Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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Young Adult Program News

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

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

All Things Apple Winter Session

We are offering another series of “All Things Apple” on Mondays 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic. January 8 will be “iMac/Macbook: The Basics”, January 15 will focus on iTunes, January 22 will be on iPhoto, and IOS Devices will be covered January 29. It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. 

All Things Apple will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years, had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

Classes are free and open to the public and held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the particular class (or classes) they would like to attend by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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Posted: December 12, 2017
Programs, Young Adults

Bengali Bandhan

Bengali Bandhan classes continues for a new semester with a new meeting time: Fridays 4 – 5pm beginning January 5. These classes, taught by MD Gazi and Kaniz Fatema, are open to school aged children and the general public.

Students will learn how to read, write, and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in April at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: December 12, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today. All persons are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.

In January the group will discuss The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration  by Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. This book tells the American story of the decades-long black migration from the South to cities in the north and west. It was a National Book Circle Critics Award Winner and made the Ten Best Books of the Year list of many major newspapers and magazines when it was published in 2010. Books may be borrowed through the library. The Warmth of Other Suns is available in print, ebook, and on CD. Please use our online system, call or stop in to reserve a copy.

After the first month, books read will be chosen based on participants’ suggestions. To register email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library and registrants are encouraged to give book suggestions.

The library also offers a book group that covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month on Wednesday 4 – 5pm. They will meet January 24 to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, February 28 for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, March 28 for Dear Red by Maureen McNeil. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the organizer and moderator. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

These programs are free and open to the public and take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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Posted: November 3, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

By now, many of you know that we are hosting a workshop performance of a brand new opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. Showcasing this “work in progress” is a great opportunity for our library. Not only is the book a bestseller, but the composer and librettist have each received awards for their earlier works. And, the opera has just been picked up for the 2020 season by Seattle Opera!

Stephen Kitsakos and Sheila Silver appeared on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable to talk about this new work. Click Here to listen to the archive of the interview.

Film Screening of Act I: Thursday, November 9, 6pm

Workshop Performances of Act II: Saturday, November 18, 1pm & 4pm

There is no charge, but reservations are requested. 

To reserve seats for the November 9 film screening of Act I (performed at Manhattan’s Trinity Church last year, pictured above), email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the front desk of the library. 

To reserve seats for the 1pm or 4pm workshop performances of Act II on November 18 CLICK HERE.

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Posted: October 24, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

All Things Apple

We are proud to present our second series of All Things Apple, a class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. This class is a four-week series meeting on Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, from 6-7pm.

In the class, instructor James Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products. Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.

All Things Apple will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years, had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the class by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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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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