Our NEW Spring Parent Child Academy at the Library Begins Saturday, April 29!

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Our new 5-week Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to help your child read. We will be having fun activities, field trips, book giveaways and prizes and more!

On Saturday, May 6 families will each be given a gift certificate to spend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. After meeting at the library and receiving a bag lunch and the gift certificates, attendees and the Academy teacher Kathy Mabb and other library personnel will ride the festival bus (which will be stopping at the library) to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival for a day of fun, activities and shopping for children’s books.
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At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory

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An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

The library’s History Room Local History Speaker Series in May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 @ 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to the library’s History Room by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized. There is currently a video exhibition of the Neefus Collection that will run through May and can be viewed during library open hours. During his talk Mr. Neefus will show and discuss many of these unique historic photos.

The Neefus family has deep roots in Hudson. Originally they were descended from Cornelius Nevius, treasurer of New Amsterdam under Peter Stuyvesant. The Neefuses moved first to Nevis (between Clermont and Red Hook, NY) before moving to Hudson. Mr. Neefus himself was born in Dover, New Hampshire, where his father was a photography professor for the University of New Hampshire. His family then moved back to Hudson where Wendy was raised and attended Hudson High School. He went on to Southern New Hampshire University and joined his parents’ photography business in Hudson first in the darkroom and then, after attending photography school, began photographing weddings for Neefus Photographers. The Neefus studio closed July 2013 but their photographs still live on in our memories and Hudson’s history.

A question and answer period will follow Mr. Neefus’s talk. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are to follow.

Free Summer Teen Theatre Program with Teaching Artist Carol Rusoff

Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

Ms. Rusoff has taught and directed extensively in London, Los Angeles and New York. She founded and directed “The Atlantic Crossing Theatre Project” which originated works at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival. Her work has been seen on BBC and the ROYAL Festival Hall in England, as well as many repertory venues in Los Angeles. Ms. Rusoff is best known in Hudson for her work at the Hudson Opera House as the director of the highly successful Hudson Teen Theatre Project and for her abilities to inspire teens and develop their theatrical skills and talents. Carol has a unique rapport with teens and works well with young people of diverse experience and interest levels drawing out the best in each participant.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation. It is free and open to all teens 13 – 19. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk.

Exhibit: The Artistry of Lucy Swope

We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.
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Get free tickets to the Bridge Street Theatre

We are pleased to add productions at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill to our list of establishments offering free passes at the library. The theatre will be supplying two free tickets for each night of every production for Hudson Area Library cardholders. Tickets may be reserved by phone or in person at the library. Then stop by the library main desk to pick up your free tickets before the show. Stage works include comedies and dramas and are presented Thursdays through Sundays throughout the year.

The first production, The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade by award–winning playwright Kieron Barry, has its world premiere on April 20. Reserve your free tickets today! Call 518-828-1792 or stop by the library sometime this week. First come, first served!

For more information on Bridge Street Theatre, click here to access their website. For more information on the Hudson Area Library Museum Pass program, made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, click here.

“English Songs by French Composers” A Salon Concert to benefit the Hudson Area Library

We are pleased to invite you to a Salon Concert, “English Songs by French Composers” to benefit the library, on Saturday, May 20 at 5 pm at a private home in Hudson, NY.

“English Songs by French Composers” will feature a selection of songs by Saint-Saens, Gounod, Milhaud, Ravel, Poulenc, Roussel and Lee, set to the poetry of Longfellow, Joyce, Tennyson, Shakespeare, and others. The performers are Tyler Duncan, baritone, and Erika Switzer, pianist.

We are honored to offer this program, which is a preview of a recording that Duncan and Switzer will be making in Passavant, France in June of this year.

Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved via the button below or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. Location of benefit concert will be given upon reservation. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Olde Hudson will be provided following the performance when attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists.


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Tiny Book Exhibit & Miniature Book-Making Workshop

We are partnering again this spring with Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan for miniature book-making events in anticipation of a Hudson-wide exhibit of tiny books.

Bookmaking workshops will take place Tuesday, April 25 in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library. A workshop for seniors and other library patrons will run from 1-3pm; a program with members of Perfect Ten teen group and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood children will take place from 4-6pm. Both sessions at the library are free to attend and open to the general public.

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Book Club Announces Spring Titles and Meeting Dates

The Hudson Area Library Book Club have a special session on Wednesday, April 26 at 4pm at Mexican Radio, 537 Warren St., Hudson for a discussion of Long Gone by Alafair Burke. They have also selected The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict for their May discussion, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 4pm, and The Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman for their June discussion, scheduled for June 28 at 5pm.

Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. New book club members and visitors are always welcome.