A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Library survey: A chance to say something

Written July 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

All those notes pasted on a board at the Albany Public Library tell you what the writers think will make Albany “better.” What’s that about, I wondered.

At main library, paint flap is long forgotten

Written February 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Ten years after the building opened, the paint colors on the Albany Public Library are no longer an issue. Partly that’s because people have more important things to think about. But mainly it’s because the color scheme looks OK.

Downtown discovery: Gems of the past

Written October 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Pretty much by chance the other day, I found myself in the basement room that holds the Oregon Collection at Albany’s Carnegie Library downtown. It’s the place to be if you’re interested in what happened in our town and state long before you and I got here.

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 […]

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