Local History Speaker Series Presents: John Paul Keeler


The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome John Paul Keeler to the library on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Keeler will offer a discussion on “Hudson: Then and Now” with a viewing of photos from his personal collection to follow. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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Register Today for May and June Computer Classes


computerCheck out our upcoming computer class offerings. The classes in May are geared towards English as a Second Language learners, but all are welcome. The classes in June are geared for beginners looking to build some new skills using computers and technology. Space is limited! Sign up today by calling 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

ESL Emailing
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

After a brief introduction to computer and Internet basics, we’ll learn about how to use email. How can I use it? How do I choose what email to sign-up with? These classes are paced at a speed that is comfortable for new learners. We’ll be learning and having fun doing it!

ESL Microsoft Word
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

Microsoft Word – Is it just for letters? What can I do with it? How can I use it for business or personal? Have you ever wanted to create a resume or cover letter? This program does a fantastic job. This class will get you started!

Computer classes for beginners

Computer Basics
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

This class is a Beginner Level Class. It will include: Introduction to the parts of the computer – including software & hardware – How do I use this? What is the best fit for me? We will also review how to choose a computer for purchase – What is the best fit for me? Lastly we will review Internet Connections – How to get on and where to go? (Time Permitting – Emailing/Printing)

iPad Basics
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

All participants will be required to bring their own iPad to the class. We will review the icons – What are their function? How do I add an app to my iPad? Where do I go to change the settings? How do I copy/paste/print and use the Internet?

Microsoft Word
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

This course will focus primarily on the creation of a cover letter and resume. All participants should bring the following items to the class: resume (job history – with dates/locations), flash drive (if available). You’ll learn how to set-up a resume, what choices you have within the templates that Microsoft Word provides and how to manipulate the look of them for your own needs.

Facebook for Beginners
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 10am–11:30am

Why all the fuss about Facebook? Facebook is one of the leading social media connections. In this course we will learn how to set-up an account and how to manage the settings in the account for privacy/use. You will also learn how to locate long-lost family/friends/etc.

Local History Speaker Series Presents: Conrad Vispo

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Conrad Vispo to the library on Saturday, May 9th at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Vispo will offer a discussion on his new book The Nature of the Place: A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY. His book describes the forest, field, soil and waters of Columbia County from the perspective of the diversity and beauty of their inherent nature as well as of the way human society, for better or worse, left its mark. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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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.

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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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.