Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Pamela Badila, folkteller & performance artist, reads, tells and perform folktales from around the world with children and their families. This special story hour gives families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures. Craft and music activities follow the folktelling.

Date/Time: Sundays, 2-3pm beginning September 9 Continue reading

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Non-fiction Book Group to Discuss The Island at the Center of the World

Program Description:  This month’s Non-fiction Book Group reading is The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto. Shorto write, “If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures. The small triangle of land at the southern tip of Manhattan Island is the birthplace of that idea: This island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world.”

Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 6 – 8pm Continue reading

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The Hollywood Blacklist: A History Talk Not So Local

Elia Kazan (here with Marlon Brando) used On the Waterfront to justify his actions as an informer.

Program Description: This talk by Rick Winston, author of the recently published Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960, explores the origins of the blacklist in the formation of the Screen Writers’ Guild in 1933, how the blacklist worked, and what led to the its end. Controversial personalities of the time (studio boss Louis B. Mayer, writer Dalton Trumbo, and director Elia Kazan, among others) are discussed and clips from films affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood, including High Noon, On the Waterfront, and Salt of the Earth will be shown.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 27, 6 – 7:30pm Continue reading

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High Five! Our Early Literacy Family Program Is Back!

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Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce another 5-week series of High Five! Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! Trips, free books & prizes!

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27 Continue reading

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Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                  Continue reading

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Ulysses Grant: An American Enigma by Elizabeth Diggs

The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor (near Saratoga Springs) was the final home of our 18th century President.

Program Description:  In conjunction with PS 21’s production of award-winning playwright Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, Ms. Diggs discusses the fascinating life of Ulysses Grant and his relationship with Mark Twain.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 23, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

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Oakdale Lake Picnic & Oakdale Past and Future Exhibition

Oakdale Lake June 1963. Howard Gibson Collection.

 Program Description: Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake will throw the first annual Oakdale Lake Picnic open to all of Hudson, ushering in a new era of community use and involvement at Oakdale. There will be free hot dogs with pickles made by Oakdale campers and Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut; Stewart’s ice cream; and a DJ. The Oakdale Picnic offers the first ever viewing of a new exhibit, co-created by the Hudson Area Library,  Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake. The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,”  includes historic photographs, maps, and memorabilia on Oakdale.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 4-6pm Continue reading

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FREE Hudson Summer Youth Bus (Ages K – 12)

Beginning Monday, July 16 – Friday, August 10, a free bus will run from Philmont through Stottville into Hudson for Youth, Grades  K-12, in the morning at 8:15am and returning after 4:00pm. The route begins in downtown Philmont, goes through Claverack, Stottville and Greenport and continues to Hudson, dropping youth off at summer programs at Oakdale Lake, the Youth Clubhouse, the Hudson Area Library and Kite’s Nest. The bus will return from those locations in the afternoon, dropping off at the same stops as it picked up. If your child wants to ride the bus, fill out the registration form and permission slip, which can be found online at  tinyurl.com/hudson-youth-bus or hand in paper forms to the bus driver. Paper copies and copies of the stops on the bus route will be available at the library.
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