Back Roads of Columbia County: an Open Exhibition

Be sure to stop by the library and check out the newest photo exhibit on the main floor and upstairs gallery space. The Columbia County Photo Club is showcasing 52 photographs by 26 area artists, all on the theme of Columbia County. All photographs are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library. The photos will remain on exhibit through Sat. Oct. 25th. Contact Marie or Emily in the library office to place your order at 518.828.1792.
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STEAM Into Imagination – free science and art workshops for kids and teens!

We’ll be teaming up with HATCH (Hudson Area Teaching Cooperative for Homeschoolers) this fall to offer fun, educational STEAM programs for youth ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 16. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.” STEAM into Imagination will spark children’s curiosities as we ask questions about the emerging intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The program will meet on Tuesdays from 4pm-5:30pm starting Tuesday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, December 16.

Older students will join the Programming Club where they’ll learn how to use computer coding and programming during a 12-session class with RPI Computer Science student, Rachel King.

microscopeYounger students will participate in two 6-session classes. HATCH co-founder, Will Pflaum, will offer a 6-session class called “Islands of the Imagination,” a creative investigation of geography, math, and drawing, in which students create their own fictional island. The second 6-session classes will again invite students to explore the arts and sciences through diverse experiments, painting and crafts, the use of a USB microscope and Snap Circuits, and more!

STEAM into Imagination is geared toward homeschooling families, kids in school, and anyone considering homeschooling or looking for more choice in education.

To register your child or teen, come to our registration party on Tuesday, September 9 at the library. For more information, call the library at 518-828-1792.

STEAM into Imagination is made possible with grant support from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Third Annual Photo Exhibit: Back Roads of Columbia County


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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club announce the opening of the Third Annual Photography Exhibit titled Back Roads of Columbia County: An Open Photographic Exhibition, at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Twenty-seven members of the Columbia County Photo Club will participate in this exhibit, with a public reception with the artists from 5:00 until 7:00pm on the 14th. All photographs will be offered for sale at the Library, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. The exhibit will continue through October 25, 2014.

This years’ exhibition includes photographs by Paul Abitabile, Doug Stalker, Joan Lizette-Miller, J. Pierre Gontier, Joe Palumbo, Tammy Parditka, Paul Roberts, Jonathon Simons, Renee (Klein) Lawrence, Christine Dean, William Shaughnasey, Beth (Marie) Meehan, Bridget Arnold, Patricia Williams, Larry Fingar, Kara Keeler, Joe Lalka, Brian Yorck, Ken Bovat, Daniel Region, Ralph Gorgone, Steve Wildermuth, Jennifer Bock, Trudi Roth, Joe Parditka, Deborah Lans and Kristen Stoddard.
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Youth Art Month Watercolors Class, Saturday March 29th


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Join us in the Children’s Room for our Youth Art Month finale programs with artist Jesse Chapman. Learn watercolor techniques and create your own landscape paintings to bring home! This program will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 12-1pm. Registration is not required and children of all ages are welcome to attend.


The Hudson Area Library Children’s Room Presents “The Kids First Initiative”


Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:

Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages

Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.

Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.

Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages

The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.

Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.

Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.

For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website. 


New Kids Art Workshops for August

Art Classes For Kids

Make art at the Hudson Area Library this August with artist and teacher Alison Fox! Three free classes for children ages 4 and up will be held during three Fridays in August from 10am-12pm in the library’s children’s room. 

Friday August 9, 10am-12pm
First Class:  Simple Paper Marionettes

Come make jointed puppets to set to your own story. Have fun deciding how to paint, collage and color your puppet.

Friday August 16, 10am-12pm
Second Class:  Shadow Puppets

We will make our own shadow puppets using Chinese shadow puppets for inspiration. We will have a simple cereal box shadow puppet theater that you can make at home.

Friday August 23, 10am-12pm
Third Class:  Hand Puppets

We will explore ways we can use our hands to create movement for puppets. Some puppets will be sewn, others just need drawing to come alive.


Art Classes for Kids Starting Friday, July 12

Art Classes For Kids

Make art at the Hudson Area Library this July with artist and teacher Alison Fox! Three free classes for children ages 5 and up will be held during the last three Fridays in July from 3-5pm in the library’s children’s room. Kids are welcome to join us for 1, 2, or 3 classes!

Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. Call 518-828-1792 for more information or to sign up.

First Class:  Fast Words/Slow Words
Friday July 12, 3-5pm

Kids will make silk-screen prints of words that they would like to slow down and examine. We will explore how poetry creates space to imagine what the poet is communicating and how different a word can be when we make art with it.

Second Class: Library Totem
Friday July 19, 3-5pm

Kids will go through the library and find images that they would like to take out of context and put within their own context. They will start a collection of images that they like, make photocopies of them and then paint them.

Third Class: Beautiful Book
Friday July 26, 3-5pm

Kids will practice making an accordion-fold book with a sewn binding cloth cover and do water colors and water color pencils on the inside.



Don’t Miss the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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Saturday, May 4th marks the day of the 5th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the biggest gathering of children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators you’ve ever seen! There will be exhibitions, arts and crafts, workshops, and book readings. Also, you won’t want to miss the live performances by:

Aaron Nigel Smith, Call to Action at 11:00am

Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek, Amazing Astonishing Air at 12:30pm

John Farrell, We Can Do It Together at 2:00pm

The Festival will take place at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, located at 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free! Hudson Area Library will have a table at the Festival, so be sure to stop by and say hi!