Back Roads of Columbia County: an Open Exhibition

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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

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

Book Club September Pick: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read The Giver by Lois Lowry for their September meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, September 24th at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

Museum Pass Program…Your (Free) Tickets Await!

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AIHAThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library has added three regional museums to its Museum Pass Program.  Library card-holders now have free admission to six arts and culture venues including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), Thomas Cole National Historic Site (home of Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole, Catskill), Columbia County Historical Museum (Kinderhook), FASNY Museum of Firefighting (Hudson), and Olana State Historic Site (Hudson).

Passes may be borrowed for one to three days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Passes may be reserved by calling the library at 518.828.1792 or by stopping by the library office. Most passes admit four adults, but the number admitted varies by site. Library members must have a current Mid-Hudson Library System card to borrow passes.

Funded by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, passes to these six culturally rich organizations were carefully chosen by the Friends and Library staff to suit the diverse interests of the local community that the Library serves.

Call soon to reserve your free passes for your family or friends (or weekend guests!), or stop by the library today!

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!

Back To School Book Sale!

photoThis Saturday, August 23 and next, August 30th, the Friends are offering a special Back To School Book Sale from 10am-1pm. A perfect opportunity for teachers, parents, and of course, kids, to stock up on fun books for reading and learning!

Now that summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school, books for classrooms and home bookshelves need to be replenished and the Book Sale Room has something for everyone, from toddlers to teens.

All kids books are specially priced to encourage reading throughout the year. There are thousands of titles to choose from, including picture books, early reader books, non-fiction books, chapter books and a large selection of young adult titles as well. Within those categories are a variety of topics, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, history, humor, nature, science, sports, and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, as well as a large selection of kids movies and music too!
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