High Five! Heads to Greenport Conservation Area

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The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 21, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Greenport Conservation Area with nature educator Heidi Bock, program facilitator Kathy Mabb and outreach and recruitment person Savoia Jones. Families should meet at the library. Transportation is available to the library if needed and there will transportation to the conservation area. Heidi will be leading a nature walk and nature activities for the children and their caregivers while Kathy and Savoia will discuss how these activities develop reading skills in children.

To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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May Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Tomorrow Will Be Different

The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.

The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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A Conversation: Sonia Ruscoe & Sher Stevens Art Exhibition

 

left to right: ‘trying to become a garden collaborating with barbed wire’, Sonia Ruscoe &
‘if the shoe fits’, Sher Stevens

We are pleased to announce the installation of “A Conversation”, a special art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens. The opening reception of this exhibition is Saturday, May 12 at 6pm. 

A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form. These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work; exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies. Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st Century femme lifestyles. Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.  

Sonia Corina Ruscoe is a painter who lives and works in Hudson, NY. She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint and looks for colors, patterns, and ideas in gardens, fashion industry workers, pottery shops, Instagram stories, and anywhere else she can find feminine intimacy. Sonia grew up in Woodstock, NY, studied art history at Brooklyn College, and has lived in Hudson for the past three years.

Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor.  Stevens earned a B.F.A. at Otis Art Institute and a California Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A., she rediscovered her true passion in clay sculpting and began teaching Figurative Sculpture and Mixed Media for over twenty years. Along her artistic path, she became obsessed with the Mermaid, creating her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries.Upon visiting her daughter in Brooklyn, she fell in love with the east coast, particularly the Hudson River Valley. A move to Hudson ensued, where she currently resides.

 The exhibition will be available for viewing during library open hours May 5 through July 1. The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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The Library Partners with Leisler Institute & Gotham Center on Local History Talk on Native Americans

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, will present Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Dr. William A. Starna on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm at the library.

William Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations. He has received several fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and a New York State Library Research Residency. Dr. Starna is a Fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the board of trustees, The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. For many years Starna was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. He has written many books and articles on Native American and colonial history.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Languages Club

Thursdays, 4-5pm, Starting April 19 

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council is pleased to announce a new club for tweens and teens in the community. Languages Club is a weekly meeting place for tweens and teens to casually hang out in an immersive environment to learn Spanish, Arabic and Bangla facilitated by the bilingual members of the Tween Advisory Council.
 
This program is free and open to tweens and teens in the community. Drop-ins welcome! For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101

 

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Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.


This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!

The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s. Continue reading

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Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.
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