The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 28, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market with program facilitator Kathy Mabb, program director and librarian Brenda Shufelt, and the High Five! team. Transportation is available upon request to the library to meet up and then to the farmers’ market. Brenda and Kathy will be leading a tour of the market and demonstrating how reading and exploring the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market can develop children’s vocabulary skills.
Each family who is a regular attendee of High Five! will receive $25 to spend at the Farmers’ Market courtesy of Berkshire Taconic Foundations’ Fresh and Healthy Food for All Initiative. Lunch will be provided at the market. To register for High Five!, email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend).
High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!
Brenda Shufelt has been program director of the Hudson Area Library for almost two years. She is a certified librarian and taught in public elementary school in New York City for 25 years. She recognizes the all important and unique role that parents and caregivers play in developing children’s literacy and love of reading and learning.
The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.
The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.
The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Sarah McBride is an LGBT rights activist and political figure. She is currently the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, and is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations.
This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.
The Link Project fosters relationship building among LGBTQ people from across generations in the Hudson Valley. This will be achieved by coordinating community events and facilitating intergenerational dialogue centered on LGBTQ identity and HIV/AIDS.
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.
We are pleased to announce the installation of “A Conversation”, a special art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens. The opening reception of this exhibition is Saturday, May 12 at 6pm.
A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form. These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work; exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies. Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st Century femme lifestyles. Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.
Sonia Corina Ruscoe is a painter who lives and works in Hudson, NY. She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint and looks for colors, patterns, and ideas in gardens, fashion industry workers, pottery shops, Instagram stories, and anywhere else she can find feminine intimacy. Sonia grew up in Woodstock, NY, studied art history at Brooklyn College, and has lived in Hudson for the past three years.
Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor. Stevens earned a B.F.A. at Otis Art Institute and a California Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A., she rediscovered her true passion in clay sculpting and began teaching Figurative Sculpture and Mixed Media for over twenty years. Along her artistic path, she became obsessed with the Mermaid, creating her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries.Upon visiting her daughter in Brooklyn, she fell in love with the east coast, particularly the Hudson River Valley. A move to Hudson ensued, where she currently resides.
The exhibition will be available for viewing during library open hours May 5 through July 1. The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Thursdays, 4-5pm, Starting April 19
Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).
Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.
Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.
This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are hosting BitterSweet: An Event Exploring Art, Emotions, and Chocolate on Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend this art making workshop and conversation. Each participant who creates drawings or sculptures will receive a specially designed chocolate bar.
This is the final event and celebration of a community engagement project created by artist Melissa Sarris. Artwork from this project will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make art of their own.
Ms. Sarris has worked on the BitterSweet project with three local groups: Apogee Peer Support Group, teens at the Youth Clubhouse of Columbia-Greene Counties in Hudson, and inmates at the Columbia County Jail. In the BitterSweet workshops participants experimented with ways to translate personal emotion into abstract drawing and sculpture. They developed an understanding of abstraction, using shapes, colors and forms to represent ideas and emotions.
The groups worked collectively and individually through several iterations of this exercise. Next, Ms. Sarris introduced a three-dimensional material: air-drying modeling clay and discussed its visual and tangible properties. Participants were asked to select a specific emotion word and then create an abstract form to depict it. Once the clay works had dried, participants painted them with acrylic paint, adding another layer of meaning.
Later, Ms. Sarris created chocolate bar molds that express an amalgamation of the ideas explored in the workshops. These were cast as small edible sculptures by Vasilow’s Confectionery in Hudson that will be given to participants, while supplies last, at the library event.
This event has been scheduled to happen in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Information about Apogee Peer Support Group and the Youth Clubhouse will be available. Previous workshop participants will be present to talk about these organizations while assisting with the art making event.
This workshop is free, open to the public and requires no previous experience. All materials will be provided. Unpainted clay works will also be available for painting.
This workshop is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.
For more information email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.
Children of all ages are welcome to join our children’s librarian, AmeriCorps workers, and volunteers and Make a Mother’s Day Vase on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30am. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Participants will create colorful flower vases yarn-wrapped bottles and jars that they can bring home and gift to mom on Sunday!
So join Children’s Librarian Ms. Janice (Janice Scali) and High Five! Volunteer Robin Weber who will lead this fun activity. Our AmeriCorps workers Arline Resto and Mary Shivers will be on hand to help out the littlest participants.
This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!
The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s.
The Van Hoesen House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The Preservation League of New York State announced its Seven to Save list at the New York’s State Capital in 2009, and Van Hoesen House was second on the list. “This site exemplifies the themes of Dutch settlement along the Hudson River and its tributaries,” said league president Jay DiLorenzo.
Ruth Piwonka, author on local history and Kinderhook historian, wrote in the nomination of the Van Hoesen House for the National Historic Register: “The Jan Van Hoesen house is one of approximately seven brick dwellings that survive from the first half of the eighteenth century and that represent a colonial architectural style unique to the Dutch community of old Albany County during that period.”
The Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation was founded in 2005 with its primary mission to find a long-term preservation solution for the deteriorating Jan Van Hoesen house, which is located just outside the city of Hudson on State Rt. 66 in the Town of Claverack, NY. The house itself is an exemplary example of Dutch colonial architecture, while the families that have lived there have a deep connection to Columbia County history. For more information visit www.janvanhoesenhouse.org
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. Donations to the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation can be made at this event. For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Hudson Area Library History Room and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution present: The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson: A Tour & Talk by Jeane La Porta on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm.
This program is a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the history of this building, at 113 Warren Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.
Jeane La Porta, who is Regent of the Hudson Chapter, will give background information on the history of the DAR, including the Hendrick Hudson Chapter, as well as, Claverack Landing and the founding of the city of Hudson as a prelude to discussion of the construction and history of the beautiful 206 year old house that the chapter calls home. Jeane is also the Town of Claverack Historian. The program will include visuals and many photographs will give the audience a rare peek into areas that are not open to the public. The Greenport Garden Club will be providing flower arrangements throughout the house for this special spring tour.
The program, which includes the talk and tour, is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited so register as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library.
The Hendrick Hudson Chapter, NSDAR, maintains the Robert Jenkins House Genealogical, Research, and History Reading Room, which contains a growing collection of Columbia County and regional genealogy, and the Robert Jenkins House Historical Collection as a repository for memorabilia relating to the history of the area, the city of Hudson and the whaling industry.
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