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Posted: June 20, 2018
Adults, Programs

Nonfiction Book Group to Discuss Hillbilly Elegy in June & 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus in July

The library’s Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance on Monday, June 18, 6 – 8pm.  Vance recounts his own struggle growing up poor in the Rust Belt and, through his own life, shows the disenfranchisement of poor white Americans. From the book cover:

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

Also, Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8pm the book group will discuss 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The New York Times Book Review stated of 1491: “Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.”

Hillbilly & 1491 are available to borrow in print, ebook, and audiobook through the library. To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call, or stop by the main desk. To register for the book group, email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.

This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group utilizes 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, is the moderator for discussions.




Posted: June 14, 2018
Adults, News, Programs

Opening Reception for “Gemini Moon” by Congolese artist Ntangou Badila

Program Description: Celebrate the opening of an installation of new works by local visionary and artist Ntangou Badila. This show reflects the artist’s inner process with creativity and the continuous flow of new interests with endless ideas and potentials for that creativity. The exhibition is composed of paintings, not in one theme or style, but with multiple series of paintings in which various styles and themes exist happily and cohesively in the same space informing and conversing with one another.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10 6-8pm. The show will be on view during library open hours through August 30, 2018. 

Suggested Audience: Open to all

QUEENDWOMBMEN is a garden of portrait studies paying homage to women in traditional regalia. STRANGE FRUIT is still lifes of fruit displaced from their original appearance and, thus, representing the way genetic food engineering processes our food with seeming normalcy but out of context through modification. This series uses a visual & science dual meaning. POP CULTURE is a futuristic, fluorescent rendition of indigenous tribes throughout regions of Africa. FEEL is a sense-inspired expression through abstraction focusing on the honesty of feelings in solitude, ecstasy, compassion, rage, and bliss. ALIGNMENT reflects anatomy by abstractly destroying the boundaries on ideal body image.

In speaking of this exhibition of her new work, Ntangou stated, “Instinctively there is always a conversation within of how to represent myself outwardly, especially in a country that limitedly titles our purpose and contributions to it. I’m so grateful for my upbringing which allowed me the freedom to explore my outlets of creation.”

Ntangou Badila is a Congolese artist based in Brooklyn N.Y. Raised in a multifaceted household of self-employed artist parents, and nine siblings, there is always nurturing toward the exploration of creativity. Having recently transitioned from an extensive career in the Pastry Arts, the burgeoning of more artistic freedom has allowed her passions to flourish. In the past four years, she has been featured on Afro Punk and in Snax Magazine Vol 7, has presented her work in numerous collaborative art shows throughout New York City and has shipped her commissions across the U.S. and internationally. Badila has also spoken on artist panels and radio podcasts, and teaches art in several inner city high schools.

This summer exhibition coincides with three days of theater and music at Hudson Hall titled: “The Badila Family: A Celebration of Community and Culture” July 20-22. This celebration includes three free performances of “Spirit of the River” by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre co-founded by Pamela Badila, matriarch of the Badila clan, and musical performances with Lady Moon and the Eclipse led by Ngonda Badila and Young Paris (Milandou Badila). For more information visit


Posted: June 9, 2018
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Join us for a Community Conversation

Program Description: We value your opinion. Please join us for a Community Conversation this summer. Members of the Library Staff and Board will meet with small groups, to ask questions about the group’s aspirations for the future of our community, and listen to ideas about how to make that vision reality.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 24, 1pm-3pm (at the library); Saturday, July 14, 3pm-5pm (at the library); Wednesday, July 25, 6pm-8pm (at the Greenport Community Center, 500 Town Hall Drive)

Pre-registration: Please RSVP at or in person at the Library.

Each session is limited to 15 participants. If a meeting is full, we will start a wait list. If enough people are interested, we will conduct two simultaneous sessions. Please let us know if you will need childcare onsite in order to participate.

After all the group discussions are complete, we will share what we have learned with the community and use your input to help build a plan for the future of the Hudson Area Library. Community is the heart of our library. Thank you for contributing your time and ideas to making our community a great place to be.


