Exhibits and Programs

Cover of The Woman Citizen after the 19th amendment passed

Exhibit: Women's Suffrage

The New York State Library celebrates Women’s History Month and the centennial of full suffrage for women in the State of New York with this exhibit examining journals’ coverage of the suffrage movement.

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
March 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife (2007)

Cover of Book The Zookeeper's Wife (2007)Acclaimed author, poet, naturalist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist for her 2011 memoir One Hundred Names for Love, Diane Ackerman will read from her work. Ms. Ackerman’s book, The Zookeeper’s Wife (2007) about a Warsaw zookeeper’s family who saved 300 Jews during the Holocaust, will be released as a film starring Jessica Chastain on March 31, 2017.

Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon Registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Concourse Level, Clark Auditorium

Tuesday,
March 7, 2017
8:00 - 9:30pm
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Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest Online

Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest OnlineHeritageQuest Online is a collection of genealogical and historical sources and is available for use at the New York State Library. Stephanie Barrett will discuss and demonstrate some of these sources, including the US Federal Census records, genealogy and local history digital books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant application files, and the Freedman’s Bank records. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records and printing records. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor computer classroom

Saturday,
March 11, 2017
2:00 - 3:00pm
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Old Songs, Inc. presents NY Women: Singing for Suffrage

Suffrage CastWith enlightening narrative and songs that women sang during the suffrage movement between 1848 and 1920, this dynamic concert tells the story of how American women won the right to vote. The power of song was used to effect change and encourage women to support the cause of seeking equality. With little financial and political power, women printed banners, postcards, and buttons, marched in parades, stood in silence, and sang to gain the 19th amendment to the Constitution. For more information, contact Old Songs at (518) 765-2815.

The 50-minute performance has a cast of professional musicians and singers and features music on fiddle, hammered dulcimer, piano and guitar.

This performance was made possible by the Friends of the New York State Library, The Archives Partnership Trust, and the New York State Museum. Admission is free. Registration is recommended but not required.

Location: Cultural Education Center, first floor, Huxley Theater

Saturday,
March 18, 2017
2:00 pm
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Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

Walking Tour - Hsitory and Genealogy at the NYSLThe 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

Thursday,
March 23, 2017
3:00 - 4:30pm
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April 2017

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

Walking Tour - Hsitory and Genealogy at the NYSLThe 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

Saturday,
April 1, 2017
11:00am - 12:30pm
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What Can the Talking Book and Braille Library Do for you? Attend our open house and find out!

TBBL Book IconAre you or a family member having trouble reading books or magazines? Is your eyesight not what it used to be?  The free Talking Book and Braille Library is for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability. Members of the Talking Book and Braille Library have access to a world of resources - from books in braille or audio formats to accessible magazines -  all mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.

Join us anytime between 2:00 and 4:00pm on Saturday, April 1st at the New York State Library 7th floor Librarians Room.  Senior Librarians Michael Whitney and Shawn Lemieux will be on hand to answer your questions and provide a brief summary and demonstration of our services. 

Do you already have a TBBL membership, but need assistance or have accessibility questions? Do you need help with downloading your BARD books using your computer or mobile device?  We will also be on hand to provide hands-on training if needed to help you get the most from your library membership.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Librarians Room, CEC

Saturday,
April 1, 2017
2:00 - 4:00pm
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Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (2017)

Cover of Book Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (2017)Irish writer Ruth Gilligan reads from her new book, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (2017), a novel based on the little known history of Ireland’s Jewish community. Publishers’ Weekly called the book “a stellar U.S. debut…”.

Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon Registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, first floor, Huxley Theater

Thursday,
April 13, 2017
8:00 - 9:30pm
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Consequence: A Memoir (2016)

Cover of Book Consequence: A MemoirArmy veteran and nonfiction writer Eric Fair, author of the memoir Consequence (2016), discusses his experiences working in Iraq as an interrogator for a private contractor at Abu Ghraib prison in 2014 and the harrowing aftermath in his life.

Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon Registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Concourse Level, Clark Auditorium

Thursday,
April 20, 2017
8:00 - 9:30pm
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Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library

Historical Newspapers OnlineSenior 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. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor computer classroom

Saturday,
April 22, 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm
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Rightful Heritage (2016)

Cover of Book Rightful HeritageBestselling author, American history scholar, and CNN’s official Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley recounts President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s under-sung work as a crusader for conservation of America’s public lands in Brinkley’s book Rightful Heritage (2016).

Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon Registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Concourse Level, Clark Auditorium

Thursday,
April 27, 2017
8:00 - 9:30pm
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Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

Walking Tour - Hsitory and Genealogy at the NYSLThe 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

Saturday,
April 29, 2017
11:00am - 12:30pm
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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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Last Updated: March 16, 2017