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Friends of the Albany Public Library

In 1941, the Friends of the Albany Public Library was established to provide funds for programs and equipment not covered by the City budget. As the services offered by the Library continue to increase, the support of the Friends becomes ever more important.

May Program:

Adventures in Beekeeping!

Friday May 9, 2014 at NOON

Main Albany Public Library

Everett Kaser, long-time Albany resident and computer programmer, turned beekeeper will share the adventures of his first year in beekeeping at the Friends of the Albany Library community program.   All are welcome; coffee, tea, and cookies served.

Come along as Everett describes the happenings and mishaps as he starts in the spring with two very small colonies of bees, grows the apiary (bee yard) to five colonies, and tries to keep them alive through the winter to start a new cycle.  Mr. Kaser has documented his journey with a slide presentation.  See some of the equipment that beekeepers use and learn about the amazing complexity of life in a bee colony.  Also, a taste of the fruits of Everett’s labor may be available—local blackberry honey!

Everett has worked most of his adult life as a computer programmer, first at Hewlett-Packard and later for himself.  He’s been earning a living writing computer puzzle and logic games for 25 years.  A year ago, Everett became a beekeeper, an activity that attracted him ever since he experienced a large bee swarm when he was 12 years old.

New FOL Membership year begins in May.  Please support your Friends of the Albany Public Library by paying dues promptly.

2013-14 Programs

September     Sallie Reihl, Seeking the Elephant: OR-CA Pioneer Trails

October     JoLee & Steve Bryant, Visiting National Parks

November     FOL Booksale

December     Tim Reid, A Christmas Reading

January     Matt Morse, Wine Authority

February     Dr. Max Geier, author of The Color of Night: Oregon’s Murdered War Bride

Library Uncorked     Save the date for the Library Uncorked gala event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Library; it will be held February 8, 2014.

March     Coastal Farm Supply staff, Backyard Animals

April     Bob Welch, Author’s Day: The Keyboard Kitten

May     Everett Kaser, Bee Culture


Past Programs

View a list of past programs hosted by the Friends as well as the program flyers.


Become a Friend of Albany Public Library

Friends of the Library Bookstore
Friends of the Library Bookstore

April is membership month

Dues: Senior - $10

Individual - $15

Family - $20

Sustaining - $50

Sponsor - $100

Benefactor - $500

  • To join the Friends, please stop by the Bookstore, or pick up a brochure at either Library. Please make checks payable to: FRIENDS OF THE ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Mail to 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany, OR, 97322-6880
  • For a downloadable membership form, click here.

Activities Sponsored

  • BOOK STORE- Main Library - M, W, F 1:00-5:00; Tues 12:00-3:00; Sat 1:00-4:00
  • Noon programs the second Friday of each month, September-May
  • Summer Reading Programs for children, young adults and adults, June-August
  • 2013 Used Book Sale - Save this date! November 8 - 9, 2013; Linn County Fairgrounds
  • Author's Day in April

Fund-Raising Activities

  • Used books for sale at both Library branches
  • Book bags, note cards, coffee cups, and holiday ornaments for sale at the Friends Book Store
  • For book donation pick-up call Nancy Powell at 541-928-4400



SERIOUSLY SEEKING BOOKS! You and your donations are needed! All types of books welcome, and don't forget your CD's, and DVD's. Bring your books to back entrance of the new library or to the Carnegie Library.



Recent Purchases from Dues and Gifts

  • Meeting room chairs and tables
  • Chairs for catalog access
  • Window coverings
  • Books, and other materials
  • Magazine racks
  • Microfilm Reader Printer