Posted: June 7, 2018
Adults, Fundraising, News, Programs, Young Adults

Nutrition for Runners Talk

Program Description: In preparation for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, our annual fundraising run/walk though Hudson, we are pleased to host this talk about nutrition and healthful living for runners. Join Nutritionist Aimee K. Hockett and elite distance runner Karen Bertasso (pictured) to learn about how best to fuel the body for performance. 

Date/Time: Sunday June 24, 10:30-11:30am; pre-event run at 9am.

Suggested Audience: Adults

Preregistration: Not required

On June 24, at 9 a.m., runners are invited to join Ms. Hockett and Ms. Bertasso for a 5k (3.1-mile) run that follows the same course used by runners in the Ghostly Gallop. The run begins and ends at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson.

“Good nutrition is vital to everyday life, and especially so when it comes to athletic performance,” said Ms. Hockett, who founded and operates A.K. Kitchen & Nutrition LLC in Hudson. “No matter your goals, it is important to understand the connection between the quality of our lives and the quality and quantity of the foods we put in our bodies. My goal as a nutritionist is to encourage, inspire and guide each person to listen to what your body is telling you it needs. We can improve overall health with every bite of life.”

Ms. Bertasso, of Clifton Park, was the 2017 winner in the women’s division of the Ghostly Gallop, setting a course record for women of 18 minutes, 29 seconds. She said, “As a competitive runner, I look for every edge, beginning with the foods I choose. We’ll be talking with people about how their food choices impact their energy levels, what to look for and what to avoid, and some simple, everyday changes that can pay huge dividends both in terms of athletic performance and overall wellbeing.”

This event is free and open to the public. Participants will be able to sample a variety of nutritious products, courtesy of Ms. Hockett and Fleet Feet Sports. Attendees of the June 24 nutrition event will receive a discount on their Ghostly Gallop entry fee.


Posted: June 6, 2018
Adults, News, Programs

Hudson’s Own Kim Bach Shares Stories and Images from El Camino de Santiago

Program Description: During two 3-week sojourns, Kim Bach joined the thousands of pilgrims each year who challenge themselves on this seemingly endless walk. “My Walk Across Spain.  A Pilgrim on the El Camino de Santiago” is the sharing of her journey along this well-traveled path that all who walk experience very individually.

Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 4-5:30pm

Sharing space each night in local hostels, sharing tables in the evening with other travelers, voicing a “buen camino” to each walker as she passed (or was passed), Bach experienced an adventure that many desire, but few achieve.

Why choose to walk across Spain on a route originated by religious Pilgrims in the 11th century?  “Some people seemed unsure, perhaps vague about why they were there, some for the challenge, some for the opportunity to contemplate, for others it was on their bucket list, still others as a coming-of-age rite-of-passage, and, of course, harking back to its origins, some walked to give thanks to God.” – Mary M. Murphy – Camino Stories

Kim Bach’s talk will give us insight into the pilgrims, travelers and adventurers who take this journey. Refreshments will include a Tarta de Santiago, a cake made with ingredients typical in many Iberian desserts including egg, lemon and almonds. The cake is named in honor of the apostle, St. James, the patron saint of Spain. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

Kim Bach was born in Queens, raised in South America. A child of a military attaché and an artist, she and her three brothers moved around a lot as children.  On foot, the kids did lots of walking in Peru, including taking family trips up to Machu Picchu – probably one reason Bach continues exploring to this day.   After spending several years in the Bay area of California, Bach moved to the West Village in New York City.  She spent her free time painting in a giant studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while teaching photography at Long Island University.  In 2005, she moved to Hudson from Brooklyn and opened her tea shop, Verdigris, the following year.  She’s been in love with the area ever since and both Verdigris and its founder quickly became fixtures in the community.  She is a board member of a local non-profit and spends her off-hours painting in her studio.  She has been an Artist in Residence at M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs.  In 2015, Bach opened a second store, Verdigris Catskill on Main Street in Catskill.


Only the most recent five Adult Programs are shown here. Go to Adult Programs Archive for complete listings


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 @

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.