Our First Sunday Ends with a Celebratory Bassoon Concert in the Drill Shed!

NorthWinds, a trio of bassoonists, will perform and also discuss the bassoon as instrument on Sunday, February 11, 4pm in the main library (the former drill shed of the Armory building). This bassoon ensemble, comprised of John Douglas Ferrigno, Cornelia McGiver, and Nora Post, brings out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious natures of the instrument in an accessible manner for the audience. This special concert concludes our first open Sunday, the beginning of our expanded seven-day a week schedule!

NorthWinds was formed in 2017 with the idea that all music is created equal – except in a bassoon ensemble, which is more equal than others. The three bassoonists have found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung wind pipe. The ensemble is especially well suited to intimate settings in which the audience and performers have a moment to exchange thoughts as well as to listen to this lesser known instrument. This is exactly what will happen at this free musical event!  


Get Your Photo Taken With Your Former Self or a Relative in a Hudson High Yearbook!

Thanks to Library Clerk Anne Terwilliger and History Room volunteer Dan Miller, we now have over 100 years of Hudson High School Yearbooks in our History Room collection (1914 – 2017)! We discovered our young people are very interested in getting their photos taken with a parent’s yearbook photo (Larry Walker, Jr., pictured here, posing with the photo of Larry Walker, Sr. began this craze).

In celebration of our new seven-day schedule, on Sunday, February 11 from 1-4pm, we have the volunteer services of Tom Buckner, a local photographer, who will take your picture with your graduation photo or the graduation photo of a relative from the near or distant past. This is a free service and we will send you the digital file for your use. To make an appointment for a photo session email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org with your name, the yearbook date and name of person in the photo and we will give you an appointment.


Core Strength & Balance: Register for Spring Classes!

We are continuing to offer the popular beginning and intermediate classes of “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance with Paul Spector,” in series of four classes each throughout 2018. All classes will be on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. February and March classes are filled; if you wish to register for April or May classes please do so  as soon as possible.

Second intermediate: April 7, 14, 21 & 28
Third beginner: May  5, 12, 19 & 26

Core Strength & Balance introduces 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


Book Group Winter Selections and Dates

The Hudson Area Library Book Group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month on a Wednesday from 4-5pm. This month, they will meet on Wednesday, January 24 to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Upcoming books and dates include: February 28 for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and March 28 for Dear Red by Maureen McNeil. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the organizer and moderator. New members are always welcome.

To register for updates on this book group, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


High Five! with Seth Travins: Experience & Discuss the Importance of Song in a Child’s Life

We are proud to announce a special High Five! on Saturday, January 27, 11am-1pm. Musician Seth Travins will be singing to and with children and their families during our Story Hour. After Seth sings with the children they will engage in a related craft activity in the library while parents discuss the power of song in literacy development with Seth and our facilitator, Kathy Mabb, in the community room. Bring your own songs and music traditions that you have with your child!

Seth Travins has lived and played music in Columbia County for the last 20 years. He plays upright bass with The Wiyos. He is also a multi instrumentalist and songwriter. He has collaborated with many musicians in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. He enjoys singing American Folk Songs for children, and draws from the records of Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Continue reading


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. Continue reading


All Things Apple Winter Session

We are offering another series of All Things Apple on Mondays, 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic.

January 8: iMac/Macbook basics
January 15: iTunes
January 22: iPhoto
January 29: IOS Devices  

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.  Continue reading


NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today.

All are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions. Continue reading