Exhibits and Programs

Festival clematis, from a patent filed in 2012

Exhibit: Plant Patents from NYS Inventors

For our April exhibit, the New York State Library celebrates National Inventors Month with a display of images from patents filed for new varieties of fruit and flowers.

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
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.

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

Directions and Parking

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

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Evaluation Form: People who have recently attended a class or other event are invited to complete an evaluation online.

Last Updated: April 12, 2017