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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your turn: a collaborative art project

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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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Download Our Latest Zine on Local History of Abolition and Women’s Rights!

Thanks to a Humanities NY and Hudson Community Schools’ matching fund grant, the students of Hudson High School’s Writing Center studied primary source documents, photos, and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. We created a zine showcasing their creative work based on their study, which you can download as a PDF through the link below.

HearMyVoice_Zine

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Field Trip: Sylvia Center

We are excited to kick off our summer youth programming with the first of several field trips for tweens and teens. Our inaugural field trip will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at 11am for a visit to the Sylvia Center. Come, harvest, cook and eat from this local farm cooking program.

The Sylvia Center’s Fresh Food Comes From The Farm program is a “4-hour immersive program on Katchkie Farm, students walk like a farmer and think like a chef.  As they tour the farm and taste their way through the Learning Garden (which is home to over 200 different things to eat) we encourage students to try new foods and to think about how the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even flowers they are tasting, could serve as an ingredient to a meal. Youth take part in every step of the story of food including planting seeds, pulling weeds, harvesting organic produce, and creating and sharing a meal together.”

Sign up now, Space is limited.  To register email : smcintosh@hudsonarealibray.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101 or stop by the front desk at Hudson Area Library. More information on other field trips will be released shortly.

 

 

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Remembering Stonewall

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. NYC, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy of LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Please join us, Saturday, June 17 at 11am, in the Library’s community room for a special presentation in collaboration with Oral History Summer School and OutHudson in celebration of LGBTQ pride with a listening party pre-parade. Learn the history of the Stonewall Riots in the words of those who were there.

We’ll listen to “Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Storycorps founder, David Isay, followed by a short radio documentary made with LGBTQ teenagers in Columbia County. Area resident Ron Puhalski will be present to discuss his experience during the riots, as well.
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Abolition & Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

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