Program Description: Leapin Line Dance: An Introduction to Line Dancing is a one time dance workshop led by Diane Teutschman. Dancers will learn the steps in unison to choreographed country or popular songs. No experience or partner needed!
Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 4:00-5:30pm in the library’s community room.
Registration: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 X101
Diane Teutschman has been line dancing for many years and loving it! She has performed at country clubs, adult centers, adult education venues, with adults of all ages and abilities. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Program Description: In this workshop, we will share three interviews from the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) collection of oral histories and seek participants’ input and assistance creating summaries for the interviews. This workshop is offered in collaboration with Oral History Summer School (OHSS) and SBK Social Justice Center.
Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 3-6pm
Registration: Space is limited. To register, please email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 x101.
The BLACC collection features over 20 interviews collected between 1987 and 1989 by staff and volunteers of the now-defunct Retired Senior Volunteer Program, as part of a research program that sought to reveal contributions made by the local black community from slavery to present time. Ownership of this collection was generously transferred from Columbia Opportunities to our library in 2018.
In 2019, we were awarded a grant in collaboration with OHSS to digitize the BLACC collection and to create interplay between this collection, the library’s oral history collection, and the 500+ life histories in the OHSS collection. This is the first public workshop in a series of workshops and opportunities that we are planning for 2020 and 2021.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries grant. To learn more about IMLS, visit www.imls.gov.
Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm
Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible.
In 1907, plans were already underway for a community of new homes in Hudson offering paved streets, sidewalks and convenient access to the Hudson business district. What’s more, the design of this new development included a 5-acre man made lake surrounded by a beautifully landscaped 5-acre public park known as Oakdale. The brainchild of local farmer, banker and businessman Arthur Farrand, “Oakdale Park” was created for the benefit and enjoyment of all Hudson citizens.
Oakdale Park is used today by the City of Hudson Youth Department as a summer day camp site, a fishing, canoeing and swimming area for many locals, a natural respite from the city, and a pedestrian path for those coming from the Fairview Avenue shopping area. As more and more understanding and support for the value of the area’s Oakdale Lake grows, through organizations such as the Friends of Oakdale Lake, interest in its creation and history have also increased.
Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for TKG Real Estate. This is his third talk for the library’s local history series. Assisting Mr. Barrett is Hudson Area Library History Room head researcher John Craig. John is also the long-time publisher of Rundy’s Journal.
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Greenport Historical Society provides excellent programs of both an educational and entertaining nature. These are available to the membership and general public at no charge. Membership is open to everyone and residency in the town is not a consideration. www.greenporthistoricalny.org .
Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.
Date/Time: Thursdays 2:30 – 4pm, from March 5 until April 30 (no class March 26).
Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.
Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email email@example.com.
This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
Maureen McNeil, author, artist, educator, and social activist, has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world. Maureen is also the author of Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe and Red Hook Stories.
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) 828-3200.
Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library’s spring 2020 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly begin soon. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.
Date/Time: Saturdays, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2-4pm.
Recommended 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.
Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library.
The March class will focus on chicks, lambs, nests, and seasonal still lifes of local foliage and color inspired by Spring. In April attendees can celebrate Earth Day with Mother Nature’s bounty and paint local foliage, birds, bugs, flowers, maps, and more. The theme of the May class will be the new growth of Spring, with flowers, birds, and bees, alongside special Memorial Day reference pictures.
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.
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, such as meals for seniors, yoga, aerobics and painting classes. For more information call: (518) 838-3200.
Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Salsa Dance Class and Practice Party with Andrew Resto, a certified Bronze level dance instructor. These classes, focus on salsa, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Let’s continue the tradition of dance at the historic Armory with a latin flavor!
Date/Time: The 2-week class series is Friday, March 27, 5:30-7pm & Friday, April 3, 5:30-8:30pm. The last hour on April 3 will be a practice party.
Recommended Audience: 16 and older. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.
Registration: 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 email@example.com.
Andrew Resto is a professional dancer 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.
Program Description: Living Poetry at the Library with poets Mahogany L. Browne and Jive Poetic is an evening of poetry, prose, and performance. A discussion and reception follows the reading, allowing audience members to share their reactions, and to interact with the poets and each other.
Date/Time: Friday, February 21, 6-7:30pm
Suggested Audience: Free and Open to All!
Living Poetry at the Library is an annual literary event that celebrates and introduces diverse literary artists to community members presenting different literary traditions to the community as an opportunity for cultural exchange and growth. This year’s program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator In Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary.
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator. Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, Black Girl Magic, Kissing Caskets, and Dear Twitter. She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration investigating its impact on women and children. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. In 2017, Jive received the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased onTVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS NewsHour, and BET. International support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. Currently, Jive is the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam curator.
This program is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Program Description: Our weekday story hours for families and little ones will center on Black History throughout the month of February. We’ll share picture book biographies focused on Scientists and Engineers, Artists and Musicians, and Politicians and Agents of Change.
Date/Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am
Program Description: This month the General Reading Book Group reads Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate and the Nonfiction Book Group examines Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson. These books are available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Date/Time: The Hudson Area Library General Book Group meets Wednesday, February 19, 5-6pm and the Non Fiction Book Group meets Monday, February 24, 6-7:30pm.
Registration: To register for the General Book Group please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to register for the Non Fiction Book Group visit here or email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792
Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History invite the public to the opening reception of their exhibition The History of the Census in Hudson at the library.
Since ancient times, societies have kept counts of their population for various purposes. This exhibit examines the United States federal censuses that have been taken since 1790, the New York State censuses taken since 1825, colonial censuses that precede the American revolution, and the upcoming 2020 federal census. Focusing on Hudson from its founding and even earlier times, and includes original 1845 census books for the City of Hudson, displayed alongside maps, documents and images that illuminate the area’s growth and history. Additional information, regarding the 2020 census and its importance to Hudson and its inhabitants will also be on view.
Date/Time: Thursday, February 6 from 6pm until 7:30pm in the library’s community room. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from February 6 until March 31.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.
The History Room hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 12pm, during which people 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 are available upon request. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.
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