Exhibits and Programs

A book from the current exhibit: Know Your Presidents: From Washington to Roosevelt

Exhibit: Presidents in Print...from George Washington to Donald Trump

Just in time for Presidents' Day, our onsite exhibit for February features books and magazine coverage of the 45 men who have served as President of the United States.

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
February 2017

Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library EditionSenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the Ancestry Library online database 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 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

Saturday,
February 4, 2017
10:30 - 11:30am
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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,
February 11, 2017
11:00 - 12:30pm
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A Bonded Friendship: Moses and Eliphalet

Cover of A Bonded Friendship:Moses and EliphaletThe relationship between former slave Moses Viney and Union College President Eliphalet Nott spanned a quarter of a century. From Nott’s hiring of Viney as a servant in 1842 through the death of Nott in 1866, the two men forged a partnership based on mutual respect and trust. After sending Viney to Canada to protect him from the consequences of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, Nott eventually bought Viney’s freedom. And Viney cared for Nott as the latter struggled with the pains of rheumatism and the after effects of a stroke. Hear Dr. Gretchel Hathaway, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Union College, discuss her new historical novel A Bonded Friendship: Moses and Eliphalet.

Copies of A Bonded Friendship: Moses and Eliphalet, will be available for sale.

Dr. Hathaway will be available to autograph copies of her book at the end of the program.

Program sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon Registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, First floor, Huxley Theater

Saturday,
February 18, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 pm
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March 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

Thursday,
March 2, 2017
3:00 - 4:30pm
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The Zookeeper's Wife (2007)

Cover of 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 3, 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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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
11:00 - 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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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
10:30 - 12:00pm
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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
11:00 - 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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More information: For more information about these classes, call at 518-474-2274.

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Last Updated: February 15, 2017