Local History Talk: The History of the Robert Jenkins House

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Join us Sunday, December 3 at 3pm for a Local History Speaker Series talk, “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson” by Jeane La Porta and Pat Fenoff. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by  Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.
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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

By now, many of you know that we are hosting a workshop performance of a brand new opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. Showcasing this “work in progress” is a great opportunity for our library. Not only is the book a bestseller, but the composer and librettist have each received awards for their earlier works. And, the opera has just been picked up for the 2020 season by Seattle Opera!

Stephen Kitsakos and Sheila Silver appeared on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable to talk about this new work. Click Here to listen to the archive of the interview.

Film Screening of Act I: Thursday, November 9, 6pm

Workshop Performances of Act II: Saturday, November 18, 1pm & 4pm

There is no charge, but reservations are requested. 

To reserve seats for the November 9 film screening of Act I (performed at Manhattan’s Trinity Church last year, pictured above), email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the front desk of the library. 

To reserve seats for the 1pm or 4pm workshop performances of Act II on November 18 CLICK HERE.

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Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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All Things Apple

We are proud to present our second series of All Things Apple, a class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. This class is a four-week series meeting on Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, from 6-7pm.

In the class, instructor James Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products. Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.
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November Book Group: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Join the Hudson Area Library Book Group on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here

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For Your Ears Only: Audio Clips from A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera

It’s not often that residents of the Hudson area get the insider’s view on a new creation – particularly one based on a novel that has sold over 30 million copies world-wide. But with the workshop performance of Act II, Hudson will be among the first to hear the creation of composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos – A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970s to the present era, the opera tells the story of two women from different walks of life, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Initially cold to one another, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom.

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Abby Lappen Sings! for a Special Story & Craft Hour at the Library

Musician Abby Lappen will present songs and movement for children during our regular Story & Craft Hour on Saturday, October 14 from 11am-Noon in the library’s community room. This program is being offered in part through the library’s High Five! Early Literacy Family Program and is open to the public. Learn how to use song and movement to help develop your child’s reading skills.

Abby Lappen is a singer/songwriter who lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She displays her passion for live musical performance with a collection of original songs and meaningful covers in a cross genre mix, from haunting folk and satirical blues to jazzy ballads and syncopated melodies. Abby is an accomplished artist whose unique voice and “crisp guitar” mesmerize audiences with warmth and agility. She has worked with young children through music and movement for many years.

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Living Poets at the Library: The Voices of La Presa/ Las Voces de La Presa

We are pleased to present, in colloboration with La Presa journal, an evening of poetry, prose, culture and celebration in English and Spanish on Sunday, October 15 at 4pm. Work from La Presa, a tri-annual journal featuring contemporary poetry and prose from Mexico, the United States and Canada includes authors local to our area; some of whom will be reading their own works. Works in Spanish from the journal will also be read by local persons who are fluent in the language. 

Come and meet some of the wonderful Hudson Valley writers who are at the center of this publication, listen to their beautiful stories and poems, share a glass of wine and some authentic regional food, and come away with renewed delight in community.
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