Exhibits and Programs

book: American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt

Exhibit: Theodore Roosevelt in NY

January 2019 marks the centennial of the death of Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 - January 6, 1919). The Library's January exhibit honors this great New Yorker by displaying some items from the collection written by and about Theodore Roosevelt. 

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
January 2019

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation CenterSenior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate two online products from the Foundation Center that are available at the New York State Library. The Foundation Directory Online provides accurate details on over 100,000 US foundations and corporate donors and over 2.2 million recent grants. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Saturday, January 19,
2019
11 a.m.– noon

Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library Edition

genealogy web pageSenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the Ancestry Library online database which is accessible at the New York State Library. Learn how to access Census records, genealogy and history book, maps and other resources included in this database, as well as, the resources on Ancestry NYS page which are freely available to all New Yorkers. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records, printing and how to create a family tree via Ancestry.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Thursday, January 24, 2019
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

genealogy area in the NYS LibraryThe New York State Library is a treasure chest of resources for those tracing their family histories. Join us for a tour highlighting published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, United States and New York State Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and more.

The tour is limited to 15 individuals and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor – meet in front of Genealogy/Local History/Equipment desk

Register Online
Saturday, January 26,
2019
11 a.m.– noon

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation CenterSenior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate two online products from the Foundation Center that are available at the New York State Library. The Foundation Directory Online provides accurate details on over 100,000 US foundations and corporate donors and over 2.2 million recent grants. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
February 2019

Genealogy Online with FamilySearch

Family SearchThe NYS Library and the NYS Archives have partnered to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have onsite access to digital microfilm data that is not available to researchers using FamilySearch resources from their home computer. Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate how to access genealogical records and family trees included in this database. She will also demonstrate how to print and save records.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Saturday, February 9,
2019
10:30 a.m. – noon

The Legacy of Duke Ellington

photo of Duke Ellinton from 1946Over six decades, Duke Ellington (1899-1974) demonstrated his remarkable gifts as a composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist.  Ellington lived an extraordinary life inspiring and influencing music far beyond the jazz idiom. Please join us as Ellington expert Bill Saxonis surveys the Ellington legacy with a special emphasis on Ellington’s often underappreciated impact on civil rights. The presentation will feature an eclectic collection of music and excerpts from interviews with important voices from the world of Ellington.

Bill Saxonis has a passion for music, devoting over 35 years to studying the life, times and music of Duke Ellington. He has contributed to jazz publications and prestigious forums in both Europe and the United States. He worked for many years at the New York State’s Public Service Commission and is currently an adjunct professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Librarians Room (7th Floor)

Register Online
Saturday, February 9,
2019
1 – 2 p.m.

Film showing: The Shawshank Redemption

movie poster for The Shawshank RedemptionThe next film to be shown as part of the New York State Library’s librarian movie series, Standing Out in a Crowd, is The Shawshank Redemption, a 1994 film with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

Free and open to the public.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Huxley Theater (1st floor)

Saturday, February 9,
2019
1 – 3:30 p.m.

Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library

newspapersNewspapers can serve as useful primary sources for historical research. They reflect the time period in which they were created and provide a glimpse into society at the time. Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will discuss online databases available at the New York State Library that contain full-text historical newspapers. She will demonstrate the effective use of America's Historical Newspapers and the Historical Newspapers (New York Times) with an emphasis on newspapers published in New York State. She will also demonstrate how to find and access New York State digital newspapers freely available on the Internet.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Wednesday, February 13,
2019
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation CenterSenior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate two online products from the Foundation Center that are available at the New York State Library. The Foundation Directory Online provides accurate details on over 100,000 US foundations and corporate donors and over 2.2 million recent grants. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Thursday, February 21,
2019
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Online Programs: Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Reasonable Accommodation: Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date by calling 518-474-2274. The New York State Library and the Cultural Education Center are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Location: Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held in:

Librarians Room
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center, 7th floor
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

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Last Updated: January 15, 2019