Learn Persian at the Library

ShamimSeventeen year old Shamim Amiri grew up in Bamyan, Afghanistan. She has been a student at the Berkshire Waldorf High School since the Fall of 2014.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project Shamim has created a special six-session program called Learn Persian, which will meet at the library on Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm starting August 4 and running through September 8. All are welcome.

In the program, Shamim will introduce participants to the Persian language, including the alphabet, numbers and some basic phrases. She will also share her knowledge of Afghan culture and religion.

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Super Summer Kids Book Sale

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library encourage kids and families to stretch their summer reading lists and come to a special two-day Super Summer Kids Book Sale. On Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, the Book Sale Room will be offering thousands of children’s books at bargain prices. Open from 10am til 2pm each day at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street in Hudson. Books for vacation reading fun, for school or for special interests, this Super Summer Kids Book Sale will have it all!

As a special bonus, the Friends will also host a face-painting artist on Friday from 11am-1pm. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library, stock up on great titles to encourage reading throughout the summer. Raffle tickets for a large gift basket of children’s books will also be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. This basket is full of great books and activities for all kids, and is valued at more than $75– a great deal!
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Free Animation Workshop for Kids!

Spark SharkSpark your creativity with digital media workshops at the Hudson Area Library!

Our friends from Spark Media Project will be offering a stop-motion animation workshop for kids ages 7-12, starting Wednesday, July 29 and meeting weekly on Wednesdays through August 19. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so sign up today! To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.

Animation Mania
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29 through August 19, 4-6pm
Ages: 7-12
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.

Spark Media Project’s Mobile Media Lab is funded by NYSCA and the New York REDC.

Local Beer Meets Local History

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to host an evening of Local Beer Meets Local History at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, on Thursday, August 6th at 6:00 pm, featuring Craig Gravina, author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Gravina will be joined by Neil Evans, owner of CH Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, who will discuss the history of the Evans Brewery in Hudson prior to Prohibition. Gravina will discuss other breweries operating in the area during the same time period, as well as the resurgence of brewing in the Hudson Valley.
A tasting flight featuring Evans Ales will be offered along with a pint of your choice for $15, with proceeds to benefit the ongoing preservation efforts of the local history collection at the library.
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FREE Moviemaking and Animation Workshops for Youth!

Spark SharkSpark your creativity with digital media workshops at the Hudson Area Library!

Our friends from Spark Media Project will be offering two free workshops at the library this summer – one a live-action, narrative videomaking workshop for teens, the other a stop-motion animation workshop for kids. Both workshops are free. Space is limited and registration is required. To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.

Mini Movies
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 1-5pm
Ages: 13-18
In this workshop, youth will learn the entire process of filmmaking including scripting, cinematography, and editing their own narrative short films.

Animation Mania
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29 through August 19, 4-6pm
Ages: 7-12
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.

Spark Media Project’s Mobile Media Lab is funded by NYSCA and the New York REDC.

SAY CHEESE! for the Library

cheeseCheesemaker Renate Nollin will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

The term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

For the event, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example. The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

SAY CHEESE!
103 Warren Street
July 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20





Friends Cook Book Sale at the Hudson Farmers Market

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It’s summer and that means the Hudson Farmers Market is in full swing, along with the Friends of the Hudson Area Library Cook Book Sale at the market! Stop by on Saturday, July 25th, from 9:30 til 1:00 for this opportunity to spice up your summer with fresh and fun recipes. Browse the great selection of vintage, new and gently used cookbooks under the Book Tent, all at great low prices.

Whether you’re looking to expand your kitchen’s library, improve your culinary skills, or just try out some new recipes with fresh ingredients, this special sale will include titles for gourmet, quick meals and menus, summer barbecues and picnics, entertaining and ethnic cuisines. There will be hundreds of interesting books to choose from, including appetizers, salads, meats, seafood, vegetables, desserts and more!
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Prison Public Memory Project Pop-Up Museum Visits the Library

Pop Up MuseumOn Tuesday, July 14 from 10am-7pm, the Prison Public Memory Project will be hosting a Pop-Up Museum on the Library lawn. This temporary exhibit will invite the community to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities centered on the theme of Life and Work at the New York State Training School for Girls.

For almost 80 years between 1904 and 1975, Hudson was home to the New York State Training School for Girls, once the largest reform schools for girls in the United States and one of the largest employers in Columbia County. The Pop-Up Museum will offer participants the opportunity to interact with historical artifacts such as photographs, letters, and institutional records on three tables in a hands-on museum-like setting. Visitors can also engage with the Training School’s history in a variety of interactive drawing and writing activities led by Prison Public Memory Project staff and volunteers and can tell and listen to others’ stories. Community members are invited to bring any of their own photos, documents and other artifacts relating to the Training School or to the people who lived or worked there for temporary display on the museum tables. For those who wish to have a portrait taken with their artifact, a photographer will be available. Light refreshments will be served as supplies last.