Friday September 1, 2017

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Saturday September 2, 2017
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Game Day

Looking for something fun to do? 

Game players of all ages are invited to come have fun at the library.

  • Build fun stuff with Lego! 
  • Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble!
  • Bring your friends or come by yourself!

Free and drop in; no registration required.

Contact Reference Desk at 510-526-3720


Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Looking for something fun to do? 

Game players of all ages are invited to come have fun at the library.

  • Build fun stuff with Lego! 
  • Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble!
  • Bring your friends or come by yourself!

Free and drop in; no registration required.

Contact Reference Desk at 510-526-3720


Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Monday September 4, 2017
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Labor Day - Library Closed
Tuesday September 5, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Pre-Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Quilters Meet Up

Learn tips and tricks about the art of quilting. Explore color, technique and textile while building community through the love of quilting!

  • Learn new skills.
  • Share your work.
  • Or just come for the inspiration!

The class will be led by Angie Woolman, Bay Area quilt artist and instructor.

All are welcome. Free. Drop-in. No Registration required.

The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 925-828-1315 or TDD (888)663-0660

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

Learn tips and tricks about the art of quilting. Explore color, technique and textile while building community through the love of quilting!

  • Learn new skills.
  • Share your work.
  • Or just come for the inspiration!

The class will be led by Angie Woolman, Bay Area quilt artist and instructor.

All are welcome. Free. Drop-in. No Registration required.

The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice 925-828-1315 or TDD (888)663-0660

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Making Connections Count - The Art of Successful Networking

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH Edith Stone Room- Get Directions

 

 

 

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH Edith Stone Room- Get Directions

 

 

 

Wednesday September 6, 2017
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Computer Tutor by Appointment

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

 
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lawyer in the Library - Sign up in advance

Free 15-minute consultation with an attorney who will clarify your situation, advise you of your options, get you started with a solution, and make a referral when needed.

The Lawyers in the Library Program is a countywide service coordinated by the Alameda County Law Library and staffed by volunteer attorneys. Volunteers provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues. These consultations take place at public libraries (including Alameda County Law Library) on a rotating basis throughout the month. The Lawyers in the Library program is an important step in the library’s mission of providing access to justice its community.

Advance registration is required.

Sign up in person at the Reference desk or call 510-526-3720 ext. 5 during library hours.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

Free 15-minute consultation with an attorney who will clarify your situation, advise you of your options, get you started with a solution, and make a referral when needed.

The Lawyers in the Library Program is a countywide service coordinated by the Alameda County Law Library and staffed by volunteer attorneys. Volunteers provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues. These consultations take place at public libraries (including Alameda County Law Library) on a rotating basis throughout the month. The Lawyers in the Library program is an important step in the library’s mission of providing access to justice its community.

Advance registration is required.

Sign up in person at the Reference desk or call 510-526-3720 ext. 5 during library hours.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

Thursday September 7, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Toddler Time

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Paws to Read

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Friday September 8, 2017

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Saturday September 9, 2017
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2:00 PM
Crafts with Margo
Let your imagination soar at Margo's Craft Workshop

Free. No registration required. Drop-in's welcome! 
 
Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
Let your imagination soar at Margo's Craft Workshop

Free. No registration required. Drop-in's welcome! 
 
Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
Monday September 11, 2017
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Rockin' Kids Sing-Along with Stephanie Pepitone




Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions
 

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Drop-in Knitting Group for All Ages

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Tuesday September 12, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Pre-Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry at the Albany Library

The Moon Is Almost Full: Chana Bloch’s final poems  

Reading - New Books Available - Dedicated Open Mic

"Thank goodness for poetry,” wrote Chana Bloch in a November 2015 letter. “It has always enabled me to understand my life, especially in times of difficulty.” A year later, while planning to read from the manuscript that would become The Moon is Almost Full, Chana expressed hopes that sharing her process of “living while dying” might offer to others “insights into finding what I call a ‘thread in the labyrinth.’”

