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Circus of Smiles 2016

The Circus of Smiles came to town last Saturday and wowed us with madcap routines of juggling and acrobatics. One lucky father was pulled forward from the crowd to assist in a balancing act. Plenty of little clowns stayed after for a special workshop to learn some tricks. The Albany show wrapped up Circus of Smiles tour of the Alameda County Libraries. Thanks to Children’s Services for a great spring treat.

See slideshow below:


Circus of Smiles at Albany Library

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Where did The Times go?


Good news for readers of The New York Times. Delivery should resume this weekend! The reality of newspaper delivery was at odds with our promise to put the paper on the shelf for you to read. And though Scott Feinberg states “The mission of The New York Times is to create and collect and distribute high-quality news and information….” as any former paperboy or girl will tell you, “The FATE of your news is in my hands.”

But this is a blog post, so greater philosophical questions are raised. We must not settle for the obvious, “Why did the paper stop coming?” Let’s ponder a larger question: “Where do all the papers go once they are read?” Yes, we know that one Albany patron takes our discarded NYT’s to peruse the science sections at his leisure. This noble diversion from the recycling pile has gone on for years! But where do all the papers go from all the libraries and homes after they are read? Just imagine….

Despite our efforts to preserve The Past,
old newspapers are destined for the bin.

The New York Times, for instance, meets the fate
of any stack of print: oblivion.

Years back, the faded papers found repose
in some cerebral landfill in the hills.

This heap of happenings, each day’s events
was sent upstate for sudden burial.

There was a vast and gray, forgetting field
where names of great renowned and so and so’s

became the same beneath the acid soil.
The woes of Jackie-O became Jane Doe’s.

The heated headlines, able for an hour,
to raise the general feeling to a boil

sank into soft, unmemorable loam–
their furor lost, forever, to the world.

Now papers are recycled, rinsed of ink
and pulped to be tomorrow morning’s news,

Each day’s erasure comes as soon as it
is taken in. There is no time to lose.

Entire populations, stirred to think
exactly the same thing, grow loud and bold

with little facts to verify their views
or cause them to examine what they’re told.

And still the stacks of papers rise each day
to fill the shelves and tell us what we know.

But when they start to take up too much space,
the tilting stacks of papers have to go!

The urgency, the question, that remains
the lead for every story fit to print

is what the New York Times does not contain:
“Where does Time go when it is done and spent?

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Albany Staff Favorites from 2015


Are you looking for some suggestions on what to checkout from the library? The staff at Albany Library have put together a short list of some of their favorite books and movies from 2015. Our library checks out between 27,000 – 30,000 items a month, so we get to see a lot of different items go through our hands! Let us know what your favorite items were from 2015, and what you are looking forward to enjoying in 2016.

Linda (Library Clerk)

Fredericka (Library Page)

Alice (Library Clerk)

Brian (Library Manager)

Natalie (Teen Librarian) 

Dan (Children’s Librarian)

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Have you ever searched through the library resources for small businesses and investors? Albany Library has a wide variety of resources available for you: in-person, electronic, reference, and items to checkout.

Periodicals Titles: 

San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists 2016 and East Bay Book of Lists 2016 give you insight into questions like “who was the highest paid Bay Area athlete in 2015?” or “what is the largest woman owned business in the Bay Area?” The Book of Lists provides a wide range of information on construction projects, hospitals, CEO salaries, IPO’s and more.  Both of these annual editions can be found at the Information Desk.

The Value Line Index and Value Line Investment Survey is a weekly periodical dedicated to stock information and investments.  These are kept at the Information desk

Circulating Periodicals like: Forbes, Money, Fortune, Business Week are available for checkout, as well available to download through our eResources Flipster and Zinio.

Online databases:

Business Source Complete (Library card required) Allows you access to over 2,000 journals and 1,000 peer reviewed publications.  Business Source Complete gives you a wide range of topics and articles that you can read from home.

Reference USA (Library card required) Gives you access to businesses profiles from across the country. Want to know what businesses were started in the last 6 months in your town?  Need to know the SIC code for a company? Reference USA can tell you this.

Small Business Resource Center (Library card required) Provides NOLO press books as well as information on creating business plans.

In-Person Training:

Susie O’Bryant provides one-on-one coaching at the Albany Library.  Sessions are 30 minutes each, and you can sign up at the Information Desk.  Call 510-526-3720 to schedule.

Berkeley One-Stop Career Center will be providing a series of workshops beginning next month for those interested in learning more about Resumes, Job Skills, and Interviewing techniques.

