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. Continue reading →
Join us for a special hands-on three hour workshop on Monday, October 16 from 3:30-6pm with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
“Intergenerational Cooking with Medicinal Food” is an afternoon of kitchen magic and herb infused cookery in a three hour interactive intergenerational workshop. Participants will prepare nourishing and delicious medicinal foods focusing on the fall season. Together we will chop, decoct, eat and sip while we discuss and explore food as medicine. Continue reading →
Composer Sheila Silver is a recipient of a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.
On Thursday, September 28 at 6pm learn how an opera is created. Join us for “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning a Novel into an Opera Libretto,” presented by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. It is a backstage, nuts and bolts look at how all the pieces come together. And it’s free.
To listen to the interview from a recent WGXC Morning Show of Kitsakos and Silver discussing the making of this opera with radio host Mat Tombers CLICK HERE.
Librettist Stephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and director whose work often revolves around sacred texts.
Khaled Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns has had great success with more than 30 million copies sold world-wide. Sheila Silver decided to pursue the storyline as the basis for an opera and traveled to India to study Hindustani music in order to add authenticity to the score.
Stephen Kitsakos had the challenge, as librettist, of a story that included religion, hatred, brutality, war and hope. These challenges and the journey from novel to completed opera that will be performed by Seattle Opera in 2020 will be discussed by Silver and Kitsakos at the Thursday program.
Tune in to The Morning Show on WGXC Radio – 90.7FM this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:15am. Mat Tombers of WGXC will be interviewing composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. These two power houses have created a new opera based on the award winning novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that will be premiered in full by Seattle Opera in 2020. We’re presenting the workshop performance of Act II on Saturday, November 18 at the library. The event is free and will include a cast and supporting musicians. This is the finale of several events already planned to discuss this seminal novel. Continue reading →
The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourSunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.
Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading →
Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .
A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.
Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.
Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.
There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance: Continue reading →
The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4.
Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There will be a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library while parents attend a discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch will be provided. Continue reading →
Our fall class series are open for registration and patrons are rushing in to register! Classes are filling up so don’t forget to call, email or visit to register soon!
Adult Spanish Beginners & Intermediate Classes with Sonia Cintron, Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, 6:45 – 7:45pm. Filled; wait list only. Bengali Bandhan with MD Gazi, Wednesdays 5-6pm. Space available. Minecraft Club with Paul Tombrello, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm.Filled; wait list only. Creating with Code: Teen Coding with Alyssa Panetta, Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm. Space available. Creative Writing for Seniors with Maureen McNeil, Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm. Space available. Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat, Mondays 6 – 8pm Filled; wait list only. Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto, Tuesdays, 3 – 4pm & Fridays 7 – 7pm. Space available. Healthy Living Series: Balance Workshop with Paul Spector, Saturdays 2 – 3pm. Filled; wait list only.
To register call (518) 828-1792 x101, email email@example.com, or visit the main desk of the library.