Silence Will Not Protect You!: An Audre Lorde Reading + Discussion Series

We are pleased to present Silence Will Not Protect You: An Audre Lorde Reading & Discussion Series, a 6 part-series focused on the work of Poet, Civil Rights Activist and Librarian Audre Lorde. The 6 sessions will be held on Mondays, March 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30pm.

This program will be facilitated by Donna Ford-Grover, who teaches in the Literature and American Studies department at Bard College.

This series is made possible in part with funds and support from Humanities New York and is part of their thematic Reading and Discussion series. Continue reading


Film Screening: Audre Lorde-The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

Audre im Park auf Wiese

In preparation for the upcoming Humanities NY reading and discussion series, Silence Will Not Protect You!: The Writing of Audre Lorde (see below), the library will be screening the new documentary “Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992” by filmmaker Dagmar Schultz on Monday, March 12 at 6pm.

American poet, librarian, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde resided in Berlin, Germany during a critical personal and political time. This documentary chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene was during a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany.

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Creative Writing for Seniors

Due to popular demand, we are offering another series of Creative Writing For Seniors, on Thursdays from March 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 2:30 – 4pm.  

This class will be taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist Maureen McNeil. Maureen has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world. Maureen is also author of the recently published Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe and Red Hook Stories.

The class will focus on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students will explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry. Each week, Maureen will share the work of one inspiring writer who broke through social barriers and connected with the community. Seniors will be asked to share a selection of their work. All levels of writers are welcome. Copies of the zine published with students’ work from the fall classes are available at the library and on the library’s website. A final celebration of student writing will be held in the library.  

The class is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email



Tween Advisory Council Saturday Matinee

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a new committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.

The council is pleased to announce their first event: A free screening of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:30pm in the library’s community room. The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! This event is open to tween and teens in the community.

For more information: please email or call 518-828-1792




Winter Hack : Video Production Lab for Tweens and Teens

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

As part of our 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. Continue reading


Dungeons & Dragons

We are pleased to present a  specialized campaign of Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens and Teens on Saturday, February 24, 11-2pm . No experience necessary!

Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Participants will get the opportunity to enter a land of magic, monsters and mortals in a campaign created by Chris Strom specifically for tweens and teens.

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, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Adult Spanish Winter Classes

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, our Adult Spanish Language Class will have beginner and intermediate levels beginning February 13.

Beginner Level: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Intermediate Level: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm

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. Adults and high school students are welcome. Students’ work will be celebrated May 1 at an event for participants.

To register email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Students from past classes should register so that we know they will be returning to class. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.


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