Congolese Cultural Celebration

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout! Continue reading

Hudson Area Library and Drop Forge & Tool Present “Living Library”

The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.

“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Back by Popular Demand @ the Hudson Area Library: Creating with Code, a Teen Coding Class


The Hudson Area Library in collaboration with the teen homeschooling organization, HATCH, is offering a second term of a 10-week teen programming class: < Creating with Code> Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm beginning March 2 in the Teen Room of the library. Teens will make apps, websites, games, music, art and more…with code. Code is the language that brings phones and computers to life. In this class teens will explore the core concepts behind writing code by playing games and learning languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript and Python. They will build the problem solving skills that it takes to turn your own ideas into digital realities.

No experience necessary. There will be a beginner level as well as a continuing level for teens who are returning to the class from the fall semester. This class is free and open to all teens 13+. Teens do NOT need a laptop but, if they prefer their own laptop, they are welcome to bring it. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up and fill out a registration form.

Hudson High School Sculpture on Display

The library is graced by sculpture from the Hudson High School Sculpture Class. The works are predominantly paper maché with others in wood an tape. The works are in turn colorful and translucent, cartoons, abstractions, figurative, all fun to look at it.

Stop by and see the works in person during library operating hours. Thanks to the Hudson High School educators and students for allowing us to exhibit this collection of student artwork!

A Local History Talk: The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr.

The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.

Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
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Bengali Bandhan Cultural Celebration

The Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 4pm. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city.

The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5pm at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.

People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler

On Saturday, January 14, at 6pm, the library will host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. This exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will be speaking on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room of the library from January 14 to February 28.