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Posted: April 12, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs

Parent, volunteer and children reading during a Parent Child Academy session.

Sign up at the library for our new 5-week Parent Child Academy, which will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children’s activities, including a Story and Craft Hour, by our Children’s Librarian and AmeriCorps workers for ages 2+ will available in the library while parents attend a workshop and discussion session. This is our third series of workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter Kindergarten ready to read! Participants will receive free books and prizes each week!

As a special activity on Saturday, May 6 families will each be given a gift certificate to spend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. After meeting at the library and receiving a bag lunch and the gift certificates, attendees and the Academy teacher Kathy Mabb and other library personnel will ride the festival bus (which will be stopping at the library) to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival for a day of fun, activities and shopping for children’s books.

We will be arranging other trips and/or outdoor activities for this Academy series as well. For further information and to sign up email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: April 11, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

We are partnering again this spring with Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan for miniature book-making events in anticipation of a Hudson-wide exhibit of tiny books.

Bookmaking workshops will take place Tuesday, April 25 in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library. A workshop for seniors and other library patrons will run from 1-3pm; a program with members of Perfect Ten teen group and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood children will take place from 4-6pm. Both sessions at the library are free to attend and open to the general public.


The workshops will be presented by Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan, a studio, gallery and “imaginarium” located in Montclair, NJ. These workshops are in anticipation of “Let Me Tell You: Tiny Books, Big Ideas,” a community exhibit scheduled to debut at Drop Forge & Tool, a creative arts residency and workshop space located at 442 Warren Street, on May 22, 2017. Participants in the tiny book workshops will be invited to submit their creations to the exhibit, which will run through June 25, 2017.

During the spring and summer of 2016, Tingle and Stein transformed their 1965 Covered Wagon caravan into The Tiny Book Show, a roving bookmobile filled with more than 325 miniature books—each measuring less than 3 inches—made by amateur and professional artists and writers from around the world. They stopped in more than 60 locations around the country to display the exhibit, and taught book-making workshops at each exhibit stop. The project route included stops in Hudson in May of 2016, at Basilica Farm & Flea and at the Hudson Area Library.

The Creativity Caravan will be teaching other local workshops including a Tiny Book-Making Intensive at Drop Forge & Tool on Sunday, April 23 for $75 per student.

The free workshops at the Hudson Area Library will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: April 11, 2017
Adults, Programs

The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 26 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room for a discussion of Long Gone by Alafair Burke. They have also selected The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict for their May discussion, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 4pm, and The Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman for their June discussion, scheduled for June 28 at 5pm.

Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. New book club members and visitors are always welcome.


Posted: April 10, 2017
Adults, Programs

An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.


Posted: April 4, 2017
Adults, Programs, Services

We are now offering two different ways to receive one-on-one job search help:

  • by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections or
  • Fridays 10am – 12pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator.

Both of 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 call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.


Posted: March 30, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

We are happy to announce the next program in our ongoing collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center with a free intergenerational cooking class for teens and seniors on Monday, April 10 at 3:30pm taught by local chef and educator Nicole Lobue. This class will give the teen and senior attendees an opportunity to interact as a community of learners and tasters of delicious food. At the teens’ request this first session will cover how to cook (healthy) fried chicken. The class will be held in the senior center on the second floor of the Galvan Armory.

Instructor Nicole Lobue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. Nicole’s work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder and co-educator of Wild Gather, an herbalism school in the Hudson Valley, a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work — in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom — Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.

Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up and fill out a registration form.


Posted: March 10, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

The Congolese Celebration got a mention on the radio show Rural Intelligence Report, a radio show covering news in Berkshire, northern Dutchess, northern Litchfield, and our very own Columbia counties. We audio above is a clip of the March 5 episode of their program. You can find the full episode here.


Posted: March 9, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Youngest Parader in NYC Suffragist Parade. Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC.

Our library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Suffragettes: 100 Years, 10 Stories, from Hudson; We’re Counting” by Nicole Childrose on Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 pm.

This event will be an interactive lecture and discussion celebrating northeastern women and their contributions throughout history. An exploration of 10 case studies of local women with ties to Hudson and the greater Hudson Valley region will allow audience members to have a greater understanding of local women who have made political, economic and social contributions.

Emphasis will be placed on historiography, social and cultural history and innovative approaches to understanding our community roots. Strategies will also be shared to empower audience members to understand and appreciate history through diverse and unique lenses. There will be refreshments and a question and answer session will follow.

Nicole is an assistant professor of history and political science at Columbia-Greene Community College. Her emphasis is on innovative approaches to teaching social and cultural history, philosophy and psychology. Nicole’s doctoral dissertation explored innovative approaches to teaching history online. She emphasizes social justice in all her teaching; empowering students to understand their own stories and make positive changes in their lives, communities and the world. She is a passionate animal advocate and lives in East Nassau with her husband Robert.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: March 2, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

The Hudson Area Library is proud to present a sneak preview of the World Premiere of Mortality Mansions on Friday, March 24 at 6pm in the library’s Community Room.

Mortality Mansions is a song cycle by Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein and distinguished American poet Donald Hall, former Poet Laureate of the United States (2006 – 2007). The song cycle explores themes of love, sexuality, and bereavement in old age. This project was created in collaboration with The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia Medical Center, and Sparks & Wiry Cries, for their Casement Fund Song Series, with special thanks to Barnard College and Columbia University School of the Arts. We are honored to offer this sneak preview at the Hudson Area Library. It will be premiered at Barnard at the end of March.

The featured performers are tenor Michael Slattery (“elemental emotional force” –Financial Times; “sweet-toned tenderness” –New York Times), and Dimitri Dover, acclaimed pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist program. Composer Herschel Garfein will join the artists, reading and reflecting on the poetry of Donald Hall that he has set to music in this song cycle.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: February 19, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout!

Pamela Badila is a visual and performing artist with a background in education. She is also co-founder of the prestigious Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with husband, Elombe Andre Badila. This family-based ensemble produces live performances of traditional music, song, dance and folklife stories. After traveling through eleven countries in North America, Europe and Africa, Mrs. Badila has accumulated enriching influences of world cultures and developed a succinct appreciation for engaging in the building of strong community dynamics. Mother of ten children and grandmother of ten, Mrs. Badila continues to evolve in the purpose of guiding youth to their highest potential.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


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