Albany Public Library Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:12:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Lego Brick Builders Program at Albany Public Library Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:50:50 +0000 Children and youth at least six years old are invited to an hour of building their geometry and engineering skills at the Lego Brick Builders program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE.  The Library will provide Lego bricks in an assortment of sizes and colors for young designers to use individually or in groups, and a locked case for them to display their creations after the program.  All materials are furnished, and participants are asked not to bring additional building materials from home.

This program takes place the fourth Thursday of each month.  It is free of charge, and no registration is required.  For more information, e-mail or call 541-791-0015.

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Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:36:23 +0000 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

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Patricia Young Art Show at the Albany Public Library Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:21:08 +0000 I enjoy painting landscapes en plein air or in the open air.  It gives me an opportunity to truly enjoy the surroundings and to observe nature. Mixing colors and matching them to the scenery that constantly changes with the suns light is always a fascinating challenge.  I also enjoy painting still life, attempting to capture the subtle color changes that occur in the shadows and light.

Landscapes, gardens, places where you go to relax and spend time, and the roads that lead beyond are the things that inspire me. My love of French Impressionism influences my painting technique. My observations of life and nature are recorded in my paintings to share with you.

I studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at the University of Oregon and Art Education at Western Oregon University, earning a degree in Art Education. I now work as a graphic artist, and paint from my home studio and en plein air.

I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy painting them. If you have questions or comments, please contact me.


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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, September 18, 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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