A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Downtown library: When the doors are closed

Written December 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Normally, Thursday afternoon is one of the times that the Carnegie Library in downtown Albany is open. But not during the vacation week between Christmas and New Year’s.

More library hours, but not downtown

Written March 2nd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Public Library has expanded the times when it is open, but unfortunately this is not the case at the downtown branch.

About that riverside box, let’s speculate

Written March 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It’s nearly two years since I wondered here about this box-like structure off the Dave Clark Path on Albany’s riverfront. I still don’t know why it is there or what its purpose used to be. But now I’m prepared to venture a hypothesis. And  I hope somebody can tell me what it really was. (Somebody […]

Browsing the library shelves after Covid curbs

Written July 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

What a treat it was Wednesday to be able to walk around inside the Carnegie Library in downtown Albany, without an appointment or time limit, browsing the shelves, looking for something to read.

Carnegie Library looks safe in budget crunch

Written September 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

When and if Albany’s public libraries reopen after the corona crisis, the downtown Carnegie branch stands a good chance of staying in operation despite the city’s budget problems, judging by what candidates in the Nov. 3 council election say.

Budget trouble: Albany gets harsh projections

Written July 20th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany residents might as well get ready to expect cutbacks in city programs and services over the next few years.

What corona may do to this library

Written May 4th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Like a lot of other places, Albany’s two public libraries have been closed to the public since mid-March. The library director says they’ll stay closed at least until the governor lifts her “stay-home” order. This may have one of two possible results.

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