James Baldwin’s America: A Free Screening of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

A black man and woman sit on a porch. The woman sits in a chair. The man, dressed in overalls, sits on the floor of the porch, reading a bookJoin us for a free screening of James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7pm in the library’s Community Room. This screening is being offered as a kickoff to a reading and discussion series on Baldwin in partnership with the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ Hudson. All are welcome to attend the screening.

Go Tell it on the Mountain was James Baldwin’s first novel. “The book”, he said, “I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” It tells the moving story of a 14 year-old African American boy, growing up in Harlem in the 1930’s and struggling to find himself despite his tyrannical step-father. The stellar cast includes Paul Winfield, Alfre Woodard, Olivia Cole, Ruby Dee and Giancarlo Esposito.

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously. The novel explores the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history, and is a powerful introduction to Baldwin’s work.

This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities. The program is done in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ-Hudson. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by our front desk.

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James Baldwin’s America: A Reading and Discussion Series

A black-and-white photo of James Baldwin at his desk, looking at someone or something out of frame. A typewriter and glass are just out of focus.

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously and examined its triumphs and failures. Join us in reading his work and exploring the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history as well as its treatment of gay Americans.

We will meet every Monday from 6-8 between September 19 – October 24. We will not be meeting on October 10 in observance of Columbus Day. All reading materials will be available from the library.

You must register in order to attend all five sessions, you must register. Registration is limited and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register or for more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by our front desk.

These sessions are done in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ-Hudson, and are facilitated by Donna Ford-Grover, Bard professor of American Literature. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities.

 

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James Baldwin’s America: A Reading and Discussion Series

A black-and-white photo of James Baldwin at his desk, looking at someone or something out of frame. A typewriter and glass are just out of focus.

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously and examined its triumphs and failures. Join us in reading his work and exploring the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history as well as its treatment of gay Americans.

We will meet every Monday from 6-8 between September 19 – October 24. We will not be meeting on October 10 in observance of Columbus Day. All reading materials will be available from the library.

Registration is limited and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register or for more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by our front desk.

These sessions are done in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ-Hudson, and are facilitated by Donna Ford-Grover, Bard professor of American Literature. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities.

 

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Raise the Roof Wrap-up

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Photo courtesy of Amy Krzanik

Every fundraiser strives to be fun, but there is no disguising the real reason that we get together: we are supporting a cause close to our hearts.

From solicitations for Raffle Tickets to the Silent Auction, Tasting Room, and the Call for the Cause, everyone was there for our Library!

At the end of the evening, after dining and dancing, greeting friends and making new ones, guests contributed to a total profit that exceeded last year’s by almost 20%!
Thanks to everyone who made Raise the Roof 2016 a big success!

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Author’s Talk and Book Signing

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Learn how to grow beautiful food from author Matthew Benson on Sunday, June 12, 3:30pm in the beautiful gardens at 243 Union Street. Admission is $25.00 per person.

Then, at 6:30pm, join the author for Dinner in an Empty House. (We’ll take you there.) Delicious, garden-fresh, organic, local vegetables and fruits. Delectable entrees cooked to perfection in an elegant setting. Fine wine, beautiful food and great conversation with an extraordinary gardener (and photographer). $100 per person. $150 per couple. Dinner reservations include afternoon event. Reserve now: click here to reserve your place! This event is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library.

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Summer Program Meet and Greet

12973130_10201914344496656_4149230093426765180_oWondering what your children can do this Summer? Join us in the library’s Community Room on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm to meet representatives from local youth-serving organizations. From band camp to sailing, sports to computers, find out what’s available this summer for kids and teens at this summer program meet and greet. At the event, pick up a copy of the Summer Festival Guide — a booklet highlighting activities for children and teens in the area. The event will include light refreshments and free pen giveaways for the first 50 students that attend.

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Mother’s Day Fashion Show Planned

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea on Sunday, May 8th beginning at 2pm. Featured clothing is from the vintage shop, Discipline Park. Models are from the community and include Mothers and daughters. Space is limited. For tickets, go to www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org.

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea on Sunday, May 8, beginning at 2pm. Featured clothing is from the vintage shop, Discipline Park. Models are from the community and include Mothers and daughters. Space is limited. 

In an effort to try and give area Moms an alternative to the standard “let’s-go-out-to-lunch” celebration, the NEW Hudson Area Library is presenting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea. The afternoon, held on Mother’s Day, May 8, begins at 2pm. There will be an assortment of home baked cakes and cookies for each ticket-holder to choose from. Tea, supplied by Verdigris-Hudson, will be available, too and background music is being mixed by Hudson’s own Young Paris. FACE Stockholm will be doing the make-up for the models as well as demonstrating some of their make-up tricks prior to the show.

“We hope to have a few of the models on stage as they get their make-up applied,” said Rosalie Hogan, representative from FACE Stockholm. “People always love to watch make-up artists. And, we have some young models who will be thrilled to have their make-up done by professionals.” FACE Stockholm will also have products available for sale.

The high-point of the day will be the fashion show utilizing vintage clothes supplied by Hudson retailer “Discipline Park”. Outfits cover several decades, but were selected and styled to be worn today. Shop owner Marlene Marshall worked with each model to make sure outfits were fun to wear and matched the personality of the individual. “This event is supposed to be fun,” she said. “You can style these pieces with leggings or scarves and they are just as wearable today as they were when they were new.”

In keeping with the Mother’s Day theme, some local models are Mother-daughter pairs. “I tried to relate the outfits somewhat,” Marshall added. “It was fun to see how the pairs commented on each other’s selections.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Library and will be held in the new Community Room at 51 North 5th Street. Tickets are $25.00 each. $10.00 for an accompanied Mom. They can be purchased in advance. Click here! Reservations are suggested.

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Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!

The Friends is pleased to announce the next installment of Adult Mandarin Chinese Language Classes. This series of free classes will begin on Wed. Sept. 17th and will offer community members the opportunity to read, write and speak Mandarin from a native speaker.

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This eight-week course will be lead by our own Shi Wen “Wendy” who grew up in the city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, on the Southeast coast of China. A longtime staff member, she will introduce students to vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin—writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters.

The first two classes will serve as an introduction for new students. Previous students are  also welcome to attend these refresher classes.

All classes will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesdays at the Library.  Space is limited and registration is required (ages 18 and over).  To learn more or sign up, please contact the library 518.828.1792 today.

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