Exhibition: Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River

Watercolor of Rip Van Winkle Bridge by Otto Miranda

We are pleased to announce the installation of “Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River,” an exhibition of the work of artist Otto Miranda. This exhibition consists of 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that all pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds. The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian, and even a troop bridges. They will be on exhibit in the library’s Community Room from Friday, January 5, until Wednesday, February 28. Continue reading

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New Expanded Hours for Minecraft Club

 

Our Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and battle together on our special servers, has been such a huge success that we’re expanding our once-a-week session into Wednesday and Saturday sessions. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!

The club will meet Wednesdays 3:30-5pm beginning January 3, led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello, and Saturdays 12 – 2pm beginning January 6, with Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson. These two sessions are part of our expanded programming for 2018.  Continue reading

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Core Strength & Balance Classes

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will offer beginning and intermediate classes of “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance,” in series of four classes each. All classes will be on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm.

Beginner: January 6, 13, 20, & 27 
Second beginner: March 3, 10, 17 & 24
Intermediate: February 3, 10, 17 & 24

This workshop will introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. Intermediate students, who have taken the beginner class, will receive some further exercises.   Continue reading

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All Things Apple Winter Session

We are offering another series of All Things Apple on Mondays, 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic.

January 8: iMac/Macbook basics
January 15: iTunes
January 22: iPhoto
January 29: IOS Devices  

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.  Continue reading

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High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child!

We are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program in collaboration with The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, January 20, 27, and February 3, 10 & 17.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, with special guest readers (including our very own Library Director, Emily Chameides), while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available.  Continue reading

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Bengali Bandhan

Bengali Bandhan classes continues for a new semester with a new meeting time: Fridays 4 – 5pm beginning January 5. These classes, taught by MD Gazi and Kaniz Fatema, are open to school aged children and the general public.

Students will learn how to read, write, and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in April at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today.

All are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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