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.
HACK 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.
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.
The Hudson Area Library is pleased and excited to announce that the last day for business at the current address will be Friday, April 1. On Saturday, April 2, movers will begin packing up books in anticipation of the move to their new quarters in the former Hudson Armory. It is anticipated that the move itself will take about a week.
“It’s wonderful to finally realize all our plans,” said Board President Mark Orton. “It seems like we’ve been working on this forever. Now it’s just a few weeks until we’ll be situated in a whole new space.”
There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am in front of the new Library. In recognition of the Armory’s original tenants in 1898 – the 23rd Separate [Infantry] Company, a military contingent will present colors. The High School Band is expected to play and several dignitaries will participate. The conclusion will be a Ribbon Cutting after which everyone is invited into the Library. Also open to the public will be the third floor facilities occupied by Perfect Ten After School and the Senior Center on the second floor.
“We want everyone to come and join in this wonderful celebration,” Orton continued. “This Library is for the entire community. Once those doors open, the public will see what a great show place this is, and a wonderful source of civic pride. After all the planning, we’re eager to share the result.”
The Ribbon Cutting will take place outside the new Library, 51 North 5th Street, on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am.
The shelves are in and furniture deliveries are in progress. Data hook ups, tech installation and a few more last minute items are still to go before the physical move begins. Our plan is to close the current Library at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING!
10am, Saturday, April 9
51 North 5th Street
We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment!
An evening of all things whaling with Historian & Editorial Director Carlo DeVito
Date: January 21 at 6pm
Location: Café Le Perche, 230 Warren Street, Hudson
This event is a fundraiser for the library.
On the morning of November 20, 1820, the Essex was more than 1,500 miles from the nearest land when she was struck by an enraged bull whale. The crew fled the wreck in small, frail, open boats. They spent the next 90 days without charts, sun baked, starving and dehydrated. Of the 30 who left the ship, only 8 survived. It is this horrific story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.
Join us Thursday, January 21 at Café Le Perche for WHALE HO!, an evening with Carlo DeVito, historian and editorial director of the book Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex. The event consists of two parts.
6pm – Illustrated lecture recounting tales of the Essex, the workings of a whaling ship and how Melville came to learn of the disaster. Tickets to the lecture, sold at the door, are $25 each and include a glass of grog – a typical libation for shipmates of the day.
8pm – Whaling inspired dinner, specially prepared by Café Le Perche. The meal is price fixed at $50 per person and advance reservations are required. Twenty per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Library. Call the restaurant at 518.822.1850.
Kelley Drahushuk of Spotty Dog Books & Ale will be on hand to sell books during the evening and DeVito will sign copies.
WHALE HO! Is an opportunity to learn more about the harrowing life of a nineteenth century sailor through the stories recounted by the author, first mate Owen Chase. His is a gripping narrative that has special significance given the city of Hudson’s involvement in the whaling economy.
Spark your creativity with digital media workshops at the Hudson Area Library!
Our friends from Spark Media Project will be offering two free workshops at the library this summer – one a live-action, narrative videomaking workshop for teens, the other a stop-motion animation workshop for kids. Both workshops are free. Space is limited and registration is required. To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 1-5pm
In this workshop, youth will learn the entire process of filmmaking including scripting, cinematography, and editing their own narrative short films.
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29 through August 19, 4-6pm
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.
Spark Media Project’s Mobile Media Lab is funded by NYSCA and the New York REDC.