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Posted: July 25, 2019
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Program Description: We continue our 2019 Music in the Stacks, a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organization, with NorthWinds, a bassoon ensemble. They are facilitated by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society led by instrumental music teacher and News Channel 13 Top Teacher, Scott Vorwald.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 8, 4-5:30pm

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

NorthWinds, a self-described “typhoon of bassoons”, has found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung bass wind pipe. The ensemble was formed in 2017 with the idea that all music is created equal – except in a bassoon ensemble, which is more equal than others. These players bring out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious nature of the instrument in an accessible manner for the audience. The enthusiasm is infectious as the group performs and chats with the audience. What’s a double reed?  You “crow” a reed? Wait, it’s eight feet long? Contra? Hold on: is that an accordion up there?

“The Music in the Stacks concept fits right in with NorthWinds’ democratic format of music and interaction with the audience. Hearing beautiful music and learning how musicians train, practice, transpose, interact with each other and experience music all in the beautiful setting of our library’s main book stacks is a unique opportunity for the audience. Stay after the hour mini-concert to chat with the musicians during our wine and cheese reception.”, says Brenda Shufelt, Program Director.

The four bassoonists are John Douglas Ferrigno, Karen Kelland, Cornelia McGiver, and Nora Post. As for NorthWinds’ credentials? This is what they have offered: “the group has PhDs, post graduate degrees, and years of study with prestigious musicians; one of us has even left behind a distinguished career as an oboist and has come to see the light as a bassoonist.  Between the group we have toured Europe, performed solos with major orchestras, been part of Grammy nominated ensembles, and of course, trekked through the work-a-day world of the freelance musician.”

The Music in the Stacks concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduce the musicians and facilitate a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception follows each concert with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and interact the  musicians, youth emcees and each other. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. After turning in their passports they are then eligible for chances (based on the number of concerts attended) to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

Concerts this past spring were performed by a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth and a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council. On September 29, Miho Hatori, Japanese singer, songwriter and musician performs experimental dance music and is hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0. Miho’s concert is curated Basilica Hudson who is waiving their curatorial and publicity fees. Finally, Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer hosted by Operation Unite NY concludes the 2019 Music in the Stacks series at a date to be determined in November.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: July 24, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Two Men Pointing at a Boy by Jan Luyken, c. 1711, Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the  Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents the latest in its Local History talks:Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in Colonial New York interact with slavery? by Travis M. Bowman. In New York State slavery existed for 200 years and recent interest and research, particularly focused on the Hudson Valley area, confronts this reprehensible fact.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6-7:30pmUsually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Mr. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among middle class farmers in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.This lecture is an opportunity to learn how slave labor led to the prosperity of many families in the region and also may have eventually influenced the abolition movement.

Travis M. Bowman is the Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, where he is responsible for the research, care, and exhibition of the collections at New York State’s historic sites and parks.

A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.

The Institute maintains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public.

The Gotham Center is a university-based research and educational center, devoted to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past. The organization was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For nearly twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.

The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

The History Room hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 12pm, and by appointment, during which people may visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments are available upon request. For more information email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: July 23, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Photo Credit: Jason Schneider

Program Description: Malcolm Nance, New York Times bestselling author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, and cyber attacks is discussing his latest book The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West at the library. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 3-4pm

Registration: Reservations are encouraged. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk. Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat.Malcolm Nance has been in United States Intelligence for over 36 years. He served in the United States Navy specializing in naval cryptology and currently works as a counter-terrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security and Intelligence agencies. He’s also a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and a commentator on WAMC.

Mr. Nance’s latest book, The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It will be released November 12th, 2019 from Hachette Books. His other books include The Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner’s Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities, The Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency 2003-2014 and An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad, Restoring America’s Honor, Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight and What They Believe, and The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Nance has taught at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Macquarie University (Australia), Victoria University (NZ) and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.

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Posted: July 22, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: This fall the Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore. For the September meeting, the group will discuss Part One-The Idea (1492-1799) and Part Two-The People (1800-1865). Part Three – The State (1866 – 1945) and Part Four – The Machine (1946 – 2016) will be discussed at the October meeting.
Date/Time: Mondays, 6-7:30pm, September 9 and October 7

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Posted: July 21, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description:  The library’s General Reading Book Group is reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in September, and Less by Andrew Sean Greer in October. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays 5-6pm, September 25 & October 23.

Registration: This monthly group covers fiction and nonfiction and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. 

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Posted: July 20, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Program Description: 

The History of Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers by Carl Whitbeck, part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker series and being done in collaboration with Hudson Hall as part of their Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers series, will cover the commerce of Hudson from the time of its inception as a city in 1785 to the early 1960’s and through to the present. Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will be displaying and discussing items from his own extensive local history collection.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm

Audience/Registration: This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged.For more information and to reserve a seat visit: Hudson Hall Merchants & Whalers Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat. 

