Parent, volunteer and children reading during a Parent Child Academy session.
Sign up at the library for our new 5-week Parent Child Academy, which will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. 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. This is our third series of workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.
Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter Kindergarten ready to read! Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Continue reading
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.
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 will be provided following the performance when attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists.
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.
The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 26 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room 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.
The Armory wore its party hat for the library’s one year celebration.
Thank you all: patrons, volunteers, board members, staff, Friends of the Hudson Area Library, musicians, dancers, programs presenters and video creators! Our Saturday, April 8 Open House: One Year at the Armory was a great success. We had a raucous, fun, community-oriented, history-exploring, book checking out, music-listening, dance-enjoying, video-viewing, people-watching, seeing-old-&-new-friends time! See our photos and video on Facebook and Instagram.
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.
We are now offering two different ways to receive one-on-one job search help:
- by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections or
- Fridays 10am – 12pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator.
Both of these one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.
To sign up call 518-828-1792 x101, email email@example.com or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.