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Downtown library hours: Saturdays!

Written June 18th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Good news for book readers, especially those living in West and North Albany and near downtown. For the first time in a long time, the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library will be open Saturdays this summer, starting June 25.

A tale of two ‘Crossings’

Written March 10th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The library sent me an email, and I went downtown to check out the latest Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly, “The Crossing.” An hour later, in Browsers’ Books, from low on a shelf of antique tomes way in the back of the store, “The Crossing” by Winston Churchill looked at me, demanding to be bought. Which […]

Too little space for all that stuff

Written February 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It’s no big deal, obviously, but this may not be the best way to set up a public library’s book return for when the building is closed, especially if the closure extends over a three-day weekend.

Unsolved mystery: Book in the wall

Written February 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

“American Railway Transportation” by Emory R. Johnson, Ph. D., was first published in 1903. Today’s mystery is this: How and why did a 1907 edition of this 434-page book end up hidden in the wall of a house at 1405 Front Ave. N.E. instead of being returned to the Albany Public Library when it was […]

Coming online: More of Potts’ pix

Written June 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Here’s something for Albany history buffs to look forward to: Thousands of unpublished photos from the collection of the late Bob Potts will soon be posted and available online.

Long live this library!

Written December 9th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Of all the things a city government must do, maintaining public parks and libraries ranks at the very top of the priority list, as far as I’m concerned. And today, a particular library has the spotlight here.

Time for a fascinating book

Written December 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

With riots and race-baiting going on around the country, the news is more depressing than usual, so how about settling down with book?

What does this tell book thieves?

Written June 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

While we’re on the subject of libraries, allow me to call attention to this sign. It sits on a shelf in an out-of-the-way section of the Albany Public Library’s main branch, and it seems to let thieves know that they may still have time to steal something before cameras put the place under surveillance. Here’s what […]

Our libraries: What a great service!

Written June 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Spinning through the cable channels on Sunday, I settled on C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” where author Amity Shlaes captured my interest with her great enthusiasm for Calvin Coolidge, the subject of a biography she published in 2013. She made the 30th president sound fascinating. So I checked online, confirmed that the Albany Public Library had a copy of her book and […]

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