All Things Apple with James Pendegrast

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We are proud to present All Things Apple, a new class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; which will begin in June. This class is a four-week series on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and July 10, 6 – 7pm.

The class will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years,  had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings. Continue reading

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Caps For Sale Puppet Show

Caps for Sale postcardWe’re pleased to welcome PuppeTree back to the Hudson Area Library for a puppet show based on the classic children’s book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.*

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm, the Vermont-based theater workshop and puppet company will perform an updated puppet production of Caps for Sale. The performance will celebrate diversity by retelling the classic tale several times with puppets from a variety of world cultures – Africa, India, Estonia, and the Middle East. Children and families are sure to have a raucous good time with Caps for Sale’s tale of mischief.

Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or further information please call Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at 518-828-1792 x101.

*Some of you will remember PuppeTree from last summer’s fabulous Swimmy/Swimmer puppet show, based on the Leo Lionni classic picture book, Swimmy. We couldn’t wait to get them back to Hudson!

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Multi-Media Animation Workshop For Kids!

animationworkshopOur friends at Spark Media Project return on Saturday, September 19 for a free one-day animation workshop for kids ages 7-12. Students in this class will learn 2 different types of animation – stop motion animation and digital animation.

First, they will create characters out of paper and learn how to create the illusion of movement. Then they will use a brand new, state-of-the-art program to create their own digital animations – choose a character, create an original background, and then use a computer program to animate the character using facial recognition and voice recordings.

The workshop runs from 10am-4pm on September 19. Space is limited and registration is required. Reserve a spot for your 7-12 year old by calling Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480, email maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org or register online.

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“You Can Do A Graphic Novel”: Free Workshop Series with Veteran Marvel and DC Comics Graphic Novelist, Barbara Slate

slateTweens and teens ages 10-14 are invited to join graphic novelist, Barbara Slate, for a series of her critically acclaimed “You Can Do a Graphic Novel” workshops at the Hudson Area Library this summer.

The free workshop series will run 1pm-2:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30 through July 23.

Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented,” Slate will offer tips and instructions to participants as she leads youth participants through the creation of their own original comics. Topics covered will include tapping into the creative process, creating memorable characters, developing the plot, writing compelling dialogues, and laying out a successful graphic novel page. Bring your sketches, doodles, cartoons, or if you don’t have anything, just bring your enthusiasm for comic books!

For more information or to register for this exciting program, contact us at 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

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Adult Spanish Language Classes are Back!

Spanish ClassThe library’s Adult Spanish Language Class will begin meeting again on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:15pm.

This free weekly program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries.

No registration is required. Contact Emily or Marie at 518-828-1792 for more information.

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