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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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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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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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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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Last month’s Brown Bag Speakers Forum featured Cristina Campbell, a volunteer at U.C. Botanical Garden. Since retiring from her work as a university librarian, she has worked in a volunteer capacity at the Garden, propagating California native plants.

Ms. Campbell introduced us to the Garden and its role as a lab for the university’s botany and environmental education programs. Read more about the garden: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

Cristina’s talk was filled with detailed information about specific plants and the history of the garden’s efforts to conserve native species. (Plants are labeled native if they grew in a region prior to European contact and survived the introduction of new species brought by settlers and explorers.) She described the local habitats where these plants will thrive, encouraging gardeners to plant natives that are well-suited to our soil conditions and micro-climates.

Our Discover and Go program offers free day passes to the U.C. Botanical Gardens. Check it out online at http://guides.aclibrary.org/discover?topic=Library&cat=DiscoverGo

Of course, our own library is surrounded by a border of beautiful plants–some of them natives. See the geraniums and ceanothus intertwined below.

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It’s no secret that libraries matter to the people of Albany and surrounding communities. Adults, teens and children continue to stream through the open doors to use public computers, attend programs and browse for books and movies.

In recognition of National Library Week, Mayor Peggy Thomsen, read a proclamation honoring Albany Library. Ronnie Davis confirmed the statistics cited in the proclamation, introducing Library Board President, Rosalie Gonzales, and the new children’s librarian, Dan Hess.

The 2013 theme for Library Week is “Communities Matter.” See this motto come to life at Albany Library.



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