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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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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Medicinal Foods Workshop

Join us for a special hands-on three hour workshop on Monday, October 16 from 3:30-6pm with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. 

“Intergenerational Cooking with Medicinal Food” is an afternoon of kitchen magic and herb infused cookery in a three hour interactive intergenerational workshop. Participants will prepare nourishing and delicious medicinal foods focusing on the fall season. Together we will chop, decoct, eat and sip while we discuss and explore food as medicine. Continue reading

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Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.

Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .

A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.

There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance: Continue reading

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Fall Classes Filling Up; Register Now!

Our fall class series are open for registration and patrons are rushing in to register! Classes are filling up so don’t forget to call, email or visit to register soon!

 

Adult Spanish Beginners & Intermediate Classes with Sonia Cintron, Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, 6:45 – 7:45pm. Filled; wait list only.
Bengali Bandhan with MD Gazi, Wednesdays 5-6pm. Space available.
Minecraft Club with Paul Tombrello, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm.Filled; wait list only.
Creating with Code: Teen Coding with Alyssa Panetta, Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm. Space available.
Creative Writing for Seniors with Maureen McNeil, Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm. Space available.
Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat, Mondays 6 – 8pm Filled; wait list only.
Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto, Tuesdays, 3 – 4pm & Fridays 7 – 7pm. Space available.
Healthy Living Series: Balance Workshop with Paul Spector, Saturdays 2 – 3pm. Filled; wait list only.

To register call (518) 828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, or visit the main desk of the library.

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Creative Every Day!

We are pleased to announce Creative Every Day: an author/artist talk and workshop with cartoonist Ira Marcks on Tuesday, September 12, 3:30-5:00 pm. Marcks will share his comic book, Creative Every Day, which explores the lives of creatives and artists in Upstate NY who combine business with art. Ira will share his experiences and then host a cartooning workshop for all those who love to draw and tell stories.

For a time Marcks drew a cartoon series for Hugo Award Winning sci-fi/fantasy magazine, Weird Tales. He also created an eighty-foot music video/drawing during a collaboration with Vimeo founder, Jake Lodwick that resulted in a thoughtful blog post from the comic theorist and Understanding Comics author, Scott McCloud. You can watch an interview with Marcks in the PBS series ‘A House for Arts’.

This event is offered in collaboration with Kite’s Nest. To register for the event, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the main desk of the library. Continue reading

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