Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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

Posted: February 19, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Congolese Cultural Celebration

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout!

Pamela Badila is a visual and performing artist with a background in education. She is also co-founder of the prestigious Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with husband, Elombe Andre Badila. This family-based ensemble produces live performances of traditional music, song, dance and folklife stories. After traveling through eleven countries in North America, Europe and Africa, Mrs. Badila has accumulated enriching influences of world cultures and developed a succinct appreciation for engaging in the building of strong community dynamics. Mother of ten children and grandmother of ten, Mrs. Badila continues to evolve in the purpose of guiding youth to their highest potential.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: February 15, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Hudson Area Library and Drop Forge & Tool Present “Living Library”

The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.


Posted: February 4, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public.

Hudson Valley dance artist Carlos Osorio and local dance artist Anthony Molina return to Hudson with an exciting line up of easy and fun movement offered in the “Get Up and Move!” family program. Carlos Osorio brings 40 years of traditional dances from Colombia to the Capital and Hudson Valley regions. Hip Hop artist Anthony Molina has attracted dancers from Columbia and Greene Counties and beyond.

Each class will have a literacy component allowing participants to discover dance artists and learn about the ongoing impact of movement in our society. Teens from Operation Unite, NY Youth in Action will utilize books from the Hudson Library throughout the nine-week program.

Sponsors of the fitness and literacy initiative are the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County and New York Yearly Quakers.

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center provides free programs for youth and families in Columbia County and neighboring communities. The library is a beacon for family literacy experiences throughout the Hudson Area. The Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program is an engaging, activity-based afterschool program for students in the Hudson City School District. For more information contact Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center at (518) 828-3612 or the Hudson Area Library at (518) 828-1792 x101.


Posted: February 2, 2017
Programs, Young Adults

Back by Popular Demand @ the Hudson Area Library: Creating with Code, a Teen Coding Class


The Hudson Area Library in collaboration with the teen homeschooling organization, HATCH, is offering a second term of a 10-week teen programming class: < Creating with Code> Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm beginning March 2 in the Teen Room of the library. Teens will make apps, websites, games, music, art and more…with code. Code is the language that brings phones and computers to life. In this class teens will explore the core concepts behind writing code by playing games and learning languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript and Python. They will build the problem solving skills that it takes to turn your own ideas into digital realities.

No experience necessary. There will be a beginner level as well as a continuing level for teens who are returning to the class from the fall semester. This class is free and open to all teens 13+. Teens do NOT need a laptop but, if they prefer their own laptop, they are welcome to bring it. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up and fill out a registration form.


Posted: January 16, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

A Local History Talk: The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr.

The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.

Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Rapport Meyers LLP in Hudson, NY, 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. Currently the Athens town attorney in Greene County, he acted as corporation counsel to the City of Hudson from 1980 to 1999 and as town attorney for the Town of Greenport from 1986 to 1995. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards, including the Hudson Home for the Aged. He represents many nonprofit clients in connection with their operations and projects.  He has represented the NYS Association for Retarded Citizens, Columbia County Chapter (COARC) since 1974, and he represents the Rudolph Steiner Foundation and Camphill Village. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation since 2013. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

This presentation will be in the community room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis.


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: 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!