We are pleased to host an Author Reading with Tim Murphy on February 11 at 6pm. Mr. Murphy will be discussing his new novel, Christodora, recently chosen as an American Library Association’s 2017 Notable Book. Christodora tells the story of a family living in the East Village of New York City who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic. It is the story of the brave people who fought for this epidemic to be recognized and for its victims to be treated humanely. It is also the story of people who survived and how their fight and their grief impacted them centrally for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Murphy will read a selection from Christodora and there will be a question and answer period to follow. Copies of the book, signed by the author, will be available for sale courtesy of Spotty Dog Books and Ale during the reception that will follow. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
Tim Murphy is a journalist who has reported on HIV/AIDS for two decades. He has worked for Out, Advocate, New York Magazine, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler. He has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.
The library is graced by sculpture from the Hudson High School Sculpture Class. The works are predominantly paper maché with others in wood an tape. The works are in turn colorful and translucent, cartoons, abstractions, figurative, all fun to look at it.
Stop by and see the works in person during library operating hours. Thanks to the Hudson High School educators and students for allowing us to exhibit this collection of student artwork!
The Hudson Area Library is looking for a tutor for a new Seventh/Eighth Grade Tutoring Center beginning in March. This is a part-time contract position for Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 – 7pm for 12 weeks. The Tutor will be working with students from the Hudson Junior High School one-on-one or in small groups. For more information visit our Job Openings page.
Attend a residential energy efficiency workshop at the Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson, NY, on January 28 at 11am, hosted by James Kopp. Even with the current relatively lower cost of energy, getting a home energy upgrade can help you cut utility expenses, live more comfortably and mitigate climate change. Se habla español. The event is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
A free, or reduced cost, NYSERDA Home Energy Assessment and Energy Report gives you the information needed to determine a scope of work for an energy upgrade. 92% of New Yorkers qualify for a free assessment with no obligation.
Mr. Kopp will discuss your home energy needs, walk you through NYS’s energy programs and suggest DIY tips you can do yourself. Continue reading
The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
From January to March, the History Room is featuring a continuous video exhibit of Hudson from 1939 – 1966 through the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977). Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. The footage contains an astonishing record of haunting images – familiar and vanished streetscapes – that tell the story of South Front Street.
Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski, who was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ exotic world on South Front Street, has digitized this historic footage. Peter has master’s degrees in history and education and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is the Hillsdale Town Supervisor and president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.
This viewing is also made possible by the generous donation of iMac computers by Etsy.
The Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 4pm. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city.
The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5pm at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.
On Saturday, January 14, at 6pm, the library will host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. This exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will be speaking on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room of the library from January 14 to February 28.