Kanopy – video streaming service!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for all library cardholders in Columbia County. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Access Kanopy via columbiacountyny.kanopy.com and sign up to start streaming films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Each cardholder has 10 play credits per month and unlimited viewing of Great Courses and Kanopy Kids. More information on how play credits works can be found on the Kanopy website.

This service is made possible with support from the Crandell Theatre and Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Children Can Make a Pillow at the Library!

Program Description: The Pillow Project  comes to the library! All children attending this program leave with a pillow they create themselves (no sewing, just cutting fabric strips with scissors!). The Pillow Project was founded by teenager Ella Gibbs who believes that children need and want a pillow to hug and comfort them. All of the materials needed to make a pillow are supplied by Ella at no cost. Participating children choose their own fleece fabrics, make and keep their own pillow.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 23/11am-1pm

Registration/Audience: This event is free and open to children of all ages (though younger ones will need help from their caregiver to create their pillow). Registration is preferred. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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Travel to The Snow Queen with the Library and Senior Center

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are providing free transportation to the Ancram Opera House for its production of The Snow Queen. Ancram Opera House is generously providing all attendees with deeply discounted tickets ($5) for this inaugural cultural trip. The van is provided by the City of Hudson Youth Department.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 8. Depart from library at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm.

Audience/Registration: This staged concert is for adults and younger audiences, ages 9 and up. Attendees will meet at the library/senior center at 1pm. There are a limited number of seats available, so registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, visit the main desk at the library, or call 518-828-1792 x101. Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Workshop at the Library!

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are hosting a workshop in our healthy living series sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York State: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 5-6pm

Audience/Registration: Registration is encouraged. To register call Sierra at 518-867-4999 x1691 or email ssnoddy@alz.org. This program will be held in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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Through Our Lens: A Columbia County Photo Exhibit

Photo Credit: Doug Stalker

Program Description: We are pleased to announce a photographic exhibit by the members of the Columbia County Photo Club. This will be the ninth year for the Club’s annual show, which is hosted by the Friends of The Hudson Area Library. It is an exciting show for the members because they not only display their work, but they also are able to help aid the good work of the Friends of the Library by donating thirty percent of the sales to the Friends, who support library programs and collections.

Date/Time: Opening reception: Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm. Exhibition may be viewed during normal library business hours through December 19. Continue reading

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Watercolor with your Grand Person

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and library’s last two 2019 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly continue with a focus on painting from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 16 and December 21, 2-4pm

Registration/Audience: 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. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others. 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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Dungeons & Dragons Club

Program Description: HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is happy to announce the formation of a Dungeons & Dragons Club run by members of the council. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where participants are invited to create their own characters and explore fantastical kingdoms and realms, taking in adventures along the way. This club is for the curious and mildly-experienced. Ages 8-15 are welcome.

Date/Time: 1st Saturdays of the Month beginning Saturday, November 2, 12-2pm

Age/ Registration: Ages 8-15 are welcome. For more information and to register, contact youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

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