albany childrens book festivalThe Albany Children’s Book Festival is hosting a Creative Writing Contest for students in Grades 5 through 8.  The theme is “Out of This World”.  “In a short, powerful piece of one or two pages, create your own world that transports the reader to a new place of your own imagination.”  There will be a winner chosen from each grade to receive a $50 Gift Card to the Northshire Bookstore.  And one Grand Prize winner will be selected to receive an iPad mini!  Entries must be postmarked by October 24, 2014.  For more information about this contest, click here.

The Festival is November 1st from 10-3:00 at The Albany Academy for Girls (140 Academy Road, Albany).  It is a FREE event and is open to the public. The Festival includes book sales and signings by nearly 60 award-winning and nationally acclaimed authors, workshops for teachers, librarians, and other adults, as well as activities for children and refreshments!  For more information on the festival and to see the great line-up of authors, click here.


Saturday, September 20th is the first day of registration for several of our fall session’s programs.  Come to Youth Services to sign up, no phone registrations please.  You can find more information about these programs in our newsletter or the above “Storytimes and Clubs” tab.


  • On My Own (for children 3 years old and up)
  • Toddlertime (for children up to 36 months)

Book Clubs:

  • Supereaders (for children in Kindergarten-1st grade)
  • Book Busters (for children in grades 2-3)
  • Radical Readers (for children in grades 4-5)


  • Read to Ruby & Glinda (for children in 1st grade and up)
  • Treehouse Club (for children in grades 1-4)
  • Tween Night Out (for children in grades 5-8)