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: May 18, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Abolition & Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

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Posted: May 17, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Operation Unite! Costume & Wearable Art Workshop

We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Please bring plastic bags to workshop.  

Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.

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Posted: April 26, 2017
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Free Summer Teen Theatre Program with Teaching Artist Carol Rusoff

Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.

Ms. Rusoff has taught and directed extensively in London, Los Angeles and New York. She founded and directed “The Atlantic Crossing Theatre Project” which originated works at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival. Her work has been seen on BBC and the ROYAL Festival Hall in England, as well as many repertory venues in Los Angeles. Ms. Rusoff is best known in Hudson for her work at the Hudson Opera House as the director of the highly successful Hudson Teen Theatre Project and for her abilities to inspire teens and develop their theatrical skills and talents. Carol has a unique rapport with teens and works well with young people of diverse experience and interest levels drawing out the best in each participant.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation. It is free and open to all teens 13 – 19. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk.

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Posted: April 11, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Tiny Book Exhibit & Miniature Book-Making Workshop

We are partnering again this spring with Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan for miniature book-making events in anticipation of a Hudson-wide exhibit of tiny books.

Bookmaking workshops will take place Tuesday, April 25 in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library. A workshop for seniors and other library patrons will run from 1-3pm; a program with members of Perfect Ten teen group and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood children will take place from 4-6pm. Both sessions at the library are free to attend and open to the general public.


The workshops will be presented by Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan, a studio, gallery and “imaginarium” located in Montclair, NJ. These workshops are in anticipation of “Let Me Tell You: Tiny Books, Big Ideas,” a community exhibit scheduled to debut at Drop Forge & Tool, a creative arts residency and workshop space located at 442 Warren Street, on May 22, 2017. Participants in the tiny book workshops will be invited to submit their creations to the exhibit, which will run through June 25, 2017.

During the spring and summer of 2016, Tingle and Stein transformed their 1965 Covered Wagon caravan into The Tiny Book Show, a roving bookmobile filled with more than 325 miniature books—each measuring less than 3 inches—made by amateur and professional artists and writers from around the world. They stopped in more than 60 locations around the country to display the exhibit, and taught book-making workshops at each exhibit stop. The project route included stops in Hudson in May of 2016, at Basilica Farm & Flea and at the Hudson Area Library.

The Creativity Caravan will be teaching other local workshops including a Tiny Book-Making Intensive at Drop Forge & Tool on Sunday, April 23 for $75 per student.

The free workshops at the Hudson Area Library will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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Posted: March 30, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Cooking Class for Teens and Seniors

We are happy to announce the next program in our ongoing collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center with a free intergenerational cooking class for teens and seniors on Monday, April 10 at 3:30pm taught by local chef and educator Nicole Lobue. This class will give the teen and senior attendees an opportunity to interact as a community of learners and tasters of delicious food. At the teens’ request this first session will cover how to cook (healthy) fried chicken. The class will be held in the senior center on the second floor of the Galvan Armory.

Instructor Nicole Lobue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. Nicole’s work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder and co-educator of Wild Gather, an herbalism school in the Hudson Valley, a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work — in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom — Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.

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.

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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



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!

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