Exhibits and Programs

August 1938 cover of Fortune magazine.

Exhibit: Fortune Magazine

The onsite exhibit for July focuses on Fortune magazine, featuring covers and content from the 1930s (with a smattering of current issues at the end).

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
July 2016

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation CenterSenior 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

July 2, 2016
10:30 am - noon
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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

July 9, 2016
11 am-12:30 pm
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Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest Online

screenshot of HeritageQuest databaseHeritageQuest 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.
Note: The start time for this session has been changed to 1:30 (from 11 am), because the internet will not be available during the morning.

Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

July 16, 2016

Time change!
1:30 – 2:30pm

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Finding Grants Using the BigOnline

BigOnlineSenior Librarian Allan Raney will demonstrate the BIG Online America - an online database that includes detailed information and profiles on 25,000 foundations, corporate donors, matching gift programs, in kind donations and government grant makers. The BIG Online also includes a step-by-step guide and award-winning templates for writing professional funding proposals and letters of inquiry. In addition, IRS Form 990s are available and keyword searchable.  Allan will also give participants an introduction to the print resources available for grants/foundations.  Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

July 23, 2016
11 a.m. - 12:15 pm
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What Can the Talking Book and Braille Library Do for you?  Attend our open house and find out!

woman on boatAre 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 2:30 and 5:00pm on Thursday, July 28th 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: Librarians Room, 7th floor CEC

July 28, 2016
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library

newspaperSenior 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: 7th floor Computer Classroom

July 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. - noon
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September 2016

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

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor CEC

Sept. 27, 2016
12:15 - 1:15 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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Last Updated: July 14, 2016