Kids Census Art Contest – Deadline for Submissions is June 26

The New York Regional Census Center is running a Kids Census Art Contest! The contest is open to children and teens with entries to be judged by Age Group – Pre-K/Elementary (Group 1), Middle School (Group 2), and High School (Group 3). Each age group will have a county-wide winner and one overall contest winner! The Columbia County Libraries Association will serve as the Columbia County county-wide contest judge. We can’t wait to see your submissions!

How to participate:

  1. Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
  2. Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
  3. Scan or take a photo of your art project.
  4. E-mail it to rebecca.a.brodeur@2020census.gov by June 26, 2020 (include the artist-enumerator’s name, school, county, and age group #).

Project Example 1
Subject: Flower species in my yard
Count: 3 species in bloom
Observation: They can all tolerate cold weather
Art: Drawing of snow-covered flowers

Project Example 2
Subject: Books in my house
Count: 326 books
Observation: 120 are fiction and 206 are non-fiction books, 141 about nature, 45 about history, 20 about geology, 120 about superheroes
Art: Collage with subject/theme size based on quantity

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Library Reopening Update: Contactless Materials Pickup and Curbside Delivery Now Available

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আমরা সীমিত সময় এবং পরিষেবাদি সহ পর্যায়ক্রমে গ্রন্থাগারটি আবার খুলব। আমরা বুধবার, 17 ই জুন থেকে গ্রন্থাগার উপকরণ পিকআপগুলি অনুমতি দেওয়া শুরু করব। বিস্তারিত শীঘ্রই উপলব্ধ করা হবে।

Volveremos a abrir nuestra biblioteca en fases con servicios y horarios limitados. El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio. Lee abajo para la traducción en español. Continue reading

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Imagine Our Stories – Summer Reading Program 2020

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Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences.  For more information and registration of our various programs click here. 

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Important Virtual Programming Update

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Many have been enjoying our virtual programming, offered via Zoom, while the library facility is closed. In order to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure, we strongly recommend regularly updating your Zoom app. This is especially important now, as Zoom will be forcing an update, starting May 30, for anyone running anything older than Zoom Version 5. Zoom is activating a special encryption to make meetings more secure, but it won’t work on older versions of Zoom.

Be sure to check your app store for updates, or click “Check for Updates” in Zoom on your computer. For more information about how to update Zoom, click here. If you would like additional assistance, please email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org. If you’re interested in joining any of our virtual programming, please click here.

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Contactless Materials Pickup Begins Wednesday, June 17

El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio. Lee abajo para la traducción en español.

আমরা সীমিত সময় এবং পরিষেবাদি সহ পর্যায়ক্রমে গ্রন্থাগারটি আবার খুলব। আমরা বুধবার, 17 ই জুন থেকে গ্রন্থাগার উপকরণ পিকআপগুলি অনুমতি দেওয়া শুরু করব। বিস্তারিত শীঘ্রই উপলব্ধ করা হবে।

The Columbia County Library Association (CCLA) has been working collectively to reopen our facilities in an organized fashion that is safe for both our library staff and our patrons alike. In an effort to continue to do our part to control the spread of COVID-19, the 11 member libraries of the CCLA will follow national, state, and county guidelines and advice from public health officials, and stage phased reopenings with limited services and hours. The first phase of the reopening is contactless materials pickup and curbside delivery, and all 11 Columbia County libraries will begin this service on Wednesday, June 17. Continue reading

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Shall We Dance: Virtual Dance Class

Photo courtesy of Andrew Resto

Program Description: Exercise your body, mind and laughter with dance instructor extraordinaire Andrew Loren Resto, who has been teaching ballroom and salsa classes in collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library since 2017.  With the interruption of on-site classes and  Hudson Armory dances, we can still keep fit, have fun and work off those quarantine calories via Zoom. These one-hour sessions will feature warmups and cool downs for seniors.

Date/Time: Wednesdays from 11am-12pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm, starting May 20 and running through June. Registration is required for this free program.

Registration: To register for the program email sherstevens@gmail.comnynyandy@hotmail.com or call the Senior Center Monday thru Thursday, 11am-3pm at 518-828-3200. Once registered for the program, participants will receive both session invites in their email and may choose to join one or both.

 

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Watch Our Core Strength and Balance Session – Virtual classes continue through June

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of Hudson Area Library’s signature, and most popular, programs and is done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. We are so happy to continue this class virtually and love seeing so many of our patrons during the class Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. These classes focus on creating strong bodies so we can withstand falls and weaknesses that can affect older adults. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Paul includes breathing techniques for strong respiratory function and reduction of stress.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. We hope to see you at Core Strength! Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am. For more information on that: http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/.
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New Digital Resource: hoopla

We are proud to introduce hoopla to our digital resources collection! With hoopla and your Hudson Area Library card, you can borrow e-books, audiobooks, television shows, movies, e-comics, and music. Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow up to 5 titles each month, with no waitlists or late fees to worry about.

Access the hoopla collection here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

In addition, during this extraordinary time, hoopla is offering Bonus Borrows – a collection of over 1,000 items you can borrow without using up one of your 5 monthly items.

Need help getting hoopla set up on your device? Check out the hoopla user guide or reach out to info@hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-1792 x103 for support.

If you don’t have a library card yet, you can apply for a virtual card.

Note: hoopla is available through our library to cardholders residing in Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport.

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