Herb Craft with Wild Gather

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies for a special hands on two hour workshop for kids ages 9-16 on Tuesday, August 15 from 2-4 pm. 
 
Join us for an afternoon exploring herbalism and ways we can take care of our selves and each other. Participants will craft two herbal remedies, ( medicine made from plants!) that support our bodies and spirits while also unpacking the history and resiliency of making our own medicine. Hope to see you there!
 
Space is limited! So sign up now!
To register for workshop please email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org , call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the circulation desk at Hudson Area Library.
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Hack The Library Returns!

We are extremely excited to announce the return of Hack The Library! A two-day intensive on digital art for tweens and teens running Sunday, August 6 -Monday, August 7 from 10-4pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Participant being taught Abelton Live at Hack The Library.

Participants, 9 – 17 years old will learn how to create music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones. Youth participants will collaborate with digital arts professionals currently working in the field.  

Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website on site at Hudson Area Library. 

Instructors include Angelina Dreem, musician and visual artist; Eliza Walton, electronic music producer and teaching artist for Sonic Arts for All; and Ariele Hertzoff; professional photographer, curator and video/sound installation artist.  

This program is free to all participants. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and forms are available at the circulation desk in the library. For questions or further information please call 518-828-1792 x101 or email: smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org

POWRPLNT is a digital arts collaborative that connects established artists with teens on free interest driven art projects; introducing the history, software and tools of New Media art. They are based in Bushwick; this is their second workshop in Hudson NY.

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Pajama Plays

Original illustration by Emilia Ortiz, Teen Theatre participant.

We are pleased to announce on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31 from 6-7pm we will be hosting performances of original short plays created from childhood stories by the Hudson Area’s Library own Teen Theatre Program Players!

Kids ages 4-8  are invited to arrive in their pajamas with their pillows  for this magical theatre experience  – with  milk and cookies following the show. Of course families of all ages are welcome to join us too

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

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Living Poetry at the Library: Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday

Photo by Rafael Hernandez

Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday, are coming to the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm. Join us in the library’s community room for an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance.

Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.

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Summer Reading Begins!

We are excited to be kicking off our free Summer Reading Program. Led by children’s librarian Janice Scali and Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher, our Summer Reading Program for kids includes book readings and stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! There will also be guests reading with the children and making special presentations throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program will run from July 5 through August 11, meeting daily Tuesday through Friday from 10am-noon. Recommended for pre-k to elementary school aged children. All ages are welcome.

We will also be bringing the Summer Reading Program for kids to Greenport Town Park this summer. Library staff will visit with children Monday mornings during the Greenport Summer Recreation Program. The Park’s Summer Recreation Program runs for six-weeks from July 5 through August 12, Monday-Friday from 8AM – 2PM. Registration is required. Visit http://greenport.yourtownhub.com/4602-2/ for more info.

Library members are also invited to log their reading this summer. Let’s see how many books we can read as a community! Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. Happy Summer Reading!

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YA Author Reading: Sam J. Miller

Join us for a reading by local author, Sam J. Miller, on July 29 from 2-3:30 pm in the library’s teen room as we celebrate the release of his YA novel, inspired by his childhood in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving. There will be a Q &A after with light refreshments.

Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder. The book has been described by Book Riot as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.” Kirkus (in a starred review) says, “Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery….A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.”
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Lucy Swope Reads! A Special Story Hour at the Library

Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994

Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist. Continue reading

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your turn: a collaborative art project

We are pleased to present your turn: a collaborative art project, two collaborative art workshops, one for adults and another for teens with artists Jacinta Bunnell
and Cindy Hoose.

Saturday, July 22, 1-4pm (Ages 10 and up)  

The program will conclude with an art exhibition in the library’s Community Room, with an opening reception on Friday, August 4, 5-7pm.

Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose are Hudson Valley-based artists who have been collaborating for over a decade on various artistic projects. From 2013-2014, Hoose and Bunnell spent a year making art with repurposed game boards as canvases, taking turns on the works in a manner reminiscent of Exquisite Corpse. In keeping with their commitment to making art from recycled materials, they scavenged yard sales and thrift stores for the games and framing materials that became this collection. At year’s end, they titled the original 52 pieces of artwork your turn, dear. Their work directs our attention to the reasons we play games: to explore the world imaginatively, free of the hope for success or the fear of failure, and to connect with each other in the spirit of joy and sentimentality. They would like to share this process with YOU.
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