Bengali Bandhan Cultural Celebration

The Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 4pm. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city.

The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5pm at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.


Bengali Bandhan

bengaliJoin the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and library staff on Wednesdays, beginning August 5, from 6-7pm in the Children’s Room for Bengali Bandhan*, a series of programs for children and families celebrating Bengali language and culture.

Participants will be introduced to the Bengali alphabet and learn about Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, arts and crafts, and more. The program is geared towards elementary school aged youth, but all are welcome.

*Bandhan means “togetherness”

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


New to the Collection: Bengali Adult Books


The Library continues to expand it’s collection with a new set of 22 adult Bengali language books, made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation. The books include novels and collections of poems, short stories, essays, and more from classic and contemporary authors such as Sukumar Ray, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Rabindranath Tagore, and Humayun Ahmed. The collection includes a bilingual (Bengali/English) version of Tagore’s Gitanjali and bilingual (Bengali/English) book titled Everyday Essential Bengali. A special thanks to Kabir and Shumu, who helped pick out the books for this collection!

The library also has copies of the Bengali language newspaper Weekly Thikana available for reading in the library. Also available for check out is our Spanish language collection, which also consists of adult fiction and non-fiction. For children, there is also a sizable collection of multilingual books in the children’s room with books in several languages including Bengali, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Japanese!


Bengali Celebration for Kids

Join us during Spring Break for a celebration of Bengali heritage with hands-on participation, a children’s story, music, and traditional dress. This special program will be held on Thursday, April 21st, from 3:30-5:30pm, in the library’s Children’s Room.

This program is part of the Cultural Stories and Dance Series, presented by the Kuumba Dance and Drum in collaboration with the Hudson Area Library and supported by Operation Unite, New York and the Columbia County Council on the Arts through the New York State Decentralization Grant.