Salon Concert to Benefit Library

There will be a Salon Concert to benefit the library on Sunday, May 6 at 4pm at a private home in Hudson. A reception with hors d’hoeuvres & wine will follow. Tickets are $40 per person.

A member of Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights, violinist Emily Daggett Smith embraces their championship of classical masterpieces and advocacy for new music in her own solo recitals, imparting her “gracefulness and easy rapport” (Boston Globe) to a program of mixed repertoire. She is joined by pianist Tanya Gabrielian, hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” who has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances.

They will perform an intimate recital of works by Janacek, Saariaho, Pärt, Mozart, and Franck.

Click here to reserve a seat online or stop by the main desk at the library to pay by check or credit card in person. For further information call 518.828.1792 x101 or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Once you have made a reservation you will be given the address of the home.

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High Five! Visits the Farmers’ Market!

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 28, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market with program facilitator Kathy Mabb, program director and librarian Brenda Shufelt, and the High Five! team. Transportation is available upon request to the library to meet up and then to the farmers’ market. Brenda and Kathy will be leading a tour of the market and demonstrating how reading and exploring the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market can develop children’s vocabulary skills.

Each family who is a regular attendee of High Five! will receive $25 to spend at the Farmers’ Market courtesy of Berkshire Taconic Foundations’ Fresh and Healthy Food for All Initiative. Lunch will be provided at the market. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Continue reading

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BitterSweet: Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate

We are hosting BitterSweet: An Event Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate on Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend this art making workshop and conversation. Each participant who creates drawings or sculptures will receive a specially designed chocolate bar.

This is the final event and celebration of a community engagement project created by artist Melissa Sarris. Artwork from this project will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make art of their own.

Ms. Sarris has worked on the BitterSweet project with three local groups: Apogee Peer Support Group, teens at the Youth Clubhouse of Columbia-Greene Counties in Hudson, and inmates at the Columbia County Jail. In the BitterSweet workshops participants experimented with ways to translate personal emotion into abstract drawing and sculpture. They developed an understanding of abstraction, using shapes, colors and forms to represent ideas and emotions.

The groups worked collectively and individually through several iterations of this exercise. Next, Ms. Sarris introduced a three-dimensional material: air-drying modeling clay and discussed its visual and tangible properties. Participants were asked to select a specific emotion word and then create an abstract form to depict it. Once the clay works had dried, participants painted them with acrylic paint, adding another layer of meaning.

Later, Ms. Sarris created chocolate bar molds that express an amalgamation of the ideas explored in the workshops. These were cast as small edible sculptures by Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson that will be given to participants, while supplies last, at the library event.

This event has been scheduled to happen in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Information about Apogee Peer Support Group and the Youth Clubhouse will be available.  Previous workshop participants will be present to talk about these organizations while assisting with the art making event.

This workshop is free, open to the public and requires no previous experience. All materials will be provided. Unpainted clay works will also be available for painting.

This workshop is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.

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Make a Mother’s Day Vase at the Library!

Children of all ages are welcome to join our children’s librarian, AmeriCorps workers, and volunteers and Make a Mother’s Day Vase on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30am. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Participants will create colorful flower vases yarn-wrapped bottles and jars that they can bring home and gift to mom on Sunday!

So join Children’s Librarian Ms. Janice (Janice Scali) and High Five! Volunteer Robin Weber who will lead this fun activity. Our AmeriCorps workers Arline Resto and Mary Shivers will be on hand to help out the littlest participants.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

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The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!

The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s. Continue reading

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Adult Spanish Classes. Beyond the Basics: Offered May – June

The library’s Adult Spanish Language with Sonia Cintron is being offered five Tuesdays: May 15, 22, 29, June 5, and 12. There will be two levels: Advanced Beginner (5:30-6:30pm) and Intermediate (6:45-7:45pm).

The Advanced Beginner class is for students who have taken a semester or more of beginner level Adult Spanish or who have equivalent experience with the language. In this class students will learn and practice basic grammar and phrases used daily. The intermediate level is for students who have a more advanced knowledge of grammar and are able to have conversation with ease. Adults and high school students are welcome.

Instructor Sonia Cintron has taught Spanish for over ten years at both the elementary and high school level as well as privately.  Sonia has also created bilingual storytimes at various libraries that included songs, games and crafts for grades K-4. She volunteers as a translator for the Latino/Hispanic community and enjoys teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture to all!

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Beginners wishing to learn Spanish can sign up at this time for the Beginner Adult Spanish being offered in the fall.

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Drag Queen Ella Ghent Is Story Time Guest at the Library

The library, in collaboration with Out Hudson, is proud to present Drag Queen Story Time, Saturday, May 26 from 11am-12pm. 

Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; she is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, song and clowning.  Locally she was in the 2015 Hudson Pride Parade; was featured in the sitcom play ‘Twisted’ at Red Dot; unicycled in the 2016 Out Hudson parade and has performed at Waterworks Pub in Albany.

All kids and families are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.

OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY.  In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.

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High Five! Using Music & Song to Develop Your Child’s Reading Skills

Learning Rhythm & Song w/ Abby Lappen

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! at the library Saturday, April 14, 11am – 1pm features musician Abby Lappen. Abby led a session with families during our fall High Five! Series and the families asked for her return for more! This program is a time of song, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery. Program facilitator Kathy Mabb will discuss how song and music develops reading skills. Lunch for all participants will be mac ‘n cheese and salad.

Participants will receive free books and prizes! Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. Participants can also register on April 14 at the library, before the program begins. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

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