Kanopy – video streaming service!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for all library cardholders in Columbia County. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Access Kanopy via columbiacountyny.kanopy.com and sign up to start streaming films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Each cardholder has 10 play credits per month and unlimited viewing of Great Courses and Kanopy Kids. More information on how play credits works can be found on the Kanopy website.

This service is made possible with support from the Crandell Theatre and Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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Estuary Explorer Backpacks now available to borrow!

Ethan is ready to explore the night sky with our new Night Sky Estuary Explorer Backpack, courtesy of Columbia Land Conservancy.

Got a budding nature lover in your life? The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has put together Estuary Explorer Backpacks that can be checked out from our library with your library card! Each backpack kit is themed, and contains different materials that a young scientist might use for exploring nature. Themes include the night sky, hiking, birding, insects, and water. Stop by the main desk at the library or call 518-828-1792 to reserve an Estuary Explorer Backpack for your next adventure!

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A Successful Hudson History Bus Tour!

Recently we decided to take our Local History Speaker series “on the road” so to speak with a special fundraiser to support the conservation and archiving of the resources of the History Room: a Hudson History Bus Tour, offering the REAL history of Hudson. On June 9, Hudson Area Library’s inaugural local history tour set off with every seat occupied!

Guided by the enlightening commentary of one of our researchers and local history enthusiast-par-excellence, John Craig, with anecdotal additions by two born and raised Hudsonians: former Hudson mayor and tour bus driver, Richard F. Tracy; and library board member and a son and grandson of former mayors, Gary Sheffer, the tour lived up to its tagline of offering the REAL history.

The tour was accompanied by honored guest, Carole Osterink, author of the “Gossips of Rivertown” blog, and included a tour of Hudson Hall. Generous sponsoring businesses included the Johnston Bus Company, The Hudson Brewing Company, Hudson Hall, Hudson Home, Hudson Wine Merchants, Local 111 of Philmont, Solaris: The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson, Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Talbott & Arding, and TK Home & Garden.

Participants enjoyed the day, the swag bags they received, and many stayed at the The Hudson Brewing Company engaged in follow up conversations about Hudson’s amazing history at the end of the tour. A new tour is being planned for October so stay tuned!

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Party in the Stacks! Celebrating 60 Years of the Hudson Area Library


You are invited to join us as we Party in the Stacks at the Hudson Area Library!

Saturday, June 29
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Food! Friends! Fun!

This year, for our annual summer celebration, we’re hosting a party at the library and celebrating 60 years since the library’s founding.

Online ticketing has been turned off. Tickets ($150/person) may be purchased at the event.

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Oral History Summer School: Theatre for the Revolution Workshop

Program Description: Explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories.
Date/Time: June 30, 1:30-4pm
Registration: The workshop is free, but space is limited. Interested in attending? Please fill out this form and we will be in touch.
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Auto-Renewal and Courtesy Notices


Auto-renewal of library materials and courtesy notices are going live on May 15! Two days before an item is due, we will attempt to renew the item for you. If you are signed up for email notices for your library account, you will receive a courtesy notice letting you know the new due date for any item that we are able to renew. If an item cannot be renewed (e.g. if there are additional holds on the item, or the item has reached the renewal limit), we will send you a courtesy notice by email, reminding you of the item’s due date. Phone calls will not be made for auto-renewals. If you would like to switch from phone call notices to email notices, please let staff know by visiting the main desk, emailing info@hudsonarealibrary.org, or calling 518-828-1792 x100 to update your account.

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