NEW Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys

We are proud to announce our second year of hosting a Humanities NY Reading and Discussion series. Muslim Journeys will meet five Mondays from 6-8pm beginning September 18 (no meeting Columbus Day). The readings will focus on Muslims in America, native born Americans as well as immigrants making a new home in America. The program will be facilitated by Karuna Foudriat, a peace educator who has lectured on Islam including co-teaching a course on the Abrahamic religions with a rabbi and Anglican priest at Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.

This series gives community members time to explore a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection. Participants will explore three main texts: Minaret by Leila Aboulela, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Registration is limited to 20 participants and is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up. Continue reading

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Changing The New York Times – One Death at a Time

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

Under the executive editor A. M. Rosenthal, the New York Times newsroom of the 1970s and 80s was a homophobic place. Journalists known to be gay or lesbian were stalled and even demoted in their careers. But in December of 1990, when Times reporter and closeted gay journalist Jeff Schmalz collapsed in the newsroom, all that began to change.

Dying Words, The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times will be the subject of a presentation by authors, Samuel G. Freedman with Kerry Donahue to be held in the NEW Hudson Area Library Community Room on Saturday, April 30 at 4pm. The event is free.
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Civil Rights in the 60s – Participate in our “Show and Tell”

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The 1960s was a tumultuous era of marches, sit-ins, freedom rides, boycotts and rallies. Many of those who participated may have been living in our community, or later migrated here. Were YOU involved?

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a discussion for those who took part, or have first-hand knowledge of these events. We want to be a forum for those in our community to share information. Please bring photos, clippings and mementos of your involvement in the movement to the library on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm. You will be able to take them home afterwards! Please call to let us know you’re coming. 518.828.1792. We want to make sure we have enough chairs!
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Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood Comes to Life

Natural_WTP_coverOur friends at The Spotty Dog are pleased to announce the only local appearance of Kathryn Aalto, landscape designer and author, to discuss and sign her new book, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Please join us for this free event on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm at The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren Street, Hudson. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.

The book takes readers through an exploration of the real landscape of Ashdown Forest, shares iconic moments from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, and situates them in the places that exist today. In the delightful narrative, enriched with E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they call home.

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Book Club November/December Pick: Abide With Me

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout for their December meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, December 4 at 3:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book. Continue reading

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Book Club October Pick: A Discovery of Witches

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

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100 Years into the Past: An Informal Evening of Discussion with the Prison Public Memory Project

trainingschoolforgirlssummereveningsceneHow did Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls view treatment and training practices 100 years ago? Liesl Schnabel, Prison Public Memory Project’s summer researcher, has been researching and exploring that question this summer.

You are invited to join the Prison Public Memory Project to discuss her findings this Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Hudson Area Library.

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Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: A Discussion With Author Geoff Ward, August 8 from 7:00-8:30pm

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Join us for a discussion facilitated by the Prison Public Memory Project and the Hudson Area Library, titled “Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: The New York Movement, 1930-1980.” This lecture will be led by Geoff Ward, the author of The Black Child Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice and Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California. He will discuss how the movement against Jim Crow juvenile justice took shape in New York State, with a special focus on “black child savers” and their work up and down the Hudson in remaking predominately white juvenile justice systems. This event will take place at Hudson Area Library on Thursday, August 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. It will be open to the public and free of charge, and will be followed by an audience discussion with Dr. Ward. A limited number of signed copies of Dr. Ward’s book will be on sale at the event. For more information on the Prison Public Memory Project, visit the Prison Public Memory Project website.

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