NEW Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys

We are proud to announce our second year of hosting a Humanities NY Reading and Discussion series. Muslim Journeys will meet five Mondays from 6-8pm beginning September 18 (no meeting Columbus Day). The readings will focus on Muslims in America, native born Americans as well as immigrants making a new home in America. The program will be facilitated by Karuna Foudriat, a peace educator who has lectured on Islam including co-teaching a course on the Abrahamic religions with a rabbi and Anglican priest at Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.

This series gives community members time to explore a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection. Participants will explore three main texts: Minaret by Leila Aboulela, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Registration is limited to 20 participants and is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up. Continue reading

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YA Author Reading: Sam J. Miller

Join us for a reading by local author, Sam J. Miller, on July 29 from 2-3:30 pm in the library’s teen room as we celebrate the release of his YA novel, inspired by his childhood in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving. There will be a Q &A after with light refreshments.

Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder. The book has been described by Book Riot as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.” Kirkus (in a starred review) says, “Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery….A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.”
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Get Your Kids to Love Reading With Tumblebooks!

All members of the Mid-Hudson Library System have access to TumbleBooks, and now there’s a new app to access them! TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which help to teach kids the joy of reading.

TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an e-picture-book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes a large selection of beloved children’s story books, from leading children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, and many more!

To download the app to your phone, click the buttons below that correspond to your App Store. For instructions on how to get started, click here. If you want to use your desktop, click here. If you need any help with this app, our Reference and Tech Services Librarian is more than happy to help!

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Big Library Read: This is Where it Ends

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Join millions of eBook readers around the world enjoying one book! The Big Library Read is sort of like the digital version of a library book club, in that everyone is encouraged to read the same book. This month’s Big Library Read is This is Where it Ends by Marieje Nijkamp.

Over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students at Opportunity High struggle to survive—and to understand why one boy started shooting…
This explosive, emotional, page-turning debut about a high school held hostage is told from the perspective of four teens—each with their own reason to fear the boy with the gun.

This eBook will be available for unlimited simultaneous downloads from October 13 to 27, which means no holds and no waitlist; just download and enjoy! All you will need is an active library card to start downloading, so visit the Mid Hudson Library System’s Digital Downloads site for instructions on how to get started on October 13.

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An Author Discusses How He Resurrected His Life

Luzzi-and-Isabel-readJoseph Luzzi is a Bard professor of Italian and a Dante scholar. He has devoted his life to teaching and writing about Italy – past and present, including the poet. But he hadn’t truly understood the depth of Dante’s epic poem until he was confronted with death and grief in his own life.

He suffered a tragedy most people wouldn’t even dream of. On a cold November morning, he learned that his wife, 8-1/2 months pregnant, had been in a fatal car accident. In one terrible instant, Luzzi found himself both a widower and a first-time father. Ultimately, he turned to his compatriot, author of The Divine Comedy, for comfort.

On Saturday, June 25, this award winning author will be reading and signing his book in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, beginning at 4pm. Refreshments will follow the event and it is free and open to all.

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Changing The New York Times – One Death at a Time

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

When New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz was unexpectedly “outed” at the paper in 1990, his world changed. Though his AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence in the days before drug cocktails, he used it as a way to doggedly move the paper forward. His story will be told at a reading and book signing on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 4pm in the Community room of the NEW Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street.

Under the executive editor A. M. Rosenthal, the New York Times newsroom of the 1970s and 80s was a homophobic place. Journalists known to be gay or lesbian were stalled and even demoted in their careers. But in December of 1990, when Times reporter and closeted gay journalist Jeff Schmalz collapsed in the newsroom, all that began to change.

Dying Words, The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times will be the subject of a presentation by authors, Samuel G. Freedman with Kerry Donahue to be held in the NEW Hudson Area Library Community Room on Saturday, April 30 at 4pm. The event is free.
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Back to School Fun Night

Kids Break WeekJoin Ms. Pam in the Children’s Room on Tuesday, September 1 from 6-7pm for Back to School Fun Night! Come on in and get excited for the start of the new school year. There will be stories for the elementary set and students of all ages can decorate goal posters with ideas they have for making the 2015-2016 year the best yet. There will be a bookmark making station where kids can create their own bookmark to save their place in all those great books they will be reading this year. We’ll also have book giveaways and other fun activities to help get kids excited for the coming school year.

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Reading and Book Signing with Wendy Fairey, Author of Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn

WendyFaireyBookmarkedJoin us Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30pm for an author talk and book signing with Wendy Fairey, author of Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn. Fairey will read from Bookmarked, answer questions from the audience, and books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Hudson Area Library.

About the author/memoir: Fairey grew up among books. As the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lover during the last years of his life—she began as a child reading her way through the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mother and escaped into the landscape of classic English novels. With Bookmarked, Fairey blends the genres of personal memoir and literary criticism, as we follow her, refracted through her reading, as student, wife, professor, mother, grandmother, and happily remarried writer. Continue reading

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