Sculpture Dedication on the Grounds of the Galvan Armory

The library is pleased to announce the dedication of the public sculpture, “And Still I Rise” by Kris Perry, on Friday, October 19, 3:30-4:30pm. This public art sculpture has been recently installed on the grounds of the Galvan Armory; home to the library, the City of Hudson Senior Center and Perfect Ten After School. The sculptor, Hudson resident Kris Perry, who is known for his large-scale metal sculptures, has named this bronze piece “And Still I Rise” in honor of the work of Maya Angelou. The sculpture, whose theme is a powerful call to action for literacy and community, stands out prominently in front of the former armory building. It was purchased by the Galvan Foundation for the armory garden. Continue reading

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High Five! Our Early Literacy Family Program Is Back!

Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce another 5-week series of High Five! 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! Trips, free books & prizes! October 20  High Five! will be with folkteller & performance artist Pamela Badila, who teaches our Folktales & Stories  class. Lunch, free children’s books & door prizes!

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27 Continue reading

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Watercolor w/ Your Grandperson: Halloween-Themed

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library will host our second grandparents, children, and grandchildren watercolor workshop with teaching artist Gretchen Kelly. Youth and adult participants paint in watercolors with the Halloween theme as it is found in nature: pumpkins, fall leaves, gourds, branches, bugs, bats, spider webs, vines, branches, owls, and more.

All materials will be provided. Refreshments will follow.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 1-4pm

Registration: Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library.

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Author Talk & Star-Watching Party at Churchtown Dairy

Program Description: Photographer Barbara Bosworth speaks about The Heavens, her new work which contains images of the moon, sun and sky made over several years with an 8×10 camera.  Following the talk will be a star-watching party led by the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. This event will take place at the Churchtown Dairy, in their beautiful interior as well as on the grounds.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 7-9pm.

Location: Churchtown Dairy, 357 County Route 12, Hudson, NY 12534

Suggested Audience: All ages

Registration: Suggested. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.This program is being done in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library. Continue reading

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Kelley Drahushuk Leads Cedar Park Cemetery Tour with New Additions!

Last year’s tour was a big hit!

Program Description: The library and Greenport Historical Society is once again offering Kelley Drahushuk’s very popular Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourKelley will speak about the history of the original cemetery, more recent discoveries as well as its current layout and she will discuss specific histories of some of the more prominent people buried there. New information will be included in  this year’s tour. The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies, courtesy of Rich Volo, who is forming a Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery group.

Time/Date: Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm (We’re ending in time for attendees to make the Hudson Trick or Treating (2pm) and Halloween Parade (4pm at Public Square) activities!

Registration: Registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Lance Wheeler Discusses News & History

Program Description: The latest in the library History Room Speaker Series: Local News to Local History: Hudson Neighbors w/ Lance Wheeler features videographer, newsman, and local resident Lance Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has been recording news in our local area since the 1960s! Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. This local history talk by Lance Wheeler will be a retrospective of his over 40 year career covering local news. Come to hear his most memorable news stories; some of which will surely be known in local history in years to come, from the Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport areas. A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Columbia County Photo Club Exhibits at Library

Hay Bales in Autumn by Lynne Harding

Program Description: “Colors of Columbia County”, a photographic exhibit by the members of the Columbia County Photo Club will be the latest exhibition in the library’s community room. The theme of “Colors of Columbia County” was chosen to give the photo artists the opportunity and freedom to explore the power of color in the pictures they make. This will be the eighth year for the Club’s annual show, which is hosted by the Friends of The Hudson Area Library. It is an exciting show for the members because they not only display their work, but they also are able to help aid the good work of the Friends of the Library by donating 30% of the sales to the Friends, who support library programs and collections

Date/Time: Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm.

On view through December 21 during library open hours. Continue reading

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The Ghostly Gallop Returns With New Course, New Start Time

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Photo credit: Karen Davis

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop will again start and end at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, but participants in the 5k run/walk will navigate a new, officially sanctioned course for the first time. The 5k run/walk will start at 10:30am Sunday, October 21. A Kids One Mile Fun Run for children 11 and under will start at 10am.

The new road course takes participants past the library, the beneficiary of proceeds from the day’s events, and reduces traffic disruptions. The course was measured and certified by USA Track & Field. The 5k run, for the first time this year, is part of the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series, a series of events that test runners over various distances and in differing conditions.

Participants and spectators for the 5k run/walk and Kids One Mile Fun Run will find ample free parking at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, near the start/finish line. Continue reading

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