Watch Our Core Strength and Balance Session – Virtual classes continue through June

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of Hudson Area Library’s signature, and most popular, programs and is done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. We are so happy to continue this class virtually and love seeing so many of our patrons during the class Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. These classes focus on creating strong bodies so we can withstand falls and weaknesses that can affect older adults. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Paul includes breathing techniques for strong respiratory function and reduction of stress.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. We hope to see you at Core Strength! Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am. For more information on that: http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/.
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New Digital Resource: hoopla

We are proud to introduce hoopla to our digital resources collection! With hoopla and your Hudson Area Library card, you can borrow e-books, audiobooks, television shows, movies, e-comics, and music. Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow up to 5 titles each month, with no waitlists or late fees to worry about.

Access the hoopla collection here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

In addition, during this extraordinary time, hoopla is offering Bonus Borrows – a collection of over 1,000 items you can borrow without using up one of your 5 monthly items.

Need help getting hoopla set up on your device? Check out the hoopla user guide or reach out to info@hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-1792 x103 for support.

If you don’t have a library card yet, you can apply for a virtual card.

Note: hoopla is available through our library to cardholders residing in Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport.

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#GivingTuesdayNow – Support Vital Programs, Resources, and Services

Our mission is to enrich the quality of life by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn, and grow. Today, this mission is more important than ever and we need your support.

Join the global effort, #GivingTuesdayNow, this Tuesday, May 5, by supporting our vital programs, resources, and services.

While our doors have been closed, our staff has continued to serve our community from home. We are offering virtual programs and opportunities for social connection, supporting community members in their use of online resources and technologies, assisting people who are unemployed or underemployed in preparing résumés and applying for jobs online, and providing access to resources for education and entertainment.

Your generosity makes a difference to so many in our community. Thank you for your support!




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Online Resources

While our doors are temporarily closed, we encourage you to take advantage of some of the diverse online resources available for learning, connection, and engagement. In addition to our virtual programming, we also offer a variety of resources for library cardholders, including OverDrive for ebooks and e-audiobooks, Kanopy for streaming video, RBDigital for digital magazines, TumbleBooks for children’s ebooks and animated books, Universal Class for online courses, Mango for language learning, and JobNow for resumé help and test preparation. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card online. If you have misplaced your card or it has expired, contact library staff for assistance.

Visit our Online Resources page for a list of additional free online resources to explore. Library staff are available for assistance via email and phone. For more information on COVID-19 and local support services, visit our COVID-19 Resources page.

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History Room on Zoom: Ted Hilscher


In this episode of History Room on Zoom, Gary talks to Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History at Columbia-Green Community College. Ted is curating photographs of the urban renewal of Hudson, and would like your help identifying the buildings and people captured in there. Click here to view the photographic collection, and contact Ted here if you have any information that may help. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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Virtual Programs for Toddlers, Young Children, and Families

Ms. Christa plays the Sleeping Game with children on Zoom.

All of our virtual programs for toddlers, young children, and their families will continue through June 2020.

  • Virtual Story Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am. Our dynamic mother/daughter duo, Louise Costello (Ms. Louise) and Christa Shook (Ms. Christa) are leading our weekday story hours with book readings, games that can be played at home, and crafts that can be done with simple materials found in many homes. Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Movement & Music: Tuesdays, 10-11am. Master educator, musician, and songstress Abby Lappen leads toddlers and their families in songs and movement activities. And, in this time of new normal, we thank the Claverack Library for the use of their parking lot and their free WiFi where Abby leads the program! Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Story Hour: Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, Pamela Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater performs simple folktales and leads the children to enact portions of them. On 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays, Library assistant, Thea Ezinga, leads children and families is stories, rhymes, and games. Click here to register.

For more information on our virtual classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

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Virtual Creative Writing and Core Strength & Balance Continue through May!

Two of our popular collaborations with the Hudson Senior Center continue through May virtually on Zoom.

Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil, Thursdays 2:30-4pm. This class, focusing the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing, has been a touchstone for students during the pandemic crisis and the writing coming out of it shows the depth of thought and feeling in the people attending. Mandy Beckley, Library Assistant, facilitates the Zoom sessions while Maureen McNeil conducts class.

 

Core Strength & Balance w/ Dr. Paul Spector, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm. This class, featuring exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination, has become an important space for community and healthy connection, breathing, and encouragement.

To register for these classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org and you will be sent a Zoom invitation. 

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Non-Fiction Book Group to discuss documentaries

 

 

 

Share your selection by May 9

Virtual Group Discussion: Monday, June 1, 6-7:30pm

 

Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the non-fiction book group, will send members a Zoom link to attend the discussion of a variety of selected documentaries on June 1. Browse documentaries available on the kanopy streaming service, which is free to library cardholders, then email Mark with your suggestion by May 9. Anyone wishing to join this club should email Mark Orton at morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. View details of this meeting and more information on the Non-fiction Book Group on our website.

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