Business head shots.  Coming soon, the Albany Library will be providing monthly photo sessions for you to use on your business cards or LinkedIn profiles.

A wide variety of books are available throughout the library, including books geared towards Small Business. What items are you interested in us adding into our collection?

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular items were at the Albany Library?  We’ve compiled a list of the most checked out items in 2015. What was your favorite book or movie from 2015? Scroll to the end for a complete list of the top 100 items.

  • Most popular teen/adult book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer 157 checkouts
  • Most popular kids book: I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems 103 checkouts
  • Most popular teen/adult movie: Boyhood 125 checkouts
  • Most popular kids movie: Frozen 145 checkouts
  • Most popular kids periodical: Babybug 326 checkouts
  • Most popular adult periodical: New Yorker 135 checkouts

Top 10 Adult or Teen Books:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  2. Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  5. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
  6. The Whites: a Novel by Harry Brandt (Richard Price writing as)
  7. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  8. Euphoria by Lily King
  9. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Top Children’s Books (Note only 7 children’s books made the top 100 list)

  1. I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
  2. There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
  3. Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
  4. Pigs Make me Sneeze! by Mo Willems
  5. We are in a book! by Mo Willems
  6. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  7. Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)

Top 10 Movies

  1. Frozen
  2. Boyhood
  3. Gone Girl
  4. American Hustle
  5. A Most Wanted Man
  6. Game of Thrones Complete Season 3
  7. Lego Movie
  8. Philomena
  9. Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. Saving Mr. Banks

Top 10 Periodicals

  1. Babybug
  2. New Yorker
  3. Economist
  4. New York Times Magazine
  5. Real Simple
  6. People
  7. Fine Cooking
  8. Entertainment Weekly
  9. Vegetarian Times
  10. O: The Oprah Magazine

Top 100 Items of 2015

  1. Babybug  (periodical)
  2. All the light we cannot see : a novel
  3. Frozen (DVD)
  4. The New Yorker  (periodical)
  5. The burning room : a novel
  6. The girl on the train
  7. Boyhood  (DVD)
  8. The economist  (periodical)
  9. Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
  10. Nora Webster : a novel
  11. The New York times magazine  (periodical)
  12. Gone girl  (DVD)
  13. I broke my trunk!
  14. The Whites : a novel
  15. Real simple  (periodical)
  16. American hustle  (DVD)
  17. The children act : a novel
  18. People  (periodical)
  19. Euphoria
  20. Fine cooking  (periodical)
  21. There is a bird on your head!
  22. A most wanted man
  23. Game of thrones. The complete third season (DVD)
  24. The Lego movie  (DVD)
  25. The buried giant
  26. The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
  27. Falling in love
  28. Elephants cannot dance!
  29. A tale for the time being
  30. Philomena (DVD)
  31. Yes please
  32. A dangerous place : a novel
  33. Entertainment weekly  (periodical)
  34. The Grand Budapest Hotel  (DVD)
  35. Saving Mr. Banks  (DVD)
  36. Pigs make me sneeze!
  37. The giver  (DVD)
  38. The hundred-foot journey  (DVD)
  39. H is for Hawk
  40. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone (DVD)
  41. Blue Jasmine  (DVD)
  42. Homeland. The complete third season (DVD)
  43. Star wars Lego. The Empire strikes out (DVD)
  44. Divergent  (DVD)
  45. The Hunger Games. Catching fire  (DVD)
  46. Game of thrones. The complete second season (DVD)
  47.  Lila
  48. Get on up : the James Brown story  (DVD)
  49. The children’s crusade : a novel
  50. Go set a watchman : a novel
  51. The goldfinch
  52. Funny girl : a novel
  53. Dear white people  (DVD)
  54. Vegetarian times  (periodical)
  55. O : the Oprah magazine  (periodical)
  56. Before I go to sleep
  57. National geographic kids  (periodical)
  58. Flesh and blood : a Scarpetta novel
  59. Interstellar (DVD)
  60. Game of thrones. The complete first season (DVD)
  61. The Hunger Games (DVD)
  62. Americanah
  63. Leaving time : a novel
  64. Betrayed : a Rosato & Associates novel
  65. Chef  (DVD)
  66. Downton Abbey. Season 4
  67. We are in a book!
  68. Station eleven
  69. Jersey boys (DVD)
  70. Selma  (DVD)
  71. The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe
  72. The Hunger Games. Mockingjay. Part 1  (DVD)
  73. Gravity  (DVD)
  74. LEGO Star wars. The Yoda chronicles  (DVD)
  75. Murder on the Champ de Mars
  76. The imitation game  (DVD)
  77. Frog and toad are friends
  78. Maleficent  (DVD)
  79. A spool of blue thread
  80. Whiplash  (DVD)
  81. The long way home
  82. The paying guests
  83. The interview  (DVD)
  84. August: Osage County  (DVD)
  85. Mister Seahorse
  86. Wacky Wednesday
  87. Scientific American  (periodical)
  88. The organized mind : thinking straight in the age of information overload
  89. Gray Mountain
  90. Some luck
  91. Mad men. The final season, part 1  (DVD)
  92. Begin again  (DVD)
  93. Guardians of the galaxy  (DVD)
  94. The hobbit. The battle of the five armies  (DVD)
  95. Despicable me 2 (DVD)
  96. Pitch perfect (DVD)
  97. Discovery girls  (DVD)
  98. The narrow road to the deep north
  99. Calvary  (DVD)
  100. Horrible bosses 2 (DVD)

