Local History Speaker Series: Ruth Piwonka

visible heritageThe History Room Committee is pleased to welcome Ruth Piwonka to the library on Saturday, November 15 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Local History Speaker Series.

Piwonka will offer a presentation focusing on early Dutch settlers in and around the Hudson area called “Before Hudson: the Dutch at Claverack and other locales along the ‘east side of the river’, c1614-1783”. The talk will focus particularly on the period from 1649 through 1715. In addition, she will cover other events and individuals affecting the area until the coming of the New Englanders after the Revolution.
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Becoming Incorrigible: The Girls of the Hudson Training School, 1921-1932 —A Project by Laura Rogers and Tobi Jacobi

PPMPIncorrigibleIn 2011, local resident and business-owner Lisa Durfee found an old box at a garage sale on Clinton Street in Hudson. In it were intake records, photographs, and letters from girls who lived at the Hudson Training School from around 1920 to 1930.

Now, Laura Rogers, professor of Humanities & Communication at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Tobi Jacobi, professor of English & Composition at Colorado State University, are collaborating with the Prison Public Memory Project to explore what these documents could tell us about the history of the Training School and the girls who were incarcerated there.

Join the Prison Public Memory Project in the Hudson Area Library History Room (2nd Floor) on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm for a roundtable discussion and dialogue about how we read and interpret documents from a complex past and what these documents can tell us about the girls who lived at the Hudson Training School nearly a century ago.

Multicultural Adventures with Operation Unite

Join us on an adventure each week as we discover new countries and explore different cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The next sessions will focus on Haiti (October 23) and India (October 30).

The program runs each Thursday from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome!

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This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Friends Sponsors Literary Event Featuring Local Author Daniel B. Region

Daniel RegionThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present local author, Daniel B. Region for an afternoon literary reading and book signing on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm. Tales From Thurmons Corner, a fictional memoir, will be presented at McDaris Fine Art Gallery, 623 Warren Street in Hudson. This event is free and open to the public.

Region’s new book, the first in a trilogy, is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life. Continue reading

Armory Chili Wins First Prize at Chili Fest!

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DeWayne Powell, volunteer with the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library, accepts the First Prize medal at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest!

The Campaign for the Hudson Area Library participated in the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest this weekend where we won First Prize for our Armory Chili! First prize comes with a $500 award that will go to the Fund for the new Hudson Area Library.

Thanks to David Murphy, Theresa Timko Parsons, Betsy Miller, DeWayne Powell, and Ingrid Kildiss and Jeana Marie Lazzara of Perfect Ten for helping out at the fest! And an extra special thanks to Grazin’ Angus Acres for their contribution of beef short ribs and Josephine Proul of Local 111 for making our delicious chili. Yum.

Many thanks to all who voted for us and showed their support!

Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit

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Join millions of eBook readers around the world enjoying one book! The Big Library Read is sort of like the digital version of a library book club, in that everyone is encouraged to read the same book. This fall’s Big Library Read is Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

Love or popularity? Anika Dragomir has done her best to hide the fact that she’s a freak. In fact, she’s climbed the social ladder to third most popular girl in school. But her romantic interest in former geek Logan McDonough could seriously jeopardize her standing – no matter how hot or mysterious he’s become. What’s a girl to do? Find out in this endearing, though-provoking, funny-yet-tragic young-adult debut novel from Andrea Portes.

This eBook will be available for unlimited simultaneous downloads from October 13 to 28, which means no holds and no waitlist; just download and enjoy! All you will need is an active library card to start downloading, so visit the Mid Hudson Library System’s Digital Downloads site for instructions on how to get started on October 13.

Free Computer Classes at the Hudson Area Library

computer classThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce a new series of free computer classes for adults starting later this month.

Beginning Saturday, October 25th, three classes will be held at the Library from 10-11:30am on Saturdays in the Computer Room on the main floor. The classes include an introduction to computer basics (October 25th), instruction for Internet and email communications (November 1st), and an introduction to Microsoft Word (November 15th). Class size is limited, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may register now at the Library or by phone at 518.828.1792.
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Support the New Library – Vote for Armory Chili!

This coming Saturday, October 11th, the Committee for the new Hudson Area Library will be serving their own chili – chock-full of secret ingredients – at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest. The event is held at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park from noon until 4pm. Admission is $5.00.
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Ticket holders get to sample more than 20 different chilies and vote for their favorite. First, second and third place chili makers receive prizes of $500, $350 and $150 respectively. Please VOTE for ARMORY CHILI and help us take home the winning check for the new Hudson Area Library!
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