Annual Appeal 2019

A message from Holly McKenna, president of the Albany Public Library Foundation.


Dear Friends,

Ten years ago, I began my journey with the Albany Public Library to raise awareness and raise funds for programs at our beloved library.  It’s been a wonderful time working with so many great people at APL and meeting donors like you who understand the vital role libraries play in our community.  Your enthusiasm is infectious and encourages me to work even harder to support APL in the years ahead. Along with our director, Lex Bhagat, the Foundation Board and I work to ensure our libraries continue to be the vital resource our community so values.

Next year, we look forward to becoming even stronger as we join forces with the historic Friends of APL and become the new Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library in 2020. Together, we will work to bring more programs and events to APL’s seven branches!

But we can’t do this without you. We need your support right now. You know that public libraries are critical to our communities. They are not only places to find books to read and movies to watch, they are important gathering spaces for learning, sharing, and community-building.


Thanks to your past contributions to the APL Foundation’s Annual Appeal, the APL Foundation is able to support programs for people of all ages from the Growing Readers early literacy program to the Art@APL fine arts exhibition to the LibraryLinks delivery service for seniors. In addition to these ongoing initiatives, our Internal Grant Program, now finishing its 2nd year, distributes $500 mini-grants for programs proposed by library staff.

These innovative programs can’t continue without the support of people like you: Please give to the Annual Appeal now and help us to reach our goal of $20,000. The community relies on APL to provide innovative, creative programs that expand and enrich our world beyond the Capital Region.


Thanks for your continued support.


Holly McKenna

Holly J. McKenna
President, APL Foundation

Images: Holly McKenna at the 2014 and 2019 Literary Legends Galas.