NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

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As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today. All persons are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.

In January the group will discuss The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration  by Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. This book tells the American story of the decades-long black migration from the South to cities in the north and west. It was a National Book Circle Critics Award Winner and made the Ten Best Books of the Year list of many major newspapers and magazines when it was published in 2010. Books may be borrowed through the library. The Warmth of Other Suns is available in print, ebook, and on CD. Please use our online system, call or stop in to reserve a copy. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

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Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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All Things Apple Winter Session

We are offering another series of “All Things Apple” on Mondays 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic. January 8 will be “iMac/Macbook: The Basics”, January 15 will focus on iTunes, January 22 will be on iPhoto, and IOS Devices will be covered January 29. It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. 

All Things Apple will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years, had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

Classes are free and open to the public and held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the particular class (or classes) they would like to attend by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child!

We are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program in collaboration with The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 & 10.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, with special guest readers (including our very own Library Director, Emily Chameides), while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available. 

Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books, available for check out at the library. There will be special events following sessions. The last Saturday ends with a field trip to Spotty Dog Books with each family that has participated in the program receiving a $25 gift certificate to spend at the store.

To sign up 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 under five, and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Bengali Bandhan

Bengali Bandhan classes continues for a new semester with a new meeting time: Fridays 4 – 5pm beginning January 5. These classes, taught by MD Gazi and Kaniz Fatema, are open to school aged children and the general public.

Students will learn how to read, write, and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in April at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Video Installation of the Hudson Photos of Djelloul Marbrook

Photo Credit: Djelloul Marbrook

The library will be  featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located from December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing. Continue reading

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Read Our Senior Writing Class’s Zine!

This past September and October, we offered the second semester of our Creative Writing for Seniors class, taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist, Maureen McNeil. This class was offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center and is made possible in part by funds from Mid-Hudson Library System. We’ve put the results of that class together into a zine, which you can enjoy by clicking here. This class has been very popular and will be offered again in Spring 2018. To be on the mailing list for more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Thank you!

We are grateful to our friends and neighbors in Hudson for your overwhelming support of our community-based funding initiative. We are humbled by your generosity and thrilled that so many of you agree that a great public library is an essential part of a great community. We look forward to increasing our hours, programs and services in the new year with your support!

Thank you also to our friends and neighbors in Greenport who voted in favor of our community-based funding initiative. As of the close of polls, we were down by 19 votes in Greenport, but there are still over 100 absentee ballots to count. We’ll share the final results once absentees are counted. [UPDATE: The proposition was not passed in Greenport.]

Every vote counts and we thank all who voted YES on our community-based funding initiative for their support.

If you have not yet visited our beautiful facility at 5th and State Street, we encourage you to stop by. If you have ideas for programs and services you would like to see offered in the new year, please reach out to us at info@hudsonarealibrary.org. And make sure you have subscribed to our newsletter so you will be among the first to hear about our upcoming programs!

– from the Staff and Trustees of the Hudson Area Library

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