Exhibits and Programs

Exhibit: U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights

In conjunction with Constitution Day (September 17), the onsite exhibit for September features federal documents, newspapers and other resources related to the Constitution. On September 17 only, New York's 1788 copy of the Constitution will be on display, and free pocket-sized editions of the Constitution will be available to Library visitors.

Previous seventh floor exhibits | Items from the NYS Library collections on exhibit elsewhere

Programs and Classes

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

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
September 2016

Appalachian Odyssey

Cover of Appalachian OdysseyAuthor, speaker, photographer, avid hiker and former catalog writer at L.L. Bean, Jeff Ryan discusses his new book Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail. Filled with entertaining stories and illustrated with 75 color photos, the author reminds us that "life’s most meaningful accomplishments rarely happen overnight, but are achieved by making steady progress toward our goals." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration is recommended.  Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link.

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor CEC

Wednesday,
Sept. 21, 2016
12:15 -1:15 pm
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The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History

Cover of The Spirit of New YorkFormer New York State Archives program director Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne will discuss his 2015 book, The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History (SUNY Press, 2015). This book presents New York history through narratives of 16 dramatic events, from the promulgation of the first State Constitution in April 1777 through the resilience of the Fire Department of the City of New York during and after 9/11. The author will share some stories of particularly interesting events from the book and will also talk about the themes in New York history that it conveys. Registration is recommended. Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link

Cultural Education Center, 1st floor, Huxley Theater

Tuesday,
Sept. 27, 2016
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
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Stephen Burt, poet and literary critic

Called "one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation" by The New York Times Magazine, Stephen Burt's poetry collection Belmont was named a "Best Book of 2013" by Publishers Weekly and NPR.  Registration is recommended.

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Instituteexternal link and cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link

Cultural Education Center, 1st floor, Huxley Theater

Thursday,
Sept. 29, 2016
8:00 p.m.
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November 2016

Howard Frank Mosher, novelist

Howard Frank Mosher, novelistThe author of ten acclaimed novels set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom reads from his most recent novel, God’s Kingdom (2015).  Registration is recommended.

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Instituteexternal link and cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link

Cultural Education Center, 1st floor, Huxley Theater

Tuesday,
November 1, 2016
8:00 p.m.
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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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More information: For more information about these classes, call at 518-474-2274.

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Last Updated: September 26, 2016