July 29, 2015
Our Pine Hills Branch, That Is!

APL's terrific Pine Hills Branch has been named the "Best Public Library" in Metroland's "Best of the Capital Region 2015" issue!


Metroland writes, "We're biased: This Albany Public Library branch in the renovated telephone building is our neighbor. But we also appreciate Pine Hills' landscaped outdoor reading area and excellent art displays, while giving kudos to all the APL branches and especially to their summertime Stories & Art in the Parks program, an inspired component of APL's early-literacy efforts."


Stop by the Pine Hills Branch at 517 Western Ave. and see what all the fuss is about!

Not Sure What to Book to Pick Up Next? We Can Help! 


Is your stack of summer books dwindling? Bored with what you're reading now? Check out the Staff Picks section of our website for some great suggestions on what to read next. 


We love to share what we're reading with you, and to offer hints on books you might like to try. You can also stop by any branch and ask your favorite librarian for book suggestions!

Dog Days of Summer are Fun Days at APL


We're about halfway through the Summer Reading Program, and the fun is continuing at all of our branch libraries!


It's been great so far, with visits from mounted and K-9 police officers, derby car racing, comic creating, game playing, and so much more.


In the next few weeks, we have even more interesting, and free, activities for kids and teens. The next section of this newsletter highlights a few of them, including: movie showings, craft activities, food tastings, and science experiments.


Check out our summer reading guide, or our online calendar, for the full slate of summer programs for kids and teens. 

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 and activities to offer.


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


Here are just a few of APL's upcoming activities and events (please click on the event name for details):  


July 30 (Thurs)

+  Gigantic Soda Geyser for kids and teens: 3:30-4:30 pm @ Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch


July 31 (Fri)

+  The Avengers movie showing: 3:30-5:30 pm @ Howe Branch


Aug. 3 (Mon)

+  Duct Tape Crafts for teens and kids: 2:00-3:00 pm @ North Albany Branch

+  Stuffed Animal Hospital for kids and teens: 6:30-7:30 pm @ Washington Ave. Branch


Aug. 4 (Tues)

+  Tin-Tastic Crafts for kids: 2:00-3:00 pm @ Pine Hills Branch

+  Homebuyer 101 Workshop for adults: 5:30-7:30 pm @ Washington Ave. Branch (register at 434-1730)


Aug. 5 (Wed)

+  Kid M.D. for kids: 2:00-3:00 pm @ Bach Branch

+  Jewelry Beading Workshop for adults: 6:00-7:30 pm @ Delaware Branch (register at 463-0254)


Aug. 6 (Thurs)

+  Community Hero Training for kids and teens: 3:30-4:30 pm @ Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch


Aug. 7 (Fri)

+  The Incredibles movie showing: 3:30-5:30 pm @ Howe Branch


Aug. 10 (Mon)

+  Build a Rube Goldberg Machine for kids: 2:00-3:00 pm @ Bach Branch (register at 482-2154)

+  Scavenger Hunt for teens: 2:00-3:00 pm @ Delaware Branch


Aug. 11 (Tues)

+  Veggies and Fruits Unite for kids and teens: 2:00-3:00 pm @ Howe Branch (register at 472-9485)

+  APL Board of Trustees meeting for adults: 6:00 pm @ Bach Branch