Rolling Grocer 19

Rolling Grocer 19 (RG19) is a non-profit, year-round, mobile grocery store that hits the streets of Hudson starting September 19 and will be located in front of the library on Saturdays from 1:30-4pm.

Developed in collaboration with local Hudson residents, RG19 is a community-led response to solve real challenges around food and economic inequality in our county. RG19 will offer a wide range of wholesome products, including fresh produce, dairy, bread, meat, seafood, canned and dry goods, toiletries and other miscellaneous products. Food on the trailer will be made affordable through a fair pricing system: customers will self-select into one of three price levels and pay for products according to their financial ability. Continue reading

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Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Pamela Badila, folkteller & performance artist, reads, tells and perform folktales from around the world with children and their families. This special story hour gives families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures. Craft and music activities follow the folktelling.

Date/Time: Sundays, 2-3pm beginning September 9 Continue reading

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Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                  Continue reading

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Future Hudson: An Urban Designer’s Imaginings, What ifs, and Why Nots by Matthew Frederick

Join Hudson architect and bestselling author Matthew Frederick Thursday, May 24 at 6pm as he draws on principles from his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, to explore how we might repair Hudson’s trouble spots and shape its future. We will look at a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite’s Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street. A discussion and book signing will follow. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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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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