Chana will be with us Tuesday at Albany Library—through her book, just out from Autumn House Press. Its poems will be read by those dear to her, including family, longtime friend and colleague Chana Kronfeld, poetry group member Dan Bellm, and others who in various ways supported Chana as she completed this manuscript, her final gift to those she left behind. 

Help celebrate Chana Bloch by sharing your words or favorite Chana poem at the evening’s dedicated open mic.

JANE HIRSHFIELD:  "Each page verifies the beauty and scope and surge of a life both extraordinary and daily, embraced not in spite of our mortality, but because of it."

ALICIA OSTRIKER:  "Chana Bloch insists on life. Inviting us to the view from mortality's edge, taking us to 'the intersection of self and door,' she can experience 'a joy so acute it startles me' even in the cancer ward."

ROBERT ALTER:  " . . .  a luminous demonstration of how poetry can be the vehicle for both confronting our darkest fears and yet continuing to affirm the preciousness of life. The Moon is Almost Full is the crowning achievement of Chana Bloch's distinguished career as a poet."

Celebrate Chana Bloch’s final new book   -   Purchase your copy*   -   Share a favorite Chana-poem at the open mic

*sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards                                       Special Note:   Memorial will be held on Sunday, October 8, 1:00 pm at Mills College    

For info about the memorial and for poems, videos, and more, go to chanabloch.com 

Followed by open mic.
 
Contact Reference Desk at 526-3720.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

The Moon Is Almost Full: Chana Bloch’s final poems  

Reading - New Books Available - Dedicated Open Mic

"Thank goodness for poetry,” wrote Chana Bloch in a November 2015 letter. “It has always enabled me to understand my life, especially in times of difficulty.” A year later, while planning to read from the manuscript that would become The Moon is Almost Full, Chana expressed hopes that sharing her process of “living while dying” might offer to others “insights into finding what I call a ‘thread in the labyrinth.’”

Chana will be with us Tuesday at Albany Library—through her book, just out from Autumn House Press. Its poems will be read by those dear to her, including family, longtime friend and colleague Chana Kronfeld, poetry group member Dan Bellm, and others who in various ways supported Chana as she completed this manuscript, her final gift to those she left behind. 

Help celebrate Chana Bloch by sharing your words or favorite Chana poem at the evening’s dedicated open mic.

JANE HIRSHFIELD:  "Each page verifies the beauty and scope and surge of a life both extraordinary and daily, embraced not in spite of our mortality, but because of it."

ALICIA OSTRIKER:  "Chana Bloch insists on life. Inviting us to the view from mortality's edge, taking us to 'the intersection of self and door,' she can experience 'a joy so acute it startles me' even in the cancer ward."

ROBERT ALTER:  " . . .  a luminous demonstration of how poetry can be the vehicle for both confronting our darkest fears and yet continuing to affirm the preciousness of life. The Moon is Almost Full is the crowning achievement of Chana Bloch's distinguished career as a poet."

Celebrate Chana Bloch’s final new book   -   Purchase your copy*   -   Share a favorite Chana-poem at the open mic

*sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards                                       Special Note:   Memorial will be held on Sunday, October 8, 1:00 pm at Mills College    

For info about the memorial and for poems, videos, and more, go to chanabloch.com 

Followed by open mic.
 
Contact Reference Desk at 526-3720.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

LOCATION: Edith Stone Room

Wednesday September 13, 2017
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Computer Tutor by Appointment

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MOCHA Art Workshop for Kids




Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions
 

Thursday September 14, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Toddler Time

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

 
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3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Homework Center

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Paws to Read

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Friday September 15, 2017

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Saturday September 16, 2017
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Climate Reality Project - Climate Change Talk

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Japanese Storytime

Stories in Japanese!  

We will read Japanese picture books and sing Japanese songs. 

Contact: storytime.jp.albany@gmail.com.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Stories in Japanese!  

We will read Japanese picture books and sing Japanese songs. 