Established by whalers and merchants from Nantucket, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, Hudson has had many incarnations: as a safe harbor for maritime commerce, an industrial city with foundries, mills, cement plants, and factories; and then as a city valuing its history and historic architecture attracting retailers, writers, and other artists to the city. Hudson today is a city of many communities with economic, cultural, and racial diversity, that are debating through democratic means how the city should be defined, how it can best take care of its residents, and how it can thrive in its next iteration today and in the future.

Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Whitbeck, Benedict and Smith in Hudson, 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. He is the Athens town attorney and has served as corporation counsel for Hudson. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards in the area. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Photo Credit: Postcard image from the Hudson Area Library’s Hudson City Postcard Collection.

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Posted: July 19, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Ella Ghent & unicycle at Hudson’s Flag Day Parade 2019.

Program Description: The library in collaboration with Out Hudson is proud to present this special Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up! There will also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 11am-12pm

Audience: The program is free and all kids and families are welcome. 

Originally from Chicago, Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; Ella is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, writing/singing songs, poetry and clowning. She has studied Waldorf education and her daytime persona (Michael) is the co-director and actor of The Camphill Hudson Players. Locally Ella has performed at Club Helsinki, Red Dot, Hudson Hall and various Camphill communities nationwide. Ella also unicycles in the Out Hudson and Flag Day Parades’. Ella has lived in Columbia County for 11 years and has spent the last 7 years in Hudson.

OutHudson is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, OutHudson is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY.

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Posted: July 18, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Melissa Raigani & Andrew Resto Photo by JD Urban

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto. This series of dance classes focuses on dances of the Motown era. Class attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The 4-week class series ends with Motown Madness, a dance party on Saturday, September 14, 7-10pm featuring DJ Philip Grant.

Date/Time: Fridays, August 23 & 30 and September 6 & 13, 5:30-7pm

Registration: Classes are free and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.orgFor this series of dance classes Andrew will focus on dances of the Motown era including Swing, the Jerk, the Pony, and the Mashed Potato. Class attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center stated: “I think as seniors we’ve lived through different decades of music. Our swing dances have celebrated the music of the 30s and 40s. In September we will get down to the Motown music of the 50s and 60s, which represent some of the great musical moments of our past. And because music transcends the ages we have people from 3 years old on up at our dances so all are invited!”

Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.

DJ Philip Grant, who will spin for our Motown Madness Dance at the Armory, is formerly of WGXC’s Solid Gold Soul Radio Show and currently works as a news announcer for the radio station.

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Posted: July 17, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue these popular art classes with local artist Gretchen Kelly. September features seasonal handpicked local botanicals in bud vases and bouquet arrangements, back to school still lifes with books, and picture references of animals. October’s themes include seasonal handpicked fall botanicals in arrangements with pumpkins and gourds, bats, ravens, skeletons, skulls, bugs and creepy creatures for Halloween. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 2-4pm

Audience/Registration: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.

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Posted: July 17, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Services

Beth Gordon at her Job Search area in the library with a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Whether you are writing a resume for the first time or just need a professional eye to fine tune an existing one, the library has ongoing free one-on-one Job Search Help weekly and by appointment.

Date/Time: Every Friday 10am – 1pm & by appointment.

Registration: To make an appointment call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the main desk of the library

In this program there are two facilitators available to work with individuals on the various aspects of looking for employment. They have training to help with, not only resumes, but interview skills, online job applications, and finding the right market for your particular job skills. Both have access to job search resources online and in our area and have taken people through the process of searching for a job.

Beth Gordon is a Certified Career Services Provider, trained as a career coach through NCDA, the National Career Development Association. Beth provides professional development and advocacy to a diverse group of people who are out of work, looking to re-enter or join the workforce. She inspires and empowers individuals to achieve their career and life goals by consulting on resume writing, job search guidance, interview preparation and work ready assistance. She is available every Friday 10am – 1pm and by appointment.

Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections, has worked with many people to frame life experience into marketable job skills, including stay-at-home moms. She can also help people to put their education and job experience from other countries into a resume for their current situation. Heather is available by appointment.

Having a qualified person work with an individual through the process of seeking a job can mean success. For example, since last year, Beth has helped eight people find a new career path, go on multiple interviews and get the job of their dreams.  One client started her career journey in October and by February, she landed an amazing job as a marketing executive at a digital company. Another out of work client, through advice from Beth, took a carpentry training course, and with his new resume in hand, found a job at a local contracting firm.

Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System.

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