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Posted: August 15, 2018
Adults, Programs

Program Description: Good news! Spanish classes for adult learners start up again this fall. Sonia Cintron is once again offering adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. 

Date/Time: Advanced Beginner class meets Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm  and Intermediate class Tuesdays 6:45-7:45pm.

Pre-registration: Required

Suggested Audience: Adults

Learn to express yourself 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.

The Advanced Beginner class is for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language. The Intermediate level is for those conversational in Spanish who wish to further develop their skills.

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 if they wish to continue to attend. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Posted: August 15, 2018
Adults, Programs

Program Description: This workshop introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. Open to all levels.

Date/Time:  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm; 4-session classes meet weekly and are being offered in September, October and November. The September series will meet on September 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Suggested Audience: Seniors

Pre-registration: Required. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. The September series is already partially filled so please do register as soon as possible. 

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.

The class is free 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. 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: August 14, 2018
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: Join us for this important public forum with investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who will speak on her #GetTickedOff campaign. This event will explain the phenomenon of the rise of lyme disease and will provide reliable sources of information in the fight against the disease.

Date/Time: Friday, September 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Pre-registration: Not required

Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, writes that Pfeiffer’s book “throws new light on one more danger caused by climate change. Pfeiffer points out the importance not only of combating ticks but also the need for doctors to respond quickly and provide appropriate treatment. A stark warning that Lyme is but the tip of the iceberg.” Copies of the book will be given away while supplies last.

Didi Barrett, New York Assemblymember of the 106th District, has launched this new public outreach campaign on social media to raise awareness of Lyme disease and tick borne diseases (TBDs) and connect the community of people who are interested in learning more about it.

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

 

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Posted: August 12, 2018
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                 

What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away. Wish You Were Here examines and celebrates that era.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communications was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.  

We are proud to make the images available to the general public. In addition to this two month exhibition we are also making the images of our postcards available in our page on the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s Digital Collections.

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: August 7, 2018
Programs, Videos

Held in the Community Room on Monday August 6, 2018 at 6pm. Video courtesy of Dan Udell via YouTube: https://youtu.be/q4991Aw8cKQ

Program Description: Alexandra Cox discussion of youth incarceration in the Hudson Valley and her book Trapped in a Vice: the Consequences of Confinement for Young People. The book explores the consequences of a juvenile justice system that is aimed at promoting change in the lives of young people, yet ultimately relies upon tools and strategies that enmesh them in a system that they struggle to move beyond.

 

 

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Posted: August 7, 2018
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor (near Saratoga Springs) was the final home of our 18th century President.

Program Description:  In conjunction with PS 21’s production of award-winning playwright Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, Ms. Diggs discusses the fascinating life of Ulysses S. Grant and his relationship with Mark Twain.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 23, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Grant, a West Point graduate, had a deep connection to the Hudson Valley. He spent the last weeks of his life at The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor, New York (near Saratoga Springs). During that time, backed by satirist Mark Twain, he completed the best-seller, “The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” With Twain’s dedication and promotion, it went on to become a nationwide best seller. “The essential enigma of Grant,” says Diggs, “is that he rose to greatness as a military leader, as President, and finally, as a writer.  And yet, he was not ambitious.  He hated war, but he was our greatest warrior.  He disliked politics, but he was elected twice as President of the Union he saved.  And he never intended to write about the war, but when he finally did, his book was regarded as one of the greatest memoirs of all time.”

Raised in far Western Ohio, the future President was one of the few West Point cadets from what was then the frontier and was looked down upon for his rough clothes and lack of polish.  But he ended up making friends for life there – admired for his calm disposition, wry wit, and his unmatched horsemanship.

Early in the war, he was spurned by the Commander of the Army of the Potomac (McClellan) and given a desk job.  Finally assigned to an unruly Volunteer regiment, he quickly won their loyalty and began to win battles in the West when the Union was losing in the East.

Grant made headlines with the victory at Fort Donelson in 1862.  When asked for a meeting to discuss terms of surrender his reply was, “No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”  This reply and the surrender of an entire Rebel army of 30,000 made him famous overnight.

Late in the war, President Lincoln called him to Washington to make him Commander in Chief of the Union Army.  Although it was their first face-to-face meeting, they became close friends.  After Lincoln’s assassination, he sat in the shadows near the casket for two days, weeping silently as thousands of mourners filed by.

By the time the war finally ended, Diggs says, “He was idolized by the North for winning the war, and by the South for the compassionate Articles of Surrender he wrote at Appomattox.”