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Black Cats!

Black Cat Extravaganza!

We’ve scared up a list of books with Black Cats in them. They’re not all scary, but some will give you goosebumps!

Black Cats JE 394.2646 PETERSON
Poor Goose: a French Tale J398.2 ROCKWELL
Short and Shivery: thirty Chilling Tales J398.25 SAN SOUCI
Creepy Creatures DVD J591.65 CREEPY
Halloween Origami J736.982 OWEN
Paper Crafts for Halloween J745.59416 MCGEE
Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book J743.87 MASIELLO
Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life J808.882 DEAN
Halloween Howls: Holiday Poetry JE 811.00803 HALLOWEEN
Hallowilloween J811.54 BROWN
A Curious Collection of Cats J811.54 FRANCO
Cat Poems J811.6 CRAWLEY

Countdown to Halloween JBB EUBANK,P
Seven Orange Pumpkins JBB SAVAGE,S
Where’s Boo JBB YOON,S

The Night Cat JPB BEAMES,M
Black Cat, White Cat JPB BORANDO,S
Meeow and the Big Box JPB BRAUN,S
A Dark, Dark Tale JPB BROWN
Holly: the True Story of a Cat JPB BROWN,R
Inside a House that is Haunted JPB CAPUCILLI
The Witch of Hissing Hill JPB CALHOUN
Spooky and the Ghost Cat JPB CARLSON
Hubble, Bubble, Granny Trouble JPB CORDEROY, T
Pete the Cat JPB DEAN,J
Five Little Pumpkins JPB DEAN,J
Dog vs. Cat JPB GALL,C
The Night World JPB GERSTEIN,M
Five Black Cats JPB HEGARTY,P
Excuse me– are you a witch? JPB HORN,E
Only a Witch Can Fly JPB MCGHEE,A
Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat! JPB MUNCASTER,H
Moonlight, the Halloween Cat JPB RYLANT,C
Scaredy-cat, Splat! JPB SCOTTON,R
Splat the Cat, What was That? JPB SCOTTON,R
Black Cat Creeping JPB SLATER, T
You and Me JPB VERDE,S
The Black Kitten Tg JPB VIZCARRA,N
Won Ton and Chopstick : a cat and dog tale told in haiku JPB WARDLAW,L
Mr. Wuffles! JPB WIESNER,D

Jenny’s moonlight adventure JE AVERILL
Spooky and the Wizard’s Bats JE CARLSON
The Bookstore Burglar JE MAITLAND,B
Friday, the Scaredy Cat JE MCMAHON,K
Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck JE PARISH,H
The Halloween Cat JE RICCI,C

Who Stole Halloween J Pbk FREEMAN
The Case of the Phantom Cat J WEBB,H
The Cat with Seven Names CDB J JOHNSTON,T
Cats on Track J MARTIN,L
Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of mystery and madness J POE, E
The Forbidden Library J WEXLER,D
The Islands of Chaldea J JONES,D
Jenny and the Cat Club : a collection of favorite stories about Jenny Linsky J AVERILL,E
Lara the Black Cat Fairy J Pbk MAGICAL
Path of Stars J HUNTER,E
Pinky Pye J ESTES,E
Puss in Boots DVD J PUSS
The Three Golden Keys J SIS,P
Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble J BRUEL,N (MOVING UP)

Maybe you’ll see this black cat someday…..


Alley Cat by Dan Hess.

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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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