Winter Hack : Video Production Lab for Tweens and Teens

Untitled by Natasha Wedd, Hack The Library Summer Session, 2017

As part of its expanded programming in 2018, We are pleased to present, Winter Hack, a session of the successful tween program: Hack The Library during school winter recess, February 22 – 23, 10am – 3pm. 

Tweens and Teens can join Filmmaker and Music Video director Zia Anger for a two day media camp at the library.  They will learn how to shoot, edit and move on camera. Finished works will appear on the library’s YouTube channel and in house monitor.

Zia Anger is a filmmaker and music video director. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING had its world premiere at New Directors/New Films and its international premiere at Festival del film Locarno. Other screenings include: AFI Fest, Denver Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,  and Vienna Independent Shorts. She has made music videos for various independent artists including: Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also tours with – a performer. Memorable performances include: Pitchfork Music Festival, Basilica Soundscape, and Oya Festivalen. Her music videos have been featured in various online publications including: Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

 

 

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Adult Spanish Winter Classes

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, our Adult Spanish Language Class will have beginner and intermediate levels. Classes meet Tuesdays; beginners 5:30 – 6:30pm and intermediate level 6:45 – 7:45pm beginning February 13.  Adults and high school students are welcome.

The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Students’ work will be celebrated May 1 at an event for the participants.

To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Students from past classes should register that they will be continuing to attend. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Local History Speaker Series: The History of the Black Community in Hudson

From the collection of Toni Cross, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1954

Our next Local History Speaker series is a collaboration with the SBK Social Justice Center’s Barbershop Talks. “The History of the Black Community in Hudson” will take place in the library’s community room on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm.

Local long-time Hudson residents will speak on their roots in and/or migration to Hudson. They will discuss remembrances of  the Hudson they grew up in and what Hudson is like now. These local recollections of family, community, and civic life will be explored in relation to public affairs issues around the topics of education, criminal justice, health and human services, and quality of life on the local, state, and national level, with an emphasis on how it affects minorities and people of color.

A question-and-answer period and refreshments will follow the discussion, and audience members are invited to share their own memories and sense of community in Hudson. For more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

SBK Social Justice Center (SBK) is a black led community-based organization committed to overcoming the long standing social and racial injustices that breed economic and social distress within the City of Hudson and Columbia County. SBK enacts change through its investment in building a community where people of color are empowered to intervene in the systems of oppression that impact them. They lead this shift through creating networks of support and service for each other, organizing for political representation and policy change, and educating youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The Hudson Area Library History Room’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.  The History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. It is located at the back of the library and is wheelchair accessible. Visit hudsonarealibrary.org for hours of operation.

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Job Search Help Continues

We have two facilitators for one-on-one Job Search Help continuing in 2018: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and every Friday 10am – 1pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator, or by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections.

These one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.
To sign up for appointments, call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System.

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Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, We are proud to offer Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families, Tuesdays, 10 – 11am beginning January 9. In Movement & Music musician Abby Lappen will present movement and songs for children as part of a special Story Hour in the Community Room. Families can learn how to use song and movement to help develop children’s pre-reading and reading skills. Continue reading

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Exhibition: Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River

Watercolor of Rip Van Winkle Bridge by Otto Miranda

We are pleased to announce the installation of “Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River,” an exhibition of the work of artist Otto Miranda. This exhibition consists of 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that all pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds. The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian, and even a troop bridges. They will be on exhibit in the library’s Community Room from Friday, January 5, until Wednesday, February 28. Continue reading

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New Expanded Hours for Minecraft Club

 

Our Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and battle together on our special servers, has been such a huge success that we’re expanding our once-a-week session into Wednesday and Saturday sessions. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!

The club will meet Wednesdays 3:30-5pm beginning January 3, led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello, and Saturdays 12 – 2pm beginning January 6, with Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson. These two sessions are part of our expanded programming for 2018.  Continue reading

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Core Strength & Balance Classes

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will offer beginning and intermediate classes of “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance,” in series of four classes each. All classes will be on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm.

Beginner: January 6, 13, 20, & 27 
Second beginner: March 3, 10, 17 & 24
Intermediate: February 3, 10, 17 & 24

This workshop will introduce 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. Intermediate students, who have taken the beginner class, will receive some further exercises.   Continue reading

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