“What’s Good for Your Health? Navigating the Dos & Don’ts of Dilemma”

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, presents a health talk and discussion with Dr. Paul Spector, our Core Strength and Balance Instructor. Discussion and healthy refreshments by local vendors will follow the talk.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 10 at 2-3:30pm

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LHSS: Odds Against Tomorrow Screening & Discussion

Program Description: The library’s History Room is pleased to present a special screening & discussion of Odds Against Tomorrow with documentary filmmaker David McDonald. Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir starring Harry Belafonte that was filmed in Hudson and New York City and used many Hudsonians for cast and crew. There will be a preview of McDonald’s trailer for his documentary in progress about the filming of “Odds Against Tomorrow” and a discussion about the film, followed by the screening. The movie runs for about one hour and forty minutes. This program is open to the public and there is a suggested donation. Snacks and refreshments will be available at a cash bar.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 28 from 6-8pm.

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Hannaford Helps Supports the Library!

Our Library has been selected once again to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! For the month of May every Community Bag sold at the Hannaford store located at 32 State Route 82 in Livingston will generate a $1 donation for the Library. The Community Bags can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.

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Nonfiction Book Group to Discuss Hillbilly Elegy in June & 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus in July

The library’s Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance on Monday, June 18, 6 – 8pm.  Vance recounts his own struggle growing up poor in the Rust Belt and, through his own life, shows the disenfranchisement of poor white Americans. From the book cover:

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

Also, Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8pm the book group will discuss 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The New York Times Book Review stated of 1491: “Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.” Continue reading

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DIBS: Do It Better Series

 

As part of our Summer Reading Program the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council is pleased to present “DIBS” or Do It Better Series. A series of free workshops throughout the summer. Each workshop pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program is open to ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE. Space is limited for these workshops! Register today by email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call: 518-828-1792.

Painting with Jeffrey Gibson

Wednesday, June 27, 11am

This program will take place in Gibson’s studio located at the old Claverack Schoolhouse. Lunch, transportation and materials will be provided.

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice. Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Gibson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nasher, the Nerman, Crystal Bridges, and the Denver Art Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah and Atlanta), the National Academy Museum in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Cornell Museum of Fine Art.

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Leisler Institute Presents a Library Local History Talk on Cookbooks as Historical Documents

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the library and the Gotham Center for New York History, presents A Taste of Change: Hand-Written Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History by Peter G. Rose on Thursday, June 21 at 6pm at the library.

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations. Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, culinary historian Peter G. Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrap-books, dating as far back as the late seventeenth century. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the gradual assimilation. Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as seventeenth-century paintings will illustrate the talk. The audience is encouraged to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes and a discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program. Continue reading

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BitterSweet: Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate

We are hosting BitterSweet: An Event Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate on Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend this art making workshop and conversation. Each participant who creates drawings or sculptures will receive a chocolate bar from a specially designed mold.

This is the final event and celebration of a community engagement project created by artist Melissa Sarris. Artwork from this project will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make art of their own. Continue reading

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Robert Jenkins House & the DAR : Tour & Talk

 

Postcard Image via Gossips of Rivertown

Hudson Area Library History Room and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution present “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson: A Tour & Talk” by Jeane La Porta on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm.

This program is a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the history of this building, at 113 Warren Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by  Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.

The program, which includes the talk and tour, is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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