Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.
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Young Adult Program News
Join the Hudson Area Library Book Club on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
About the book:
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here
Join us for a special hands-on three hour workshop on Monday, October 16 from 3:30-6pm with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
“Intergenerational Cooking with Medicinal Food” is an afternoon of kitchen magic and herb infused cookery in a three hour interactive intergenerational workshop. Participants will prepare nourishing and delicious medicinal foods focusing on the fall season. Together we will chop, decoct, eat and sip while we discuss and explore food as medicine.
This program is open to all ages. Space is limited and Registration is on a first come/first serve basis To register for workshop please email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the circulation desk at Hudson Area Library.
Wild Gather’s mission is to support folks in building connections with plants and their many habitats. Their work is rooted in the time-honored practice of gathering and growing herbs. They honor the medicine, food, fiber, and teachings from the plants that grow around and beside us. They aim to create a safe, dynamic, and accessible foundational space for all to gather in their learning of Herbalism and self care.
This program is made possible in part through funding from the Mid-Hudson Library System.
The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.
Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants 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.
Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 2pm. As this is a walking tour, please wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways. We will conclude with a tailgate party of cider and doughnuts.
Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout. All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries!
Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating back to the 1800’s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now in its 12th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat and two noisy guinea pigs keep her quite busy.
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s 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 library’s History Room Committee organizes the Local History Speaker Series, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.
The Greenport Historical Society provides excellent programs of both an educational and entertaining nature. These are available to the membership and general public at no charge. Membership is open to everyone and residency in the town is not a consideration. www.greenporthistoricalny.org
Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .
A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.
Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.
Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.
There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance:
- Thursday, September 28 at 6 pm the composer and librettist will speak on “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning A Novel into an Opera Libretto”.
- Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm our library Book Group will be discussing the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Thursday, November 9 at 6pm, prior to Saturday’s performance, there will be a screening of the workshop performance of Act I of the opera.
To reserve seats for any of these three events email email@example.com or call (518) 828-1792 x101.
The live performance of Act II will feature singers: Maya Lahyani, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen; and Matthew Scolin, with an ensemble of 7 instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri, and Jonathan Singer on tablas. Music Direction: Sara Jobin Stage Direction: Leslie Swackhamer
For more information on this performance and the opera CLICK HERE.
Our fall class series are open for registration and patrons are rushing in to register! Classes are filling up so don’t forget to call, email or visit to register soon!
Adult Spanish Beginners & Intermediate Classes with Sonia Cintron, Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, 6:45 – 7:45pm. Filled; wait list only.
Bengali Bandhan with MD Gazi, Wednesdays 5-6pm. Space available.
Minecraft Club with Paul Tombrello, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm.Filled; wait list only.
Creating with Code: Teen Coding with Alyssa Panetta, Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm. Space available.
Creative Writing for Seniors with Maureen McNeil, Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm. Space available.
Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat, Mondays 6 – 8pm Filled; wait list only.
Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto, Tuesdays, 3 – 4pm & Fridays 7 – 7pm. Space available.
Healthy Living Series: Balance Workshop with Paul Spector, Saturdays 2 – 3pm. Filled; wait list only.
To register call (518) 828-1792 x101, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the main desk of the library.
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Bound By Books Youth Radio Show
Dates: Mondays 3:30-4pm
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St.
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: 2016 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 September. Contact Emily at the library to sign up for the 2016 Hudson Battle of the Books Team.
New in 2016: There will now be two Battle of the Books programs, one for tweens and one for teens!