Program Description: In collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center, we present a Gallery Hop to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, we will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides us through his amazing collection. Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. After the gallery visit all can return to the library for a lunch provided by Reference and Adult Services (RASS) Mini-Grant Committee of NYLA .
Date/Time: Friday, June 21 from 1-3 pm
Recommended Audience/Registration Required: Adults of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 x101.
Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.
Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.
Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.
Program Description: Wine & cheese reception for “Watercolors by OTTO”, the library’s latest community room exhibition. The work of Otto Miranda, a local watercolor artist for over 20 years, is represented including watercolors of flowers, landscapes, birds, and historical venues.
Date/Time: Friday, July 12, 5-7pm
The exhibit is open through August 31 for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible.
A previous OTTO exhibit at the library of the 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds will also be available for viewing.
The library will receive 50% of the sales from the exhibition to benefit the History Room. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Two local organizations recently provided the library with additional tools to study the natural resources and ecology of Hudson.
Copies of Nature In The City, a 56-page report by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), are now available to pick up for free at the library and City Hall. The report was completed after four years of work, including hundreds of volunteer hours, and with two state grants. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city and establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson’s citizens, civic spaces and natural resources.
If you want to get up close and personal with Hudson’s natural resources, use your library card to check out one of the Estuary Explorer Backpacks provided by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). Then, proceed on your expedition with all the tools you need to investigate the local ecosystem according to one of the following themes: night sky, hiking, birding, insects, or water.
What’s an estuary, and why should you explore it? You may be surprised to know that the Hudson River is more than a river – it’s an arm of the sea, where salty sea water meets fresh water from streams. This means the river has two high and two low tides each day, and that the land near the river, and surrounding it, is especially rich in plant and animal life.
While the backpack kits can be used anywhere, Heidi Bock of the CLC suggests getting up close and personal with the ecosystem at Greenport Conservation Area. “There’s so much you can see and experience at Greenport,” she says. “There are small streams, wetlands, forests – and so many kinds of plants and animals that benefit from these habitats!”
This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Questions about Columbia Land Conservancy’s environmental education program? Contact Heidi Bock at 518-392-5252 x207 or email@example.com, or visit clctrust.org
Program Description: Explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories.
Date/Time: June 30, 1:30-4pm
Registration: The workshop is free, but space is limited. Interested in attending? Please fill out this form and we will be in touch.
About the workshop:
Participants will explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories. How do we as writers stage the gaps and limitations of official news media narratives by centering marginalized voices? How do we take audiences on an empathetic journey to unfamiliar worlds and perspectives? How do we mine the possibilities of liveness, ephemerality, and empathy that both oral history and performance open up as a means to break through the rigid structures and systems that prevent us from witnessing one another’s stories? Through a series of exercises and prompts combining words and movement, this workshop provides an interactive introduction to the work of making theatre that uses oral history to speak back to the archive. We will use media sources and oral testimonies on the issue of police violence in the United States as foundational material.
Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as an immersive training program to help students from varied fields––writers, social workers, radio producers, artists, teachers, human rights workers––make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work. In addition to our workshops in Hudson, NY and around the country, we are building a Hudson-area archive of oral history interviews with local Hudson-area residents. We have collected over 400 interviews, and look forward to opening the archive in collaboration with the library, this year.
Nikki Yeboah (PhD, Northwestern University) is an oral historian, storyteller and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at San Jose State University, where her work builds a bridge between institutions of higher education and the communities they serve through direct engagement with the practical problems that frame their lives. Her creative work uses oral history and performance to facilitate dialogue around issues of gender and racial inequality and social justice. Her most recent work, The (M)others, is a documentary play based on the testimonies of Bay-Area mothers who have lost loved ones to police violence. Her performances have been staged at The Soraya (Los Angeles), New College of Florida (Sarasota) The Hammer Theatre (San José), The Marsh (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago) & the Chicago Cultural Center. Nikki has served as a Northwestern University Programming Fellow at the Chicago Humanities Festival. She is currently a board member of Storycenter & Oleear, two non-profit organizations that use storytelling for social change.
Registration is now open for the library’s Summer youth programs! Go to this link for more information.
Program Description: The year is 2100, and the world is left reeling after a suspicious spacecraft appears in the sky over Hudson, New York. A team is chosen to make first contact, and to craft a peace treaty with the “Visitors.” Unfortunately, due to a mis-translation during talks, the team is imprisoned and now war with the Visitors is imminent! Trapped in an alien crater, the team has only 15 minutes to escape, fix their mistake, and warn everyone before the attacks start. The fate of mankind rests on THEIR shoulders.
Join the Tween Advisory Council for an original escape room escapade! Come and play as a ragtag team of friends, or with your family. The game is limited to 15 mins and the team that has the shortest time will win a special prize.
Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 11am-3pm. Reservation mandatory. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 for time slot.
Age: Story line is suitable for ages 6 and up
Program Description: We are very happy to announce that the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book & Bake Sale in the Community Room at the library. Come one, come all! Find a treasure, enjoy a treat, and support the library!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 22, 10am – 3pm and Sunday, June 23, 1pm – 3:30pm
Friends Book & Bake Sale Coming Up!
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library. This is a great opportunity to purchase new and gently used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, enjoy a baked good, and support the Hudson Area Library!
There will also be homemade treats and desserts for sale during this event. (Bakers’ Drop off for treats and baked goods will be Friday, June 21 from 9-5 and Saturday, June 22 from 10-12 at the Library.)
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library supports library collections and programming. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends, and enhance contributions to the Hudson Area Library.
For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Program Description: Spring is here and so is an exciting lineup of book selections from the library’s Non-Fiction Book Group.
Date/Time: Mondays, 6-7:30pm
- Drawdown : The Most Comprehensive Plan ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken, April 29
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean, May 13
- No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell Moore, June 24
Recommended Audience/Registration: This monthly group is open to the public and focuses on history and social and political life in North America and is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Drawdown, in Yale Environment 360 Hawken states: “We’ve never mapped, measured, and modeled the top solutions to global warming, after 40 years of this being in the public sphere. With this plan we have in hand now, in a practical way, the solutions that are needed in order to reverse global warming.” Ron Charles of the Washington Post writes in his review of Susan Orlean’s The Library Book: “ Orlean, a longtime New Yorker writer, has been captivating us with human stories for decades, and her latest book is a wide-ranging, deeply personal, and terrifically engaging investigation of humanity’s bulwark against oblivion: the library.” Finally, from the New York Times review: “In “No Ashes in the Fire,” Darnell Moore writes a deeply personal memoir of growing up in the cross hairs of racism and homophobia in Camden, N.J., in the 1980s and ’90s.”
These books are all available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Program Description: Spring is here and so is an exciting lineup of book selections from the library’s General Reading Book Group.
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5-6pm
- The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner, April 24
- Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, May 29
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, June 26
Recommended Audience/Registration: This monthly group is open to the public and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email email@example.com.
June selection description:
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart.
Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue watercolor painting with local artist Gretchen Kelly this spring season. Our April bunnies & spring buds theme is followed by May 18: flowers and fruit still life, the May Pole imagery, Spring elements like birds, sprouts, and planting images. June 22: flower still life, Father’s Day cards, picnic imagery, bees, butterflies, and Flag Day.
Each of these three workshops can add to developing regular attendees’ personal calendars featuring their watercolor painting. All materials will be provided.
Date/Time: Saturdays, April 20, May 18 & June 22, 2-4pm
Recommended Audience: All ages, beginner and intermediate painters welcome: children accompanied by parent, teens, adults, seniors.
Registration: Registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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