Reprinted from Times Union Blog - Scott Jarzombak
Upcoming Programs Howe will be hosting a Cosmic Escape Room on July 23. Delaware will be hosting the ever-popular Balloon Twisting with Balloon Gal Jenny on July 18. Bach is putting on matinee musical film series featuring “South Pacific” July 16 and “Bye Bye Birdie” August 27th. Bach will also be hosting Jay Mankita’s Playful Engineers program, which is a hands-on Rube Goldberg workshop for kids July 10.
Looking back at June The Summer Reading Challenge has begun. Staff across the district visited multiple schools throughout the city to promote it. The library could also be found at several block parties and the Movies Under the Stars doing outreach. The library also participated in this year’s Pride Parade. The Community Partnership and Programs Department set up our first internal volunteer day, with APL staff volunteering at the local food bank.
Washington Ave hosted a new support group for grandparents and relatives caring for their next of kin where they can access information regarding legal issues, public benefits, and other challenges. The Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch celebrated Juneteenth with local food, drumming, and dancing. In Our Own Voice’s Healthy Youth though Prevention and Empowerment Program spoke with teens this month in support of our LGBTQ community.
The Pine Hills Branch hosted the opening reception for Picture This, our first art exhibition in partnership with the Opalka Gallery. Youth at the branch have been enjoying programming from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners on planting sunflowers and making a fairy house. The Bach Branch’s “Bach Live” summer music series has been very well attended and well received. We should note we have received a complaint from a concerned neighbor about events in the garden. We have reached out to address their concerns and will be reviewing future programs. The branch reports Toddler Storytime attendance has been exceptionally high this month.
The Delaware Branch began citizenship classes in partnership with USCRI. The branch also hosted our first-ever Pre School Prom for Growing Readers participants. For the second year in a row, the Howe Branch offered a career readiness program leading into the city’s Second Chance Job Fair. The branch is also happy to report plants are coming up in its community garden space. The North Albany Branch hosted experts who offered advice and guidance for keeping chickens.