February selections for Book Groups

Program Description: This month the General Reading Book Group reads Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate and the Nonfiction Book Group examines Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson. These books are available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. 

Date/Time: The Hudson Area Library General Book Group meets Wednesday, February 19, 5-6pm and the Non Fiction Book Group meets Monday, February 24, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: To register for the General Book Group please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. For more information and to register for the Non Fiction Book Group visit here or email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

 

 

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Opening Reception: The History of the Census in Hudson

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History invite the public to the opening reception of their exhibition The History of the Census in Hudson at the library.

Since ancient times, societies have kept counts of their population for various purposes. This exhibit examines the United States federal censuses that have been taken since 1790, the New York State censuses taken since 1825, colonial censuses that precede the American revolution, and the upcoming 2020 federal census. Focusing on Hudson from its founding and even earlier times, and includes original 1845 census books for the City of Hudson, displayed alongside maps, documents and images that illuminate the area’s growth and history. Additional information, regarding the 2020 census and its importance to Hudson and its inhabitants will also be on view.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 6 from 6pm until 7:30pm in the library’s community room. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from February 6 until March 31.

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Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In – Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020. 

In February, Mahogany L. Browne has curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program Winter Hack. Youth participants will work closely with Jive Poetic to create visual poems and later in the week present them to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library, curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her, Jive Poetic, and local youth poets. This presentation of Living Poetry will be held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and is co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

In April, Browne will present her Woke Baby Book Fair, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities. More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale

Program Description: Purchase new and gently-used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. And don’t forget to buy a freshly baked good on your way out! All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and enhance their contributions to the Hudson Area Library programs and collections.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 10am-3pm & Sunday, February 9, 1-3:30pm

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Fundraiser: Lecture on Historical Significance of Impeachment in the U.S.

Program Description: Author and historian, Dr. Christopher Leahy, will deliver an overview of the historical significance of impeachment in the United States – its historical basis, constitutional significance, and the impeachment process. Additionally, Dr. Leahy will share details from his forthcoming book – President Without a Party: The Life of John Tyler – on the 10th US President John Tyler who, in a little-known episode of our history, was the first American president to contend with the threat of impeachment. The lecture will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments. This lecture is offered in collaboration with the Columbia County Historical Society.

Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 1, 4pm in the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Advance tickets are available for $15 on the CCHS website. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis ($15 for CCHS members and HAL cardholders, $20 for non-members).

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Registration is now open for school winter recess programs

Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!

WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.

DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)

Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.

Video Poetry with Jive Poetic is part of the Mahogany L. Browne, Curator in Residence program which is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Support the Hudson Area Library Annual Fund!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, our library is a vibrant community destination where people connect, create, learn and grow.

We need your support to continue to fulfill our mission. Since the move to our new space, library visits have more than doubled and without your generous financial support, many of our programs and services would simply not be possible.

Only 45% of our budget comes from city, county, and state funding, and we count on our community to help fill the gap, starting with this annual appeal. Our annual appeal is one of our biggest fundraisers — so please give generously. Make a donation by credit card or PayPal account.
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