Fall Classes Filling Up; Register Now!

Our fall class series are open for registration and patrons are rushing in to register! Classes are filling up so don’t forget to call, email or visit to register soon!

 

Adult Spanish Beginners & Intermediate Classes with Sonia Cintron, Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, 6:45 – 7:45pm. Filled; wait list only.
Bengali Bandhan with MD Gazi, Wednesdays 5-6pm. Space available.
Minecraft Club with Paul Tombrello, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm.Filled; wait list only.
Creating with Code: Teen Coding with Alyssa Panetta, Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm. Space available.
Creative Writing for Seniors with Maureen McNeil, Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm. Space available.
Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat, Mondays 6 – 8pm Filled; wait list only.
Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto, Tuesdays, 3 – 4pm & Fridays 7 – 7pm. Space available.
Healthy Living Series: Balance Workshop with Paul Spector, Saturdays 2 – 3pm. Filled; wait list only.

To register call (518) 828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, or visit the main desk of the library.

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Bengali Bandhan

 

The Library’s Bengali Bandhan* Class will be meeting this fall Wednesdays 5-6pm beginning September 6.This program, taught by M.D. Gazi, is geared toward school age youth, but all are welcome. 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 December at an event for participants and their families.

*Bandhan means “togetherness”

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

To register email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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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.

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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.

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New to the Collection: Bengali Adult Books

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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!

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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.

 

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