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!

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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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Minecraft Club Returns Wed, Sep 6!

Our Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and fight together on our special servers, has been such a huge success that we’re extending our original 5-week session into an ongoing program. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode! This class will be taught by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello and will be meeting every Wednesday from, 3:30-5:00pm.

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Creating with Code, a Teen Coding Class

This fall we are offering a 10-week teen programming class: < Creating with Code> Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm beginning Sept 14 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. This class is free and open to all teens 13+. Teens do NOT need a laptop but, are welcome to bring their own if they prefer. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis and space is limited so do sign up soon if you would like to take the class. To sign up visit the front desk of the library, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or call 518-828-1792 x101. Continue reading

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Bengali Bandhan

 

The Library’s Bengali Bandhan* Class will be meeting this fall Wednesdays 5-6pm beginning September 6.This program, taught by M.D. Gazi, is geared toward school age youth, but all are welcome. Students will learn how to read, write and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in December at an event for participants and their families.

*Bandhan means “togetherness”

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

To register email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Adult Spanish Language Class

We are happy to announce the return of our Adult Spanish Language Class. The class will be meeting on Tuesdays 6:15 – 7:15pm beginning September 5. These classes are free and open to the public, including Spanish language beginners. Adults and high school students are welcome.

The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries.Students’ work will be celebrated in December at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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