Contact: storytime.jp.albany@gmail.com.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Monday September 18, 2017
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Rockin' Kids Sing-Along with Stephanie Pepitone




Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions
 

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Drop-in Knitting Group for All Ages

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Tuesday September 19, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Pre-Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Wednesday September 20, 2017
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Computer Tutor by Appointment

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

 
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6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Group

 

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 

Thursday September 21, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Toddler Time

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Reading Club

The Albany library is offering a free Reading Club for intermediate level second language learners. Group participants have an opportunity to practice their conversation skills, read high interest books, and meet other learners while practicing their English. The reading group is open to new students. Our volunteer tutor has facilitated this group for the past 4 years. She is very good at encouraging reading, comprehension, pronunciation  and dialogue with adult learners (18 and older).

To sign-up call 510-745-1480

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

The Albany library is offering a free Reading Club for intermediate level second language learners. Group participants have an opportunity to practice their conversation skills, read high interest books, and meet other learners while practicing their English. The reading group is open to new students. Our volunteer tutor has facilitated this group for the past 4 years. She is very good at encouraging reading, comprehension, pronunciation  and dialogue with adult learners (18 and older).

To sign-up call 510-745-1480

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Homework Center

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Paws to Read

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Friday September 22, 2017

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Saturday September 23, 2017
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
‘THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old!

‘THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old!

The background, creation and songs of The Beatles’ revolutionary 1967  album

An illustrated lecture presented by Dulais Rhys, Ph.D

Known simply as Sgt. Pepper, some of the plaudits used to describe this groundbreaking album include: “unique … seminal … pioneering … original … revolutionary …

A year before Sgt. Pepper transformed the pop world, the Beach Boys had produced their own innovative album, Pet Sounds. During The Beatles 1966 – and final – US concert tour, the Fab Four had heard this stunning collection of songs and were inspired to create their own album.

By that time, The Beatles had had enough of touring: over 1400 performances worldwide, being constantly besieged, confined to hotel rooms, transported in armored trucks and playing more or less the same songs to screaming fans that made more noise than their instruments. It was time to move on: “We knew that we were not going to do this again. We were no longer on the buzz of fame and success.” (George Harrison)

Following their farewell concert in San Francisco on August 29, 1966, The Beatles took a break from public performance – and from each other – to contemplate their musical future.

Three months later, Paul McCartney suggested returning to the studio to record songs based on their childhood experiences in Liverpool. Fortunately for musical posterity, the other three Beatles members agreed and in November 1966, The Beatles withdrew to London’s EMI studios to start work on what would be a watershed album of iconic songs; opening with Paul’s rocking opening ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ contrasting with Ringo’s soulful rendition of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, George’s Eastern-influenced ‘Within You Without You’ and closing with John’s enigmatic ‘A Day in the Life’.

Two other groundbreaking songs, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, were also earmarked for Sgt.Pepper but never made it onto the album - this presentation will reveal why.

Even the cover of Sgt.Pepper – like the music – is iconic and has its own fascinating history: 1960s pop artist, Peter Blake’s, cut-out tableau of famous people became the topic of discussion … and trivia quiz 

The songs of The Beatles continue to stand the test of time and the group’s contribution to the history of 20th century popular music remains unprecedented and unchallenged. A new generation is now experiencing the quality, variety and longevity of Beatles music which makes ‘They Say It’s Your Birthday’ - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old! suitable for an audience of all ages and every level of musical appreciation and knowledge.

Singing along is encouraged!

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

‘THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old!

The background, creation and songs of The Beatles’ revolutionary 1967  album

An illustrated lecture presented by Dulais Rhys, Ph.D

Known simply as Sgt. Pepper, some of the plaudits used to describe this groundbreaking album include: “unique … seminal … pioneering … original … revolutionary …

A year before Sgt. Pepper transformed the pop world, the Beach Boys had produced their own innovative album, Pet Sounds. During The Beatles 1966 – and final – US concert tour, the Fab Four had heard this stunning collection of songs and were inspired to create their own album.

