Exhibits and Programs

Cover of Factsheet 5, issue 56

Exhibit: Zines and Fringe Cultures - The Factsheet Five Collection

The onsite exhibit for April focuses on the Library's Factsheet Five collection, which includes business records for the zine Factsheet Five and sample copies of thousands of other zines and alternative, small-press publications that were sent to the Factsheet Five publisher for review.

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
May 2016

Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library edition

Genealogy Online with 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

May 7, 2016
10:30 am- noon Register button

The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War

Cover of KindredThe film 12 years a Slave told of Solomon Northup's kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup's victimization was not an isolated incident. Economics and governmental actions made such crimes profitable, and many citizens, primarily free blacks, were victimized. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in David Fiske's recent book, Solomon Northup's Kindred. Mr. Fiske will be signing copies of the book at the event.

Location: 7th floor Librarians Room, CEC

May 7, 2016
1:30 pm- 2:30 pm Register button

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

May 11, 2016
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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

May 14, 2016
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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: April 29, 2016