“You Can Do A Graphic Novel”: Free Workshop Series with Veteran Marvel and DC Comics Graphic Novelist, Barbara Slate


slateTweens and teens ages 10-14 are invited to join graphic novelist, Barbara Slate, for a series of her critically acclaimed “You Can Do a Graphic Novel” workshops at the Hudson Area Library this summer.

The free workshop series will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30 through July 23.

Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented,” Slate will offer tips and instructions to participants as she leads youth participants through the creation of their own original comics. Topics covered will include tapping into the creative process, creating memorable characters, developing the plot, writing compelling dialogues, and laying out a successful graphic novel page. Bring your sketches, doodles, cartoons, or if you don’t have anything, just bring your enthusiasm for comic books!

For more information or to register for this exciting program, contact us at 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Best of Columbia County 2015: Best Library!


Best Library 2015
The Hudson Area Library was awarded Best Library at the 2015 Best of Columbia County awards Thursday evening at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to all who voted and a big thank you to our outstanding library team – Board, staff, volunteers, Friends, literacy partners – for all of their hard work and generosity in making our library such a wonderful place for our community members to learn, create, engage and grow. We’re honored to provide vital and life-enriching services to our community and look forward to sharing in the exciting year ahead.

PuppeTree Presents: Swimmy/Swimmer


On Wednesday, July 8 at 11am, join us in welcoming Vermont’s PuppeTree to the library with a stunning new production of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book Swimmy. This fully authorized multimedia production blends shadow puppets, animation and projections performed by the PuppeTree’s founder Ann Legunn. A visual and musical treat Swimmy features a classical music score that draws us into the undersea world and introduces children to lyrical work of Debussy.

The companion piece, Swimmer, is an original work inspired by Lionni’s wonderful story, set on a picturesque New England river. A young girl recognizes the threats to her beloved river and learns to organize the people that live along it’s banks to change their behavior and preserve the magic of the river. Swimmer boasts an original music score by Patrick Ross a fifth generation Vermont fiddler and composer. Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over 3 years to bring this beautiful and inspiring show to life.

Swimmy/Swimmer is ideal for 3 – 12 year olds and their families. Priority seating for Summer Reading Program attendees.

Register Today for Our Free Summer Programs for Kids!


Join us this summer for one or more of our fabulous, free programs for kids and teens!

Every Hero Has a Story
Summer Reading Program

Every Hero Has a StoryDates: July 7 through August 7, Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-12pm
Ages: All ages welcome

Stories, crafts, special guests, book giveaways, and more. Keep track of your reading over the summer and you could be eligible to win some special prizes. Stop by to pick up your free reading log and to learn how it works.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the BooksDates: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm, July 9-September 10
Battle: Saturday, Sept. 12
Ages: Grades 6-9

Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia contest for youth. All Hudson participants have the opportunity to participate in the Bound By Books radio show! Battle books will be supplied.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Spark Media Moviemaking & Animation

Spark SharkWorkshop: Mini Movies
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 1-5pm
Ages: 13-18
In this workshop, youth will learn the entire process of filmmaking including scripting, cinematography, and editing their own narrative short films.

Workshop: Animation Mania
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29-Aug. 19, 4-6pm
Ages: 7-12
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.

Both workshops are led by Spark Media Project. To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.

Make a Graphic Novel

graphic_novelDates: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:30pm, June 30-July 23
Ages: 10-14

Create your own comic! Make your own characters, dialogues, and story. Learn how to combine words and images in panels to tell a story. Led by Barbara Slate. Space is limited.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Hudson Area Library!

Free Computer Class: Facebook for Beginners


Facebook for Beginners
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

Learn how to set-up a Facebook account, manage the privacy and use settings, and locate family and friends online.

Space is limited. Sign up today by calling 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

Saturday, June 20: Library Closing at 1pm, Book Sale Room Open until 2pm

Hudson Pride Parade

The Library will close at 1pm on Saturday, June 20. Items returned later in the day, may be returned via the Library Drop Box.

The Book Sale Room will remain open until 2pm for the Friends Colossal Cook Book Sale. Please enter the Book Sale Room through the side entrance.

Happy Hudson Pride Weekend!

Please join us for SAY CHEESE!

Ben reading to the goatsCheesemaker Brent Zimmerman will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, June 20 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

Ticket holders will learn about cheeses, sample some local varieties, sip seasonal punch and get tips on beautiful presentations using Patterson’s elegant inventory of tableware. Zimmerman, a cheesemaker who worked for 20 years in Italy before coming to the Hudson River Valley to establish a local farm, will also be selling copies of his book, Get Your Goat. Special discounts from both retailers will be provided to those in attendance.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

103 Warren Street
June 20, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20.00 for the evening, $35.00 for the series of two events.*

*Save the Date for our next SAY CHEESE! event:
Saturday, July 18, 5:30pm–7:00pm: Cottage Cheese (in the true sense of the word)
Welcome to a world of small batch, regional, mostly fresh cheese–products of the adventurous cottage industries we keep learning about. This evening’s guest will be Renate Nollin, owner of Dutch Girl Cheese, where she produces authentic small batch cheeses from raw cow, goat and sheep’s milk.