Albany Public Library Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Both Libraries Closed on Labor Day Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:44:45 +0000 Both Libraries will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.  Have a safe Holiday!

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Last Day to Pick up SRP Prizes Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:32:42 +0000 The last day to pick up prizes for this years Summer Reading Program will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Main Library, 2450 14th Ave. SE. Visit the Children’s Room or Young Adult Desk with your reading log to claim your prizes. Thanks for another great year!

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Anime Club Meeting at the Albany Public Library Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:49:06 +0000 Fans of Japanese animation age 11 through adults are invited to the Albany Public Library’s Anime Club meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE.  Members meet on the third Thursday of each month to play Yu-Gi-Oh and other games, share books, practice drawing in the Japanese style, and meet others with similar interests.

Kids younger than age 11 may attend if accompanied by a parent.  Participants are encouraged to bring snack foods and drinks to share, and to come in character costume if they like.  Anime Club meetings are free of charge, and no registration is necessary.  For more information about this program, call Youth Services Librarian Doris Hicks at 541-791-0015, or e-mail

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Live Reptile Zoo at Albany Public Library Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:31:20 +0000 Students going into kindergarten or school grades are invited to Mr. Lizard’s Reptile Zoo at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, at the Albany Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE.  Brett Wilson will bring live reptiles into the Library’s Meeting Room for students to see and touch during this one-hour educational presentation.  The Library will provide a display of books available for checkout on related subjects for further learning at home.

This program is part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program events scheduled from mid-June through August.  They are free of charge, and no registration is required.  For more information, please e‑mail or call 541-791-0015.

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Marionette Show at Albany Carnegie Library Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:27:26 +0000 The public is invited to “Step In Time,” performed by local teens using stringed puppets at the Carnegie Library, 302 Ferry Street SW, at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19.  This time traveling musical show features rhymes and songs suitable for all ages as the marionettes dance their way through stories old and new.

This free program is part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program that offers activities for children up to age 18.  For information, call Youth Services Librarian Doris Hicks at 541-791-0015 or e‑mail


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Summer Reading Survey Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:52:55 +0000 The Library would like to invite parents to share their feedback on the Summer Reading Program. A 5 minute survey is available to gather your suggestions and ideas. Thank you for helping us to make this program even better! Take the survey now.

Visit the Summer Reading webpage to learn about upcoming events and important dates.

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Science Sampler Workshop Tue, 05 Aug 2014 23:52:23 +0000 Students going into kindergarten or school grades and their families are invited to Fizz, Bang, Wow! – Spangler Science Sampler presented by Marian Scadden Enterprises at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the Carnegie Library, 302 Ferry Street SW.  Students will learn why things bubble, fizz, react, and explode during this awe-inspiring, hands-on chemistry activity where they get to be a scientist.  The Library will provide a display of books available for checkout on related subjects for continuing the fun at home.

These programs are part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program events scheduled through August.  They are free of charge, and no registration is required.  For more information, e-mail or call 541-791-0015.

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Estate Planning Series at Albany Public Library Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:42:36 +0000 Albany Public Library is hosting an ongoing monthly four-part series on estate planning at the Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE. The next session will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on Social Security with Jeff Webb of Transamerica.

The 90-minute sessions will include presentations by an estate attorney, investment planner, life insurance agent and a Social Security expert. The final session will feature a panel of experts discussing multiple aspects of the estate planning process. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m.:

  • June 3: David Beckham, attorney.
  • July 1:  Investments and life insurance.
  • August 5: Jeff Webb, Social Security.
  • September 2: panel discussion with professionals in estate planning, including a question-and-answer period.

The Library Board is exploring the creation of a new fund at the Oregon Community Foundation to supplement ongoing operational costs at both Albany libraries. Those interested in donating can contact LaRee Dominguez, at 541-791-0112 or

These programs are free and open to the public.

Contact:  Arwen McGilvra, Library Board Member, 541-791-4568,

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Bill and Alice Marshall Art at the Library Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:46:18 +0000 by Chris Nafziger, Communications Director, Stutzman Services, Inc.
Bill and Alice Marshall

Bill and Alice Marshall

Special moments between a father and daughter seem to become more precious as time passes. That just might make the collection of artwork currently on display in the Albany Public Library a little more meaningful.

Albany resident Bill Marshall and his daughter, Alice, have selected nearly 40 pieces of their recent work to temporarily adorn the walls of the upper level of the library. The combined show will run through the end of August.

All three of Bill’s children enjoyed art in their early years, but Alice’s dedication to visual forms of expression has continued. A recent graduate of Oregon State University, Alice now holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis on print making and drawing.

Most of her pieces in the library show are graphite drawings that portray a unique blend of the natural and the surreal. Alice enjoys the accessibility of the graphite medium, making the process of creating artwork something that can be done almost anywhere, anytime. “For me, it is a direct reflection of where you are and what you’re feeling,” she said.

That sentiment may have originated due to the fact that her father also finds inspiration wherever he may be, especially when outdoors. An avid fly fisherman, Bill regularly fishes remote streams and lakes throughout the area, and they offer an abundance of creative stimulation. His paintings and sketches often feature the water, stones, plants, trees and wildlife he finds while on outings.

Attentive observers of the Marshalls’ library art show will find that they both give special attention to accuracy and detail when it comes to illustrating nature. Alice has always been interested in science, specifically entomology. She carefully studies the anatomy of the insects she includes in her drawings to ensure they are technically accurate. Bill, a landscape designer for Stutzman Services, Inc., has extensive knowledge of native plant species that shows in his paintings’ details.

This is the Marshalls’ fourth art show together and Bill cherishes every opportunity to display his work along side his daughter’s. “She is very enthusiastic about her art and works really hard at it, being involved in something creative on a daily basis,” Bill says.

That hard work will continue this summer. Alice will be working in the kitchen at the Caldera art camp near Sisters, Oregon. The camp is close to Suttle Lake and provides art opportunities for underprivileged youth who stay for up to ten days at a time. “I want to help promote the importance of arts in our culture,” Alice says, and helping youth in need while establishing relationships with other artists seemed like the perfect way to spend her post-graduation summer.

Be sure to visit the Albany Public Library at 2450 14th Ave. SE before the end of August to view this special Father/Daughter art display.

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Summer Reading Program sponsors ’14 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 21:18:59 +0000 Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated prizes for this year’s Summer Reading Program.

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