Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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Young Adult Program News

Only the most recent five Young Adult Programs are shown here. Go to the Young Adult Program Archive for complete listings

Posted: July 18, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Ujima Community Collective Drum Circle

Program Description: We are thrilled to collaborate with Kuumba Dance & Drum Academy and Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, as part of our Music in the Stacks programming.  Join your neighbors to make music and community!

Date/Time: Sunday August 5 4-5pm

Pre-registration: Suggested but not required

Audience: All ages

Never been to a drum circle before? A drum circle is a group of people, both professional and non-professional playing hand-drums and percussion in a circle, learning and practicing traditional and improvisational rhythms in a relaxed environment. Drums will be available to borrow, and please do bring your own, or a hand instrument if you have one.  

Ujima Community Collective Drum Circle features guest instructors Olympia and John Ward. John has been obsessed with playing West African drums and percussion for the past 25 years. After being introduced to the drums by his wife, he took to the instrument and ran with it. John studies regularly with master drummers from Guinea and Mali, West Africa, and now, as a full-time percussionist, plays for dance classes, gives group and private drum lessons, and performs with his percussion ensemble, ‘Sewa Folee’ (Joyful Music). John has performed with artists such as Babatunde Olatunji and his Drums of Passion;  Kemoko Sano, choreographer for Les Ballets Africains; and the National Dance Company of Guinea, and has played for master classes for Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor Dance companies.

Olympia Avignone Ward has played drums for over 25 years and studied a variety of traditions: West and North African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Brazilian, Native American, and southern Italian. She has played in various performance groups including Alessandra Belloni’s Daughters of Cybele, Sewa Folee, High Peak Drummers and has played with Ubaka Hill. She facilitates drum circles and teaches drumming in various communities.

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center is a local, non-profit organization focused on education and cultural arts. Its mission is to produce well-rounded, progressive youth who will enter adulthood with a sense of direction, self-esteem and social consciousness and subsequently reinvest themselves into the community from which they came.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the main area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.


Posted: July 17, 2018
News, Programs, Young Adults

Hack The Library Shorts!

We were very pleased to host this year’s Hack The Library for an extended session of two days to a full week. This allowed us to split the participants in two groups: one for tweens + teens new to our hack program and an advanced workshop for returning HACK participants.

The advanced participants were given the full week to research in the library’s History Room with volunteer John Craig, write, shoot, score and edit their own short films around the History of 5th Street. They worked under the guidance of filmmakers Zia Anger and Theo Anthony. We are excited to present their video below

In order of Appearance: “Ze Movie” by Nick Savulich, “AG News” by Guinevere Dermott & Abigail Fleurimond, “Hannah’s House” by Graciela Rodriguez & Emily Membero, “Kenneth’s Movie” by Kenneth Jackson, “Stephen Kardos & The Ruthless Whale” by Will Savulich & Monte Romero, “Cat Comix. Ink” by Emery Dibben”,  “Alien Movie” by Sophie Salisbury & Charlotte Herzhauser

In our Beginner’s workshops created two shorts collectively around the concept of a chase scene. With the aide of Teaching Artist Peter McPartland the kids wrote a short scene, storyboarded and acted in two different shorts.

Chase 1: Are You A Superhero? Tuli Akter, Sebastian Dermott, Sunny Miah, Jahan Uddin, Ben Walters, Shawn Walters  Chase 2: Stinkbomb Jason Carius, Marc Mena,  Rogan Verdon, Shawn Vernon,  Khloe Walters,  Jayden Walters

For a look at the other works created by the Beginner HACK participants please check out the Hack The Library Archive! 


Posted: July 13, 2018
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Join us for a Community Conversation

Program Description: We value your opinion. Please join us for a Community Conversation this summer. Members of the Library Staff and Board will meet with small groups, to ask questions about the group’s aspirations for the future of our community, and listen to ideas about how to make that vision reality.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 25, 6pm-8pm (at the Greenport Community Center, 500 Town Hall Drive)

Pre-registration: Please RSVP at or in person at the Library.

Each session is limited to 15 participants. If a meeting is full, we will start a wait list. If enough people are interested, we will conduct two simultaneous sessions. Please let us know if you will need childcare onsite in order to participate.

After all the group discussions are complete, we will share what we have learned with the community and use your input to help build a plan for the future of the Hudson Area Library. Community is the heart of our library. Thank you for contributing your time and ideas to making our community a great place to be.


