From Glue to Glory!

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.


First Winners: Marcos and Sibel

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


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.

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


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.

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



March is Art Month at Albany Library. Art IS Education month, to be exact. The library is filled with children’s art and the calendar is filled with Arts programming for people of all ages.

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Art IS Ed brochure

From the Irish-themed events on March 7, to the “Make a Book” Family workshop and “Sock Creature” maker space for Tweens on March 28, you’ll become an arty-schmarty at Albany Library this month.

puppet show and concert at Albany Library

March 7 Flyer

Art IS Ed 2015 AC Library Booklet


ALB Art IS Ed 2015

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