Volunteer Fair at the Library Saturday, February 25, 4 – 6pm

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February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re holding a volunteer fair on February 25 from 4 to 6pm for all library lovers! We rely on our talented and committed volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. If you can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week, the library has a role for you! Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.

The volunteer fair will also be an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how you can get involved. Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and helping out at the circulation desk. Find out more about volunteering opportunities available, and mingle with members of the Board and staff. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room and the main floor of the library, which are both wheelchair accessible.

Congolese Cultural Celebration

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout! Continue reading

Hudson Area Library and Drop Forge & Tool Present “Living Library”

The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.

The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith

2 gallon stoneware jug, marked C.W. HINSDALE & CO., DRUGGISTS, HUDSON, N.Y. with blue bird. Made for Charles Hinsdale, who operated a drug store at 305 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Attributed to Hudson NY Pottery / Hudson Pottery Co., Hudson, NY, ca. 1867-69. (Collection of Jon and April Meredith)

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, will be presenting The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm.

Jon Meredith will be speaking on the stoneware industry that flourished in Hudson in the 1800s. Mr. Meredith has researched and collected Columbia County, NY stoneware over the last thirty six years, including pieces produced at the potteries in Hudson, NY, as well as pieces made for various merchants throughout the county. Continue reading

“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

NEW Parent Child Academy at the Hudson Area Library

A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

If you have a child, birth to five, we encourage you to join the Parent Child Academy to celebrate and strengthen your role as your child’s first and best teacher. Join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter school ready to read. Receive free books and prizes each week! A cash incentive will be given for exceptional attendance.

Our 5-week Parent Child Academy will empower parents as the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives. The Academy will provide a friendly environment in which to learn about using activities to build children’s literacy in their daily home lives. These activities, and the resources provided by the Academy, will help prepare children to learn to read and write when they enter Kindergarten. This is our second series of 5 workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.

The Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at the library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children’s activities, including a Story and Craft Hour, by our Children’s Librarian and AmeriCorps workers for ages 2+ will available in the library while parents attend a workshop and discussion session.

For further information and to sign up email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant.

Back by Popular Demand @ the Hudson Area Library: Creating with Code, a Teen Coding Class


The Hudson Area Library in collaboration with the teen homeschooling organization, HATCH, is offering a second term of a 10-week teen programming class: < Creating with Code> Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm beginning March 2 in the Teen Room of the library. Teens will make apps, websites, games, music, art and more…with code. Code is the language that brings phones and computers to life. In this class teens will explore the core concepts behind writing code by playing games and learning languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript and Python. They will build the problem solving skills that it takes to turn your own ideas into digital realities.

No experience necessary. There will be a beginner level as well as a continuing level for teens who are returning to the class from the fall semester. This class is free and open to all teens 13+. Teens do NOT need a laptop but, if they prefer their own laptop, they are welcome to bring it. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up and fill out a registration form.