Book Club Announces Spring Titles and Meeting Dates

The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 26 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room for a discussion of Long Gone by Alafair Burke. They have also selected The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict for their May discussion, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 4pm, and The Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman for their June discussion, scheduled for June 28 at 5pm.

Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. New book club members and visitors are always welcome.

Congolese Celebration Shout-out on Rural Intelligence

The Congolese Celebration got a mention on the radio show Rural Intelligence Report, a radio show covering news in Berkshire, northern Dutchess, northern Litchfield, and our very own Columbia counties. We audio above is a clip of the March 5 episode of their program. You can find the full episode here.

Tax Forms Now Available at the Library

Federal and State tax forms, and instructions on how to complete them, are now available at the library. You can find them by our catalog computer, located near the Children’s Library.

If you can’t make it to the library, or need forms that we don’t have, you can contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at (518) 457-5431, or find the forms to print online by clicking here, and contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676, or find their forms by clicking here.

If you need help filing your taxes, there are a few places you can go. Columbia Opportunities Inc. has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA for short) Program for low-income families and individuals. For more information, and to schedule an appointment with them, click here. AARP is also providing assistance in Hudson, Philmont, Hillsdale, and Valatie as part of the IRS’s “Tax Counseling for the Elderly”. This program is open to all, but prioritizes people 60 years of age and older. For more information on this program, and to find a site close to you, click here.

Remembering South Front Street

From January to March, the History Room is featuring a continuous video exhibit of Hudson from 1939 – 1966 through the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977). Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. The footage contains an astonishing record of haunting images – familiar and vanished streetscapes – that tell the story of South Front Street.

Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski, who was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ exotic world on South Front Street, has digitized this historic footage. Peter has master’s degrees in history and education and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is the Hillsdale Town Supervisor and president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

This viewing is also made possible by the generous donation of iMac computers by Etsy.

Bengali Bandhan Cultural Celebration

The Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 4pm. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city.

The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5pm at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.

People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler

On Saturday, January 14, at 6pm, the library will host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. This exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will be speaking on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room of the library from January 14 to February 28.

Free Job Skills Workshop

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The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, will have free Job Skills One-on-One Consultations. You will get help with critical job-seeking skills like creating a resume, applying for jobs online, and selling your unique job talents in an interview. Children’s activities can be arranged when you schedule your appointment.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x104, email colgreene@literacyconnections.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Skills Consultations are made possible with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

The Hudson Residence of Charles Alger

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Hudson Residence of Charles C. Alger and His Patronage of Architect Alexander Jackson Davis, by Walter G. Ritchie, Jr.
This presentation is free and will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 6:00pm. in the Community Room.

In 1848, Charles Coffey Alger (1809-1874), a Massachusetts iron manufacturer, organized in conjunction with a number of Hudson’s leading businessmen the Hudson Iron Company. Designed by Alger, the new iron works went into operation in 1851, the same year that he built at the corner of Allen and Second Streets in Hudson a picturesque Gothic Revival brick house embellished with bargeboards, finials, and eared drip moldings. The residence, described by a local newspaper in 1867 as “a correct specimen of gothic architecture,” was a well-known landmark for many years, situated on a large property that extended down a slope to Cross Street. This lecture will discuss Alger’s house at 59 Allen Street and also address his patronage of the noted 19th-century New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), who designed or remodeled at least three other residences for Alger.

This presentation will be held in the Community Room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.