Albany Reads

Albany Reads is a city-wide book party that supports the Library. Albany residents and friends are 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.

Hosts collect individual suggested contributions of $40 per person. Participants are responsible for getting a copy of the book. Limited copies of the Albany Reads title will be available at the Library’s branches and for sale at a discount at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

If you are interested in hosting a Books and Bites event in 2018, fill out our host application.

The 2018 Books and Bites should take place between 4/20 and 5/20/2018. Stay tuned for an announcement in February 2018.


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.

Note: We skipped Albany Reads in 2017, and held the Junior Gala instead.