Years later, Dwight Eisenhower was puzzled by Grant’s reputation as a drunkard.  He studied his battle plans and tactics and concluded that only a man in full control of all his faculties could have devised and implemented Grant’s famously complex and audacious strategies.  Eisenhower said, “He met every test and rose to the occasion unlike any other man in American history.  He’s not been given his due.”

Join Ms. Diggs in the Library’s Community Room to learn more about this remarkable President and his relationship with Mark Twain. Refreshments provided. Contact programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information. For further information about Diggs, Grant, Twain and the play at PS21 go to www.GrantTwain.com.

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Posted: August 6, 2018
Programs

Program Description: This class with local chef and educator Nicole Lobue will give the tween, teen and senior attendees an opportunity to interact as a community of learners and tasters of delicious food. Offered in partnership with the City of Hudson Senior Center and the City of Hudson Youth Department.

Location: Alimentary Kitchen at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street. Transportation will be provided to and from the library courtesy of the City of Hudson Youth Department.

Date/Time: Monday, August 27, 12:30-3:30pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens, Teens and Seniors

Pre-registration: Required. Please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the front desk of the library

We ask that we are informed ahead of time if transportation is needed and that you arrive at the library by 12:15pm.

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-founderof 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.

This program is part of the Hudson Area Library’s ongoing collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center and the City of Hudson Youth Department.

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.

The City of Hudson Youth Center is located at 18 South 3rd Street in Hudson, NY. The HYC operates from September through July, in coordination with the Hudson City School Districts scholastic calendar. HYC offers weekday after-school programming and recreation from 3pm to 6pm for youth aged five to twelve. From 6pm to 9pm, the Center is open to youth aged thirteen to eighteen. The Center offers recreational activities, computer access, educational programming and hot meals to our community’s youth. HYC provides fun and engaging ways to both relax and learn after a long day at school, through sports, music, arts and leisure.

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Posted: August 3, 2018
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: Celebrate the opening of an installation of new works by local 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 September 1, 2018. 

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 hudsonhall.org.

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Posted: August 2, 2018
Programs

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center, in collaboration with Hudson Area Library, is offering a new yoga class twice weekly, starting Monday, August 6 and Wednesday August 8, 9 – 9:45am with a suggested donation of $2. Gentle AM YOGA Stretch is geared to seniors with gentle stretching according to ability and attention to problem areas. The instructor, Susan Schultz, has taught Hatha, Flow & Stretch Yoga for over twenty years. Just think, one could get all loosened up and ready for the ever popular Aerobics class offered also at the Senior Center at 10am. Flexibility, strength and aerobic exercise all covered in one morning!

Target Audience: Seniors

Pre-Registration: To sign up:  email: sherstevens@gmail.com or call: 518.828.3200 MWF between 12 and 3pm. or stop by the Senior Center at 51 N. 5th Street in Hudson.

 

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Posted: August 2, 2018
Adults, News, Programs, Services

Beth Gordon at her Job Search area in the library with a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Whether you are writing a resume for the first time or just need a professional eye to fine tune an existing one, the library has ongoing free one-on-one Job Search Help twice a week and by appointment.

Date/Time: Every Friday 10am – 1pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, & by appointment.

In this program there are two facilitators available to work with individuals on the various aspects of looking for employment. They have training to help with, not only resumes, but interview skills, online job applications, and finding the right market for your particular job skills. Both have access to job search resources online and in our area and have taken people through the process of searching for a job.

Beth Gordon is a Certified Career Services Provider, trained as a career coach through NCDA, the National Career Development Association. Beth provides professional development and advocacy to a diverse group of people who are out of work, looking to re-enter or join the workforce. She inspires and empowers individuals to achieve their career and life goals by consulting on resume writing, job search guidance, interview preparation and work ready assistance. She is available every Friday 10am – 1pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and by appointment.

Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections, has worked with many people to frame life experience into marketable job skills, including stay-at-home moms. She can also help people to put their education and job experience from other countries into a resume for their current situation. Heather is available by appointment.

Having a qualified person work with an individual through the process of seeking a job can mean success. For example, since last year, Beth has helped eight people find a new career path, go on multiple interviews and get the job of their dreams.  One client started her career journey in October and by February, she landed an amazing job as a marketing executive at a digital company. Another out of work client, through advice from Beth, took a carpentry training course, and with his new resume in hand, found a job at a local contracting firm.

Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one. To sign up for appointments or get more information, 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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