Join Kim Bach for the Ghostly Gallop 5K

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Time for some inspiration! The organizing committee of Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop 5K will be presenting Verdigris’ Kim Bach with Bib #3 and honor her with the position of “lead walker” at this Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop.

Many of you may recognize Kim’s smile from seeing her at one of her two Verdigris shops in Catskill and Hudson. But, you may not know that she has just returned from a trek halfway across Spain ON FOOT! Continue reading

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Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

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Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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Costume Competition at the 2017 Ghostly Gallop

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In a bow to the Halloween season and the name of the event, the 2017 Ghostly Gallop will include a costume competition with prizes to be awarded in both children’s and adults categories. All entrants must compete wearing their costumes during the 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

One prize will be awarded to the adult wearing the most creative outfit. That prize includes a $100 gift certificate from Pilates Hudson and a $25 gift certificate from American Glory. For children, trophies will be awarded for costumes in several categories: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Action Hero, Best Ghost/Goblin or Scariest, and Best Character from a Book. Teams are invited to wear outfits during the race, however no team costume prizes will be awarded. Continue reading

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November Book Club: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Join the Hudson Area Library Book Club on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here

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For Your Ears Only: Audio Clips from A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera

It’s not often that residents of the Hudson area get the insider’s view on a new creation – particularly one based on a novel that has sold over 30 million copies world-wide. But with the workshop performance of Act II, Hudson will be among the first to hear the creation of composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos – A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970s to the present era, the opera tells the story of two women from different walks of life, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Initially cold to one another, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom.

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Abby Lappen Sings! for a Special Story & Craft Hour at the Library

Musician Abby Lappen will present songs and movement for children during our regular Story & Craft Hour on Saturday, October 14 from 11am-Noon in the library’s community room. This program is being offered in part through the library’s High Five! Early Literacy Family Program and is open to the public. Learn how to use song and movement to help develop your child’s reading skills.

Abby Lappen is a singer/songwriter who lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She displays her passion for live musical performance with a collection of original songs and meaningful covers in a cross genre mix, from haunting folk and satirical blues to jazzy ballads and syncopated melodies. Abby is an accomplished artist whose unique voice and “crisp guitar” mesmerize audiences with warmth and agility. She has worked with young children through music and movement for many years.

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Living Poets at the Library: The Voices of La Presa/ Las Voces de La Presa

We are pleased to present, in colloboration with La Presa journal, an evening of poetry, prose, culture and celebration in English and Spanish on Sunday, October 15 at 4pm. Work from La Presa, a tri-annual journal featuring contemporary poetry and prose from Mexico, the United States and Canada includes authors local to our area; some of whom will be reading their own works. Works in Spanish from the journal will also be read by local persons who are fluent in the language. 

Come and meet some of the wonderful Hudson Valley writers who are at the center of this publication, listen to their beautiful stories and poems, share a glass of wine and some authentic regional food, and come away with renewed delight in community.
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