Kids Census Art Contest

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 5, 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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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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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 Fridays from 5-6pm, 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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History Room on Zoom: Rob Perry

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Rob Perry, head of Hudson’s DPW. They talk about rumors of underground tunnels, a subject inspired by some recent research requests to the History Room! We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page. We even have a form for you to submit your own research request!

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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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History Room on Zoom: Ted Hilscher


In this episode of History Room on Zoom, Gary talks to Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History at Columbia-Green Community College. Ted is curating photographs of the urban renewal of Hudson, and would like your help identifying the buildings and people captured in there. Click here to view the photographic collection, and contact Ted here if you have any information that may help. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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Virtual Programs for Toddlers, Young Children, and Families

Ms. Christa plays the Sleeping Game with children on Zoom.

All of our virtual programs for toddlers, young children, and their families will continue through June 2020.

  • Virtual Story Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am. Our dynamic mother/daughter duo, Louise Costello (Ms. Louise) and Christa Shook (Ms. Christa) are leading our weekday story hours with book readings, games that can be played at home, and crafts that can be done with simple materials found in many homes. Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Movement & Music: Tuesdays, 10-11am. Master educator, musician, and songstress Abby Lappen leads toddlers and their families in songs and movement activities. And, in this time of new normal, we thank the Claverack Library for the use of their parking lot and their free WiFi where Abby leads the program! Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Story Hour: Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, Pamela Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater performs simple folktales and leads the children to enact portions of them. On 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays, Library assistant, Thea Ezinga, leads children and families is stories, rhymes, and games. Click here to register.

For more information on our virtual classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

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Virtual Creative Writing and Core Strength & Balance Continue through May!

Two of our popular collaborations with the Hudson Senior Center continue through May virtually on Zoom.

Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil, Thursdays 2:30-4pm. This class, focusing the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing, has been a touchstone for students during the pandemic crisis and the writing coming out of it shows the depth of thought and feeling in the people attending. Mandy Beckley, Library Assistant, facilitates the Zoom sessions while Maureen McNeil conducts class.

 

Core Strength & Balance w/ Dr. Paul Spector, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm. This class, featuring exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination, has become an important space for community and healthy connection, breathing, and encouragement.

To register for these classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org and you will be sent a Zoom invitation. 

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