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Posted: August 19, 2018
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Ulysses S. Grant: An American Enigma by Elizabeth Diggs

The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor (near Saratoga Springs) was the final home of our 18th century President.

Program Description:  In conjunction with PS 21’s production of award-winning playwright Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, Ms. Diggs discusses the fascinating life of Ulysses S. Grant and his relationship with Mark Twain.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 23, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Grant, a West Point graduate, had a deep connection to the Hudson Valley. He spent the last weeks of his life at The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor, New York (near Saratoga Springs). During that time, backed by satirist Mark Twain, he completed the best-seller, “The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” With Twain’s dedication and promotion, it went on to become a nationwide best seller. “The essential enigma of Grant,” says Diggs, “is that he rose to greatness as a military leader, as President, and finally, as a writer.  And yet, he was not ambitious.  He hated war, but he was our greatest warrior.  He disliked politics, but he was elected twice as President of the Union he saved.  And he never intended to write about the war, but when he finally did, his book was regarded as one of the greatest memoirs of all time.”

Raised in far Western Ohio, the future President was one of the few West Point cadets from what was then the frontier and was looked down upon for his rough clothes and lack of polish.  But he ended up making friends for life there – admired for his calm disposition, wry wit, and his unmatched horsemanship.

Early in the war, he was spurned by the Commander of the Army of the Potomac (McClellan) and given a desk job.  Finally assigned to an unruly Volunteer regiment, he quickly won their loyalty and began to win battles in the West when the Union was losing in the East.

Grant made headlines with the victory at Fort Donelson in 1862.  When asked for a meeting to discuss terms of surrender his reply was, “No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”  This reply and the surrender of an entire Rebel army of 30,000 made him famous overnight.

Late in the war, President Lincoln called him to Washington to make him Commander in Chief of the Union Army.  Although it was their first face-to-face meeting, they became close friends.  After Lincoln’s assassination, he sat in the shadows near the casket for two days, weeping silently as thousands of mourners filed by.

By the time the war finally ended, Diggs says, “He was idolized by the North for winning the war, and by the South for the compassionate Articles of Surrender he wrote at Appomattox.”

Years later, Dwight Eisenhower was puzzled by Grant’s reputation as a drunkard.  He studied his battle plans and tactics and concluded that only a man in full control of all his faculties could have devised and implemented Grant’s famously complex and audacious strategies.  Eisenhower said, “He met every test and rose to the occasion unlike any other man in American history.  He’s not been given his due.”

Join Ms. Diggs in the Library’s Community Room to learn more about this remarkable President and his relationship with Mark Twain. Refreshments provided. Contact programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information. For further information about Diggs, Grant, Twain and the play at PS21 go to www.GrantTwain.com.

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Posted: August 15, 2018
Adults, Programs

Buenas Noticias: Adult Spanish classes are back!

Program Description: Good news! Spanish classes for adult learners start up again this fall. Sonia Cintron is once again offering adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. 

Date/Time: Advanced Beginner class meets Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm  and Intermediate class Tuesdays 6:45-7:45pm.

Pre-registration: Required

Suggested Audience: Adults

Learn to express yourself 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.

The Advanced Beginner class is for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language. The Intermediate level is for those conversational in Spanish who wish to further develop their skills.

To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Students from past classes should register if they wish to continue to attend. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Posted: August 15, 2018
Adults, Programs

Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Spector

Program Description: This workshop introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. Open to all levels.

Date/Time:  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm; 4-session classes meet weekly and are being offered in September, October and November. The September series will meet on September 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Suggested Audience: Seniors

Pre-registration: Required. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. The September series is already partially filled so please do register as soon as possible. 

This class will be taught by Paul Spector, who earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. After years of clinical experience, Dr. Spector formed Pantheon and Meaningful Fitness (personalized health organizations designed to assist individuals in attaining their highest level of function). Over the past 15 years, his focus has been on preventive health, behavioral change, motivation, aging, meaningful goal-setting, and how to apply scientific advances to maximize both physical and psychological peak fitness. Paul dedicates his time to helping individuals attain their potential in every aspect of their lives by drawing upon his clinical experience, American Academy of Sports Medicine certified training, ongoing literature review and extensive referral network.

Dr. Spector works with private clients and corporations in New York City and Hudson, NY. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post where he reports on the often confusing and contradictory news on health. He has written on a wide range of topics including the effect of sedentary behavior on health and cognition, the microbiome, diet and depression, blood sugar levels and brain function, supplements, anti-ageing techniques, cancer detection, new research on muscle, hormesis (the health benefits of certain types of stress), how we assess risk and make decisions, what constitutes fitness, and much more.

The class is free and wheelchair accessible. Please come in clothes that are comfortable to move around in. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis and students may sign up for one class series only. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

 

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Posted: August 14, 2018
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Get Ticked Off

Program Description: Join us for this important public forum with investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who will speak on her #GetTickedOff campaign. This event will explain the phenomenon of the rise of lyme disease and will provide reliable sources of information in the fight against the disease.

Date/Time: Friday, September 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Pre-registration: Not required

Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, writes that Pfeiffer’s book “throws new light on one more danger caused by climate change. Pfeiffer points out the importance not only of combating ticks but also the need for doctors to respond quickly and provide appropriate treatment. A stark warning that Lyme is but the tip of the iceberg.” Copies of the book will be given away while supplies last.

Didi Barrett, New York Assemblymember of the 106th District, has launched this new public outreach campaign on social media to raise awareness of Lyme disease and tick borne diseases (TBDs) and connect the community of people who are interested in learning more about it.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Discussion and refreshments will follow.

 

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Posted: August 12, 2018
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Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                 

What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away. Wish You Were Here examines and celebrates that era.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communications was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.  

We are proud to make the images available to the general public. In addition to this two month exhibition we are also making the images of our postcards available in our page on the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s Digital Collections.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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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 and 4th 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 info call Paul at 518-828-5887 after 4:45 or email abit@mhcable.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 Meets once per month in the 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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