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.
The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!
The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.
The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, will be presenting The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm.
Jon Meredith will be speaking on the stoneware industry that flourished in Hudson in the 1800s. Mr. Meredith has researched and collected Columbia County, NY stoneware over the last thirty six years, including pieces produced at the potteries in Hudson, NY, as well as pieces made for various merchants throughout the county.
Jon has authored articles on stoneware made in Hudson for various periodicals, including the Columbia County History & Heritage Magazin, and has spoken on Hudson and Columbia County stoneware at the Bennington Museum. He has an extensive knowledge of and collects items related to Columbia County; many pieces from the Meredith collection have been featured in books written about the history of Columbia County.
This presentation will be in the community room on the first floor of the library, which has wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public.
Hudson Valley dance artist Carlos Osorio and local dance artist Anthony Molina return to Hudson with an exciting line up of easy and fun movement offered in the “Get Up and Move!” family program. Carlos Osorio brings 40 years of traditional dances from Colombia to the Capital and Hudson Valley regions. Hip Hop artist Anthony Molina has attracted dancers from Columbia and Greene Counties and beyond.
Each class will have a literacy component allowing participants to discover dance artists and learn about the ongoing impact of movement in our society. Teens from Operation Unite, NY Youth in Action will utilize books from the Hudson Library throughout the nine-week program.
Sponsors of the fitness and literacy initiative are the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County and New York Yearly Quakers.
Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center provides free programs for youth and families in Columbia County and neighboring communities. The library is a beacon for family literacy experiences throughout the Hudson Area. The Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program is an engaging, activity-based afterschool program for students in the Hudson City School District. For more information contact Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center at (518) 828-3612 or the Hudson Area Library at (518) 828-1792 x101.
If you have a child, birth to five, we encourage you to join the Parent Child Academy to celebrate and strengthen your role as your child’s first and best teacher. Join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter school ready to read. Receive free books and prizes each week! A cash incentive will be given for exceptional attendance.
Our 5-week Parent Child Academy will empower parents as the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives. The Academy will provide a friendly environment in which to learn about using activities to build children’s literacy in their daily home lives. These activities, and the resources provided by the Academy, will help prepare children to learn to read and write when they enter Kindergarten. This is our second series of 5 workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.
The Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at the library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY. 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.
For further information and to sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant.
No experience necessary. There will be a beginner level as well as a continuing level for teens who are returning to the class from the fall semester. This class is free and open to all teens 13+. Teens do NOT need a laptop but, if they prefer their own laptop, they are welcome to bring it. 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.
We are pleased to host an Author Reading with Tim Murphy on February 11 at 6pm. Mr. Murphy will be discussing his new novel, Christodora, recently chosen as an American Library Association’s 2017 Notable Book. Christodora tells the story of a family living in the East Village of New York City who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic. It is the story of the brave people who fought for this epidemic to be recognized and for its victims to be treated humanely. It is also the story of people who survived and how their fight and their grief impacted them centrally for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Murphy will read a selection from Christodora and there will be a question and answer period to follow. Copies of the book, signed by the author, will be available for sale courtesy of Spotty Dog Books and Ale during the reception that will follow. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
Tim Murphy is a journalist who has reported on HIV/AIDS for two decades. He has worked for Out, Advocate, New York Magazine, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler. He has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.
Garth Greenwell writes in the Washington Post: “A powerful novel about the AIDS crisis and its legacy . . . Hugely ambitious . . . [A] rich, complicated story . . . Murphy offers a compelling portrait of the community of activists that transformed queer life in the 1980s and ’90s . . . His depictions of the day-to-day business of activists and bureaucrats have uncommon authority. He vividly captures the diversity and tensions within the AIDS movement . . . No book has made me feel so intensely not just the ravages of AIDS but also the devastating cost of activism . . . Christodora recounts a crucial chapter in the history of queer life, which is to say in the history of American life. It’s also, for all the despair it documents, a book about hope.”
And in the New York Times Alastair Gee writes this in his review of the book: ‘The catalyst of this thrillingly accomplished novel is not the East Village apartment building where several characters live — the Christodora — but a virus. A young boy named Mateo loses his mother to AIDS and is taken in by an artist couple, an act of love that triggers an emotional time bomb. Others grapple with H.I.V. or its destructive legacy: a New York deputy health commissioner suffering from manic episodes; her gay heartthrob of an intern, who grows disgusted with the ossified bureaucracy as the disease wreaks its toll; and the artists’ navel-gazing writer friend, Drew, in California. These varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly that “Christodora” sometimes seems the product of spirit possession. And it is joyous despite its subject matter. Drew is described, in a typically delicious example of the humor animating the book, as “a swath of glitter wrapped around an echoing void.”’
Attend a residential energy efficiency workshop at the Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson, NY, on January 28 at 11am, hosted by James Kopp. Even with the current relatively lower cost of energy, getting a home energy upgrade can help you cut utility expenses, live more comfortably and mitigate climate change. Se habla español. The event is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
A free, or reduced cost, NYSERDA Home Energy Assessment and Energy Report gives you the information needed to determine a scope of work for an energy upgrade. 92% of New Yorkers qualify for a free assessment with no obligation.
Mr. Kopp will discuss your home energy needs, walk you through NYS’s energy programs and suggest DIY tips you can do yourself.
- Energy Report: Learn how to apply and what Home Performance Contractors do during the home energy assessment. Get an Energy Report that details issues about health and safety, air infiltration, insulation, heating, lighting and appliances and payback periods.
- Incentives: Learn about financial incentives. Middle to low income families qualify for a 50% discount up to a $4,000 cap, or $8,000 if your home has two to four units.
- Low Interest Loans: Learn about low interest loan options and how you can arrange your loan so monthly payments are less than the average energy savings per month.
- Free Services: Low-income families qualify for free services through EmPower NY.
Help spread the word, tell your neighbors about the workshop, do your part to save energy, live more comfortably, and address climate change.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. RUPCO, a nonprofit housing organization is a NYSERDA contractor doing outreach to homeowners.
The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Rapport Meyers LLP in Hudson, NY, where his work covers a variety of areas: municipal and public authorities law, real estate and land use, environmental law, employment law, and commercial law and economic development, among others. Currently the Athens town attorney in Greene County, he acted as corporation counsel to the City of Hudson from 1980 to 1999 and as town attorney for the Town of Greenport from 1986 to 1995. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards, including the Hudson Home for the Aged. He represents many nonprofit clients in connection with their operations and projects. He has represented the NYS Association for Retarded Citizens, Columbia County Chapter (COARC) since 1974, and he represents the Rudolph Steiner Foundation and Camphill Village. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation since 2013. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.
This presentation will be in the community room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first–come, first-served basis.
From January to March, the History Room is featuring a continuous video exhibit of Hudson from 1939 – 1966 through the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977). Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. The footage contains an astonishing record of haunting images – familiar and vanished streetscapes – that tell the story of South Front Street.
Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski, who was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ exotic world on South Front Street, has digitized this historic footage. Peter has master’s degrees in history and education and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is the Hillsdale Town Supervisor and president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.
This viewing is also made possible by the generous donation of iMac computers by Etsy.
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