Local History Talk: The History of the Robert Jenkins House

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Join us Sunday, December 3 at 3pm for a Local History Speaker Series talk, “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson” by Jeane La Porta and Pat Fenoff. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by  Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.
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Columbia County Photography Club Exhibition

Christmas Sunset by Karen Stodolski

Columbia County Photo Club announces its holiday photo exhibit at the Hudson Area Library. The theme is winter and winter holidays. A reception with refreshments will be held on December 5, 6 – 8pm in the community room of the library. All photos will be for sale and the library will receive a percentage of each sale. This is a good opportunity to do some holiday shopping and benefit the library at the same time. The show will be open between November 15 and January 2 during library opening hours.

For the seventh year in a row, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library are hosting this yearly exhibition of the Photo Club. The Friends support library collections and programming. Karen Davis of Davis Orton Gallery has assisted in developing the show for the last seven years.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Columbia County Photo Club is composed of a group of Columbia County photographers interested in improving their skills. The CCPC is open to all, professional or hobbyists, using any type of camera. The group meets every second and fourth Tuesdays 6 – 8pm in the Hudson Area Library community room. New members are welcome and all that is needed to join is to come to a meeting in the library.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

By now, many of you know that we are hosting a workshop performance of a brand new opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. Showcasing this “work in progress” is a great opportunity for our library. Not only is the book a bestseller, but the composer and librettist have each received awards for their earlier works. And, the opera has just been picked up for the 2020 season by Seattle Opera!

Stephen Kitsakos and Sheila Silver appeared on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable to talk about this new work. Click Here to listen to the archive of the interview.

Film Screening of Act I: Thursday, November 9, 6pm

Workshop Performances of Act II: Saturday, November 18, 1pm & 4pm

There is no charge, but reservations are requested. 

To reserve seats for the November 9 film screening of Act I (performed at Manhattan’s Trinity Church last year, pictured above), email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the front desk of the library. 

To reserve seats for the 1pm or 4pm workshop performances of Act II on November 18 CLICK HERE.

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History Room and Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!

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Thursday, November 30, 3-7pm and Friday, December 1, 3-7pm

Just in time for the holiday season, the library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering on a book sale in the community room. All books in the History Room collection have been vetted, organized and cataloged and duplicates and local history books outside of the purview of the History Room have been set aside for this sale. There are many books that are unique and valuable in this one time sale. All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will also be having their first book sale in the new library space. Books have been set aside for this purpose for the last year and a half. There are many current books, art books, and all books are in good condition. All proceeds from the Friends portion of the sale will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

There will also be homemade backed goods for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book for someone on your shopping list, and enjoy a baked good!

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Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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All Things Apple

We are proud to present our second series of All Things Apple, a class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. This class is a four-week series meeting on Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, from 6-7pm.

In the class, instructor James Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products. Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.
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November Book Group: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Join the Hudson Area Library Book Group on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here

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Living Poets at the Library: The Voices of La Presa/ Las Voces de La Presa

We are pleased to present, in colloboration with La Presa journal, an evening of poetry, prose, culture and celebration in English and Spanish on Sunday, October 15 at 4pm. Work from La Presa, a tri-annual journal featuring contemporary poetry and prose from Mexico, the United States and Canada includes authors local to our area; some of whom will be reading their own works. Works in Spanish from the journal will also be read by local persons who are fluent in the language. 

Come and meet some of the wonderful Hudson Valley writers who are at the center of this publication, listen to their beautiful stories and poems, share a glass of wine and some authentic regional food, and come away with renewed delight in community.
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