By that time, The Beatles had had enough of touring: over 1400 performances worldwide, being constantly besieged, confined to hotel rooms, transported in armored trucks and playing more or less the same songs to screaming fans that made more noise than their instruments. It was time to move on: “We knew that we were not going to do this again. We were no longer on the buzz of fame and success.” (George Harrison)

Following their farewell concert in San Francisco on August 29, 1966, The Beatles took a break from public performance – and from each other – to contemplate their musical future.

Three months later, Paul McCartney suggested returning to the studio to record songs based on their childhood experiences in Liverpool. Fortunately for musical posterity, the other three Beatles members agreed and in November 1966, The Beatles withdrew to London’s EMI studios to start work on what would be a watershed album of iconic songs; opening with Paul’s rocking opening ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ contrasting with Ringo’s soulful rendition of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, George’s Eastern-influenced ‘Within You Without You’ and closing with John’s enigmatic ‘A Day in the Life’.

Two other groundbreaking songs, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, were also earmarked for Sgt.Pepper but never made it onto the album - this presentation will reveal why.

Even the cover of Sgt.Pepper – like the music – is iconic and has its own fascinating history: 1960s pop artist, Peter Blake’s, cut-out tableau of famous people became the topic of discussion … and trivia quiz 

The songs of The Beatles continue to stand the test of time and the group’s contribution to the history of 20th century popular music remains unprecedented and unchallenged. A new generation is now experiencing the quality, variety and longevity of Beatles music which makes ‘They Say It’s Your Birthday’ - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old! suitable for an audience of all ages and every level of musical appreciation and knowledge.

Singing along is encouraged!

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Monday September 25, 2017
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Rockin' Kids Sing-Along with Stephanie Pepitone




Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions
 

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Drop-in Knitting Group for All Ages

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations.  

Yarn and needles provided for charity projects.

No registration necessary.  

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 ex. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

Tuesday September 26, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for walkers ages 12 to 23 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
S.M.A.R.T Baby for Pre-Walkers

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your baby. Join us for singing, stories, fun with rhythm and play.

The S.M.A.R.T (Sing, Move and Read Together) program is designed for pre-walkers under 12 months and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Albany FilmFest Presents...

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Program for this date to be announced.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Program for this date to be announced.

Wednesday September 27, 2017
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Computer Tutor by Appointment

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

Confused by computers? A computer docent wil provide one-on-one tutoring to help you learn to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also learn to log on to the library's computers, get on the Internet, and find what you are looking for.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays at noon and 12:30pm. 

Call the reference desk at 510-526-3720, extension 5


Location: ALBANY LIBRARY - Get Directions

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Great Books Discussion Group

 

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Thursday September 28, 2017
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Toddler Time

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

As your child’s first and best teacher, we invite you to come and participate in early literacy activities with your child. Join us for stories, fingerplays and action rhymes, followed by a 15-minute stay and play time.

This program is designed for children ages 23 months - 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions
 

 

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Reading Club

The Albany library is offering a free Reading Club for intermediate level second language learners. Group participants have an opportunity to practice their conversation skills, read high interest books, and meet other learners while practicing their English. The reading group is open to new students. Our volunteer tutor has facilitated this group for the past 4 years. She is very good at encouraging reading, comprehension, pronunciation  and dialogue with adult learners (18 and older).

To sign-up call 510-745-1480

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

The Albany library is offering a free Reading Club for intermediate level second language learners. Group participants have an opportunity to practice their conversation skills, read high interest books, and meet other learners while practicing their English. The reading group is open to new students. Our volunteer tutor has facilitated this group for the past 4 years. She is very good at encouraging reading, comprehension, pronunciation  and dialogue with adult learners (18 and older).

To sign-up call 510-745-1480

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

 
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3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Homework Center

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Paws to Read

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Come read stories to a friendly dog, Jake the Majestic Hound.  

Books & pillows provided.  

Jake is a registered, "Good Citizen!"

Contact: Reference Desk (510) 526-3720 x. 5 with questions.

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Friday September 29, 2017

Location: ALBANY BRANCH - Get Directions

Saturday September 30, 2017
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Superhero Academy--Cancelled

This program has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled on a new date later this fall.

This program has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled on a new date later this fall.


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