History Room & Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!


Hudson Area Library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering for the second time on a book sale in the community room on Saturday, March 24, 10am – 2pm. This is a rare opportunity to purchase very unique books on local history as well as new and gently used books on a variety of subjects including art books as well as CD’s and DVD’s.  

The History Room is selling books outside its collection (or extra copies) and has books not previously offered in the first sale. Also, on sale are prints of a 1923 dirigible eye-view of Hudson; two framed ($450) and 6 unframed ($150). The unframed image is 23 x 35 inches. The framed size (to archival standards) is 31 x 43 inches.

All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will have current books, art books, CD’s, DVD’s and all items are in good condition. All proceeds from the Friends’ portion of the sale will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

There will also be homemade baked goods for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, and enjoy a baked good!  For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.



Bash Bish Falls Comes To The Library

An exhibit about Bash Bish Falls, produced by and first shown at Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, will be on display in the library’s Community Room. In addition there will be a related video installation at the History Room of the library and anyone who wishes to have their images of Bash Bish included in the installation should send them with their name and photo caption to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Peter Cipkowski, President of the RJHS stated, “Natural landmarks, like historic landmarks, tell local stories. Bash Bish has an alluring star-power that is fully part of the history of the Roe Jan community. This beautiful exhibit conveys that story.”

The exhibit celebrates the rich history of Bash Bish Falls – one of New England’s tallest and most dramatic waterfalls. Bash Bish Falls has been the Roe Jan region’s single biggest attraction for more than 150 years. Each year, an estimated 200,000 visitors make the hike to the falls to enjoy the natural wonder set against the cycle of the seasons. Famous visitors to the falls have included Herman Melville, Henry Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, John Frederick Kensett and even baseball legend, Babe Ruth.

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And Now For Our Feature Presentation….

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A few weeks ago we had the wonderful opportunity to host a winter installment of our popular tween summer program, Hack The Library. Entering in its third year, Hack is a series of labs centered around digital creation in video, photography and music. Enabling kids with the open source, free and affordable tools to create digital work.

Winter Hack took place on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 during winter recess and  focused specifically on video production. The lab was taught by long time HACK teaching artist film-maker and music video director, Zia Anger.  Throughout the two days participants between the ages of 8-15, learned how to create gifs, edit using imovie, storyboard and film using a camera. The intention behind the program was to allow participants to pinpoint the media they chose to consume and analyze why they like it and what about it they themselves with the long term goal to empower them to continuously create their own work. 

AND Now For Our Feature Presentation…

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Silence Will Not Protect You!: An Audre Lorde Reading + Discussion Series

We are pleased to present Silence Will Not Protect You: An Audre Lorde Reading & Discussion Series, a 6 part-series focused on the work of Poet, Civil Rights Activist and Librarian Audre Lorde. The 6 sessions will be held on Mondays, March 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30pm.

This program will be facilitated by Donna Ford-Grover, who teaches in the Literature and American Studies department at Bard College.

This series is made possible in part with funds and support from Humanities New York and is part of their thematic Reading and Discussion series. Continue reading


Film Screening: Audre Lorde-The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

Audre im Park auf Wiese

In preparation for the upcoming Humanities NY reading and discussion series, Silence Will Not Protect You!: The Writing of Audre Lorde (see below), the library will be screening the new documentary “Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992” by filmmaker Dagmar Schultz on Monday, March 12 at 6pm.

American poet, librarian, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde resided in Berlin, Germany during a critical personal and political time. This documentary chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene was during a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany.

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Creative Writing for Seniors

Due to popular demand, we are offering another series of Creative Writing For Seniors, on Thursdays from March 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 2:30 – 4pm.  

This class will be taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist Maureen McNeil. Maureen has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world. Maureen is also author of the recently published Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe and Red Hook Stories.

The class will focus on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students will explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry. Each week, Maureen will share the work of one inspiring writer who broke through social barriers and connected with the community. Seniors will be asked to share a selection of their work. All levels of writers are welcome. Copies of the zine published with students’ work from the fall classes are available at the library and on the library’s website. A final celebration of student writing will be held in the library.  

The class is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.



Tween Advisory Council Saturday Matinee

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a new committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.

The council is pleased to announce their first event: A free screening of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:30pm in the library’s community room. The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! This event is open to tween and teens in the community.

For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792




Nonfiction Book Group to Discuss The New Jim Crow in March

After a very successful first meeting, our new nonfiction book group decided to discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander at their next meeting, March 1, 6-8pm. The New Jim Crow is a thorough and shocking account of how, after the gains of the Civil Rights Movement, the US prison system has functioned as a replacement of Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws and practices that denied African Americans their civil rights. The book is available to borrow in print, ebook, and on CD through the library. To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call or stop by the main desk at the library.

Book club selections are chosen based on participants’ suggestions. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.