A Special High Five! on Folktelling for Families this Saturday, January 20

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

This week Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm join our High Five! program, a collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This will be our first in the new High Five! series (as last Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather). Pamela Badila, local resident and member of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater will be doing a folktelling session with the children. Then she and our High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb will be discussing how to incorporate story telling into family life as a means of encouraging early literacy development. There will be free books, prizes and a fresh cooked lunch will be served. Transportation is available. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library to register for the program and to make transportation arrangements.

In High Five! families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, each Saturday will feature special guest readers, while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books, available for check out at the library.

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Job Search Help Continues

We have two facilitators for one-on-one Job Search Help continuing in 2018: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and every Friday 10am – 1pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator, or by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections.

These one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.
To sign up for appointments, call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System.

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Save the Date: 2018 Ghostly Gallop

Gallop sneakers

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop 5K race will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018. All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library.

All festivities take place at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534. Click here to view the course map, a USATF Certified course. The Ghostly Gallop route for 2018 will be identical to the 2017 route.

Stay tuned for more info.

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Exhibition: Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River

Watercolor of Rip Van Winkle Bridge by Otto Miranda

We are pleased to announce the installation of “Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River,” an exhibition of the work of artist Otto Miranda. This exhibition consists of 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that all pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds. The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian, and even a troop bridges. They will be on exhibit in the library’s Community Room from Friday, January 5, until Wednesday, February 28. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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Video Installation of the Hudson Photos of Djelloul Marbrook

Photo Credit: Djelloul Marbrook

The library will be  featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located from December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing. Continue reading

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Thank you!

We are grateful to our friends and neighbors in Hudson for your overwhelming support of our community-based funding initiative. We are humbled by your generosity and thrilled that so many of you agree that a great public library is an essential part of a great community. We look forward to increasing our hours, programs and services in the new year with your support!

Thank you also to our friends and neighbors in Greenport who voted in favor of our community-based funding initiative. As of the close of polls, we were down by 19 votes in Greenport, but there are still over 100 absentee ballots to count. We’ll share the final results once absentees are counted. [UPDATE: The proposition was not passed in Greenport.]

Every vote counts and we thank all who voted YES on our community-based funding initiative for their support.

If you have not yet visited our beautiful facility at 5th and State Street, we encourage you to stop by. If you have ideas for programs and services you would like to see offered in the new year, please reach out to us at info@hudsonarealibrary.org. And make sure you have subscribed to our newsletter so you will be among the first to hear about our upcoming programs!

– from the Staff and Trustees of the Hudson Area Library

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