Lucy Swope Reads! A Special Story Hour at the Library

Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994

Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist. Continue reading

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Free Summer Teen Theatre Program w/ Teaching Artist Carol Rusoff Begins This Week!

Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.
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Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.
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At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory

An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

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Creative Writing for Seniors

The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center present Creative Writing for Seniors, a 4-week creative writing class for seniors beginning Thursday, March 23 from 4 – 5:30pm.

This free class is taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist Maureen McNeil. McNeil has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world.
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The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith

2 gallon stoneware jug, marked C.W. HINSDALE & CO., DRUGGISTS, HUDSON, N.Y. with blue bird. Made for Charles Hinsdale, who operated a drug store at 305 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Attributed to Hudson NY Pottery / Hudson Pottery Co., Hudson, NY, ca. 1867-69. (Collection of Jon and April Meredith)

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, will be presenting The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm.

Jon Meredith will be speaking on the stoneware industry that flourished in Hudson in the 1800s. Mr. Meredith has researched and collected Columbia County, NY stoneware over the last thirty six years, including pieces produced at the potteries in Hudson, NY, as well as pieces made for various merchants throughout the county. Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo Makes Broadband Announcement from Library Community Room

We were pleased to host Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the library’s Community Room Wednesday, August 3 for an announcement on the progress of the New NY Broadband Program. The goal of the program is to provide New Yorkers with access to internet download speeds of up to 100 Mbps in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote parts of the state, by the end of 2018. Columbia County has been selected as one of the first 6 counties targeted for expansion. For more information, visit Governor Cuomo’s press page.

Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Improvements in Hudson

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Youth Ages 9-13 are Invited to HACK THE LIBRARY! This Summer

powrplntHACK THE LIBRARY! is a FREE weekend of labs for kids centered around learning how to create digital work taught by digital artists. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use various programs to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website to showcase work that will be hosted on newhive.com

These labs encompass sound, video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Labs are run by artists whose work are specialized in the field. This art-base is geared toward kids ages 9-13. Orientation will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 11am to 1pm. Sunday (July 10) & Monday (July 11) there will be a full day from 10am to 4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This program is co-organized by New York-based digital art educators, Powrplnt, local zine publication ZeroCool and the Hudson Area Library.

Space is limited! Sign up at the library or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. The sign up form is accessible here: HACK THE LIBRARY! sign up form.

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