Vanguard-Albany Symphony Orchestra Preview Performance

New series begins Friday, October 18!

orchestraEnjoy a sneak peek of the coming weekend performance by the Albany Symphony Orchestra courtesy of Vanguard. The October preview features Schumann’s “Symphony No. 3.” The November show includes Brahm’s “Symphony No. 1” and Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 22.” The December preview concert is a Baroque holiday treat with pieces by Bach and Handel, including “The Messiah.” For details about the full concerts, please visit

All preview performances are at 12:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s large auditorium:

  • October 18 (Friday)
  • November 22 (Friday)
  • December 13 (Friday)

Can’t wait? Did you know our classical music collection on CD is requestable? Choose your favorite from our online catalog or browse some compilations and place a hold today!


APLreads – Frankenstein

frankensteinSeveral of us are reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this month – join us over in our GoodReads group to talk about the book or leave your thoughts in a comment here or on Twitter (use #APLreads).

Need a copy of the book? You can place a hold here or download an ebook copy or an audiobook copy.


Reading Music book group – October 15


Help for the Haunted by John Searles (book review)

Help for the Haunted by John Searles - book coverIn John Searles’ spooky new page-turner, Help for the Haunted, it’s easy to wonder about who’s really the haunted one – all of the characters turn out to be haunted in some way –  it’s the “help” in which the story really lays. Albert Lynch sits in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Sylvester and Rose Mason, charges lodged primarily on the word of the couple’s teenaged daughter Sylvie. Sylvie, the “good daughter”,  lives a mostly-neglected existence with her flinty older sister and guardian, Rose, who keeps her at arm’s length, but for what reason?

When a new witness comes forward who could exonerate Lynch, Sylvie is forced to peel back the layers of what really happened that night they died, and consider fully all of the small actions that brought her and her parents to an empty church, beckoned by a phone call from Rose. Sylvester and Rose Mason made their living off of the hopes of people afflicted by things they didn’t understand – were these cases of possession? Or mental illness? Or sheer fakery?  While Sylvie had only begun to realize the raging debate about how much of the work her parents did was “real”, it’s up to Sylvie now to decide for herself what is real  in this thoughtful and dark character-driven story in which what is believed must be carefully weighed against what is known. This psychologically suspenseful mystery with a strong hint of the unknown might appeal to you if you like books by Tana French or  Gillian Flynn.

Sound good? Click here to place a hold on this book!


[*This review is based on an advanced review copy received from the publisher; there was no payment or compensation provided for this review; opinions are those of the reviewer only.]

Music Matters is back – Musical Elements of Hip Hop with Emcee Sev Statik

music matters hiphop

APL’s Summer in the City PoeTweet Contest

Can you write a poem about summer in Albany in just one Tweet?

We’re giving you that chance, so put your best iamb forward and send your miniature inspirations with the hashtag #APLMRS during our Summer in the City PoeTweet Contest on Twitter! Our judge, Dan Wilcox (@Dwlcx), poet, peace activist, and member of Albany Poets, will pick one winner whose poetry will be featured in one of our APL publications and online.

  • Who? You! (As long as you’re age 13 or older. And you or your family don’t work for the Albany Public Library).

  • What? Albany Public Library’s Summer in the City Poetweet Contest – can you write a poem about summer in Albany in just one Tweet?

  • When? The contest runs from Sunday, July 28, at 12:00 a.m. through Saturday, August 3, 11:59 p.m.

  • How? First, you need to have a Twitter account. If you do, search for @APLMReadersServ, click on the icon, and then click the Follow button. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you’ll need to visit and sign up for one; then search for @APLMReadersServ, click on the icon, and click the Follow button.

One Tweet = one entry. You can submit one entry per day; your Tweets must be your own. (So, you can have up to 7 chances to win.) The subject of your Poetweet must be “Summer in Albany.” Include #APLMRS in your Tweet so we can find it.

Keep it clean, please; Albany Public Library reserves the right to disqualify any Tweet that may be considered obscene, pornographic, violent or offensive.

One winner will be selected by the judge based on creativity, originality, and poetic skill. The judge’s decision is final; one prize will be awarded. All participants are invited to attend the end-of-summer party we’re hosting for everyone who joined in our summer reading activities! Come mingle and meet the peeps behind the Tweets at the Iron Gate Cafe on Washington Ave., across the street from the Main Library, on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.



All That Jazz Film Festival – coming July 22