Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.

Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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GG5K Profile: Jack Connor – runner

Meet Jack, our GG5K Profile of the Day! A Hudson native, John (Jack) Connor is a judge in the Hudson City Court system. A runner since High School, he was the overall winner of Ghostly Gallop in 2009. Learn more about Jack below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running?  When I was 13, I ran track in High School. I wasn’t very good. In fact, I came in last in every race except two my first year. I got progressively better in subsequent years.  It’s all about practice. Continue reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .

A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.

There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance: Continue reading

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GG5K Profile: Samantha Riegel – runner

Meet Samantha, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Last year, Claverack resident Samantha Riegel finished the New York City Marathon in just under 5 hours. She is now training for the Hudson Area Library’s GG5K – 2017. Although Riegel didn’t take up running until her late twenties, she is now an avid enthusiast. With both half-marathons and full marathons under her belt, she now has her sights set on a triathlon. Learn more about Samantha below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running? – I wanted to lose weight after having children (2 boys, 7 and 2 years of age). With a full time job and child rearing duties, I quickly came to love the solitude – just me alone with music and nature. Continue reading

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Drag Queen Story and Craft Hour

 

We are proud to present in collaboration with Out Hudson the second installment of Drag Queen Story Hour, Saturday, November 18 from 11am-Noon.  

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like – drag queens reading stories to children.  This is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood this story hour gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

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Promise Family Day at the Hudson Area Library

This Saturday, September 16, 1-2:30pm Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and the library will sponsor, Promise Family Day, at the library. This event will include book readings and activities with Kathy Mabb, facilitator of our High Five! program for families with children birth to 5 years old; apple cider and doughnuts; and book and school supply giveaways. All families with children in the birth to five age range are welcome to attend and can bring older children as well.

Families can also register for High Five! during this event. High Five!: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child is an early literacy family program that will begin Sat., Oct. 7. This program is a partnership between GHPN and the library. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the main desk of the library.

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GG5K Profile – Brady Eschberger – 7-year-old runner

Meet Brady, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Although Brady has only been running since he was 5, he has amassed “lots” of medals – including two from earlier Ghostly Gallops. Samantha Riegel, his marathon running Mom, better improve her times. This kid is Olympic material! Learn more about Brady below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk, or GG Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 22,  go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for running or walking, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running? My Mom asked me if I wanted to run my first race.  It was the Ghostly Gallop – two years ago.  I never ran in a race before and I wanted to see what it was like. For me, the best part was that I tried my best. Continue reading

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High Five! Our NEW Early Literacy Program


The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There will be a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library while parents attend a discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch will be provided. Continue reading

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