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Road Scholars on Tour

Road Scholar offers tours for people who love to learn. This summer, ardent travelers Larry and Jill Fine are visiting libraries throughout Alameda County to share their experiences and knowledge of the educational trips Road Scholar offers in all 50 states and 150 countries.

Looking for inspiration for your next memorable journey? Join us at the Albany Library on August 7 at 1:30pm.

Join us tomorrow night, April 28, at 6:30pm for a screening of the award-winning documentary The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the ImageFarmworkers’ Struggle, the first film to cover the full arc of the labor leader’s life. Using archival footage, newsreel, and present-day interviews with his prominent contemporaries, the documentary traces the remarkable contributions of Chávez and others involved in this epic struggle. It offers a different look at the renowned labor leader than the feature film currently in theaters. Co-director Rick Tejada-Flores will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Albany Library, the Albany FilmFest, and the Friends of the Albany Library. Free.

On April 7, Albany City Council member, Marge Atkinson, presented a proclamation recognizing National Library Week at Albany Library.  Library manager, Deb Sica, received the proclamation with Library Board members, Alan Riffer and Karen McKeown. Come by the library and dig up a little local treasure from the shelves. Talk with staff. Attend a program.

If you happen to have overdue fines, the county library is sponsoring Food for Fines Week from April 13 to April 19. See flyer below.

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Telling the Truth: a Patron’s Story

Over a hundred years ago, the Navajo holy man, Torlino, spoke the following words to Washington Matthews, (linguist and ethnographer).

I am ashamed before the earth;
I am ashamed before the heavens;
I am ashamed before the dawn;
I am ashamed before the evening twilight;
I am ashamed before the blue sky;
I am ashamed before the sun;
I am ashamed before that standing within me
Which speaks with me.
Some of these things are always looking at me.
I am never out of sight.
Therefore I must tell the truth.
That is why I always tell the truth.

I hold my word tight to my breast.

Serious words about a serious subject: the Truth! Sometimes the Truth has a lighter side. Library patron, Claudette, “came clean” about a favorite library book she’d kept for herself many years ago. Back in the Eighties she kept a copy of Purro and the Prattleberries, borrowed on her sister’s card. She liked the book so much she said it was lost and paid the library for its replacement cost. Then in 2014, her conscience got the best of her and she mailed the book back to Albany Library. The staff was astonished at her memory, as much as her honesty. (Do you remember the books you’ve squirrelled away???) See the book and letter below:

Tell Your Story: Art IS Education 2014

A theme made for a library: Tell Your Story! Last Tuesday, Art Is Education kicked off at Albany Library with a craft workshop led by Marion Coleman. Violet Juno and Cybele Gerachis assisted. Tracing their arms and outstretched hands, kids and adults fashioned a pair of arms to hold their special library books. These books were full of surprises, including pop-up hearts, origami cranes, flowers and much more. Besides taking home artwork, participants created a community storybook to display in the library. (See photos below or visit Juvie Fiction to see the art, yourself) Remember to check the Art Is Education brochure for the great events scheduled for all ages during the month of March!

Centennial Puppet Show

Meet Owlie Two Hoots and Coyote Cal, a couple of pals from 1913 Albany. See them hoot and skitter around town, finally getting to their new library to check out some good books. Cool critters have been doing the same thing for a hundred years! Old-timey music from the fabulous Internet Archive gives Coyote and Owlie something to howl about.

Read a pdf of the script:

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Valentine’s Mystery Date

The staff of Albany Library invite you on a Mystery Date (not with US!) but with a book from our capacious library shelves. Color-coded for Adult, Teen and Children, the gift-wrapped mystery book can’t help but be a “Happy Valentine!” Don’t forget to leave a heart-shaped message for the library on our Reference Desk. The theme is “What I Love.” And “Take a Chance on Love” by guessing in our Candy Count! 4 winners from 4 age groups will take home a quarter of the candy and a gift card.

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