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A Brief History of Horror: 1890-1910

A Brief History of Horror Films: The Birth of Horror

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series exploring the history of horror films.   By Dylan May From the gothic vampire of Bella Lugosi or the silent Michael Meyers, to the creature in It Follows, horror films hold an important and lasting place in the zeitgeist. Starting in the late 1800s, horror films […]
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Pride 2021: Picture Books

Did you miss our Drag Storytime? Not to worry, you can still check out some LGBTQIA+ picture books to enjoy at home! Clicking the titles will lead you to the book in our catalog, where you can put materials on hold. How to place a hold.   Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and illustrated […]
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Tails and Tales for Babies. Read, Write, Talk, Play, Sing

Tails and Tales for Babies

There are many different ways caregivers can support the development of their child’s early literacy skills. The Every Child Ready to Read Initiative promotes five development practices: reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing. Learning to read begins at birth, and you can facilitate the growth of your baby’s brain by using these five simple practices […]
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New Summer Must Reads @ ACPL

Now that Summer has finally arrived, it’s time to start on your summer reading list. Here are three new books from our collection that we recommend.    The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargave The Mercies follows the story of Maren, who lives in a small fishing village in 1617. Set off the coast of Norway […]
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Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales

Summer is just around the corner! The Albany County Public Library is excited to bring you 3+ months of fun and learning with reading challenges, a scavenger hunt, and more. Animal lovers of all ages can celebrate our theme this year: Tails and Tales.    Visit summer.acplwy.org for updates and more!   Summer Scavenger Hunt […]
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Agnès Varda and the French New Wave

Editor’s Note: Agnès Varda was born May 30, 1928. To celebrate her birthday, Dylan explores how Varada’s work influenced and was influenced by the French New Wave film movement By Dylan May   The French New Wave is a film movement that began in the late fifties and early sixties, particularly in France, and soon […]
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Female Directors and the Academy Awards

By Dylan May   As the 93rd Academy Awards came to a close this past month, history was made multiple times that night. Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari, becoming the first Korean person to win the award. Emerald Fennell became the second solo woman to win an Oscar for […]
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Poet Profile: Ocean Vuong

Editor’s note: To wrap up and celebrate National Poetry Month, Jared dives into the life and works of Vietnamese-American poet and author Ocean Vuong. Check out the books we have by Ocean Vuong in our collection and online here. By Jared Mohr-Leiva “One writes out of one thing only—one’s own experience. Everything depends on how […]
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Literary Birthdays. April 22. Vladimir Nabokov

The Lesser-known Works of Vladimir Nabokov

This week, to celebrate Vladimir Nabokov’s birthday, Dylan introduces us to some lesser-known works by the author. See the Nabokov works in the library catalog. By Dylan May   Vladimir Nabokov was born April 22, 1899, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a wealthy family. Living a rather charmed life, Nabokov was trilingual at an early […]
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Famous Birthdays: April 3 Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando and the Beat Generation

By Dylan May   Following the boom of the 1940s, the 1950s saw an interesting time in America. The economic boom resulted in a rather stable period. Challenges against social norms were cropping up all throughout the country, the civil rights movement was gaining momentum, and the rejection of America as it had been was […]
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