Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.

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Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.

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Amazing Animals at the Library

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images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC

On Saturday, May 28, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles, including a chinchilla, rabbit, bearded dragon, milk snake, and more. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 10:30am-11:30am and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

This special program is made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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Amazing Animals Visit the Children’s Room

pictures of a boy being shown a corn snake and a girl holding a chinchilla

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC


On Saturday, July 19, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles. Species may include such animals as a rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, box turtle, bearded dragon, corn snake, and even a baby alligator. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 11am-12pm on Saturday, July 19, and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

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Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24th

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its 15th Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 24th at 6pm at the Library.  This year’s guest speaker will be Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation will be “Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.”

Ms. Smith-Aldrich is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid- Hudson Library System in New York. She has assisted the 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Her specialty is helping libraries create sustainable solutions for their facilities, funding and leadership. She is also the author of the Handbook of New Public Library Directors in New York State. Continue reading

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Guest Speaker, A. DeForest to discuss “Collecting Rare Books, Prints and Manuscripts” on Saturday, October 26th

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Please join the Hudson Area Library on Saturday, October 26th at 1:00pm in the History Room for a presentation with rare book collector A. DeForest. Sponsored by the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee, the realm of collecting rare and historic books, manuscripts, and maps will be discussed in this fascinating presentation.

Hear DeForest’s views of researching and purchasing unusual items for a private collection, as well as personal stories of the pieces he has bought and sold over the last two decades. An interesting and varied selection of his personal collection will be on display, and will include books of history, travel, Irish folklore, Celtic mythology and fairy tales, several distinctive maps, as well as a rare print of James Joyce. Works from the 1600’s, as well as rare, limited edition books from modern day publications will be included in this presentation.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view a portion of this extensive collection and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that go along with them. A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State Street, Hudson NY. Please call 518.828.1792 for more information or check the library website at www.hudsonarealibrary.org

 

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What Do You Want in Our New Library? – Online Survey

To enable those of you who could not participate in our new library design focus groups to provide us with feedback about what you want in the new library, we have developed an online survey.

Before You Take the Survey

Our library design consultant Kim Cullin has created a presentation, “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library” to provide a brief overview of the activities, programs, spaces, and tools that are part of what other libraries across the country are doing to become a 21st century library. This presentation will provide you with a larger frame of reference before you fill out the online survey.

NOTE: this file has been compressed to make it easier to download. It will look fine on your computer screen but will not look very good if you print it out.

DOWNLOAD “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library”

Fill Out the Survey

The survey should take you between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. If you want to stay in touch with us be sure to fill out your contact information on the survey.

GO TO THE SURVEY

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Free Presentation on the Basics of College Financial Aid


The Hudson Area Library will host “Affordability 101: The Basics of College Financial Aid,” a presentation for parents by independent educational consultant and former college admissions director Sandra M. Moore, M.A. The session will introduce basic financial aid terminology, types of available assistance and required forms and application time frames. Ms. Moore is founder and principal of Next Step College Counseling (Next Step CC, LLC).

Saturday, December 10, 1-2:30pm
Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY

To reserve your place: 518-828-1792 or email hudsonarealibrary (at) gmail (dot) com

The presentation is free and open to the public, and questions are welcome.

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