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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!


Reading Music book group – October 15



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


A Raisin in the Sun:watch the film!

On Tuesday night, you can watch Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee reprise their stage roles in the film version of A Raisin in the Sun. The showing starts at 6:15 at Albany Public Library’s Main Branch, 161 Washington Ave. See you then!

Wings of the Dove: read the book, see the movie!

On Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. we’ll be showing the film version of The Wings of the Dove at the Main Library. It stars Helena Bonham Carter as Kate Croy and Linus Roache as Merton Densher. Click here for more about the film.