Final Focus on Baldwin


baldwinprAs the concluding event after a 5-part series exploring the author’s life, we are hosting an open panel discussion on James Baldwin, his influence on contemporary life and his longer range effect on America today. The event is free, and will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 6pm
Included in the evening’s schedule is the screening of James Baldwin: From Another Place, a documentary short by Sedat Pakay, a local photographer and film maker, recently deceased, who recorded a portion of Baldwin’s life while he lived in Turkey. This intimate portrait of James Baldwin depicts the person who became an activist through living his life as honestly as he could.
Panel participants include:
  • Donna Ford-Grover, Bard professor in 19th – 20th century American Literature
  • Wesley Brown – Literature professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • Lisa Arrastia – Lecturer in Writing and Critical Inquiry at SUNY Albany
  • Kaya Weidman – co-founder & co-director of Kite’s Nest, co-founder of WGXC 90.7-FM
Presented in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities and in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and Hudson-SURJ.

Come to the Haunted Community Room for our Halloween Party.


A haunted house and graveyard, with bats, and an enormous Jack-o-lantern occupying the entire background.

Join us for a scary good time at the Hudson Area Library Community Room for our annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29, from 11am-2pm. We’ll have pumpkin painting, spooky music, scary stories, goody bags, apple cider doughnuts, and apple cider. The folks from Perfect Ten will also be face-painting and baking cupcakes.

Free Parent Child Academy: Family Activities to Develop Your Child’s Literacy!


A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

The Hudson Area Library will be holding a Parent Child Academy on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1pm, on November 12, 19, 26, and December 3, and 10. The Academy will provide free and open activities for parents of children from the ages of birth to five years that will help you in your role as your children’s first and best teacher, and get your child ready to enter school with the skills and love for reading that they need. Breakfast and lunch are on us, and we have AmeriCorps volunteers that will have some great activities for your children that are two and over. Books and prizes will be given away each week. Transport to the library is available.

For more information and to sign up, call 518-828-1792 ext 101, email, or stop by the library to sign up. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant .

Still Time to Sign Up for Free Teen Theatre Classes with Carol Rusoff!


This fall, teens ages 13+ are invited to join independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, for “From the Page to the Stage” a hands-on, engaging theatre program. The program will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, Now through December 13, culminating in a free performance on December 13 for the entire community. Participants will explore literary works and will choose selections to adapt as performance pieces. The rehearsal process will stretch the participants’ abilities as they divide the tasks at hand among themselves and together produce works of theatrical art.

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The program is free and open to all teens 13+. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email, or stop by the front desk for a registration form.

This program is made possible in part with the generous support of the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Local History Speaker Series – Hudson’s Ukrainian Community

ukrainianimageJoin us for latest of our Local History Speaker Series on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00pm about Hudson’s historic Ukrainian community.

The history of the Ukrainian community in Columbia County dates back to the 19th century, when immigrants from western Ukraine moved to this area. Learn about why they settled here and how they developed a community in Hudson. Guest speakers Reverend Richard Washburn and Rosa Pfeil will discuss the 200 year history of the Ukrainian churches in Hudson, as well as Ukrainian heritage, traditions and holiday celebrations that are still observed today.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.

Thanks to all the Ghostly Gallopers!

ggkids2016Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, and cyclists who participated in the annual Ghostly Gallop! More than 200 people participated with bikers beginning their day on Saturday in cold temperatures, but our beautiful Hudson Valley, at peak color, took their minds off cold fingertips. By the time the riders arrived at the half-way point, Riverview Café in Stuyvesant, the sun had warmed things up considerably.

Sunday’s later start date for the Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Walk/Run brought the mercury up to a perfect temperature for participants and viewers. The winners, Arianna Nilsson (22:25) and Daniel Ronsani (18:08) duplicated their finishing positions of 2015. They are now local legends, and the ones to beat next year.  

We thank all who came out to support the Library! For a complete rundown of finishing times, go to

Free Job Skills Workshop


The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, will present a free Job Skills Workshop Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 – 2pm on October 18, 20, 25 and 27. This series of four workshops will focus on how to create a resume, apply for jobs online, and develop interview skills. In addition, participants are invited to make appointments with the instructor for individual help. Children’s activities will be available during the workshops. Light refreshments will be provided. This free program is limited to 20 participants and is on a first come/first serve basis.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x101, email or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Skills Workshop is made possible with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

Local History Speaker Series – Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present
Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts with guest speaker Kelley Drahushuk as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This unique presentation will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 6:00pm in the Community Room on the first floor of the library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis.

Long touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout.  All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries! Continue reading