Experimental Film Workshop for Teens!

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ConstantinePhotoYouth ages 12 and up are invited to participate in a free experimental filmmaking workshop presented by Spark Media Project on Saturday, July 30, from 12-4pm.

Youth participants will learn about shots and angles and the process of filmmaking. They will get to experiment with sound, color, time and shot composition with an emphasis on the genre of experimental film.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register for these workshops, please contact Spark Media Project at 845.485.4480 or register online at http://sparkmediaproject.org/registration/.

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Children’s Story and Craft Hour: Where’s Waldo

waldoflierThis Saturday, July 30, from 11am-12pm, join us for a special Where’s Waldo themed Children’s Story and Craft Hour. Come learn “cut and paste” – the art of collage – as our special guest, Theresa Shanley Corrigan of Artfully Yours in Cairo, leads the children through the creation of their very own Waldo collage. Our Where’s Waldo story and craft hour is open to children of all ages but is especially recommended for ages 4 and up.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the final weekend of the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt, a community-wide Shop Local scavenger hunt hosted by our friends at The Spotty Dog with participation from 20+ merchants/locations in Hudson – including the library!

Come find Waldo at the library, join the Waldo Collage making fun on Saturday, and stop by The Spotty Dog on Sunday at 12:30pm for the Where’s Waldo celebration!

Bronck Museum and Mass MoCA Passes Now Available!

Green_historicalThanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, you can now borrow passes for Mass MoCA and the Bronck Museum with your library card!

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, 14 minutes away from another museum we have passes for: The Clark Art Institute. The Mass MoCA has a number of galleries and venues both indoor and outdoor to accommodate their wide, genre-spanning collection.

The Bronck Museum is located in Coxsackie. It holds the remaining buildings of the Bronck family farm, the oldest home in the Hudson Valley.

These are the two newest sites to join our growing collection of cooperating museums and historical sites. View the full list here and learn how to reserve your passes.

Caps For Sale Puppet Show

Caps for Sale postcardWe’re pleased to welcome PuppeTree back to the Hudson Area Library for a puppet show based on the classic children’s book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.*

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm, the Vermont-based theater workshop and puppet company will perform an updated puppet production of Caps for Sale. The performance will celebrate diversity by retelling the classic tale several times with puppets from a variety of world cultures – Africa, India, Estonia, and the Middle East. Children and families are sure to have a raucous good time with Caps for Sale’s tale of mischief.

Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or further information please call Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at 518-828-1792 x101.

*Some of you will remember PuppeTree from last summer’s fabulous Swimmy/Swimmer puppet show, based on the Leo Lionni classic picture book, Swimmy. We couldn’t wait to get them back to Hudson!

Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.

An Author Discusses How He Resurrected His Life

Luzzi-and-Isabel-readJoseph Luzzi is a Bard professor of Italian and a Dante scholar. He has devoted his life to teaching and writing about Italy – past and present, including the poet. But he hadn’t truly understood the depth of Dante’s epic poem until he was confronted with death and grief in his own life.

He suffered a tragedy most people wouldn’t even dream of. On a cold November morning, he learned that his wife, 8-1/2 months pregnant, had been in a fatal car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a first-time father. Ultimately, he turned to his compatriot, author of The Divine Comedy, for comfort.

On Saturday, June 25, this award winning author will be reading and signing his book in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, beginning at 4pm. Refreshments will follow the event and it is free and open to all.

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Read A Murder In Time E-book Thanks to The Big Library Read

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The Hudson Area Library is participating in the 10th annual Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, Hudson Area Library users will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery with a twist. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

Big Library Read is a free program. To get started reading, all that is needed is a Hudson Area Library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
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Turning to Dante for Solace

Listen to Luzzi as he discusses his book, “In a Dark Wood”, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. 90.3FM.

Listen to Luzzi discuss his book, In a Dark Wood, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. 90.3FM.

Author Joseph Luzzi suffered a tragedy most people wouldn’t even dream of. On a cold November morning, he found himself racing to the hospital. His wife, 8-1/2 months pregnant, had been in a horrible car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a first-time father. Few would have done the same as Luzzi. He turned to Dante for solace.

The Bard professor and Tivoli resident analyzed his actions this way. “I realized I had to let the person I was, or at least a part of him, die along with Katherine, and then I had to build a new life. What happened to Dante, you see, was that in the midst of his greatest defeat, he created something beautiful, something he would never have been able to create if he’d stayed in Florence: he wrote The Divine Comedy.

Listen to Luzzi as he discusses his book, In a Dark Wood, with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on The Book Show. Thursday, June 16 at 8:30pm. Tune your radio to 90.3FM.

You can also see Luzzi live at the Community Room on Saturday, June 25 at 4pm. The author will read from his book and sign copies – available for purchase. There is no admission charge.

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