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Posted: October 21, 2019
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Program Description: It’s a half day of school! HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) will be hosting a special version of their on-going Movie Matinee Series. This month’s feature is 2019’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Detective Pikachu tells the story of a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Date/ Time: Thursday, November 14, 12:30-3pm

Registration/Suggested Audience: This movie is open to tweens, teens and families and is held as part of the Council’s ongoing Saturday Movie Matinee series. As usual for matinees there will be raffle prizes and free popcorn. For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers and community. Past events have included Saturday Movie Matinees, Escape Rooms, DIBS (Do It Better Series) and the Hudson Area Library Winter Walk Hut.

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Posted: October 20, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Program Description: The Pillow Project  comes to the library! All children attending this program leave with a pillow they create themselves (no sewing, just cutting fabric strips with scissors!). The Pillow Project was founded by teenager Ella Gibbs who believes that children need and want a pillow to hug and comfort them. All of the materials needed to make a pillow are supplied by Ella at no cost. Participating children choose their own fleece fabrics, make and keep their own pillow.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 23/11am-1pm

Registration/Audience: This event is free and open to children of all ages (though younger ones will need help from their caregiver to create their pillow). Registration is preferred. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Four years ago Ella crowdfunded The Pillow Project, raised about $5000 and has subsequently taken The Pillow Project to thirteen states. The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood of Hudson, NY was one of The Pillow Project’s first partners. Among other local organizations Ella has partnered with over the years are the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Stride (Chatham,) YMCA (Greenbush, Guilderland, Canaan, CT,) Hope 7 Center (Troy) and St. Peter’s Waveriders.

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Posted: October 20, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Photo by JD Urban

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto and Winter Swing at the Armory. Dances studied in the class include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. The series ends with a live music dance party open to the public with the Fabulous Versatones.

Date/Time: Ballroom Dance: Fridays, 5:30-7pm, November 15, 22, December 6 & 13

Winter Swing Dance at the Armory: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm

Audience: Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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.

The City of Hudson Senior Center is located on the 2nd floor of 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. There are county and city services at the center including meals for seniors; yoga, aerobics and painting classes. For more information call: (518) 838-3200.

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Posted: October 20, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, concludes our 2019 Music in the Stacks series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. The concert is hosted by Operation Unite NY. A reception follows with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm

Audience: All ages. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for 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.

Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist” by Time Out NY. He has composed works for the country’s leading ensembles, including orchestral works, percussion cycles, and string quartets. He has scored music for television, museum exhibition and feature-length and short films. Higgins plays and composes in ZS, which the New York Times called “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.” His music has been performed in over 20 countries and at some of the world’s leading music festivals.

These concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduces the musicians and facilitates a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition.

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, states, “This first concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks series represents the excellence, uniqueness and accessibility of music that we wish to bring to our community. We invite all to join us for this cultural, educational and social concert.”

2019 Music in the Stacks concerts have included Moyna, a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth; Harmony Project Hudson, a student and instructor concert, hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council; NorthWinds, a Bassoon Ensemble, hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society; and Miho Hatori, curated and promoted by Basilica Hudson who waived their curatorial and publicity fees and hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0.

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: October 16, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and library’s last two 2019 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly continue with a focus on painting from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 16 and December 21, 2-4pm

Registration/Audience: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. 
The November class will focus on seasonal flowers, fall foliage, still lifes created with Thanksgiving holiday items and more. In December attendees can create watercolor holiday cards.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.

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Posted: October 16, 2019
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Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are providing free transportation to the Ancram Opera House for its production of The Snow Queen. Ancram Opera House is generously providing all attendees with deeply discounted tickets ($5) for this inaugural cultural trip. The van is provided by the City of Hudson Youth Department.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 8. Depart from library at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm.

Audience/Registration: This staged concert is for adults and younger audiences, ages 9 and up. Attendees will meet at the library/senior center at 1pm. There are a limited number of seats available, so registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, visit the main desk at the library, or call 518-828-1792 x101.

The Ancram Opera House production of The Snow Queen is a new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. “A man is haunted by a recurring bad dream. A girl journeys barefoot through the world to rescue her best friend. Their stories intertwine in this new adaptation with music, presented as a staged concert, accompanied by striking visuals.” Book & lyrics by Barbara Wiechmann, music by Lisa Dove, and directed by Jeffrey Mousseau.

The Ancram Opera House, located in southern Columbia County, is an award-winning intimate rural performance hall showcasing contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret by visionary theater and musical artists. For tickets and information visit www.ancramoperahouse.org.

The Hudson Area Library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are both located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY.

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Posted: October 16, 2019
Adults, Fundraising, History Room, News, Programs

Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for  better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited UPDATE: The bus is full!

The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company at 99 South 3rd St. in Hudson and members of the tour will receive a free drink ticket as part of the tour cost. The bus will leave at 1pm and travel through the streets of Hudson. Tickets are $60, in honor of the library’s 60th birthday. Seating is limited. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Leading the tour is inimitable library History Room researcher John Craig (a Hudson fixture and according to the Gossips of Rivertown: “a tenacious researcher”). He will be accompanied by former Hudson Mayor Richard F. Tracy, who will also drive the tour bus. These two gentlemen will regale tour-goers with the real history of Hudson, the oldest city in the United States.

Established by whalers and merchants from Nantucket and New Bedford, Hudson has had many incarnations: as a safe harbor for maritime commerce, an industrial city with foundries, mills, cement plants, and factories; and then as a city valuing its history and historic architecture attracting retailers, writers, and other artists to the city. Hudson today is a city of many communities with economic, cultural, and racial diversity, that are debating through democratic means how the city should be defined, how it can best take care of its residents, and how it can thrive in its next iteration today and in the future.

Brenda Shufelt, the library’s program director said, “From my experience at the Hudson Area Library, especially in planning our History Room talks and exhibitions, locals, new residents, and visitors love the history of Hudson. It seems everyone who has a connection to Hudson values its amazing, colorful, and rich history. All are welcome on this tour, which will prove to be informative and entertaining!”

The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

The History Room hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 12pm, during which people can visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments outside of regular hours are available upon request. For more information email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: October 15, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are hosting a workshop in our healthy living series sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York State: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 5-6pm

Audience/Registration: Registration is encouraged. To register call Sierra at 518-867-4999 x1691 or email ssnoddy@alz.org. This program will be held in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior is appropriate for community presentations, corporate employee wellness meetings, support group programming and more.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York covers a 17-county region and is based in Albany, New York.

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Posted: October 15, 2019
News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is happy to announce the formation of a Dungeons & Dragons Club run by members of the council. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where participants are invited to create their own characters and explore fantastical kingdoms and realms, taking in adventures along the way. This club is for the curious and mildly-experienced. Ages 8-15 are welcome.

Date/Time: 1st Saturdays of the Month beginning Saturday, November 2, 12-2pm

Age/ Registration: Ages 8-15 are welcome. For more information and to register, contact youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers and community. Past events have included Saturday Movie Matinees, Escape Rooms, DIBS (Do It Better Series) and the Hudson Area Library Winter Walk Hut.

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Posted: October 1, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: The Nonfiction Book Group is venturing into Hudson’s history with Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town With the Big Red Light District by Bruce Edward Hall. Book group facilitator Mark Orton states, “[This book] sheds new light on how Hudson has been dependent for a very long time on “weekenders” to support a significant portion of the local economy. the difference is that the current economy is not dependent on men’s interests in gambling, drinking and sex.”

Date/Time: Monday, November 4, 6-7:30pm

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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