Exhibits and Programs

New books on dispaly in the NYS Library.

Exhibit: Recent Books

The New York State Library's March public floor exhibit features newly received books. 

Previous seventh floor exhibits | Items from the NYS Library collections on exhibit elsewhere

Online Programs

Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Upcoming Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Event or Class Date and Time
March 2015

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

March 21, 2015
11:00am- 12:30pm
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Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000

census 2000Join us for this informative program on the U.S. decennial census given by William (Web) Adams, Data Dissemination Specialist from the U.S. Census Bureau. Mr. Adams will cover topics such as an overview of the Census Bureau activities and a description of Census Bureau geography. He will also demonstrate some of the Census Bureau data applications such as Easy Stats and the American Fact Finder, the Census Bureau’s most comprehensive data tool. Mr. Adams will also provide instructions on how to make maps using the American Fact Finder. Registration is required.

Location: 7th floor Librarians Room, New York State Library

March 26, 2015
3:30 pm- 5:00 pm
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Big Online & FoundationSearch

Big OnlineSenior 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 demonstrate FoundationSearch - a companion product to the BIG Online. FoundationSearch is a leading source of fundraising information for non-profits and charities with information on more than 120,000 foundations and tools to locate grants by type, value, year, recipient, donor and historical giving trends, and much more. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: 7th floor Computer Classroom

March 28, 2015
11:00 am - noon
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April 2015

Mary Norris, Comma Queen and NYSL Friends Annual Meeting

Between You & MeMary Norris, celebrated proofreader, copy editor, and author at The New Yorker, is an authoritative figure in an endangered profession. On staff at The New Yorker since 1978, she is the author of the new book, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015), which features hilarious meditations on grammar, as well as memorable tussles about usage with such writers as Ian Frazier, Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders. Garrison Keillor said in advance praise, “This is as entertaining as grammar can be. Very very. Read it and savor it.” Ballots for the New York State Library Friends Governing Board elections will also be available for members to cast their votes.

This program is Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link and the New York State Writers Institute. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center

April 9, 2015
8:00 pm
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Victory Turned into Mourning: Farewell to Lincoln and Grant at the New York State Capitol

mourningOne hundred and fifty years ago as the nation mourned its martyred President, a special funeral train journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Albany, New York was one of the major stops on its route. On April 26, Lincoln’s body lay in State in the old State Capitol building while 50,000 people filed by to pay their respects. At the exact same time, over 400 miles to the south, assassin John Wilkes Booth was cornered in a tobacco barn, shot by a New York Cavalryman, and died of his wounds.

Twenty years later the New York State Capitol was once again the scene of a somber farewell as President Ulysses S. Grant lay in State in the new Capitol Building.

Presented by Stuart Lehman, Assistant Curator for the New York State Capitol, this program will explore these solemn events and their connection to the New York State Capitol.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center
April 15, 2015
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
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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: March 16, 2015