Monthly Watercolor Workshops for Families: February

This month’s February 16 workshop focuses on seasonal still life from local fields and forests: iconic imagery of snowy farms, barns, and more along with presidents, groundhogs, etc.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library are hosting monthly watercolor painting workshops with local artist Gretchen Kelly. This series is titled Watercolor with Your Grand Person. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult.

Date/Time: Saturdays 2-4pm, February 16, & March 16

Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. Continue reading

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Ashley Bryan Celebration

Beautiful Blackbird illustration by Ashley Bryan courtesy of The Ashley Bryan Center

Program Description: In celebration of Black History Month we are proud to present a month long tribute of famed children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. The library’s regularly scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Story & Craft Hours will be showcasing the different works and artistry of Ashley Bryan and his impact in the field of children literacy and education.

Date/Time: Wednesday & Thursday Story & Craft Hour, 10am-11am. Saturday Story and Craft Hour, 11am-12pm

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Film Screening & Celebration: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan by Robert Shetterly, courtesy KaneLewis Productions

Program Description: In culmination of our month-long celebration of children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, join us for a screening of “I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan.” Directed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, this documentary explores how Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. This screening is co-hosted with the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Families and youth of all ages are welcome. Special presentation, before the screening, of work created in our craft hours throughout the month. Fresh popcorn during movie &home-cooked food from Kayah Payton of the newly formed Grandma’s Kitchen!. 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: families and youth of all ages.

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Code Girls: This Month’s General Reading Book Group Selection

Program Description: This month’s general reading book group selection is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. In the New York Times review of the book, Meryl Gordon writes: “In Liza Mundy’s prodigiously researched and engrossing new book…she describes the experiences of several thousand American women who spent the war years in Washington, untangling the clandestine messages sent by the Japanese and German militaries and diplomatic corps.”

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27, 5-6pm Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Book Group Discusses The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Program Description: Join our Nonfiction Book Group, facilitated by Mark Orton, for a discussion on The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis, which unveils the lifelong activism of Mrs. Parks. As Neil Irvin Painter writes in the New York Times: “Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Both shy and militant, she was a committed activist enmeshed in racial politics — and their class and gender complications — wherever she lived.”

Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Help with Job Search at the Library

Beth Gordon at her Job Search area in the library with a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Whether you are writing a resume for the first time or just need a professional eye to fine tune an existing one, the library has ongoing free one-on-one Job Search Help weekly and by appointment.

Date/Time: Every Friday 10am – 1pm & by appointment.

Registration: To make an appointment call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the main desk of the library

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Local History Talk: ‘Colonial New York’ and the World of Jacob Leisler

Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Program Description: Lou Roper, Professor of History at SUNY-New Paltz, speaks on seventeenth-century colonial New York and the Hudson River Valley in the context of the larger Atlantic World. This local history talk is a collaboration of the library, Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, Gotham Center for New York City History, and Greenport Historical Society.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Music in the Stacks: Experimental Musician Patrick Higgins

Program Description:  We are pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, which features five one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts performed in the library throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth. These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members will receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

The first concert begins with Patrick Higgins, an experimental music composer and is hosted by Operation Unite NY youth. Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist by Time Out NY.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30pm

Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults Continue reading

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