Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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Posted: March 17, 2018
Programs, Young Adults

Spring Fashion Workshop

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We are pleased to present a special three-day spring break workshop for tweens and teens on fashion! This program is offered in collaboration with local high fashion retailer Kasuri Hudson and local designer ENKYU. The program runs from Monday, April 2 to Wednesday, April 4, from 10-3pm. 

Does your child have any interest in fashion? Then, this is the workshop for them. This three-day intensive will cover a brief history of fashion and design, deconstruction and sewing that will culminate in a collaborative fashion collection under the guidance of local designer Enky Baryarsaikan (ENKYU) and Kasuri Creative Director Jonathan Osofsky. Local photographer and fashion merchant Tom Roeschlein (CMYLOOK) will help to create a look book and the pieces will be sold at Kasuri Hudson with proceeds going straight to the young designers themselves.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Lunch is provided. For more information or to sign up email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Posted: March 13, 2018
Programs, Young Adults

Spots Available in Junior High Tutoring Center

In collaboration with the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program we are providing a Junior High Tutoring Center for students in the Hudson City School District that meets at the library Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm.

There is still time to register your child for the remainder of the school year. Students receive support for their homework and classwork with a tutor coordinator, math tutor and volunteer tutors. The program strives to have as much one-on-one tutoring as possible. The tutor coordinator, Bernadette Martin, and math tutor, Mario Verna, communicate directly with the guidance counselor and teachers at the school coordinating on what students need to work on.

This program began last year as a pilot through a Berkshire Taconic grant and was quite successful academically and in helping students’ have more positive attitudes toward their work. It is being funded this year through an Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention Grant.

This center is for students who want extra help with their work, academic support for skills they are currently learning, or who need a place, with some structure, to make sure they get their work done. Parents should register their child for the tutoring center by emailing or calling 518.828.1792 x101.


Posted: March 11, 2018
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Local History Speaker Series: The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home

Join us for the Local History Speaker series presentation “The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home” by Gary Sheffer on Thursday, March 22 at 6pm.

Many long-time Hudsonians remember the dying days of The General Worth Hotel at 215 Warren Street: the collapsing ceilings, the rotted windows, and the omnipresent pigeons. The glorious life of this once-grand hotel came to an end in 1969, when it was razed after it was deemed a public health and safety hazard — despite the fact that it had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more than 100 years, this urban Greek Revival hotel was the cultural and hospitality center of Hudson, with waiters and waitresses speeding across a black-and-white tile floor to serve dinner to patrons, wedding celebrants, and the regulars. Named after Hudson’s most famous resident, General William Jenkins Worth (as in Fort Worth, Texas), the hotel was built in 1836-37 when Hudson was a bustling port city. Writer Henry James allegedly arrived for dinner in 1905, “with two ladies and a French poodle.” Told the dog was not welcome, he dined elsewhere.

Gary Sheffer played in the derelict hotel as a child, until his grandmother caught him and forbade any further discovery. In fact, he and his siblings were not even allowed to play on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. Prior to its dereliction, Gary’s parents, Kenneth and Rachel Sheffer, held their wedding reception at the hotel as many of their friends and family did. Sheffer will discuss what life was like in the hotel during its glory years. He has spent more than 35 years as an award-winning journalist, political press aide and public relations practitioner. Sheffer’s blog, Spokesman, focuses on Hudson, public relations, and cycling. He and his wife, Barbara, who met when they were reporters at the Register-Star in Hudson, recently moved back to the area. He serves on the library’s board of trustees.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Hudson Area Library History Room’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.  The 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. It is located at the back of the library and is wheelchair accessible. Visit for hours of operation.


Posted: March 8, 2018
News, Programs, Young Adults

And Now For Our Feature Presentation….

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A few weeks ago we had the wonderful opportunity to host a winter installment of our popular tween summer program, Hack The Library. Entering in its third year, Hack is a series of labs centered around digital creation in video, photography and music. Enabling kids with the open source, free and affordable tools to create digital work.

Winter Hack took place on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 during winter recess and  focused specifically on video production. The lab was taught by long time HACK teaching artist film-maker and music video director, Zia Anger.  Throughout the two days participants between the ages of 8-15, learned how to create gifs, edit using imovie, storyboard and film using a camera. The intention behind the program was to allow participants to pinpoint the media they chose to consume and analyze why they like it and what about it they themselves with the long term goal to empower them to continuously create their own work. 

AND Now For Our Feature Presentation…


Someone is watching you…. Stalkers in the Library is a short film written, directed and edited by Sophie Salisbury starring Kenneth Jackson and Simon Rowe. This short was made during Hudson Area Library’s youth program “Winter Hack”.


chicken, noodles or spaghetti? These are the tough decisions of Three Brothers as they sit and argue the virtues of each dish in Tom’s Restaurant. Three Brothers is a short sitcom created, directed and edited by Will Saulvich, Mohammed Marshed and Yazen Algahim and featuring Simon Rowe.

What if instead of two minutes, you can tell the story of The Hobbit in under 45 sec’s…..Emory Dibben uses footage from the Lego Hobbit to create a new synopsis of the movie.

RE-EDIT of Yu Gi Oh dub by Simon Rowe.

Behind The Scenes Photos


Posted: February 8, 2018
Programs, Young Adults

Winter Hack : Video Production Lab for Tweens and Teens

Untitled by Natasha Wedd, Hack The Library Summer Session, 2017

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we are pleased to present Winter Hack, a session of the successful tween program: Hack The Library, during school winter recess, February 22 & 23, 10am-3pm. 

Tweens and Teens can join Filmmaker and Music Video director Zia Anger for a two day media camp at the library. They will learn how to shoot, edit and move on camera. Finished works will appear on the library’s YouTube channel and in house monitor.

Zia Anger is a filmmaker and music video director. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING had its world premiere at New Directors/New Films and its international premiere at Festival del film Locarno. Other screenings include: AFI Fest, Denver Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,  and Vienna Independent Shorts. She has made music videos for various independent artists including: Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also tours with – a performer. Memorable performances include: Pitchfork Music Festival, Basilica Soundscape, and Oya Festivalen. Her music videos have been featured in various online publications including: Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


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!