Salon Concert to Benefit Library

There will be a Salon Concert to benefit the library on Sunday, May 6 at 4pm at a private home in Hudson. A reception with hors d’hoeuvres & wine will follow. Tickets are $40 per person.

A member of Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights, violinist Emily Daggett Smith embraces their championship of classical masterpieces and advocacy for new music in her own solo recitals, imparting her “gracefulness and easy rapport” (Boston Globe) to a program of mixed repertoire. She is joined by pianist Tanya Gabrielian, hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” who has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances.

They will perform an intimate recital of works by Janacek, Saariaho, Pärt, Mozart, and Franck.

Click here to reserve a seat online or stop by the main desk at the library to pay by check or credit card in person. For further information call 518.828.1792 x101 or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Once you have made a reservation you will be given the address of the home.

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May Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Tomorrow Will Be Different

The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.

The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

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The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!

The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s. Continue reading

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Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.
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Greenport Garden Club Offers Free Program to Hudson Area Youth at Library

The library, in collaboration with the Greenport Garden Club, is pleased to present a youth workshop, Planting, Growing & Composting for Young Gardeners on Sunday, April 8, 2-3pm.  There will be hands-on activities in which young people ages 6 – 10 years old will plant seeds and cuttings, and exploring the importance of composting.

Registration is limited to 15. Please register in advance by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518.828.1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. This program is free and all materials will be provided to participants.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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Celebrating the Life of Megan Carr-Wilks at Women’s History Event

Assemblymember Didi Barrett will be hosting a celebration of the life of former NYPD officer and Hudson resident Megan Carr-Wilks on Friday, March 23 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room. The event coincides with the release of the fifth volume of Assemblymember Barrett’s “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties” booklet in celebration of Women’s History Month. Megan Carr-Wilks is one of ten remarkable Hudson Valley women honored in this year’s booklet. The event is open to the public.

Megan’s family and friends will share stories about her life and contributions to our community. Megan was an officer with the NYPD during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and later moved to Hudson where she worked as a School Resource Officer with the Hudson City School District. She passed away in 2017 from cancer related to her service as a first-responder during 9/11. Continue reading

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Hannaford Helps Community Bags Support the Friends!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library has been chosen by the Hannaford store on Route 82 in Livingston as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program! This means every time you purchase a Hannaford Helps Community Bag at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of March, the Friends will receive $1 to help fulfill their mission. The bags can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers. By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the Friends, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout. Sounds like a win-win!

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Bash Bish Falls Comes To The Library

An exhibit about Bash Bish Falls, produced by and first shown at Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, will be on display in the library’s Community Room. In addition there will be a related video installation at the History Room of the library and anyone who wishes to have their images of Bash Bish included in the installation should send them with their name and photo caption to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Peter Cipkowski, President of the RJHS stated, “Natural landmarks, like historic landmarks, tell local stories. Bash Bish has an alluring star-power that is fully part of the history of the Roe Jan community. This beautiful exhibit conveys that story.”

The exhibit celebrates the rich history of Bash Bish Falls – one of New England’s tallest and most dramatic waterfalls. Bash Bish Falls has been the Roe Jan region’s single biggest attraction for more than 150 years. Each year, an estimated 200,000 visitors make the hike to the falls to enjoy the natural wonder set against the cycle of the seasons. Famous visitors to the falls have included Herman Melville, Henry Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, John Frederick Kensett and even baseball legend, Babe Ruth.

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