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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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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!

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New Year! New Program! First Tuesdays of each month from 12:30-1:30 pm. Starting on January 7th, 2014

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! All are welcome.

Albany Library is thrilled to have Angie Woolman as the instructor for this new series of programming. Angie has been teaching and working in the Bay Area for 20 years as a quilt artist and instructor. In addition to being a professional quilt artist, Angie has a long-arm quilting machine business in San Rafael where she finishes clients’ quilts with beautiful and unique custom quilt designs. In addition, she currently offers private and group lessons in a variety of experience levels, techniques, and styles. Angie is an expert on color theory and has taught extensively on the importance of color in quilt arts.

No registration required! Call for details: 510.526.3720. Sponsored by Friends of the Albany Library!


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The city’s smallest citizens wish their library a Happy Birthday!!

On this day–December 4, 1913–the Albany Library was born. In a Fourth of July souvenir program from that year, Albany was called the place “where climate, convenience and courtesy cancels competition.” Can’t beat that! Albany Library has lived up to all those C’s, always striving to be convenient and courteous. And, in this town of 18,000, without using any shady methods to cancel competition, we are still the only public library in town. Come see if we look good for our age!

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Learn about Covered California, the new “online” marketplace that makes it simple and affordable to purchase quality health insurance.

Covered CA representatives will be available at Albany Library to help answer questions and enroll participants on Tuesday, December 3rd starting at 12:00pm. All are welcome to visit and speak with representatives on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://coveredca.com  , http://infopeople.org/resources/aca  800.300.1506 (English) 800.300.0213 (Spanish)  Help is also available in 200 other languages.


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San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon presented their new anthology, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Press, 2012). We heard readings by editors and contributors: Andrena Zawinski, Lucille Lang Day and Judy Wells.


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Once upon a time (in 1981) a confident but cautious librarian walked through the door of Albany Library to become its branch manager. Ronnie Davis wanted to succeed at the job, or, in her words, not to mess things up.


Ronnie’s accomplishments can be seen by viewing the Retirement Party videos posted below! It was clear to all that she did not mess things up!

You can also read great articles about Ronnie’s years of service in Albany Patch and the Journal.


Why did she succeed? Ronnie has the gift of common sense or “wise counsel.” It is not always calming or easy to hear, but it is usually wise.

This trait helped everyone succeed. As a library manager, she helped staff find perspective on the day’s events so we could focus on the work, itself, without spinning in circles.

Well, Ronnie’s last week as our branch manager is upon us. Since announcing her retirement early this year, we knew this week would come. It’s not too late to form a queue outside her door and ask her EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS!!!

For one thing, we’re NOT looking forward to life without post-its! Ronnie was a model of forward-thinking: from full-fledged agendas, to regular “what’s ahead” meetings, to tiny reminders of things left “to do!” I guess we’ll have to find our way without Ronnie’s post-its. Our new manager will–no doubt–keep our eyes on the prize (or, at least, on the calendar!)

On August 15, 2013, the staff will wish Ronnie a fond farewell. She has places to go and promises to keep, but we hope that Albany Library will always be a stop on her itinerary. To keep her coming back, we’ll try the ploy that works so well with other patrons: “P.S., your hold is here.”

Look through the album below to see Ronnie surrounded by a sea of familiar faces. The last photos show one of Ronnie’s proudest moments: promoting libraries on Safeway bags!

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Over 500 players from Pre-Readers to Kids to Teens to Adults are reading and coloring and spinning and winning. The Alameda County Library’s Summer Reading Game lasts all summer. (Albany Library’s game shuts down in late August.)


The first Bingo winners are cashing in! Book-loving kids are hitting Albany Bowl and Togos, trekking to Lawrence Hall of Science and the Chabot Space Center–and a few have scored their final prize of a Book and Ferry Ride and chance at the county raffle.


Teen and adult prize winners are faced with the difficult choice between blow-up globe or squeezy ball. Psychological studies reveal that globe-pickers have dreams of world domination and squeezy ball choosers want us all to get along. (Don’t worry, peaceniks! The inflatable globe is accurate and will help kids pass their SATs. And the globe–like all dreams of world conquest–will lose its air, especially after a good game of soccer!)

This Monday we draw our first Albany Raffle Prize for each age group: four Solano Avenue gift cards. (Yes, the entire card can be spent on Ice Cream!)

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Can’t find the book you’re looking for? Move over, library staff! Call in the agents from Albany’s #1 Dewey Detective Agency.

Over 200 fourth and fifth graders have learned a thing or two about the old “Dewey Gum Shoe” after recent visits to the library. (See the photos below and the entire album on Albany Library’s Facebook page.) They will be happy to help you conduct your library search, especially if it involves the hunt for Wooly Mammoths or increases their Monthly Allowance!

The class visits featured a tour of the library, including an inside peek at the book drop! Next we looked at the library’s online resources with a stop at the helpalicious Homework Page. http://guides.aclibrary.org/homework and a demo of our Digital Worldbook. (Thanks again to Gardener and Margaret Young for the bequest that transformed our meeting room into an audio-visual showplace!)

Once the show and tell was over, the kids got down to business. Albany’s Dewey Detectives drew a topic from a hat, decorated a cupcake to help them solve their case, and looked on our web catalog for a Dewey clue to guide them to a book on their topics.

The gooey part followed the Dewey part. After cupcake consumption, students checked out books with their new library cards. These info-seeking aces are ready for any case that comes along. Just ask ‘em.

more photos at

Albany Facebook album

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On April 26, Albany Library hosted groups raising awareness for Victims Rights Awareness Week.  The information fair was coordinated by Kelli Sage of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Children and adults passing through the lobby on their way to the library stopped and picked up information and spoke with the presenters. One ingenious display gave children a chance to write about their own experiences as victims and how they stood up for their rights in difficult situations. The Albany event was part of a series of consciousness-raising fairs, hosted by different Bay Area libraries.

DA-VRW-2013 flyer DA-VRW-teen flyer

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