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Posted: May 18, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

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Posted: May 17, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Please bring plastic bags to workshop.  

Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.

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Posted: May 16, 2017
Children, Programs

In collaboration with Out Hudson, we are proud to present the first installment of Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday, June 10 from 11am-12pm.

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like – drag queens reading stories to children. This is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied on a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven. All kids and families are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.

Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; she is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, song and clowning.  Locally she has been in the 2015 Hudson Pride Parade; featured in the sitcom play ‘Twisted’ at Red Dot; unicycled in the 2016 Out Hudson parade and has performed at Waterworks pub in Albany.

OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.

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Posted: May 9, 2017
Adults, Programs

We are proud to present All Things Apple, a new class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; which will begin in June. This class is a four-week series on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and July 10, 6 – 7pm.

The class will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years,  had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

In All Things Apple, Mr. Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products.  Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs, donated by etsy, available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.

This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room outside of library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the class by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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Posted: April 26, 2017
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.

Ms. Rusoff has taught and directed extensively in London, Los Angeles and New York. She founded and directed “The Atlantic Crossing Theatre Project” which originated works at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival. Her work has been seen on BBC and the ROYAL Festival Hall in England, as well as many repertory venues in Los Angeles. Ms. Rusoff is best known in Hudson for her work at the Hudson Opera House as the director of the highly successful Hudson Teen Theatre Project and for her abilities to inspire teens and develop their theatrical skills and talents. Carol has a unique rapport with teens and works well with young people of diverse experience and interest levels drawing out the best in each participant.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation. It is free and open to all teens 13 – 19. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk.

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Posted: April 26, 2017
Adults, Programs

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.

There is currently a video exhibition of the Neefus Collection that will run through May and can be viewed during library open hours. During his talk Mr. Neefus will show and discuss many of these unique historic photos.

The Neefus family has deep roots in Hudson. Originally they were descended from Cornelius Nevius, treasurer of New Amsterdam under Peter Stuyvesant. The Neefuses moved first to Nevis (between Clermont and Red Hook, NY) before moving to Hudson. Mr. Neefus himself was born in Dover, New Hampshire, where his father was a photography professor for the University of New Hampshire. His family then moved back to Hudson where Wendy was raised and attended Hudson High School. He went on to Southern New Hampshire University and joined his parents’ photography business in Hudson first in the darkroom and then, after attending photography school, began photographing weddings for Neefus Photographers. The Neefus studio closed July 2013 but their photographs still live on in our memories and Hudson’s history.

A question and answer period will follow Mr. Neefus’s talk. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are to follow.

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Adults, Programs

We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.

On the occasion of this retrospective Lucy writes, “Ever since I can remember I have been drawing and making things with my hands. It is my way of seeing, of knowing the world.” Her whole life has been dedicated to creating visual and written works of art.  One of the striking qualities of Lucy’s artwork is her versatility. Early on sculpture was her chosen medium, so it is fitting that the earliest piece in the exhibition is the elegant relief of her three-day-old son, Andrew, born in 1960. When her family lived on the Zuni and Navajo reservations, Lucy worked primarily in drawings and woodcuts and those are represented in the exhibition. After receiving a BFA in creative writing and art, Lucy worked throughout the state of Vermont as artist in residence and served on the board of the Vermont Council of the Arts. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Vermont House of Representatives for her prodigious contribution to the arts in the state.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. There will be refreshments after the book readings and a chance to speak with the artist.

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Posted: April 12, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs

Our new 5-week Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to help your child read. We will be having fun activities, field trips, book giveaways and prizes and more!

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.

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 and stroller accessible.

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Posted: April 11, 2017
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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.

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Posted: April 11, 2017
Adults, Programs

The Hudson Area Library Book Club have a special session on Wednesday, April 26 at 4pm at Mexican Radio, 537 Warren St., Hudson 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.

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