Albany Reads was a city-wide book party supporting the Library. Albany residents and friends were encouraged to read a book selected by the Foundation, and then discuss them together at a cocktail party or dinner party in one of many individual homes throughout the city. Book party hosts invite friends, neighbors and guests to come over, and donations benefit the Albany Public Library Foundation.
In 2016, Albany Reads discussed books by the 2016 Literary Legends: Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life and Leonard Slade’s Sweet Solitude. Several dinner parties began at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the book. After the dinner parties, diners converged at the Washington Avenue branch for dessert and a short reading from Ms. Smith and Dr. Slade. the participants at the Washington Ave. Branch at 8:00 p.m.
In 2018, the Albany Reads program was replaced by An Evening with the Authors.