Learn About A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera!

Tune in to The Morning Show on WGXC Radio – 90.7FM this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:15am. Mat Tombers of WGXC will be interviewing composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. These two power houses have created a new opera based on the award winning novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that will be premiered in full by Seattle Opera in 2020. We’re presenting the workshop performance of Act II on Saturday, November 18 at the library. The event is free and will include a cast and supporting musicians. This is the finale of several events already planned to discuss this seminal novel.  Continue reading

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Radio Studio with Kite’s Nest

Three teens on a sidewalk. Two have audio equipment.Join us for Radio Studio at the Hudson Area Library! We don’t usually hear the voices and perspectives of youth in the news, but young people have a lot to say. If you’ve ever wanted to be a reporter or a DJ, or you’re just curious about making radio, this is your chance to be the media! We’ll learn hands-on radio and broadcasting skills, use digital audio recorders, come up with story ideas, conduct interviews, and broadcast our voices on WGXC: 90.7-FM.

RADIO STUDIO with Kite’s Nest

Friday, October 7, 3pm-6pm
at the Hudson Area Library
in partnership with WGXC: Hands-on Radio (90.7-FM)
Ages 9 – 15

To register, emailhello@kitesnest.org, or call 518-945-8445.

This program is free and open to the public. Donations towards this program will be shared with the Library and WGXC (Kite’s Nest has suggested a donation of $10-$40).

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Author Talk With Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander

KwameOn Friday, May 6 at 3:30pm join us in welcoming Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover (winner of the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King award) and Booked to the Hudson Area Library.

Kwame Alexander is known for his signature blend of fast-paced verse combined with sports lingo and rhythmic raps, with which he creates an accessible mix of drama and poetry. A former reluctant reader himself, Alexander hopes his books will show young readers, in particular African-American boys, that books can be as exciting and fun as sports or video games. He travels the world each year speaking to young people about the power of books and poetry. We are pleased to join the Hudson Children’s Book Festival in welcoming him to Hudson. Continue reading

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Broadcasts to Promote “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom”

AllySheedyThursday, February 11, 11:05AM – Northeast Public Radio, WAMC – 90.3 FM
Live stream at www.wamc.org

Hear Ally Sheedy, director of “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom”, Thursday, February 11, beginning at 11:05am on Northeast Public Radio, WAMC – 90.3 FM. She’ll be joined by actress Damaras Obi who plays the lead (and only role) in the production and Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of the book of the same name.

“Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” is the story of a young girl who took part in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama during the tumultuous 1960s. Beaten and arrested more than 9 times by her 15th birthday, Ms. Lowery is now eager to tell her story to young people – hopefully encouraging them to become activists and help make changes to their communities, their country, and the world.

Ms. Sheedy adapted the book into a stage production, which includes sound recordings of actual events during the era’s sit-ins, freedom rides, demonstrations and marches.

Thursday, February 11, 4:10PM – WGXC – 90.7 FM
Live stream at www.wgxc.org

Then, in the afternoon, hear Hudson Area Library Programming Committee members Miranda Barry and Pamela Badila at 4:05pm on WGXC – 90.7 FM. They will be joined by members of Perfect Ten After School – young women who have been studying the Civil Rights movement after reading Ms. Lowery’s book. Together with hosts Ellen Thurston and Tom DePietro, they will discuss their take on Civil Rights and how this book has affected them.

The play will be performed at the MC Smith Intermediary School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, on Saturday, February 13 at 3pm. Prior to the production, the Hudson High School Choir will perform songs from the time period. The printed program will include photographs of that era along with brief captions describing the activities. Admission is suggested at $10.00 per person. It is a benefit for the Hudson Area Library.

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Radio from the Field Workshop With WGXC

fieldradioWave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM will offer a two-session public radio workshop at the library this month. WGXC Mobile Studio Manager and artist Max Goldfarb will lead participants in making field recordings and editing audio, as they learn to construct projects that give voice to our local environments. The two sessions will culminate in a short, radio-ready production that will become a part of Wave Farm’s WGXC archive.

The sessions will be held Tuesdays, November 10 and 17 from 5pm-7pm. Adults and mature teens interested in environmental sound recording, soundscape research and radio production are encouraged to attend. No prior experience is required. The sessions are free, but reservations are recommended. To learn more, or to reserve your place, email max@wgxc.org or call (518) 697-7400.

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