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The Albany Public Library Foundation provides critical financial support to the Albany (NY) Public Library in order to help the Library provide education, literacy, career development, cultural enrichment and lifelong learning.
The Foundation’s purpose is to
- Benefit, promote, support, encourage and generally enhance the programs and facilities of the Albany Public Library;
- Provide financial assistance and support for specific Library programs and projects, and Provide financial assistance and support for specific Library programs and projects, and
- Assist the Library Board of Trustees in making its programs and facilities more valuable to the community
About This Cause
The Albany Public Library Foundation is building a robust organization to support the programs and services of the Albany (NY) Public Library. The APL hosts one million visitors and provides more than 3,000 programs annually at its seven neighborhood branches. The Foundation is committed to helping APL maintain this high level of use and programming.
The APL Foundation provides an Annual Gift to the Library each December to support the APL budget. And the Foundation responds to special requests and needs of programmers and branch managers throughout the year.
The Foundation’s raises funds through the annual appeal and the "Literary Legends" gala.
The annual appeal is a direct mail campaign, taking place from December - April each year.
Literary Legends showcase outstanding people of letters in the Albany, NY and Capital District community. William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl and Amy Biancolli were honored as the first Literary Legends on November 15, 2014 at the Pine Hills Library branch. More than 150 attended. This event not only reintroduced the Foundation to the Capital Region community, but raised over $28,000. In 2015, Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and Barbara Smith, the noted Black feminist author and publisher, were honored.
With a new board in place and ideas continuing to flow, the newly- energized Albany Public Library Foundation is well on its way to raising the funds needed to support programs and services of the Albany Public Library.