A Special High Five! on Folktelling for Families this Saturday, January 20

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

This week Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm join our High Five! program, a collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This will be our first in the new High Five! series (as last Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather). Pamela Badila, local resident and member of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater will be doing a folktelling session with the children. Then she and our High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb will be discussing how to incorporate story telling into family life as a means of encouraging early literacy development. There will be free books, prizes and a fresh cooked lunch will be served. Transportation is available. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library to register for the program and to make transportation arrangements.

In High Five! families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, each Saturday will feature special guest readers, while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books, available for check out at the library.

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NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today.

All are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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Abby Lappen Sings! for a Special Story & Craft Hour at the Library

Musician Abby Lappen will present songs and movement for children during our regular Story & Craft Hour on Saturday, October 14 from 11am-Noon in the library’s community room. This program is being offered in part through the library’s High Five! Early Literacy Family Program and is open to the public. Learn how to use song and movement to help develop your child’s reading skills.

Abby Lappen is a singer/songwriter who lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She displays her passion for live musical performance with a collection of original songs and meaningful covers in a cross genre mix, from haunting folk and satirical blues to jazzy ballads and syncopated melodies. Abby is an accomplished artist whose unique voice and “crisp guitar” mesmerize audiences with warmth and agility. She has worked with young children through music and movement for many years.

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Exhibition on the East Gate and West Gate Toll Houses now at Hudson Area Library

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, and a young patron view our new exhibit, “All Roads to the River”.

The Library’s History Room in collaboration with Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is featuring an exhibition and video installation of “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses” at the Library. Residents of Hudson and Greenport now have the opportunity to see the summer exhibition that was launched at Roeliff Jansen’s Copake Falls location.

The exhibit in the Community Room of the Library includes large colorful panels that explore the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its impact on the history of Columbia County. A separate video installation consists of a presentation given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, on the topic. It is viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. Continue reading

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How a Novel Becomes an Opera: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Composer Sheila Silver is a recipient of a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

On Thursday, September 28 at 6pm learn how an opera is created. Join us for “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning a Novel into an Opera Libretto,” presented by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. It is a backstage, nuts and bolts look at how all the pieces come together. And it’s free.

 

To listen to the interview from a recent WGXC Morning Show of Kitsakos and Silver discussing the making of this opera with radio host Mat Tombers CLICK HERE.

Librettist Stephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and director whose work often revolves around sacred texts.

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns has had great success with more than 30 million copies sold world-wide. Sheila Silver decided to pursue the storyline as the basis for an opera and traveled to India to study Hindustani music in order to add authenticity to the score.

Stephen Kitsakos had the challenge, as librettist, of a story that included religion, hatred, brutality, war and hope. These challenges and the journey from novel to completed opera that will be performed by Seattle Opera in 2020 will be discussed by Silver and Kitsakos at the Thursday program.

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Learn About A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera!

Tune in to The Morning Show on WGXC Radio – 90.7FM this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:15am. Mat Tombers of WGXC will be interviewing composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. These two power houses have created a new opera based on the award winning novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that will be premiered in full by Seattle Opera in 2020. We’re presenting the workshop performance of Act II on Saturday, November 18 at the library. The event is free and will include a cast and supporting musicians. This is the finale of several events already planned to discuss this seminal novel.  Continue reading

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