Leisler Institute Presents a Library Local History Talk on Cookbooks as Historical Documents

Program Description: The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the library and the Gotham Center for New York History, presents A Taste of Change: Hand-Written Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History by Peter G. Rose. 

Date/Time: Thursday, June 21, 6 – 7:30pm

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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 chocolate bar from a specially designed mold.

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. Continue reading

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Documentary Screening on Scientist Who Pioneered Thought on Symbiosis in Evolution

We are pleased to present a free feature-length documentary screening of “Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution” on May 20, 2018 at 4pm.

Hudson Valley’s own John Feldman of Hummingbird Films brings us this captivating story of scientific rebel Lynn Margulis who challenged entrenched theories of evolution, to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration. A model of female empowerment, Margulis successfully fought the male scientific establishment with her groundbreaking ideas. As a young scientist in the 1960s, she was ridiculed for her theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution. She proposed instead that bacteria joined together over the millenia to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants, and all other organisms. The idea that all of life is deeply interconnected and collaborative has radical implications for how we look at ourselves, evolution, and the environment. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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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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