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Posted: March 30, 2020
Adults, Friends, News, Programs

VIRTUAL: Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

NOTE: Due to the library’s temporary closure, this class will continue virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter with writing prompts and Maureen will host virtual meetings through Zoom videoconferencing at regular class times. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information.

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, & May 7from 2:30-4pm.

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Maureen McNeil, author, artist, educator, and social activist, has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world. Maureen is also the author of Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe and Red Hook Stories.

The City of Hudson Senior Center is located on the 2nd floor of 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. There are county and city services at the center, including meals for seniors; yoga, aerobics and painting classes. For more information call: (518) 828-3200.

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Posted: March 30, 2020
Adults, News, Programs

VIRTUAL: Core Strength & Balance

Note: Due to the library’s temporary closure, Core Strength & Balance will be offered virtually from Paul Spector’s home on Zoom video conferencing services. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information.

Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Date/Time: Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm.

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

The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. Please come in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.

Paul Spector, 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.

 

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Posted: March 30, 2020
Adults, News, Programs

VIRTUAL: Adult Spanish Classes

NOTE: While the library is closed, these classes will be offered virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter from Profesora Sonia, who will reply to all student emails of work. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information.

Program Description: The classes, taught by Sonia Cintron, offer adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills.

Date/Time: Series of weekly classes on Tuesdays from January 7 – April 14, Advanced Beginner 5:30-6:30pm or Intermediate 6:45-7:45pm.

Registration: Update (1/15) This series is currently full.

Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

Hudson Area Library’s Adult Spanish Language Classes resume Tuesday, January 7 and continue through Tuesday, April 14 with two levels: Advanced Beginner for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their 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.

 

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Posted: February 19, 2020
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Local History Talk on Oakdale Park

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson

Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible.

In 1907, plans were already underway for a community of new homes in Hudson offering paved streets, sidewalks and convenient access to the Hudson business district. What’s more, the design of this new development included a 5-acre man made lake surrounded by a beautifully landscaped 5-acre public park known as Oakdale. The brainchild of local farmer, banker and businessman Arthur Farrand, “Oakdale Park” was created for the benefit and enjoyment of all Hudson citizens.

Oakdale Park is used today by the City of Hudson Youth Department as a summer day camp site, a fishing, canoeing and swimming area for many locals, a natural respite from the city, and a pedestrian path for those coming from the Fairview Avenue shopping area. As more and more understanding and support for the value of the area’s Oakdale Lake grows, through organizations such as the Friends of Oakdale Lake, interest in its creation and history have also increased.

Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for TKG Real Estate. This is his third talk for the library’s local history series. Assisting Mr. Barrett is Hudson Area Library History Room head researcher John Craig. John is also the long-time publisher of Rundy’s Journal.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Greenport Historical Society provides excellent programs of both an educational and entertaining nature. These are available to the membership and general public at no charge. Membership is open to everyone and residency in the town is not a consideration. www.greenporthistoricalny.org .

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Posted: February 18, 2020
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

Registration: To register for the program email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 

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Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

Job Search Help

Note: Job Search Help will be offered virtually due to library closure. Virtual one-on-one meetings will be held on Fridays, 10am-1pm, through Zoom video conferencing. For more information or to sign up, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.
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

Note: This ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.
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

Note: This ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.
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

Note: The March meeting of this group has been rescheduled to Monday, April 27, 6-7:30pm and will meet virtually on Zoom hosted by facilitator Mark Orton.
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.

See the list of books, past and future, and more here.


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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