Still Time to Sign Up for Free Teen Theatre Classes with Carol Rusoff!

This fall, teens ages 13+ are invited to join independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, for “From the Page to the Stage” a hands-on, engaging theatre program. The program will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, Now through December 13, culminating in a free performance on December 13 for the entire community. Participants will explore literary works and will choose selections to adapt as performance pieces. The rehearsal process will stretch the participants’ abilities as they divide the tasks at hand among themselves and together produce works of theatrical art.

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The program is free and open to all teens 13+. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email Brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the front desk for a registration form.

This program is made possible in part with the generous support of the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

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Digital Painting Workshop for Tweens and Teens

On Saturday, April 16, from 12pm-4pm, youth ages 10-15 are invited to participate in a free Digital Painting workshop with our friends from Spark Media Project. The workshop will be held in the Community Room of the new Hudson Area Library at 51 N. 5th Street.

In this workshop, youth will use Wacom Tablets and Photoshop software as they learn about the creative process behind digital painting from concept to finishing touches. To create their original digital illustrations, youth will learn about frame composition, shading, perspective, and color theory, as well as tips and tools of digital visual art.

digitalpaintingSpace is limited and registration is required. To register for this workshop, please contact Spark Media Project at 845.485.4480 or register online.

This free youth media arts workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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Teen Tech Week: Put Reading Into Overdrive!

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Would you like to take books out from the library without ever leaving your home? All you need is an e-reader or MP3 player, internet service, and a library card! Check out Mid Hudson Library System Digital Downloads, powered by Overdrive, to browse thousands of your favorite young adult audiobooks and e-books. Just click the “View All Subjects” button under either eBooks or Audiobooks on the left hand side menu of the home page. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and you will find “Young Adult Fiction”. Click the link and start browsing! There you’ll find popular YA books including Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and The Angel Experiment by James Patterson!

Not sure where to start? Underneath “Search Results” at the top of the page, you can order your search by release date (if you want new releases), most popular (if you want to see what everyone else is reading), title (if you want the titles listed in alphabetical order), and creator (if you want to see the titles listed by author’s last name).

Having trouble finding an item that is currently available? Check the box “Only show titles with copies available” and the site will show you titles that are checked in and available for you to read right away!

Having trouble downloading e-books or audiobooks to your device or just getting started? Click “Getting Started?” on the top right of the navigation bar, for help getting started with your particular device and troubleshooting tips.

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Library Seeks Volunteers for Program Committee

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library is seeking volunteers to work on the Program Committee.

Children from the Hudson Area Library Summer Reading Program

Background

The Hudson Area Library provides programs for children, teens, and adults for our library users from Hudson, Greenport and other local towns. The Board of Trustees wishes to expand our program offerings and seeks to engage people in our service area and beyond in the development of new programs. We recognize the wealth of skills and enthusiasms in our community and wish to tap into those who can bring new ideas and energy to the library.

New Programing Directions

Here are a few ideas that we have for new directions for programming at the library. Continue reading

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SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones!

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out more about this summer’s audiobooks, visit www.AudiobookSync.com or text syncya to 25827 (texting will sign you up for notifications, letting you know when the next audiobook pairing is available for download). Audiobooks will be downloaded using Overdrive Media Console, the same system that many of our patrons use to download audiobooks through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

06/14/12-06/20/12
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

06/21/12-06/27/12
Irises by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

06/28/12-07/04/12
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)

07/05/12-07/11/12
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)

07/12/12-07/18/12
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

07/19/12-07/25/12
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

07/26/12-08/01/12
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Brilliance Audio)

08/02/12-08/08/12
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)

08/09/12-08/15/12
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press)

08/16/12-08/22/12
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)

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6th-9th Graders – Join The Hudson Battle of the Books Team!


Want to have fun reading this summer and get some free books?!* Then join our Battle of the Books Team! Battle of the Books is a trivia contest for young people, with questions based on specific books that all participants have read. Our library is looking for 6th-9th graders who want to join our team – read some great books over the summer and compete in the September 10th Regional Battle!

If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact Emily or Corey at 518-828-1792!

The titles we are reading for the Battle of the Books this year are:

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Peak by Roland Smith
Peeled by Joan Bauer
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

* Hudson Battle Team members will get to keep select titles from this year’s competition!

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