Exhibits and Programs

Image of a monarch butterfly, from the cover of one of the issues of The Conservationist on display.

Exhibit: Environmental Preserervation and Conservation

In honor of Earth Day (Apriil 22), the New York State Library's April public floor exhibit features books, documents and zines related to a variety of environmental issues. 

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

Online Programs

Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Upcoming Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Event or Class Date and Time
April 2015

Mary Norris, Comma Queen and NYSL Friends Annual Meeting

Between You & MeMary Norris, celebrated proofreader, copy editor, and author at The New Yorker, is an authoritative figure in an endangered profession. On staff at The New Yorker since 1978, she is the author of the new book, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015), which features hilarious meditations on grammar, as well as memorable tussles about usage with such writers as Ian Frazier, Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders. Garrison Keillor said in advance praise, “This is as entertaining as grammar can be. Very very. Read it and savor it.” Ballots for the New York State Library Friends Governing Board elections will also be available for members to cast their votes.

This program is Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link and the New York State Writers Institute. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center

April 9, 2015
8:00 pm
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Victory Turned into Mourning: Farewell to Lincoln and Grant at the New York State Capitol

mourningOne hundred and fifty years ago as the nation mourned its martyred President, a special funeral train journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Albany, New York was one of the major stops on its route. On April 26, Lincoln’s body lay in State in the old State Capitol building while 50,000 people filed by to pay their respects. At the exact same time, over 400 miles to the south, assassin John Wilkes Booth was cornered in a tobacco barn, shot by a New York Cavalryman, and died of his wounds.

Twenty years later the New York State Capitol was once again the scene of a somber farewell as President Ulysses S. Grant lay in State in the new Capitol Building.

Presented by Stuart Lehman, Assistant Curator for the New York State Capitol, this program will explore these solemn events and their connection to the New York State Capitol.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center
April 15, 2015
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
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Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

Genealogy TourThe 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

April 18, 2015
11:00am- 12:30pm
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May 2015

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

foundation center onlineSenior Librarian Allan Raney will demonstrate three 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. Foundation Maps can help funders, philanthropy networks, consultants to foundations, and other nonprofits to see broad trends at a glance and monitor changes across the sector; explore who is funding via filters, including subject areas, locations, population groups, and types of support; and go beyond who you already know in the field and discover new partners for collaboration and community.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

May 2, 2015
10:30 am - noon
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Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library

census documentSenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the HeritageQuest and Ancestry online databases, both of which are accessible at the New York State Library. Learn how to access Census records, genealogy and history book, maps and other resources included in these databases. Seating is limited and registration is required.


Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

May 9, 2015
10:30 am - noon
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Using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Using BARDBARD allows New York State Talking Book and Braille Library patrons to download their digital audio books. The downloaded books can then be played on their digital talking book players issued by NLS (National Library Service). NLS is part of the Library of Congress and administers the BARD system. Senior Librarian Michael Whitney will present this class and will cover the following topics: how to sign up for BARD; how to find books on BARD; how to download BARD books and how to play BARD books. This class is open to Talking Books and Braille Library registered patrons, their care givers, educators and anyone providing assistance to those with print disabilities. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor

May 9, 2015
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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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

Directions and Parking

More information: For more information about these classes, call at 518-474-2274.

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Last Updated: April 10, 2015