Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In – Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020.

April 2020: Woke Baby Challenge

Mahogany L. Browne and our library team will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity throughout the month. Each Saturday in April, a new challenge will be announced and families will have one week to take on the challenge and post their entries on social media. Mahogany and Library staff will choose two winners each week who will receive a prize pack of books including Woke Baby and Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne and an additional selection from Mahogany’s Woke Baby Book List. We are excited to see what you come up with!

We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and right here:

Challenge #4 (Saturday, April 25-Friday, May 1): 

For the last week of our Woke Baby Challenge we ask Children and families to show us their signature dance moves! This challenge is inspired by I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

 Challenge #3 (Saturday April 18-Friday, April 24): 

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of something they are thankful for.This challenge is inspired by Thank you, Omu! By Oge Mora.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge # 2 (Saturday, April 11-Friday, April 18):

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of shapes you can find in your home. This challenge is inspired by City Shapes by Diane Murray with illustrations by Bryan Collier.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge #1 (Saturday, April 4-Friday, April 10):

Children and families are challenged to draw or take a picture of what a rainbow represents to you. This challenge is inspired by “In Between, There Is Light” by Olivia Gatwood, featured in Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

(updated 3/14) – As a precautionary measure, we will be postponing Mahogany L. Browne’s Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, to a later date. New event date for the program is TBD. Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities.

February 2020: Winter Hack and Living Poetry at the Library

Mahogany L. Browne curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program Winter Hack. Youth participants worked closely with Jive Poetic to create visual poems, which were presented to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library, curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her and Jive Poetic. This presentation of Living Poetry was held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and was co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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Registration is now open for school winter recess programs

Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!

WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.

DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)

Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.

Video Poetry with Jive Poetic is part of the Mahogany L. Browne, Curator in Residence program which is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Winter Hack: Video Production & Art Photography

Program Description: We are happy to announce open registration for the library’s second iteration of Winter Hack, a digital art media camp that runs during the school winter recess. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create their own work on site at the Hudson Area Library.

These labs encompass video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Join filmmaker and music video director Zia Anger and photographer Yulia Zinshtein to create photography, gifs and video using open source or free software. Winter Hack is an abridged version of the library’s successful digital art summer program Hack The Library!.

Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 19- Friday, February 22, 10-3pm

Suggested Age: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Limited Spots Available.To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the main desk of the library!

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And Now For Our Feature Presentation….

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A few weeks ago we had the wonderful opportunity to host a winter installment of our popular tween summer program, Hack The Library. Entering in its third year, Hack is a series of labs centered around digital creation in video, photography and music. Enabling kids with the open source, free and affordable tools to create digital work.

Winter Hack took place on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 during winter recess and  focused specifically on video production. The lab was taught by long time HACK teaching artist film-maker and music video director, Zia Anger.  Throughout the two days participants between the ages of 8-15, learned how to create gifs, edit using imovie, storyboard and film using a camera. The intention behind the program was to allow participants to pinpoint the media they chose to consume and analyze why they like it and what about it they themselves with the long term goal to empower them to continuously create their own work. 

AND Now For Our Feature Presentation…

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