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Posted: March 25, 2019
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Music In The Stacks: Moyna

Program Description: We are pleased to announce that modern and traditional Bangladeshi musical group, Moyna, is performing in our 2019 Music In The Stacks concert series. This concert is curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and emceed by Hudson Muslim Youth. A short q&a and refreshments will be available after the concert.

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 28, 4-5:30pm

Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults

Moyna is a musical duo from Seattle, which is made up of Palbasha and Durjoy Siddique. Both musicians originate from Bangladesh. They sing both in their native language of Bangla, and also create music sung in English. Palbasha Siddique, the voice of Moyna, is a Bangladeshi born American singer. She is best known for her performance of Praan, a song adapted from the collection of poems Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, with music composed by Garry Schyman for Matt Harding’s “Dancing 2008” video. She has performed in a variety of music styles both in the US and Bangladesh. Durjoy plays acoustic guitar in the duo. As a duo of two lovebirds, Moyna is constantly in the search of finding new sounds which resonate the meaning of love. Their most recent performance was at the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle Center, where Moyna focused on Bangla folk music, which has immensely deep lyrical themes. 

These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

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Posted: March 25, 2019
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Ballroom Dance w/ Andrew Resto this Spring!

Program Description: Join us for a dance class series, brought to you by a collaboration of the City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones: the Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue.

Date/Time: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, April 26, May 3, 10 & 17.

Live music dance party: Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm.

Recommended Audience: Free and open to the public of all ages. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.

Registration: Registration is required for the class and appreciated for the dance party. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center stated: “Andrew Resto’s Ballroom Dance classes will build to a wonderful social dance with live music. At every dance we have held…I was exhilarated to see the total engagement and joy in the dancing. Almost every age of the seniors was represented. As the hostess, I was barraged with exuberant comments and requests for MORE! ”

Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.

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Posted: March 22, 2019
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Free Sewing Repairs at the Library on Mending Day!

Program Description:  Mending Day is the final event of Stitching Exchange, a community art project created by artist Melissa Sarris, in collaboration with the library and Hudson Family Literacy, which provides ESL classes for non-native speakers. The group in Stitching Exchange come from various countries including Bangladesh, India, and Yemen. The participants of Stitching Exchange will offer their sewing skills to attendees of Mending Day while having a conversation with the public to practice their English.

Date/Time: Saturday April 27, 1:30-3pm

Recommended Audience: This event is free and and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring an article of clothing for repair. All sewing materials needed for making garment repairs will be provided.

During weekly workshop sessions Stitching Exchange participants began by plotting their home countries on a map and overlaying a few details such as their names written in English and their native languages. They included what (or whom) they missed from home. In a later session, they used this information, embroidering a word that referenced what is important to them on a hand stitched pillow in English and their native language. A selection of these colorful pillows will be on display at the Hudson Area Library, leading up to the Mending Day event.

Each week the women developed their English language skills. All of the women attending the workshops had some hand sewing skills and this made learning English that much easier. And the opportunities for choosing color, pattern, and designing has allowed for some fun creative expression. Many of the women were interested in learning to use a sewing machine or to increase their knowledge of this useful skill. After hand stitching their pillows, each woman had the opportunity to attach the backing fabric to their pillows using the sewing machine.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Greene County Council on the Arts.

Hudson Family Literacy is a program through Columbia Opportunities, an organization that “helps solve poverty-related problems in our community”, explains director Tina Sharpe. The women who run the Hudson Family literacy program: Sophia Becker, Jewel Chestnut, and Hosneara Kader have worked together for over 20 years. Their suggestion of offering an incentive to increase attendance for Stitching Exchange became an opportunity. The women were told that whoever came to the most workshop sessions could win a sewing machine to take home at the end of the project. Ms. Sarris contacted her community and several sewing machines were donated. If you have a working home sewing machine you would like to donate please contact her at: melissasarris2@gmail.com.

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Posted: March 21, 2019
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Watercolor w/ your Grand Person Spring Classes!

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue watercolor painting with local artist Gretchen Kelly this spring season. April 20: features April showers bringing May flowers, Easter bunnies, chicks, and colorful eggs. May 18:  flowers and fruit still life, the May Pole imagery, Spring elements like birds, sprouts, and planting images. June 15: flower still life, Father’s Day cards, picnic imagery, bees, butterflies, and Flag Day.

Each of these three workshops can add to developing regular attendees’ personal calendars featuring their watercolor painting. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, April 20, May 18 & June 15, 2-4pm

Recommended Audience: All ages, beginner and intermediate painters welcome: children accompanied by parent, teens, adults, seniors.

Registration: Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

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Posted: March 20, 2019
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Library Story Time, Activities & Shop at Basilica’s Spring Farm & Flea

 

Photo courtesy of Basilica Hudson

Program Description: Story Time programs, crafts and activities, raffle prizes, and a shop will all be in the library tent at Basilica Hudson’s Spring Farm & Flea. The library’s Tween Advisory Council is selling t-shirts they designed and the History Room has items including tea towels, tshirts, postcards and notecards with historic Hudson image and giclèe prints of 1881 and 1923 Aeroview maps of Hudson. Come by Basilica Hudson’s amazing Farm & Flea and support our Tween Advisory Council and our History Room! Admission is $5 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free.

Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 10am-6pm, Sunday Story Times: 11-11:30am Pamela Badila & Folktales; 1-1:30pm Drag Queen Story Time w/ Trixie Starr

Location: Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY

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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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