Music in the Stacks: Experimental Musician Patrick Higgins

Program Description:  We are pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, which features five one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts performed in the library throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth. These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members will receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

The first concert begins with Patrick Higgins, an experimental music composer and is hosted by Operation Unite NY youth. Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist by Time Out NY.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30pm

Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults Continue reading

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Local History Talk: ‘Colonial New York’ and the World of Jacob Leisler

Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Program Description: Lou Roper, Professor of History at SUNY-New Paltz, speaks on seventeenth-century colonial New York and the Hudson River Valley in the context of the larger Atlantic World. This local history talk is a collaboration of the library, Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, Gotham Center for New York City History, and Greenport Historical Society.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Puppet Play & Craft w/ Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Program Description: For a special library Story & Craft Hour, the Early Childhood teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School present, “Nkosnati and the Dragon: A South African Tale of Courage,” a puppet play for young children, with drumming, singing and a craft.

Time/Date: Saturday, March 23, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children from birth to 8 years old and their families.

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Maria Manhattan & Perfect Ten After School for Women’s History Month

Maria Manhattan with poster of her 1980s art installation “The Box Lunch”

Program Description: Feminism in Art: The Box Lunch & Beyond, an illustrated talk by Maria Manhattan in collaboration with Perfect Ten Hudson. Manhattan discusses her 1980s art exhibition, The Box Lunch, her response to Judy Chicago’s groundbreaking feminist work, The Dinner Party. Perfect Ten girls bring The Box Lunch into the 21st century with their own box lunches, created in workshops with Manhattan. 

There will be a few pieces from the original exhibit on display in the library as well as collages or assemblages created by the young women of Perfect Ten Hudson that honor women of their choosing. The Box Lunch and Beyond will be on display through April 30.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Letters To Wild Women

 

Program Description: We are pleased to announce the opening reception of “Letters to Wild Women”, an art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring the work of Hudson-based artist Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda. The exhibition consists of a series of collages in which Viejo interprets the texts of female authors and poets into a visual language of abstract shapes and color. Each of the collages is a letter composed in color, form and pattern. The recipient of a letter might be real or conceptual; a person, a feeling, a current event. Viejo has chosen texts that evoke a strong personal and emotional response and include themes involving human relationships, human rights, female identity and intimacy. What palette arises when visually interpreting Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists”? What does Sylvia Plath’s story “The Bell Jar” look like when translated into color?

Date/Time:  Saturday, April 6, 3-5pm. The exhibition will be on view through May 31, 2019.  

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First & Third Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Mrs. Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Arts educator, writer, director and performer Pamela Badila reads and tells traditional stories from around the world with music and performance and leads a related craft with children and their families. This special story hour will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.

Date/Time: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, beginning March 16, 11am-12pm

Audience: Open to Children of All Ages. Continue reading

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Adult Spanish Classes at the Library

Program Description: Profesora Sonia Cintron will help you learn to express yourself in real life situations and develop 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. This free program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in a fun & friendly class. 

Date/Time: Tuesdays, April 23 – June 11

Advanced Beginner – 5:30-6:30pm & Intermediate – 6:45-7:45pm

Recommended Audience:  Adults and high school students.

Registration: Registration required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101.

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Creative Writing this Spring at the Library!

Maureen McNeil

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center is, once again, offering 8-weeks of Creative Writing, taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry, and share a selection of their work.

Date/Time: Thursdays, April 4 – May 30 (NO class April 18), from 2:30 – 4pm

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

Registration: Registration is limited, and on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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