Exhibits and Programs

three images from the covers of baseball books

Exhibit: Baseball Books at the New York State Library

Just in time for the playoffs and the World Series, the Library's October exhibit features books on baseball.

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
October 2017

Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies

cover of Do Not Say We Have NothingAward-winning novelists Thien and Davies explore the Chinese Diaspora. Set in Canada and China, Madeleine Thien’s 2016 book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, received Canada’s highest literary honor, the Governor General’s Award. Her 2012 novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, about a Canadian survivor of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge regime, will be re-released in a new U.S. edition in October 2017. Peter Ho Davies’ new novel, The Fortunes (2016), follows the experiences of four Chinese-Americans over the last century. The book received the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Chautauqua Prize and was named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Indie Next, and The New York Times.

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the New York State Office of Cultural Education and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Tuesday,
October 3, 2017
8:00 p.m

Legal Research Online with State Capital Universe and Fastcase

Legal Research OnlineSenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate search strategies and techniques for using State Capital Universe and Fastcase - two online databases available at the New York State Library. State Capital Universe contains information on bills, regulations and statutes for New York and other states. This online resource also has information about state legislators, issues and public policy, state newspapers of record and links to websites with related information. Fastcase is a legal database which provides searching for case law, statutes, regulations, constitutions and court rules for all fifty states. It also provides online access to selected treatises. Authority check, printing, saving and the interactive timeline will be demonstrated. Space is limited and registration is required.

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

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Thursday,
October 19, 2017
3:30-4:45 pm

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

Walking Tour-Local History and GenealogyThe 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

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Saturday,
October 21, 2017
11 am-noon

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center OnlineSenior Librarian Michael Meyer 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: New York State Library, 7th floor computer classroom

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Saturday,
October 21, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm

Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I

cover of Atta BoyDuring the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though other productions were staged by individuals with no military background. The shows featured performers who were actually in the service, such as some of Berlin's fellow soldiers from Camp Upton on Long Island, and servicemen from the 27 Division (the "New York Division"). The shows were light entertainment, with humorous skits and musical numbers, and a novelty: female characters were played by male soldiers! Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the U.S.

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

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Saturday,
October 28, 2017
2:00-3:00 pm
November 2017

A Celebration of The New Yorker Cartoons

Roz Chast (The New Yorker cartoonist) and Robert “Bob” Mankoff (The New Yorker cartoon editor)

cover of Going Into TownMore than a thousand of Roz Chast’s cartoons (featuring her “frantic and disheveled characters” recognized as “icons of American humor”) have appeared in The New Yorker since 1978. Her cartoon memoir about caring for her aging parents (Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?) was #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than 100 weeks. Her new book of cartoons is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (2017). Robert “Bob” Mankoff was The New Yorker cartoon editor from 1997 until his retirement in April 2017. He currently is the Humor and Cartoon Editor at Esquire and is the author of the memoir How About Never—Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons (2014).

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the New York State Office of Cultural Education and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Thursday,
November 9, 2017
8:00 p.m
December 2017

Nic Stone, young adult author

cover of Dear MartinFirst time novelist Stone discusses her book Dear Martin (2017) about an African-American teenager who begins a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King to determine if King’s teaching is still relevant today after the teenager’s run-in with the police.   Loosely inspired by true events about shooting deaths of unarmed black teenagers, the book is called “raw and gripping” by award-winning young adult author (and former New York State Writers Institute speaker) Jason Reynolds.  Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by Albany High School, the New York State Office of Cultural Education, and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Thursday,
December 7, 2017
7:00 p.m

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: October 12, 2017