July 16, 2015
Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Friday, July 17


Our popular and award-winning concert series returns with a free show this Friday, July 17, at 6 pm  featuring Yoma, Moon Worship, and lastdayshining. 


These all-ages live shows take place in the Washington Avenue Branch's garage, off the Elk Street parking lot. In addition to some great music, each show features a garage sale of gently used CDs for just $1 each.


Here's a little more info about Friday's featured bands:


Albany's Yoma is a three-piece post-metal band that brings a "fresh, hard-hitting sound to the instrumental rock genre while retaining a familiar grandeur and elegance."


Upstate New York's Moon Worship is a primitive rhythm and blues band that features "scuzzy electronics...ghostly vocals and keys...and growling bass and back-alley croon."


Albany's lastdayshining is a hard-hitting, post-rock band with a "sound characterized by expressive instrumental buildups that travel travel through a range of dynamic changes from quiet lows to bone-crushing highs."

Mayor Sheehan & Princess Presto Join Us at Lincoln Park July 20


Our popular summer story time series -- Stories & Art in the Parks -- continues Monday, July 20, with special guests Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Princess Presto from "Super WHY"!


Gather your little ones and join us at the playground in lower Lincoln Park (near the pool) at 11 am for some engaging stories, lively songs, a fun craft activity, and to meet the Mayor and Princess Presto. The story time and activities are most appropriate for children ages 2 to 5.


The Stories & Art in the Parks program is provided by APL and the City of Albany Recreation Department with help from Albany Barn and WMHT PBS Kids. The programs continue on July 27 at 11 am at Ridgefield Park Playground and Aug. 3 at 11 am at North Swan Park Playground.

Visit the Library for Great Programs


Summer is a terrific time to visit the library for great reads and movies, but we also have a ton of programs activities to offer.


Here are just a few of APL's upcoming activities and events:  


July 17 (Fri)

Big Hero 6 movie showing at Howe Branch -- 3:30 to 5:30 pm 


July 18 (Sat)

Plarn knitting workshop at North Albany Branch -- 2 to 3 pm 


July 20 (Mon)

K-9 officers meet kids and teens at Washington Ave. Branch -- 6:30 to 7:30 pm 


July 21 (Tues)

Comic Jam workshop with artist Ira Marcks for kids and teens at Pine Hills Branch (registration required) -- 2 to 5 pm 


July 22 (Wed)

Comic Jam workshop for kids and teens at Delaware Branch (registration required) -- 1 to 4 pm


July 23 (Thurs)

Snack attack with Honest Weight Food Co-op for kids and teens at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch -- 3:30 to 4:30 pm


July 27 (Mon)

Urban survival skills for teens at Delaware Branch -- 2 to 3 pm


July 28 (Tues)

TMNT pizza tasting at Pine Hills Branch (registration required) -- 2 to 3 pm


Please see our July/August program guide, Summer Reading Program guide, or online calendar for more programs and details.