Story & Craft Hour: Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision

Program Description: During Women’s History Month, the library’s weekly Story & Craft Hour will focus on exploring inspiring women who’ve created extraordinary roles for themselves and moved forward the dial of culture. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am throughout the month of March.


Leapin Line Dance : An Introduction to Line Dancing

Program Description: Leapin Line Dance: An Introduction to Line Dancing is a one time dance workshop led by Diane Teutschman. Dancers will learn the steps in unison to choreographed country or popular songs. No experience or partner needed!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 4:00-5:30pm in the library’s community room.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 X101
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Oral History Summary Writing Workshop for BLACC Collection with OHSS and SBK


Program Description: In this workshop, we will share three interviews from the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) collection of oral histories and seek participants’ input and assistance creating summaries for the interviews. This workshop is offered in collaboration with Oral History Summer School (OHSS) and SBK Social Justice Center.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 3-6pm

Registration: Space is limited. To register, please email or call 518-828-1792 x101.
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Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.

Date/Time: Thursdays 2:30 – 4pm, from March 5 until April 30 (no class March 26).

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email

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Local History Talk on Oakdale Park

Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson

Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading


Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

Program Description: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

Registration: To register for the program email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 


Spring Sessions of Watercolor Class w/ Gretchen Kelly

 Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library’s spring 2020 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly begin soon. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Date/Time: Saturdays, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2-3:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult.

Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. Continue reading


NEW: Salsa Classes w/ Andrew Resto

Dancin’ at the Armory, 2019!
PHOTO CREDIT: David McIntyre, Hudson Portrait Pop Up

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Salsa Dance Class and Practice Party with Andrew Resto, a certified Bronze level dance instructor. These classes, focus on salsa, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Let’s continue the tradition of dance at the historic Armory with a latin flavor!

Date/Time: The 2-week class series is Friday, March 27, 5:30-7pm & Friday, April 3, 5:30-8:30pm. The last hour on April 3 will be a practice party.

Recommended Audience: 16 and older. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.

Registration: Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email Continue reading