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Posted: June 20, 2017
Adults, Programs

photo credit: Murray Cox

We are pleased to present in partnership with Oral History Summer School, Housing Narratives; a conversation about community development and housing with multidisciplinary artist Walis Johnson and community organizer Sarita Daftary-Steel on July 1, 2017 at 10 am in the library’s community room.

Walis Johnson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in a conversation about race and the history of the 1938 Red Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city. This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.

Sarita Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, a project designed to capture the experiences of East New York residents who lived in the neighborhood during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.

Following brief presentations, the audience will have a chance to discuss housing-related issues in Hudson.

This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. There will be a light breakfast of bagels and beverages.

Oral History Summer School is a cross-disciplinary training program to help students from varied fields make use of oral history as an ethical interview practice in their lives and work. This summer’s Oral History Summer School intensive includes a focus on housing narratives as part of a larger conversation about how oral history can be used as a tool to organize, humanize and visualize during crises including rapid development and gentrification.

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Posted: June 14, 2017
Programs, Young Adults

Thanks to a Humanities NY and Hudson Community Schools’ matching fund grant, the students of Hudson High School’s Writing Center studied primary source documents, photos, and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. We created a zine showcasing their creative work based on their study, which you can download as a PDF through the link below.

HearMyVoice_Zine

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Posted: June 13, 2017
Adults, Programs

We are happy to announce Senior Fitness: Balance & Strength with returning instructor Paul Spector.  These fitness classes, done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, will run as a four part series on Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2 – 3pm in the community room of the library. To sign up, please call 518-828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library at 51 N 5th St. Hudson, NY. 

 

Balance is an essential part of all movement, at every level: dance, athletics, biking, boating, hiking, and plain old walking. Like all other capacities, the “use it or lose it” maxim holds true for balance. There are many reasons why our balance deteriorates with age. But the principal cause is lifestyle. Most adults don’t do much to challenge their balance skills. So those skills atrophy.

This workshop will introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size will be kept small to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. The workshop is designed as a series of 4 classes. After completing the weekly sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that can be continued independently at home.    

The class series has a cap of 12 students in order to allow a more individual focus. Please come in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.  

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 MeaningfulFitness (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 health news. 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.

 

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Posted: May 30, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

We are excited to kick off our summer youth programming with the first of several field trips for tweens and teens. Our inaugural field trip will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at 11am for a visit to the Sylvia Center. Come, harvest, cook and eat from this local farm cooking program.

The Sylvia Center’s Fresh Food Comes From The Farm program is a “4-hour immersive program on Katchkie Farm, students walk like a farmer and think like a chef.  As they tour the farm and taste their way through the Learning Garden (which is home to over 200 different things to eat) we encourage students to try new foods and to think about how the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even flowers they are tasting, could serve as an ingredient to a meal. Youth take part in every step of the story of food including planting seeds, pulling weeds, harvesting organic produce, and creating and sharing a meal together.”

Sign up now, Space is limited.  To register email : smcintosh@hudsonarealibray.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101 or stop by the front desk at Hudson Area Library. More information on other field trips will be released shortly.

 

 

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Posted: May 30, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. NYC, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy of LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Please join us, Saturday, June 17 at 11am, in the Library’s community room for a special presentation in collaboration with Oral History Summer School and OutHudson in celebration of LGBTQ pride with a listening party pre-parade. Learn the history of the Stonewall Riots in the words of those who were there.

We’ll listen to “Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Storycorps founder, David Isay, followed by a short radio documentary made with LGBTQ teenagers in Columbia County. Area resident Ron Puhalski will be present to discuss his experience during the riots, as well.

Oral History Summer School was established in Hudson, New York, in 2012, as a rigorous 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.

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.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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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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