Registration is now open for school winter recess programs

Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!

WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.

DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)

Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.

Video Poetry with Jive Poetic is part of the Mahogany L. Browne, Curator in Residence program which is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Support the Hudson Area Library Annual Fund!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, our library is a vibrant community destination where people connect, create, learn and grow.

We need your support to continue to fulfill our mission. Since the move to our new space, library visits have more than doubled and without your generous financial support, many of our programs and services would simply not be possible.

Only 45% of our budget comes from city, county, and state funding, and we count on our community to help fill the gap, starting with this annual appeal. Our annual appeal is one of our biggest fundraisers — so please give generously. Make a donation by credit card or PayPal account.
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Cooking Club with Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Program Description: Tweens and teens are invited to join HAL TAC on a trip to the kitchen of the famed Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Take a special tour of the restaurant and cook a dish right off the menu under the tutelage of the James Beard-nominated chefs of Lil’ Deb’s. Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is an ongoing restaurant/installation/performance project, created by artist-chefs Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black. Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is a community-centered space based in Hudson, NY, that frequently collaborates with artists, galleries and the like-minded.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 23, 3:30-4:30pm. Transportation will be available to and from the restaurant.

Target Audience: Update (1/14) Program is currently full. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org to be added to the waitlist.

This program Tweens & Teens. Registration mandatory and space is limited. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

This program was created by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council

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January selections for Library Book Groups

Program Description: This month the General Reading Book Group reads A Gentleman in Moscow, and the Nonfiction Book Group examines Songs of America.

Date/Time: General Reading Book Group – Wednesday, January 8, 5:00-6:00 pm. Nonfiction Book Group – Monday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 pm.

Registration:To register, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Hudson’s History from your Library

Visit our Holiday Shop at the library or onlineto purchase special gift items from our History Room that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • Giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!
  • Our special tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Hudson Armory designed by Tony Kieraldo

Support your library and impress your friends and family with our unique gifts!

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Kanopy – video streaming service!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for all library cardholders in Columbia County. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Access Kanopy via columbiacountyny.kanopy.com and sign up to start streaming films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Each cardholder has 10 play credits per month and unlimited viewing of Great Courses and Kanopy Kids. More information on how play credits works can be found on the Kanopy website.

This service is made possible with support from the Crandell Theatre and Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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