Core Strength & Balance w/ Dr. Paul Spector

Dr. Paul Spector

Program Description: This series, divided into 4-week long workshops during the months of April, May & June, introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home.

Date/Time: Saturdays, April 6 – June 29, 1:30-2:30pm

Recommended Audience: The class is open to all ages but focuses on senior fitness and health.

Registration: Registration is required and space is limited. Register for each month separately by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org
Core Strength & Balance is a collaboration of the library & the City of Hudson Senior Center.

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Local History Talk on Gothic Revival House on Fairview Avenue

Program Description: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as developers plan to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary. Continue reading

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Music in the Stacks: A New Concert Series!

Program Description: We are pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, which features five one-hour  concerts performed in the library throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth. These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

Dates/Time: All concerts are Sundays 4-5:30pm. 1) March 24 features Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, hosted by Operation Unite NY youth. 2) A Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique performs traditional and modern Bangladeshi music on April 28 in conjunction with the Bangladeshi New Year. This concert is curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth. 3) On May 19, we offer a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert with a selection of pop, rock and jazz for violin, cello, recorder and accordion and hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council. 4) The September 8 concert features NorthWinds, a bassoon ensemble, performing Celtic, jazz and blues pieces arranged for the bassoon, hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

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Ballroom Dance w/ Andrew Resto this Spring!

Program Description: Join us for a dance class series, brought to you by a collaboration of the City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones: the Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue.

Date/Time: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, April 26, May 3, 10 & 17.

Live music dance party: Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm.

Recommended Audience: Free and open to the public of all ages. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.

Registration: Registration is required for the class and appreciated for the dance party. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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Watercolor w/ your Grand Person Spring Classes!

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue watercolor painting with local artist Gretchen Kelly this spring season. April 20: features April showers bringing May flowers, Easter bunnies, chicks, and colorful eggs. May 18:  flowers and fruit still life, the May Pole imagery, Spring elements like birds, sprouts, and planting images. June 15: flower still life, Father’s Day cards, picnic imagery, bees, butterflies, and Flag Day.

Each of these three workshops can add to developing regular attendees’ personal calendars featuring their watercolor painting. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, April 20, May 18 & June 15, 2-4pm

Recommended Audience: All ages, beginner and intermediate painters welcome: children accompanied by parent, teens, adults, seniors.

Registration: Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

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Drag Queen Story Time with Trixie Starr!

Trixie Starr

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with Out Hudson, is proud to present a very special Drag Queen Story Time with Hudson’s very own Trixie Starr! Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up! There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: All kids and their families are welcome. Continue reading

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Code Girls: This Month’s General Reading Book Group Selection

Program Description: The general reading book group selection for February is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy.

The meeting was rescheduled from February 27 to March 6 due to snow.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 6, 5-6pm Continue reading

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News from our Story & Craft Hour: 2019 Edition!

AmeriCorps Mary Shivers & Christa Shook work on a craft with a young library patron.

Wednesday 10-11am Story & Craft Hour Americorps workers Mary Shivers & Christa Shook read picture books and lead children in theme-related crafts. Recent craft activities include making superhero capes, designing children’s book bags, and creating turkeys from pine cones and pipe cleaners.

Americorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Janice Scali oversees the work of two of our youngest patrons.

Thursday 10-11am, Saturday 11am-12pm, Story & Craft Hour Children’s librarian Janice Scali reads picture books and leads children and families in theme-related crafts. 

Story & Craft Hour: Second Saturdays w/ Robin Weber – Saturdays, January 12, February 9 & March 9, 11am-12pm Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. Each session will have a seasonal theme with a story reading and craft activity.

All materials provided. For children 2 – 7 years old & their families.

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