Local Author Talk and Book Signing with H. L. Martin

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We are pleased to host area author H. L. Martin on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 pm for an author talk and book signing. Martin will read from her recently published political thriller, “The Patriot Vampire”. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Martin’s book will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00022]“The Patriot Vampire” was inspired by Martin’s years of research into diverse topics, in particular the accounts of government workers, turned whistleblowers, who revealed secret underground bases and laboratories throughout the country. In the novel, the main character, Warren Little, finds his life torn apart after his wife, a geologist for a West Virginia coal company, makes an underground discovery. Warren finds himself tortured and enslaved behind the facade of an otherwise normal social institution. When he meets Charlie, an eccentric big game hunter, Warren begins to recover from his ordeal and finds the means to come to terms with it.

H. L. Martin is a multi-media artist and writer. She has written various poems, magazine articles, and lots of advertising copy. The Patriot Vampire is her first novel. Her website is: www.martinarts.net and her facebook page is: www.facebook.com/eggplantlove.

Third Annual Friends Art Book Sale Coming Soon!

Art Book SaleArt enthusiasts—visualize this! Bargains abound at the Third Annual Art Book Sale, taking place for three days during Hudson’s ArtsWalk 2014.

This specialty book sale will be held at the Book Sale Room in the Hudson Area Library, starting Saturday, October 4 from 10am-2pm. The sale will continue on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 10am-2pm and is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Featured will be hundreds of books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design, as well as titles on art history, artist’s monographs, biographies and various art techniques (watercolor, pastels, collage, etc.). Hardcovers, paperbacks, catalogs, magazines and coffee table books will be offered, all priced to sell.
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Back Roads of Columbia County: an Open Exhibition

Be sure to stop by the library and check out the newest photo exhibit on the main floor and upstairs gallery space. The Columbia County Photo Club is showcasing 52 photographs by 26 area artists, all on the theme of Columbia County. All photographs are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library. The photos will remain on exhibit through Sat. Oct. 25th. Contact Marie or Emily in the library office to place your order at 518.828.1792.
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Local History Speaker Series: Jon Meredith

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Jon Meredith as September’s local history speaker. Meredith, a collector and dealer of local historical ephemera, will offer a presentation focused on historical postcards, primarily from Hudson and surrounding areas, and will include actual postcards for folks to view from his personal collection.

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The presentation will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers bimonthly 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 Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.

This Saturday–Cookbook Sale at the Farmers Market

IMG_1924The last cookbook sale of the season at the Hudson Farmers Market will be on Saturday, September 6, from 9:30-1pm. Included in this sale are cookbooks celebrating the bounties of the season—everything from apples to zucchini! With hundreds of cookbooks on a wide range of topics, you’ll be sure to find a book (or two!) with recipes and ideas to whet your appetite. So come browse the selection of new, used and vintage cookbooks on Saturday and start cooking!

Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!

The Friends is pleased to announce the next installment of Adult Mandarin Chinese Language Classes. This series of free classes will begin on Wed. Sept. 17th and will offer community members the opportunity to read, write and speak Mandarin from a native speaker.

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This eight-week course will be lead by our own Shi Wen “Wendy” who grew up in the city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, on the Southeast coast of China. A longtime staff member, she will introduce students to vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin—writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters.

The first two classes will serve as an introduction for new students. Previous students are  also welcome to attend these refresher classes.

All classes will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesdays at the Library.  Space is limited and registration is required (ages 18 and over).  To learn more or sign up, please contact the library 518.828.1792 today.

STEAM Into Imagination – free science and art workshops for kids and teens!

We’ll be teaming up with HATCH (Hudson Area Teaching Cooperative for Homeschoolers) this fall to offer fun, educational STEAM programs for youth ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 16. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.” STEAM into Imagination will spark children’s curiosities as we ask questions about the emerging intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The program will meet on Tuesdays from 4pm-5:30pm starting Tuesday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, December 16.

Older students will join the Programming Club where they’ll learn how to use computer coding and programming during a 12-session class with RPI Computer Science student, Rachel King.

microscopeYounger students will participate in two 6-session classes. HATCH co-founder, Will Pflaum, will offer a 6-session class called “Islands of the Imagination,” a creative investigation of geography, math, and drawing, in which students create their own fictional island. The second 6-session classes will again invite students to explore the arts and sciences through diverse experiments, painting and crafts, the use of a USB microscope and Snap Circuits, and more!

STEAM into Imagination is geared toward homeschooling families, kids in school, and anyone considering homeschooling or looking for more choice in education.

To register your child or teen, come to our registration party on Tuesday, September 9 at the library. For more information, call the library at 518-828-1792.

STEAM into Imagination is made possible with grant support from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.