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This week, the Albany Common Council unanimously passed a measure designed to pave the way for free or low-cost municipal broadband service.

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
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A Capital Region public library is beginning to reopen branches for in-person visits.

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to increase, major public libraries have reduced services.

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
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With some new precautions, public libraries in New York are preparing to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic forced their shutdown in March.

Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.
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Among the buildings that have been shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic are public libraries. And though digital services continue, Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek says transitioning to a remote model for the time being is a learning process. 

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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With the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state on the rise, local officials are preparing and educating the public.

Library bookshelves (file photo)
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Another Capital Region library branch is doing away with late fees.

A once-thriving community newspaper in Albany is launching a mixed media revival.

Members of the City of Albany’s Census Complete Count Committee joined together at City Hall to highlight the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 Census.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is calling on residents to make sure they're counted when the next U.S. Census comes around.  The City’s Census Complete Count Committee is stressing the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 tally.

Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.
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In February, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey introduced a Green New Deal resolution: a set of proposed economic stimulus programs to address climate change and racial and social economic inequalities. Over the weekend, about 100 people attended a Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.

Public libraries are breaking from age-old traditions as they look for additional ways to stay relevant in the digital era.

The Great American Read

Sep 20, 2018

The Great American Read on PBS is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey.) The 100 books have been placed into a bracket and divided into quadrants based on the years they were published: The Classics, Mid-Century, Late Century and Contemporary.

The Great American Read investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

We were joined by Social Media Coordinator at WMHT Danielle Sanzone, Director of the Greenwich Free Library Annie Miller; librarian at Albany Public Library Christina Stenson-Carey; Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton; and Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

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Voters will have their say Tuesday on the Albany Public Library’s roughly $7 million budget proposal for 2019. 

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Voters are deciding on school budgets across New York today.

  Josh Rosenthal is a unique, compelling individual who left his big time job in the hallowed halls of the music industry to start an independent, boutique label, Tompkins Square Records, focusing on reissues of important but overlooked roots artists and new records by both icons and Americana up and comers.

He developed his taste, in part, while living in Albany and attending the university in the 1980s. His new book, The Record Store of the Mind, even features scenes at the city’s legendary punk haunt, QE2, as well as Valentine’s, where he re-discovered Charlie Louvin, eventually launching the country music pioneer on a second career. It is part memoir, part listening list and an inspirational read for anyone with ear for the winding stream of American music.

Rosenthal will read from his book at 7PM tonight in the Local History Room of the Albany Public Library - the Washington Avenue Branch in Albany.

Two authors with strong Albany ties Gregory Maguire and Barbara Smith will be honored at the second annual Literary Legends Event Saturday November 14th. The Literary Legends Event recognizes outstanding local authors, illustrators, and publishers for their extraordinary contributions to the art of letters. Maguire and Smith join last year's honorees William Kennedy, Paul Grondhal, and Amy Biancolli at Albany Literary Legends.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

Albany Public Library Gets New Executive Director

Jun 17, 2014
Scott Jarzombek

On Monday, the Albany Public Library will have a new executive director. Scott Jarzombek, 38, who began his library career in the Albany system, returns June 23rd after leading the library in North Castle in Westchester County. He will replace Carol Nersinger who is retiring. Scott Jarzombek spoke to WAMC about the biggest challenge facing libraries today.