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Young Adult Program News
It’s that time of year: the time to celebrate reading at the library! Sounds of Summer, our youth summer reading program, focuses on music, sound and books and activities on those topics. Hudson Area Library’s Summer Reading Program helps to build literacy skills while also maintaining a positive attitude towards reading and learning during summer vacation.
Summer Reading: 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!
Program Description: Commemorate the 241st year since the adoption of the American flag, with presentations about the history and importance of the flag, of Flag Day itself and of our ever popular Hudson Flag Day Parade. There will also be a special American flag cake.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 7 from 6-7:30pm
Suggested Audience: This is a family-friendly event.
There will be a wonderful display of the American flag throughout history provided by the Hudson Elks Lodge 787. Dan Shaughnasey, member and past Exalted Ruler of the Hudson Elk’s Lodge 787, will present how to properly care for, display, and dispose of the flag. Shaughnasey, a Hudson native and U.S. Army veteran, will also teach guests the proper flag folding techniques.
Hudson Flag Day Parade Committee members Skip Kastner and Michael Madison will be sharing information about the history and significance of Flag Day. Dressed in their uniforms, Kastner and Madison will provide insight into one of Hudson’s most popular holidays and beloved parades. Historic Hudson Flag Day parade images will also be displayed. For more information on the Flag Day Parade or to make a donation to the parade visit: http://hudsonflagdayparade.org/
This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Hudson Area Library Community Room, which is wheelchair accessible.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Program Description: The library’s History Room is pleased to present a special screening & discussion of Odds Against Tomorrow with documentary filmmaker David McDonald. Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir starring Harry Belafonte that was filmed in Hudson and New York City and used many Hudsonians for cast and crew. There will be a preview of McDonald’s trailer for his documentary in progress about the filming of “Odds Against Tomorrow” and a discussion about the film, followed by the screening. The movie runs for about one hour and forty minutes. This program is open to the public and there is a suggested donation. Snacks and refreshments will be available at a cash bar.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 28 from 6-8pm.
In an artist profile for Greene County Council on the Arts David McDonald writes: “Apparently, tons of people in the town of Hudson had served as extras in the movie or played a part in the production…so I got it into my head to do a short video about [people’s] memories of the event. To do so, I thought I should sit through the old movie, and when I did so, I was gobsmacked. That movie, all about the price of intolerance, was as relevant for today’s world as it had been in 1959. I was hooked.” McDonald’s documentary is a “film-about-a-film”.
For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Hudson Area Library 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 History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.
The History Room hours are Tuesdays 10am – 12pm, 2 – 6pm; Wednesdays 4 – 6pm; Saturdays 10am – 12pm, during which people visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments are available upon request. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.
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 email@example.com
Painting with Jeffrey Gibson
Wednesday, June 27, 11am
This program will take place in Gibson’s studio located at the old Claverack Schoolhouse. Lunch, transportation and materials will be provided.
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.
DIBS: 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).
DIBS: Creative Writing & Performance with Joey de Jesus
Tuesday- Wednesday, July 24-25, Time TBD
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.
DIBS: HERE COMES TREBLE
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce the installation of “A Conversation”, a special art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens. The opening reception of this exhibition is Saturday, May 12 at 6pm.
A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form. These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work; exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies. Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st Century femme lifestyles. Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.
Sonia Corina Ruscoe is a painter who lives and works in Hudson, NY. She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint and looks for colors, patterns, and ideas in gardens, fashion industry workers, pottery shops, Instagram stories, and anywhere else she can find feminine intimacy. Sonia grew up in Woodstock, NY, studied art history at Brooklyn College, and has lived in Hudson for the past three years.
Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor. Stevens earned a B.F.A. at Otis Art Institute and a California Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A., she rediscovered her true passion in clay sculpting and began teaching Figurative Sculpture and Mixed Media for over twenty years. Along her artistic path, she became obsessed with the Mermaid, creating her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries.Upon visiting her daughter in Brooklyn, she fell in love with the east coast, particularly the Hudson River Valley. A move to Hudson ensued, where she currently resides.
The exhibition will be available for viewing during library open hours May 5 through July 1. The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in 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!