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The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 28, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market with program facilitator Kathy Mabb, program director and librarian Brenda Shufelt, and the High Five! team. Transportation is available upon request to the library to meet up and then to the farmers’ market. Brenda and Kathy will be leading a tour of the market and demonstrating how reading and exploring the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market can develop children’s vocabulary skills.
Each family who is a regular attendee of High Five! will receive $25 to spend at the Farmers’ Market courtesy of Berkshire Taconic Foundations’ Fresh and Healthy Food for All Initiative. Lunch will be provided at the market. To register for High Five!, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend).
High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!
Brenda Shufelt has been program director of the Hudson Area Library for almost two years. She is a certified librarian and taught in public elementary school in New York City for 25 years. She recognizes the all important and unique role that parents and caregivers play in developing children’s literacy and love of reading and learning.
The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.
The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.
The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Sarah McBride is an LGBT rights activist and political figure. She is currently the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, and is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations.
This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books 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, will be the moderator for discussions.
The Link Project fosters relationship building among LGBTQ people from across generations in the Hudson Valley. This will be achieved by coordinating community events and facilitating intergenerational dialogue centered on LGBTQ identity and HIV/AIDS.
OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.
We are pleased to announce the installation of “A Conversation”, a special art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens. The opening reception of this exhibition is Saturday, May 12 at 6pm.
A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form. These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work; exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies. Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st Century femme lifestyles. Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.
Sonia Corina Ruscoe is a painter who lives and works in Hudson, NY. She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint and looks for colors, patterns, and ideas in gardens, fashion industry workers, pottery shops, Instagram stories, and anywhere else she can find feminine intimacy. Sonia grew up in Woodstock, NY, studied art history at Brooklyn College, and has lived in Hudson for the past three years.
Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor. Stevens earned a B.F.A. at Otis Art Institute and a California Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A., she rediscovered her true passion in clay sculpting and began teaching Figurative Sculpture and Mixed Media for over twenty years. Along her artistic path, she became obsessed with the Mermaid, creating her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries.Upon visiting her daughter in Brooklyn, she fell in love with the east coast, particularly the Hudson River Valley. A move to Hudson ensued, where she currently resides.
The exhibition will be available for viewing during library open hours May 5 through July 1. The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
We are hosting BitterSweet: An Event Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate on Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend this art making workshop and conversation. Each participant who creates drawings or sculptures will receive a specially designed chocolate bar.
This is the final event and celebration of a community engagement project created by artist Melissa Sarris. Artwork from this project will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make art of their own.
Ms. Sarris has worked on the BitterSweet project with three local groups: Apogee Peer Support Group, teens at the Youth Clubhouse of Columbia-Greene Counties in Hudson, and inmates at the Columbia County Jail. In the BitterSweet workshops participants experimented with ways to translate personal emotion into abstract drawing and sculpture. They developed an understanding of abstraction, using shapes, colors and forms to represent ideas and emotions.
The groups worked collectively and individually through several iterations of this exercise. Next, Ms. Sarris introduced a three-dimensional material: air-drying modeling clay and discussed its visual and tangible properties. Participants were asked to select a specific emotion word and then create an abstract form to depict it. Once the clay works had dried, participants painted them with acrylic paint, adding another layer of meaning.
Later, Ms. Sarris created chocolate bar molds that express an amalgamation of the ideas explored in the workshops. These were cast as small edible sculptures by Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson that will be given to participants, while supplies last, at the library event.
This event has been scheduled to happen in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Information about Apogee Peer Support Group and the Youth Clubhouse will be available. Previous workshop participants will be present to talk about these organizations while assisting with the art making event.
This workshop is free, open to the public and requires no previous experience. All materials will be provided. Unpainted clay works will also be available for painting.
This workshop is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.
For more information email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.
Children of all ages are welcome to join our children’s librarian, AmeriCorps workers, and volunteers and Make a Mother’s Day Vase on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30am. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Participants will create colorful flower vases yarn-wrapped bottles and jars that they can bring home and gift to mom on Sunday!
So join Children’s Librarian Ms. Janice (Janice Scali) and High Five! Volunteer Robin Weber who will lead this fun activity. Our AmeriCorps workers Arline Resto and Mary Shivers will be on hand to help out the littlest participants.
This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
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Adult Introduction to Spanish Classes
Dates: Tuesday Evenings 6:15pm-7:15pm (see calendar for current dates)
Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your 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. This free program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792.
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 Library Book Club
Meets once per month in the early evening. Dates are decided for the next month at the group’s meeting.
For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792. All are welcome.
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.