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eNotes | November 1, 2016
New Programs for November & December
We’ve got a brand new program guide for all you library fans out there in Albany-land! There are some interesting activities and events on tap, including:
APL Board Approves Bond Refinance Project
The library’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a project to refinance the Branch Improvement Plan (BIP) bonds at a special meeting on Oct. 24. The project involves refinancing the nine-year-old bonds, which funded the five new/renovated branch libraries, to get a better interest rate and reduce the cost to taxpayers.
The library will move forward with the refinancing project and expects to close on the new bonds by the end of the year. The rate of savings to the taxpayers will be known after the project closes.
The goal of the refinancing project is to secure a lower interest rate on the current bonds, thereby decreasing the tax levy for the BIP libraries and reducing the cost to Albany taxpayers.
The 30-year, $29.1 million bond was taken out in 2007, after voter approval, to fund the renovation of three library branches and construction of two new branches. Those libraries–Arbor Hill/West Hill, Bach, Delaware, Howe, and Pine Hills–opened between November 2009 and June 2010.

Hear from Music Producer John Simon on The Band

We’ve got a special treat for you classic rock and folk music fans. John Simon — a music producer, composer, writer, and performing artist — will share his experiences working with the legendary American roots music group The Band on Friday, Nov. 4, at 12:00 pm at the Washington Avenue Branch.

Simon, one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and 1970s, produced dozens of recordings including The Band‘s iconic albums, as well as classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears among many others.

During the Nov. 4 event, titled “We Can Talk About It Now,” Simon will discuss how he first became involved with The Band and produced (and occasionally played on) their albums “Music from Big Pink,” “The Band,” and “The Last Waltz.” Simon will also offer insight into how the compositions, arrangements, and instrumentation came together to create these monumental recordings that formed the foundation for what is known today as “Americana” music.

This free event is part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” program.

Get details about John Simon’s discussion at Washington Ave.

Upcoming Activities
There’s always something interesting going on at the library! Here are just a few of this week’s activities. All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
NOV. 1 (Tues)
Farmers Market | 3:00-6:00 pm | Delaware Branch | For all ages
+ Bedtime Stories | 7:00-7:30 pm | Bach Branch | For children under age 5 and their families
NOV. 2 (Wed)
+ Art Lab: Illustration Workshop | 5:00-6:00 pm | Pine Hills Branch | For ages 11-17 | Please register at 482-7911
+ Movie Showing: “The Book of Life” | 5:00-7:30 pm | North Albany Branch | For ages 6-17
NOV. 3 (Thurs)
+ Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party | 4:00-5:00 pm | Delaware Branch | For ages 6-17
+ Jewelry Beading Workshop | 6:00-7:15 pm | Delaware Branch | For adults | Please register at 463-0254
NOV. 4 (Fri)
+ “We Can Talk About It Know” Discussion with Music Producer John Simon | 12:00-1:30 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | For adults
+ Native American Tales & Painting | 4:30-6:00 pm | Howe Branch | For ages 10 and under
NOV. 5 (Sat)
+ 1st Saturday for Families: Cast Your Vote for Reading | 10:30-11:30 am | Washington Ave. Branch | For ages 10 and under
+ Sensory Story Time | 2:00-4:00 pm | Pine Hills Branch | For ages 8 and under | Please register at 482-7911
NOV. 6 (Sun)
+ The Bach and Washington Ave. branches are open | 1:00-5:00 pm
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