Local History Speaker Series Presents: Peter Cipkowski


The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Peter Cipkowski to the library on Thursday, April 30th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Cipkowski will offer a photo presentation on Hudson’s Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street. As seating is limited, this special presentation will be offered by reservation only by calling the library at 518.828.1792, Tuesday through Saturday.

A historical look at the South Front Street neighborhood that was devastated by Urban Renewal in the 1970s, Cipkowski frequently visited his grandparents, Jozef and Anna Cipkowski, in his youth, where the family owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 30 South Front Street from 1925-1970. Josef Cipkowski was also an amateur photographer and amassed a large collection of photographs and home movies of family and friends in Hudson.
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May Book Group Pick: Chasing the Devil’s Tail

chasing the devil's tailThe Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Chasing the Devil’s Tail: a Mystery of Storyville, New Orleans by David Fulmer for their May meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, May 7 at 3:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Storyville, 1907: In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there’s a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district’s most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind. No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil’s Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

New Library Board Members Work to Strengthen the Institution’s Future

The Hudson Area Library has welcomed two new members to the Board, Anna Rachminov and DeWayne Powell. Rachminov hopes to use her expertise in long term financial planning; Powell, in raising awareness among people of color as well as gay youth. Both are eager to create strong endowments for the future of the Library. Says Powell, “[The Library] is important because it is the one place where anyone who has potential – has the will and smarts – can learn, dream, and escape the circumstances into which he or she has been born.” We welcome these new additions to our team.


History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

Adult Spanish Language Classes are Back!

Spanish ClassThe library’s Adult Spanish Language Class will begin meeting again on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:15pm.

This free weekly program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries.

No registration is required. Contact Emily or Marie at 518-828-1792 for more information.

Friends Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker, James Campion

CampionThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its 16th Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm at the Library.

This year’s guest speaker will be James Campion, President of Columbia Greene Community College. Mr. Campion, drawing on his extensive experience with community based not-for-profits, will provide insight on the many pitfalls and opportunities that such organizations encounter as they evolve.

Mr. Campion has served as President of CGCC since 2000. Prior to his appointment he served as the College’s Dean of Community Services and Executive Director of the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation. During his 43 year career in higher education, he has held several other administrative and adjunct faculty positions in community colleges.
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Local History Speaker Series Presents: Allison Guertin Marchese

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Allison Guertin Marchese to the library on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Marchese will offer a discussion on her book The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York. Topics will include poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and the history of Hudson with emphasis on 400 State St., current home to the Hudson Area Library. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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Annual Meeting of the Hudson Area Library

The Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 5:15pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

At approximately 6pm the Annual Meeting will be held. New Board members and a slate of officers will be offered and voted on. Other business will include passage of the 2015 budget and reports by Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President Mark Orton.

Everyone is invited to attend both meetings. Light refreshments will follow the meeting.