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Posted: June 10, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Gallery Hop Visits Tom Swope Gallery

Tom Swope & art at his gallery.

Program Description: In collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center, we present a Gallery Hop to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, we will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides us through his amazing collection. Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. After the gallery visit all can return to the library for a lunch provided by Reference and Adult Services (RASS) Mini-Grant Committee of NYLA .

Date/Time: Friday, June 21 from 1-3 pm

Recommended Audience/Registration Required: Adults of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.

Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.

Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.

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Posted: June 9, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Watercolors by OTTO at the Library

Program Description:  Wine & cheese reception for “Watercolors by OTTO”, the library’s latest community room exhibition. The work of Otto Miranda, a local watercolor artist for over 20 years, is represented including watercolors of flowers, landscapes, birds, and historical venues.

Date/Time: Friday, July 12, 5-7pm 

The exhibit is open through August 31 for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible.

 A previous OTTO exhibit at the library of the 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that 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 will also be available for viewing.

The library will receive 50% of the sales from the exhibition to benefit the History Room. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: June 8, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Understanding Hudson’s Natural Resources

Two local organizations recently provided the library with additional tools to study the natural resources and ecology of Hudson.

 

Copies of Nature In The City, a 56-page report by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), are now available to pick up for free at the library and City Hall. The report was completed after four years of work, including hundreds of volunteer hours, and with two state grants. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city and establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson’s citizens, civic spaces and natural resources.

If you want to get up close and personal with Hudson’s natural resources, use your library card to check out one of the Estuary Explorer Backpacks provided by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). Then, proceed on your expedition with all the tools you need to investigate the local ecosystem according to one of the following themes: night sky, hiking, birding, insects, or water.

What’s an estuary, and why should you explore it? You may be surprised to know that the Hudson River is more than a river – it’s an arm of the sea, where salty sea water meets fresh water from streams. This means the river has two high and two low tides each day, and that the land near the river, and surrounding it, is especially rich in plant and animal life.

While the backpack kits can be used anywhere, Heidi Bock of the CLC suggests getting up close and personal with the ecosystem at Greenport Conservation Area. “There’s so much you can see and experience at Greenport,” she says. “There are small streams, wetlands, forests – and so many kinds of plants and animals that benefit from these habitats!”

This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Questions about Columbia Land Conservancy’s environmental education program? Contact Heidi Bock at 518-392-5252 x207 or heidi.bock@clctrust.org, or visit clctrust.org

A digital version of the Nature in the City report is also available on the City of Hudson website. The Hudson Conservation Advisory Council was established in 2015 to provide Hudson’s governmental bodies and citizens with objective information about environmental concerns. There are currently several open seats on the council; interested volunteers should contact Common Council President Tom DePietro.

Stop by the main desk at the library or call 518-828-1792 to pick up a copy of the report or to reserve an Estuary Explorer Backpack for your next adventure!

 

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Posted: June 8, 2019
Adults, Programs

Oral History Summer School: Theatre for the Revolution Workshop

Program Description: Explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories.
Date/Time: June 30, 1:30-4pm
Registration: The workshop is free, but space is limited. Interested in attending? Please fill out this form and we will be in touch.

About the workshop:
Participants will explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories. How do we as writers stage the gaps and limitations of official news media narratives by centering marginalized voices? How do we take audiences on an empathetic journey to unfamiliar worlds and perspectives? How do we mine the possibilities of liveness, ephemerality, and empathy that both oral history and performance open up as a means to break through the rigid structures and systems that prevent us from witnessing one another’s stories? Through a series of exercises and prompts combining words and movement, this workshop provides an interactive introduction to the work of making theatre that uses oral history to speak back to the archive. We will use media sources and oral testimonies on the issue of police violence in the United States as foundational material.

About OHSS:
Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as an immersive training program to help students from varied fields––writers, social workers, radio producers, artists, teachers, human rights workers––make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work. In addition to our workshops in Hudson, NY and around the country, we are building a Hudson-area archive of oral history interviews with local Hudson-area residents. We have collected over 400 interviews, and look forward to opening the archive in collaboration with the library, this year.

About Nikki:
Nikki Yeboah (PhD, Northwestern University) is an oral historian, storyteller and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at San Jose State University, where her work builds a bridge between institutions of higher education and the communities they serve through direct engagement with the practical problems that frame their lives. Her creative work uses oral history and performance to facilitate dialogue around issues of gender and racial inequality and social justice. Her most recent work, The (M)others, is a documentary play based on the testimonies of Bay-Area mothers who have lost loved ones to police violence. Her performances have been staged at The Soraya (Los Angeles), New College of Florida (Sarasota) The Hammer Theatre (San José), The Marsh (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago) & the Chicago Cultural Center. Nikki has served as a Northwestern University Programming Fellow at the Chicago Humanities Festival. She is currently a board member of Storycenter & Oleear, two non-profit organizations that use storytelling for social change.

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Posted: June 3, 2019
Adults, Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Escape Room: Altered Zone NY

Program Description: The year is 2100, and the world is left reeling after a suspicious spacecraft appears in the sky over Hudson, New York. A team is chosen to make first contact, and to craft a peace treaty with the “Visitors.” Unfortunately, due to a mis-translation during talks, the team is imprisoned and now war with the Visitors is imminent! Trapped in an alien crater, the team has only 15 minutes to escape, fix their mistake, and warn everyone before the attacks start. The fate of mankind rests on THEIR shoulders.

Join the Tween Advisory Council for an original escape room escapade! Come and play as a ragtag team of friends, or with your family. The game is limited to 15 mins and the team that has the shortest time will win a special prize.

Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 11am-3pm. Reservation mandatory. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 for time slot. 

Age: Story line is suitable for ages 6 and up

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Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

Job Search Help

Dates: Fridays 10am – 1pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and by appointment (see calendar for current dates)
The library has two job coaches available for one-on-one consultations to learn how to write a resume and cover letter, use online job applications and resources, and interview successfully. Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections is available by appointment. Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator is at the library every Friday 10am – 1pm and 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. These Job Search sessions have resulted in patrons polishing resumes, being better prepared for interviews and getting jobs! For more more information call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

Columbia County Photography Club

Dates: 2nd Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. For more information, please email CCNYphotoclub@yahoo.com or refer to their web site: ccnyphotoclub.weebly.com.

Hudson Area Library General Reading Book Group

This group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month. Sharon Getty, a longtime Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the group’s facilitator. Check our calendar for upcoming dates and book titles. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Meets once per month in the afternoon or early evening. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792 x101. All are welcome.

Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group

Focused on history and social and political life in North America, books are 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, is the moderator for discussions. The group meets once a month in the evening. Check our calendar for upcoming dates and book titles. For more information call 518-828-1792 x101 or email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Local History Speaker Series

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. Check the library calendar or contact us for information on upcoming events.

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