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Sibel and Marcos crossed the Summer Reading Game finish line today, the first of hundreds playing the game. Teens win an extra spin for writing poetry and here’s what pushed them into the Final Prize Box!


The sky is blue like the
stars close to the moon.
The sunset awakes,
just like when the kids
start to play.

One page at a time,
one word at a time
one book at a time.


Snow Flake
Clear and white
spiky but soft
melts on your tongue
like butter ona heated pan
disappears in less than a second
“a snow flake”
maybe maybe not

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AFF PRESENTS: Josh Kornbluth’s “The Mathematics of Change” performance film + live Q&A with Josh

When: June 16, 7pm

Where: Albany Community Center, Main Room, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA

Admission: FREE

Josh Kornbluth “hits the wall” as a freshman math student at Princeton. He makes a hilarious splat. … You may think it isn’t possible to laugh yourself silly at jokes about math. But you would be wrong. — Washington Post

A not-to-be-missed event! Acclaimed monologuist Josh Kornbluth joins us in person for this World Premiere screening of the film version of his off-Broadway hit “The Mathematics of Change.” A Q&A with Josh follows the film.

Kornbluth has toured the U.S. extensively with this Off-Broadway hit, thrilling audiences of math-lovers and math-fearers alike. This concert film captures Josh performing the show in a unique setting: the world-renowned Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll imagine yourself to be covered in chalk dust — and you’ll never look at the number 3 the same way again!

For more information about the film visit joshkornbluth.com.

A co-presentation of Albany FilmFest, the Albany Library, and Friends of the Albany Library.
The community center is wheelchair-accessible. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter for this event with at least 7 working days’ notice. Call 510-526-3720 or TTY 888-663-0660.

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Do you Discover & Go?

Do you Discover & Go?  That is, do you know about the free and discounted museum tickets available through your library?

My brother called me a few weeks ago and told me that his family was going to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and asked if we wanted to go.  It was the last weekend that the museum was hosting the exhibit “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne.”  My first thought was yes, I’d love to see that exhibit; and my second thought was “I wonder if our library has free tickets through Discover & Go?”

The Crocker Art Museum was on the list for Discover & Go, and I was able to download a free pass for 4 adults.  The exhibit was smaller than I thought, but had several posters from Toulouse Lautrec, as well as the notorious “Chat Noire” poster that is ever so popular today.  I found the rest of the museum diverse, with a nice collection of California artists and modern art.  One of my favorite works was a portrait of George W. Bush, made out of airbrushed tiles.  The tiles consisted of scenes from the Iraq/Afghan conflicts with GW’s face airbrushed over.


Plus, the museum is near the Capitol so you can have a nice walk around town or get a good lunch.

Discover and Go is available to library card holders aged 15+

Brian Edwards/Albany Library Manager

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At the March 17th Albany Library Advisory Board meeting the new and returning board members were sworn in.  The members are (from left to right):

  • Marge Atkinson
  • Cynthia Hegedus
  • Alan Riffer
  • Sarah Levin
  • Rosalie Gonzales

Library Board members advise the City Council on matters pertaining to the Albany Branch of the Alameda County Library system.  Members serve a 2 year term, and are appointed by the Albany City Council.

The Albany Library Advisory Board meetings are held in the Edith Stone Room at the Albany Library; 7pm on the third Tuesday of odd numbered months (January, March, May, etc.).  The City of Albany staff liaison is Ronnie Davis rdavis@albanyca.org and the Albany Library staff liaison is Brian Edwards bedwards@aclibrary.org

The next meeting will be held May 19th at 7pm in the Edith Stone Room. 1247 Marin Ave.

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Desperately Seeking Tax Forms?

tax form graphicThe IRS will not be providing libraries with the array of forms it has in the past, only the basics like Form 1040. No instruction booklets will be available at the library either.

Look here for phone numbers and links for ordering or downloading the tax forms you need. Publication 17, which includes the tax tables, can be viewed as a PDF or downloaded in ePub format to some ereaders. (Click the ebook tab on this page for more on IRS ebooks.)

The good news is that the Albany Library has received 540EZ forms and should soon have the basic IRS forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) available to pick up.

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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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Today, Albany Library welcomes a long-time library employee and manager, Brian Edwards. He will be our new Circulation Supervisor.

Library Manager, Deb Sica writes:

Brian comes to us with an AA in Liberal Arts from Ohlone, a BA in Studio Arts/Painting from CSU, East Bay and an MPA in Management/Policy Analysis from CSU, East Bay as part of the County Cohort.

Brian has worked for the Alameda County Library since 1999. He started as a Page at FRM and promoted to a Clerk. He went full-time as a Clerk in DUB in 2005. There, he was promoted to Lead Clerk and worked as Acting Circulation Supervisor. In 2009, Brian was hired as Circulation Supervisor at NWK and has been acting Branch Manager from 2010-2014. He understands the library from various perspectives and has strong leadership qualities. He is tech savvy and promotes professional development and innovative programming.

BEE profile BrianEE


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