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Kids make beautiful projects from papier-mache: an elephant and a bookworm!


We’ll start by showing you the ingredients needed to make your project, then we’ll show you the glorious art created by children from Albany.



Ingredients to Make Papier Mache Paste:

Flour, Water, Salt

You will also need these items:

Measuring Cup, Large Bowl, Stirring Spoon

Start out by measuring your flour into the bowl. Start with one cup of flour. Add one and a half cups of water. Stir this mixture well getting out lumps. You want it to be like runny batter. Add a teaspoon or two of salt. (Salt helps prevent mold that may form while project is drying.)

This amount of papier mache paste should be enough to do an entire medium-sized project. If you make more paste, remember to mix 2 parts flour with approximately 3 parts water.

Take your time creating your project. Apply glue and newspaper strips one layer at a time and let each layer dry at least 24 hours before you apply the next.

Store your paste between uses in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Always stir the paste before you start your next layer. Make sure all the parts of the paste are well-mixed before you start dipping paper strips into the paste.

Make a structure to give your sculpture an interesting shape. To make a Heart, as you see further down this page, use a hanger for a base and shape it into a heart. Then build up the sculpture, using layers of thin paper. Layer the strips on balloons if you want fantastic shapes. Strips of newspaper work well because they can be shaped easily.

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From Glue to Glory! Look at the beautiful art created by kids in Albany. Their teaching artist, Lisa Norman, believes that kids should be given paints and materials of the best quality so they will know how beautiful their art can be. By thinking and planning a design, then enjoying the experience of creation, kids create stunning sculptures. We display these sculptures throughout our library.

On a class trip to the library, these fourth graders saw their art on the shelves!

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Here are some students who found their hearts on the shelves. Families and friends (and little brothers) were happy!

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Here’s a proud student in front of her papier-mache mask! We called this display, “The Guardians of Wonder.”


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All this art was made by kids. You can do this, too! We hope to see your art at a local library.

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First Week Finish!

Brian Edwards has crossed the finish line of his first week as Branch Manager. Albany Library is looking great and Brian doesn’t look frazzled or beat.

Read more about Brian’s goals for the branch and his prior experience with Alameda County Library at



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We’d love to hear how your writing is going! Please feel free to post your successes, your challenges, your thoughts, your suggestions as you work toward your own word goal for National Novel Writing Month.

–Julie Winkelstein

Just respond to this blog post and we’ll keep the thread going!

November 4 Novel Writing Group

November 4 Novel Writing Group

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Here’s a photo album from Paula Greer’s retirement bash on July 26, 2014. A treasury of faces, a diary of friends. Thanks to Brian Edwards for the wonderful photos.

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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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