Albany Public Library Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:52:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Monday Night Story Time is Back! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:24:31 +0000 Families with children of all ages are invited to a half-hour program of stories, songs, movement, and puppets in both English and Spanish at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning November 3, 2014.

With words in both languages used throughout the program, children who speak only English or only Spanish will be able to participate, and everyone should learn some new vocabulary while having a great time together.


The program is free of charge, and no registration is required. For more information, e-mail or call the Library Children’s Services Desk at 541-917-7583.

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Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:21:35 +0000 The Friends of the Albany Library are having their annual Book Sale Friday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Linn County Fairgrounds located at 3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany.

Thousands of books, CD’s, DVD’s, talking books, and much more priced .50 cents to $3.  Many great deals!

All proceeds from the sale support Albany Public Library programs and projects.


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Tech Savvy Classes Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:55:15 +0000 Whether you want to learn to use your new iPad or Kindle Fire, gain basic Mac skills, or make an
exciting YouTube video, Albany Parks and Recreation has a class for you! Technology can make life so much easier when you are comfortable with the device. Join us and let’s tackle your tech needs together!  Check out the  Tech Savvy Flier for class descriptions and dates.

Register by calling 541-917-7777.

All classes are located at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:55:41 +0000 Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Come by the Library and check out books on our Hispanic Heritage display!

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Albany Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:43:23 +0000 This month’s selection for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.

The Albany Public Library Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the meeting room at the Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the current book the group is reading. No registration is necessary; just show up with your ideas and enthusiasm. There will be 15 copies of the next book selection available for loan at each meeting.

If you’re looking for good books to read, like to talk about books you’ve read, wish to meet other bibliophiles, or want to broaden your perspective with exposure to new ideas and viewpoints, please come and join the group. If you have any questions or want more information, call Reference Desk, at (541) 917-7582.

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eResource Survey Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:09:01 +0000 The Albany Public Library is conducting an online survey of eResource usage by patrons. The survey will be available on the Library’s website until Sunday, October 12, 2014. All responses are completely anonymous. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how the Library’s online resources are being used, as well as to determine what additional services patrons would like made available. The survey results will directly impact how resources such as staff time, collection budgets, etc. will be allocated. The survey can be accessed online.

There are paper copies of the survey available at the Library.  After completing the eResource survey, you may enter your name and phone number in a drop-box at the Library to win a gift certificate to the Friends of the Library Book Store!

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Book Club Kits check out! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:33:20 +0000 If you, or your club or organization, have an established book club (or wish to start one), the Albany Public Library can help!

As the Library’s Book Clubs finishes their own selections, we are making available Book Club Kits to support other reading groups. The Kits contain multiple copies of the titles that have been read by the Library’s Book Clubs (ranging from 9 – 15 copies). These kits may be checked out for 8 weeks allowing plenty of time for other area groups to have their own fun without the expense of purchasing their own materials. The Book Club Kit bags are located on the first floor of the main library on the bottom shelves of the new book area–look for the green bags.

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Toddler and Baby Story Times on Fridays Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:10:09 +0000 Fridays at 10:15 a.m.  Toddler Story Time, Baby Story Time at 11:00 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, and activities to build language and literacy skills.  At 11:00 a.m., babies up to a year old, with their parents or caregivers, are invited for a 20-minute program.  Both sessions are conducted by Nicole Kalita of Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education.

The Library continues to offer Preschool Story Time for children ages 3 – 5 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Main Library, and Tuesdays at the Carnegie Library, 302 Ferry Street SW.  Many of these programs include a puppet show or arts and craft activities.

The programs are free of charge, and no registration is required.  For more information, e-mail or call the Library Children’s Desk at 541-917-7583.

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Bill Marshall Art Show on First Floor of Albany Library Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:34:43 +0000 Bill Marshall has several new works on display in the  Meeting Room Lobby, on the first floor of the Albany Library.  Please stop by the Library to see this  new art show!

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Letters About Literature Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:15:40 +0000 Has a book changed the way you think about yourself or the world?

Write a letter to the author describing how you changed, and you could win a prize!

To enter the contest, go to:


In Oregon winners receive $100 and advance to the national competition;

runners-up receive $50; honorable mentions receive $25 bookstore gift card, and semi-finalists receive $10 gift card.

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