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Creative Albany!

Where: Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Date: March 26, 2011
Time: 10:00am–4:00pm

A captivating community arts day providing a range of ways for youth and families to experience the arts in action!

  • 10-12 – Origami Workshop with Margo Wecksler
  • 12-1 – Tour and Reception for Youth Art Display and Local Artist, Irfan Akbar
  • 1-2 – Welcome from Supervisor Keith Carson and Fratello Marionettes’ Carnival of the Animals
  • 2-2:30 – Albany High Jazz Combo Performance
  • 2:30-3 – Lobby Gallery Tour with Irfan Akbar
  • 2:30-4 – Presentation and Craft workshop with Albany Children’s Book author, Elisa Kleven

Youth visual art will be on display throughout the month of March! Presented by Albany Library / Alameda County Library system, City of Albany, Albany Arts Committee, Friends of the Albany Library and the Alameda County Arts Commission. Special guest:Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District 5 will visit at 1:00 pm!

Everyone invited: Families, Free, Kids, Open to All, Seniors, Teens

Website: http://www.aclibrary.org/branches/alb
Phone: 510-526-3720
Email: dhess@aclibrary.org

Price: free


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Kids Read at the Library

Garfield fans!

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Folding and Fractals

On Saturday, January 22, the origami team entered deep space from their launch pad in the meeting room. Folding themselves into a corner, they teleported across space and time. Captain Margo Wecksler led the voyage with geometric patterns in hand. They passed through a universe of beautiful shapes, each larger shape a pattern of the smaller intricate design. After a couple hours, the crew landed back on the solid earth of Albany, California! Start looking for fractals all around you!!! A person “who has been in another world does not come back unchanged.” (C. S. Lewis, Perelandra.)

Photocredits: Vivian Jaquette

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Friends and staff of Albany Library took to “the Street” for the annual Solano Stroll. The Friends raised over $500 selling donated items. Kids and adults dug into the prize box for goodies after answering questions from the super spinner.


Study hard, Strollers, so you can answer next year’s stumpers like: “In what city is Albany Library located? or “Are elephants allowed in the library?”

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2010 Talent show featuring Hazel, Kavya, Maya, Connor, Luna, Sarbjot, Harpreet and Magical Nathaniel!

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Musical comes to Albany Library

Great tunes, great story! Don't miss it. Cast performed sneak preview May 2 at Albany Library.

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This year the theme for the Asian Pacific Fund’s essay and art contest was  “Change: If you could do one thing to make the world a better place, what would that be?”  The Asian Pacific Fund is the largest program in the nation celebrating Asian heritage. A list of all the winners, and the contest rules for next year are at the Asian Pacific Fund website: www.asianpacificfund.org

The Albany Library is currently hosting a display of the current winners, which includes an Honorable Mention for Albany Middle School 7th grade student, Chelsey Chen for her artwork titled: “Utopia.” The display will be at the Albany Library through January.

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Asheba with kids dancing


Summer programs got off to a great start this week. Dozens of children and teens have already signed up for the summer reading program and are on their way to winning cool prizes.

Our Tuesday night family programs kicked off with a concert by Asheba that got a roomful of kids dancing and singing. The fun continues next week with a visit from the East Bay Vivarium‘s Traveling Reptile Show.

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book on the beach

As the school year winds down, the library is busily gearing up for summer. Starting June 15, summer reading games will begin for children, teens and adults. Come pick up a reading log and you’re on your way to winning a variety of fun prizes. Check out the children’s, teen and adult summer reading game blogs for more details.

On June 16, the Tuesday night family programs kick off with a sing-along party featuring Bay Area favorite Asheba playing tunes from his new CD. Storytellers, reptiles, magicians and more will be featured throughout the summer. And if you have a special talent you’d like to share with the community, sign up to be in the July 28 talent show! The dog days of summer bring the Paws to Read crew back, with real live dogs listening quietly as children read to them.

So whatever else you plan to do this summer, be sure to stop by the library and join the fun.

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