Living Poetry at the Library: Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday

Photo by Rafael Hernandez

Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday, are coming to the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm. Join us in the library’s community room for an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance.

Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.

Continue reading

Share

YA Author Reading: Sam J. Miller

Join us for a reading by local author, Sam J. Miller, on July 29 from 2-3:30 pm in the library’s teen room as we celebrate the release of his YA novel, inspired by his childhood in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving. There will be a Q &A after with light refreshments.

Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder. The book has been described by Book Riot as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.” Kirkus (in a starred review) says, “Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery….A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.”
Continue reading

Share

your turn: a collaborative art project

Featured

We are pleased to present your turn: a collaborative art project, two collaborative art workshops, one for adults and another for teens with artists Jacinta Bunnell
and Cindy Hoose.

Saturday, July 22, 1-4pm (Ages 10 and up)  

The program will conclude with an art exhibition in the library’s Community Room, with an opening reception on Friday, August 4, 5-7pm.

Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose are Hudson Valley-based artists who have been collaborating for over a decade on various artistic projects. From 2013-2014, Hoose and Bunnell spent a year making art with repurposed game boards as canvases, taking turns on the works in a manner reminiscent of Exquisite Corpse. In keeping with their commitment to making art from recycled materials, they scavenged yard sales and thrift stores for the games and framing materials that became this collection. At year’s end, they titled the original 52 pieces of artwork your turn, dear. Their work directs our attention to the reasons we play games: to explore the world imaginatively, free of the hope for success or the fear of failure, and to connect with each other in the spirit of joy and sentimentality. They would like to share this process with YOU.
Continue reading

Share

Housing Narratives

photo credit: Murray Cox

We are pleased to present in partnership with Oral History Summer School, Housing Narratives; a conversation about community development and housing with multidisciplinary artist Walis Johnson and community organizer Sarita Daftary-Steel on July 1, 2017 at 10 am in the library’s community room.

Walis Johnson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in a conversation about race and the history of the 1938 Red Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city. This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.

Sarita Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, a project designed to capture the experiences of East New York residents who lived in the neighborhood during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.
Continue reading

Share

Senior Fitness: Balance & Strength

We are happy to announce Senior Fitness: Balance & Strength with returning instructor Paul Spector. These fitness classes, offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, will run as a four part series on Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2 – 3pm in the community room of the library. To sign up, please call 518-828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library at 51 N 5th St. Hudson, NY. 

 

Balance is an essential part of all movement, at every level: dance, athletics, biking, boating, hiking, and plain old walking. Like all other capacities, the “use it or lose it” maxim holds true for balance. There are many reasons why our balance deteriorates with age. But the principal cause is lifestyle. Most adults don’t do much to challenge their balance skills. So those skills atrophy.

This workshop will introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size will be kept small to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. The workshop is designed as a series of 4 classes. After completing the weekly sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that can be continued independently at home.    
Continue reading

Share

Remembering Stonewall

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. NYC, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy of LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Please join us, Saturday, June 17 at 11am, in the Library’s community room for a special presentation in collaboration with Oral History Summer School and OutHudson in celebration of LGBTQ pride with a listening party pre-parade. Learn the history of the Stonewall Riots in the words of those who were there.

We’ll listen to “Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Storycorps founder, David Isay, followed by a short radio documentary made with LGBTQ teenagers in Columbia County. Area resident Ron Puhalski will be present to discuss his experience during the riots, as well.
Continue reading

Share

Abolition & Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

Share

Operation Unite! Costume & Wearable Art Workshop

We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Please bring plastic bags to workshop.  

Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Share