Music and Stories from the Americas

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juanThe Hudson Area Library proudly presents the first event in a new monthly cultural family program, Music and Stories from the Americas, on Tuesday, December 6 at 6pm. Families will learn about the specific cultures of peoples living in the Americas through children’s stories, history, food, and music. This program of celebration and community gathering will be in English and Spanish. Come to learn about culture, pick up a word or two in a language you may or may not be familiar with and enjoy delicious food in a friendly, festive setting.

Juan Sanchez, musician and member of Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Company, will utilize children’s literature, songs and the history of specific regions in Central and South America to introduce children and their families to the rich culture that exists in our two continents.

Free Parent Child Academy: Family Activities to Develop Your Child’s Literacy! [UPDATED DATES]

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A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

The Hudson Area Library will be holding a Parent Child Academy on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1pm, on November 12, 19, and December 3, 10, and 17. [Update: We will not have a session on the November 26, due to the holiday weekend.] The Academy will provide free and open activities for parents of children from the ages of birth to five years that will help you in your role as your children’s first and best teacher, and get your child ready to enter school with the skills and love for reading that they need. Breakfast and lunch are on us, and we have AmeriCorps volunteers that will have some great activities for your children that are two and over. Books and prizes will be given away each week. Transport to the library is available.

For more information and to sign up, call 518-828-1792 ext 101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the library to sign up. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant .

Free Job Skills Workshop

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The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, will have free Job Skills One-on-One Consultations. You will get help with critical job-seeking skills like creating a resume, applying for jobs online, and selling your unique job talents in an interview. Children’s activities can be arranged when you schedule your appointment.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x104, email colgreene@literacyconnections.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Skills Consultations are made possible with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

The Hudson Residence of Charles Alger

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Hudson Residence of Charles C. Alger and His Patronage of Architect Alexander Jackson Davis, by Walter G. Ritchie, Jr.
This presentation is free and will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 6:00pm. in the Community Room.

In 1848, Charles Coffey Alger (1809-1874), a Massachusetts iron manufacturer, organized in conjunction with a number of Hudson’s leading businessmen the Hudson Iron Company. Designed by Alger, the new iron works went into operation in 1851, the same year that he built at the corner of Allen and Second Streets in Hudson a picturesque Gothic Revival brick house embellished with bargeboards, finials, and eared drip moldings. The residence, described by a local newspaper in 1867 as “a correct specimen of gothic architecture,” was a well-known landmark for many years, situated on a large property that extended down a slope to Cross Street. This lecture will discuss Alger’s house at 59 Allen Street and also address his patronage of the noted 19th-century New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), who designed or remodeled at least three other residences for Alger.

This presentation will be held in the Community Room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.

Dance Club — Fridays 4-5pm

uniteOperation Unite New York is providing a dance program for all ages and skill levels at the library on Fridays, from 4pm-5pm. The program, which will showcase styles from different cultures, is ongoing and free to the public.

The instructor, Elena Mosley, founded the Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy and is the Director of Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

Kwanzaa Cultural Class

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Come to the library every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm to learn about the African tradition of Kwanzaa. Taught by cultural and arts educator Elena Mosley, the class includes lessons about the history of the festival, crafts, and activities of Kwanzaa. This class is presented by Operation Unite Education & Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

CGCC Students Present on Gotsch Papers

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Join us on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00pm in the library’s Community Room for a presentation on the Gotsch Papers, a student-research project, co-sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College and the Hudson Area Library as part of the college’s 50th anniversary.

Inspired by a local history project undertaken in the 1970s by former C-GCC academic dean Charles Gotsch, the current project, led by Nicole Childrose, assistant professor of history at C-GCC, follows up on Gotsch’s research, focusing on the social and cultural history of Hudson and the surrounding area in the 1800s. With support from Hudson Area Library History Room volunteers, college honor students have been delving into the library archives and other sources. During the presentation, students will discuss their research and provide an analysis of the social and cultural history of the area in the early 19th century. A question and answer session will conclude the presentation. All are welcome.