Exhibits and Programs

Cover from the 'Book of Beetles,' one of the titles on display

Exhibit: New Books

The Library's January public floor exhibit showcases books recently added to our collections.

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
January 2016

Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library

HeritageQuest and Ancestry LibrarySenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the HeritageQuest and Ancestry online databases, both of 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 these databases.  Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

Thursday,
January 28, 2016
3:00pm-4:30pm
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Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center OnlineSenior 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

Saturday,
January 30, 2016
10:30am - noon
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February 2016

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center OnlineSenior Librarian Allan Raney will demonstrate three online products from the Foundation Center that are availabl11e 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

Thursday,
February 11, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm
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Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library edition

AncestrySenior 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: 7th floor Computer Classroom

Wednesday,
February 17, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm
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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

Thursday,
February 25, 2016
3:00pm - 4:30pm
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March 2016

Robert M. Dowling, Reading and Book Signing

Robert M. DowlingDowling’s book, Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts, was named a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and was a Publishers Weekly “Top Ten Pick” for Literacy Biographies, Essays and Criticism. This program is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the Friends of the New York State Library.Friends of the New York State Library Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center

Thursday,
March 10, 2016
8:00pm - 10:00pm
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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

Saturday,
March 19, 2016
11:00am-12:30pm
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Finding Grants Using the BigOnline

Using the 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

Saturday,
March 26, 2016
10:30am -11:45am
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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: January 28, 2016