop in!
(Extra needles, yarn, and project ideas on hand)

Every Friday at 3:45pm
Friday Afternoon Craft
Elementary schoolers & their parents are welcome to drop in!
Weekly and ongoing craft projects with Mrs. Melissa

Questions? Ask a librarian!

For more information about New Scotland activities, contact:

Melissa Wasilewski
Branch Librarian
Albany Public Library New Scotland Branch
369 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY, 12208
(518) 482-6661

Thursday, March 02, 2006


What's that line about death & taxes?

Did you know that there's Income Tax Assistance at the Albany Public Library?
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax assistance for low-income taxpayers at three locations until April 15th.

Main - Walk-ins welcome, Saturdays, 9:30-2:00
Howe - Appointment only, Saturdays 1:30-4:30. Call 427-4125 for reservations.
Pine Hills - Appointment only, Saturdays 9:30-1:00. Call 482-7911 for reservations.

for additional information contact the Reference Department at 427-4303.

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