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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.

April is Authors Month:

Meet Oregon author Bob Welch

Friday April 11, 2014 at NOON

Main Albany Public Library

Oregon author, inspirational speaker, journalism teacher and newspaper columnist, Bob Welch, will discuss his latest work, An Oregon Children’s Story, The Keyboard KittenThe Keyboard Kitten blends the spirit of Dr. Seuss with the nuances of Oregon to offer a story of unlikely friendship and unexpected joy.

A renowned conference and workshop speaker, Mr. Welch tugs at hearts, tickles funny bones, and inspires people to be ripples on life’s waters.

A storyteller by nature, Welch gets the wealth of his speaking material from the 15 books he’s authored and the nearly 2,000 columns he’s written for The Eugene Register-Guard newspaper.  Welch has also served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Welch has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnist’s highest award for writing.  In addition, Welch has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Best Writing” awards.  Other honors include the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.  Articles of Welch’s have been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

Look for three other inspirational Welch books that hit the shelves recently:

Fifty-Two Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

Resolve: From WWII Bataan, the Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept

Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail


FOL Membership Dues are due in April—Pay now and avoid the rush!

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