Summer Reading Program

Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings

Posted: July 25, 2017
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Hack The Library Returns!

We are extremely excited to announce the return of Hack The Library! A two-day intensive on digital art for tweens and teens running Sunday, August 6 -Monday, August 7 from 10-4pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Participant being taught Abelton Live at Hack The Library.

Participants, 9 – 17 years old will learn how to create music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones. Youth participants will collaborate with digital arts professionals currently working in the field.  

Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website on site at Hudson Area Library. 

Instructors include Angelina Dreem, musician and visual artist; Eliza Walton, electronic music producer and teaching artist for Sonic Arts for All; and Ariele Hertzoff; professional photographer, curator and video/sound installation artist.  

This program is free to all participants. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and forms are available at the circulation desk in the library. For questions or further information please call 518-828-1792 x101 or email: smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org

POWRPLNT is a digital arts collaborative that connects established artists with teens on free interest driven art projects; introducing the history, software and tools of New Media art. They are based in Bushwick; this is their second workshop in Hudson NY.

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Posted: July 14, 2017
Adults, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Living Poetry at the Library: Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday

Photo by Rafael Hernandez

Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday, are coming to the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm. Join us in the library’s community room for an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance.

Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” The Los Angeles Times said Kearney is “using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place.” Kearney’s book Mess and Mess and (2015) was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publishers Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose. Publishers Weekly described her debut volume Negro League Baseball (2011) as “chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed.” Holiday is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2013. She earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is a choreographer who has taught dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work and to creating an Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics.

The New York State Writers Institute and its affiliate, the University at Albany-based literary press Fence—publisher of Holiday and Kearney—are cosponsoring the poetry event along with the Hudson Area Library and Poetry Home School, an annual poetry conference which takes Hudson, NY as its home.

This program is free and open to the public and will be taking place in the community room which is wheelchair accessible.

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

Summer Reading Begins!

We are excited to be kicking off our free Summer Reading Program. Led by children’s librarian Janice Scali and Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher, our Summer Reading Program for kids includes book readings and stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! There will also be guests reading with the children and making special presentations throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program will run from July 5 through August 11, meeting daily Tuesday through Friday from 10am-noon. Recommended for pre-k to elementary school aged children. All ages are welcome.

We will also be bringing the Summer Reading Program for kids to Greenport Town Park this summer. Library staff will visit with children Monday mornings during the Greenport Summer Recreation Program. The Park’s Summer Recreation Program runs for six-weeks from July 5 through August 12, Monday-Friday from 8AM – 2PM. Registration is required. Visit http://greenport.yourtownhub.com/4602-2/ for more info.

Library members are also invited to log their reading this summer. Let’s see how many books we can read as a community! Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. Happy Summer Reading!

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Posted: June 30, 2017
Adults, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

YA Author Reading: Sam J. Miller

Join us for a reading by local author, Sam J. Miller, on July 29 from 2-3:30 pm in the library’s teen room as we celebrate the release of his YA novel, inspired by his childhood in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving. There will be a Q &A after with light refreshments.

Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder. The book has been described by Book Riot as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.” Kirkus (in a starred review) says, “Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery….A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.”

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) will be published by HarperCollins in July 2017, and will be followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and have appeared in over a dozen “year’s best” anthologies. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City.

This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Copies of the books will be available for purchase.

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Posted: June 29, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Lucy Swope Reads! A Special Story Hour at the Library

Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994

Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist.

Lucy has worked with children throughout her life on arts, crafts and literature including book making workshops. Her career retrospective, The Artistry of Lucy Swope, is currently on exhibition in the library’s community room. 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 as well as sharing with children her works and teaching them about the creative process.

She and her husband Stanley Yarian raised sheep, goats, chickens and grew vegetables on their own farm for many years. Their farm life is reflected in her artwork and her books. In 1990 Lucy was offered a platen letterpress that the local school was no longer using. This serendipity led to a whole new direction in Lucy’s career: the publishing of handmade books that Lucy wrote, illustrated, printed on a letterpress and bound by hand. Lucky Dog Press presents a coming together of word and image, a hallmark of Lucy’s artistic vision. The storyboards in the exhibition are illustrations from a selection of her books.

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Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings

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