Posted: July 12, 2018
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

DIBS: Do It Better Series


As part of our Summer Reading Program the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council is pleased to present “DIBS” or Do It Better Series. A series of free workshops throughout the summer. Each workshop pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program is open to ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE. Space is limited for these workshops! Register today by email: or call: 518-828-1792.

Exploring Sound with Deep Listening Institute 

Tuesday, July 17, 12-2pm

Exploring the difference between hearing and listening, promoting improvisation and playfulness.

Deep Listening Institute (DLI) promotes the music and Deep Listening practice of pioneer composer Pauline Oliveros, providing a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing.  It fosters creative innovation across boundaries and across abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and non-musicians, healers and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages.

Charles Zotique is a composer, teacher, and PhD candidate based in New York and the Berkshires. He has studied at Fordham University, Juilliard Evening Division, and University at Buffalo. Charles enjoys creating, conducting, performing, and studying with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Current teaching appointments at Berkshire Country Day School (MA) and University at Buffalo (NY).

Creative Writing & Performance with Joey de Jesus

Tuesday- Wednesday, July 24-25, 12-3pm

Non-fiction prose, poetics, fiction. Learn to not only develop your voice through your word but also the confidence to perform them.

Joey de Jesus is a poet and editor. He is the is Poetry Editor of Apogee Journal and the New York Foundation of the Arts  2017 Poetry Fellow.





Wednesday, August 15, 12-3pm  

A music free for all! Bring your instrument or grab one in the workshop!

Here Comes Treble is a youth education project by musician/artists Rebecca Borrer and Thomas Roeschlein.






Sha-He, Tuli & Kai painting in the studio of artist Jeffrey Gibson. June 27,2018

Painting with Jeffrey Gibson. Wednesday, June 27, 11am

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice. Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Gibson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nasher, the Nerman, Crystal Bridges, and the Denver Art Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah and Atlanta), the National Academy Museum in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Cornell Museum of Fine Art.





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.




Posted: July 10, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Sounds of Summer for Youth of All Ages

Program Description: Sounds of Summer, our youth summer reading program, focuses on music, sound and books and activities on those topics. Summer Reading helps to build literacy skills while also maintaining a positive attitude towards reading and learning during summer vacation.

Date/Time: Monday – Friday, July 9 – August 10, 10am – 12pm

 The Sounds of Summer is led by children’s librarian Janice Scali; Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher; and one of the newest members of our staff, Sam Gruber. This summer reading program includes stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! Guests, like Hudson Mayor Rick Rector, Earth Scientist Wayne Kinney and Music Teacher Patricia Almstead read and do activities with the children. This program is recommended for Pre-K to elementary school aged children, but all ages are welcome.

Youth are also invited to log their reading this summer. 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. There will be special prizes and rewards for program attendance and summer reading log entries.

workshops for tweens and teens 

In addition to our daily Summer Reading Program, the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council, composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers, have planned DIBS (Do It Better Series). DIBS is a series of workshops that offer participants the chance to work with an expert in a specialized field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program will include workshops on painting with artist Jeffrey Gibson and sound exploration with Deep Listening Institute, as well as a Creative Writing & Performance workshop.

The library continues its partnership with the City of Hudson Youth Center and various art organizations and spaces in the Mid-Hudson region to offer collaborative field trips for tweens and teens. This includes Watch + Talk, a new film screening series with Basilica Hudson in collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and a private tour of El Anatsui, the new exhibition at Jack Shainman’s The School Kinderhook.

 Happy Summer Reading!


Only the most recent five Young Adult Programs are shown here. Go to the Young Adult Program Archive for complete listings

Ongoing YA Programs

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Dates: Mondays 3:30-4pm
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St.
Ages: 10-16
The Bound By Books youth radio show broadcasts on WGXC 90.7FM every Monday from 3:30-4pm from the WGXC Hudson Studio. On the show, tweens and teens discuss books they have been reading and other bookish topics. Those interested in joining the Bound By Books radio crew should contact Emily at the library.

Battle of the Books Trivia Team

Dates: dates TBD
Ages for tween program: youth entering grades 6-9 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
Ages for teen program: youth entering grades 9-12 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
The Battle of the Books is a yearly trivia contest where teams of young readers from throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System read the same 8 titles over the summer and compete in a trivia contest in August/September. Contact Shanekia at the library to sign up for the Hudson Battle of the Books Teams.