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 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, 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.


Winter Hack : Video Production Lab for Tweens and Teens

Untitled by Natasha Wedd, Hack The Library Summer Session, 2017

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we are pleased to present Winter Hack, a session of the successful tween program: Hack The Library, during school winter recess, February 22 & 23, 10am-3pm. 

Tweens and Teens can join Filmmaker and Music Video director Zia Anger for a two day media camp at the library. They will learn how to shoot, edit and move on camera. Finished works will appear on the library’s YouTube channel and in house monitor. Continue reading


Dungeons & Dragons

We are pleased to present a  specialized campaign of Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens and Teens on Saturday, February 24, 11-2pm . No experience necessary!

Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Participants will get the opportunity to enter a land of magic, monsters and mortals in a campaign created by Chris Strom specifically for tweens and teens.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


New Sunday Storytelling Program for Children & Families Begins February 11

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

As part of our expansion for 2018, we are proud to offer “Folktales & Stories for Children & Families” with Pamela Badila, Sundays, 1-2pm beginning February 11.

During our new Sunday hours, Mrs. Badila will present folktales from around the world to children and their families. This special story hour will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.

Pamela is best known as the matriarch of the Badila clan and co-founder, with her late husband Elombe, of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre. This community theatre company is known for their percussion ensemble, featured annually at the Hudson Winter Walk event and many others in the Northeast. Pamela writes and produces for Diata Diata, and for many years has brought people together through the power of stories. She looks forward to this new adventure!

This program is free and open to the public and take place in the library’s Community Room and children’s area. The library is wheelchair accessible and strollers are welcome.


Frederick Douglass Was Born (02/14/1818): A Family Program

We will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (born an enslaved person he did not know the actual date of his birth) with a cultural and literary presentation for ages 7 – 12 and their families on Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-4:30pm. Frederick Douglass Was Born! features Elena Mosley, executive director of Operation Unite NY, who will present readings and fun activities of the life of Frederick Douglass. There will also be a specially decorated cake in honor of Mr. Douglass, who taught himself to read, escaped from slavery, and spent his life speaking on behalf of abolition and women’s rights.

Elena Mosley is an educator, dancer, registered nurse, and a lover of history. As a mom, she exposed her children to their family history as well as the history of African Americans. This event is geared toward children honoring a famous quote by Mr. Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” This day coincides with Valentine’s Day and enables participants to show their love for our American history and a man who helped make our union more perfect.


Adult Spanish Winter Classes

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, our Adult Spanish Language Class will have beginner and intermediate levels beginning February 13.

Beginner Level: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Intermediate Level: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm

The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Adults and high school students are welcome. Students’ work will be celebrated May 1 at an event for participants.

To register email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Students from past classes should register so that we know they will be returning to class. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.


Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families


As part of expanded programming in 2018, We are proud to offer Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families, Tuesdays, 10 – 11am beginning January 9. In Movement & Music musician Abby Lappen will present movement and songs for children as part of a special Story Hour in the Community Room. Families can learn how to use song and movement to help develop children’s pre-reading and reading skills. Continue reading