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Posted: January 12, 2018
Programs, Young Adults

Untitled by Natasha Wedd, Hack The Library Summer Session, 2017

As part of its expanded programming in 2018, We are pleased to present, Winter Hack, a session of the successful tween program: Hack The Library during school winter recess, February 22 – 23, 10am – 3pm. 

Tweens and Teens can join Filmmaker and Music Video director Zia Anger for a two day media camp at the library.  They will learn how to shoot, edit and move on camera. Finished works will appear on the library’s YouTube channel and in house monitor.

Zia Anger is a filmmaker and music video director. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING had its world premiere at New Directors/New Films and its international premiere at Festival del film Locarno. Other screenings include: AFI Fest, Denver Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,  and Vienna Independent Shorts. She has made music videos for various independent artists including: Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also tours with – a performer. Memorable performances include: Pitchfork Music Festival, Basilica Soundscape, and Oya Festivalen. Her music videos have been featured in various online publications including: Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

 

 

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Posted: January 11, 2018
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, our Adult Spanish Language Class will have beginner and intermediate levels. Classes meet Tuesdays; beginners 5:30 – 6:30pm and intermediate level 6:45 – 7:45pm beginning February 13.  Adults and high school students are welcome.

The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish 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. Students’ work will be celebrated May 1 at an event for the participants.

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 that they will be continuing to attend. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Posted: January 9, 2018
Adults, News, Programs

We have two facilitators for one-on-one Job Search Help continuing in 2018: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and every Friday 10am – 1pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator, or by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections.

These one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.
To sign up for appointments, call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System.

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Posted: December 22, 2017
Children, Programs

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, We are proud to offer Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families, Tuesdays, 10 – 11am beginning January 9. In Movement & Music musician Abby Lappen will present movement and songs for children as part of a special Story Hour in the Community Room. Families can learn how to use song and movement to help develop children’s pre-reading and reading skills.

Abby has been a driving force in the performing arts in this region for over 30 years as founder, director, and dancer/choreographer of Amble Dance. In addition she has led groups and taught at Camphill Village and The Hudson Opera House for twenty years, and has been a consultant in movement and music in mental health. She has recorded five albums, one of which is devoted to quality family time: Generations of Music and Miracles. She is delighted to join in programs for the Library.

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

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Posted: December 20, 2017
Children, Programs, Young Adults

 

Our Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and battle together on our special servers, has been such a huge success that we’re expanding our once-a-week session into Wednesday and Saturday sessions. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!

The club will meet Wednesdays 3:30-5pm beginning January 3, led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello, and Saturdays 12 – 2pm beginning January 6, with Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson. These two sessions are part of our expanded programming for 2018. 

To register for either session, email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library. Please note that the pre-existing Wednesday session is full as of this writing, but we can add you to a waitlist.

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Posted: December 19, 2017
Adults, Programs

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will offer beginning and intermediate classes of “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance,” in series of four classes each. All classes will be on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm.

Beginner: January 6, 13, 20, & 27 
Second beginner: March 3, 10, 17 & 24
Intermediate: February 3, 10, 17 & 24

This workshop will introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. Intermediate students, who have taken the beginner class, will receive some further exercises.  

Balance is an essential part of all movement, at every level: dance, athletics, biking, boating, hiking, and plain old walking. Like all other capacities, the “use it or lose it” maxim holds true for balance. There are many reasons why our balance deteriorates with age, but the principal cause is lifestyle.

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.

This class is offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. The class is free and 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. Only students who have taken Paul’s class prior can register for the intermediate level. 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: December 16, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

We are offering another series of All Things Apple on Mondays, 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic.

January 8: iMac/Macbook basics
January 15: iTunes
January 22: iPhoto
January 29: IOS Devices  

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. 

All Things Apple will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years, had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

Classes are free and open to the public and held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the particular class (or classes) they would like to attend by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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Posted: December 15, 2017
Children, Programs

We are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program in collaboration with The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, January 20, 27, and February 3, 10 & 17.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, with special guest readers (including our very own Library Director, Emily Chameides), while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available. 

Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books, available for check out at the library. There will be special events following sessions. The last Saturday ends with a field trip to Spotty Dog Books with each family that has participated in the program receiving a $25 gift certificate to spend at the store.

To sign up for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.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 under five, and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Posted: December 12, 2017
Programs, Young Adults

Bengali Bandhan classes continues for a new semester with a new meeting time: Fridays 4 – 5pm beginning January 5. These classes, taught by MD Gazi and Kaniz Fatema, are open to school aged children and the general public.

Students will learn how to read, write, and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in April at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: December 12, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today.

All are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.

In January the group will discuss The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration  by Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. This book tells the American story of the decades-long black migration from the South to cities in the north and west. It was a National Book Circle Critics Award Winner and made the Ten Best Books of the Year list of many major newspapers and magazines when it was published in 2010. Books may be borrowed through the library. The Warmth of Other Suns is available in print, ebook, and on CD. Please use our online system, call or stop in to reserve a copy.

After the first month, books read will be chosen based on participants’ suggestions. To register email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library and registrants are encouraged to give book suggestions.

The library also offers a book group that covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month on Wednesday 4 – 5pm. They will meet January 24 to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, February 28 for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, March 28 for Dear Red by Maureen McNeil. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the organizer and moderator. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

These programs are free and open to the public and take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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