Library Reopening Update: Computer Sessions and Collections Browsing

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It has been wonderful seeing so many of you coming to the library to borrow books, movies, and more through our contactless materials pickup service! As of Monday, September 14, we have entered the next phase in our reopening with appointments available for computer use and for browsing of the collection. Entrance hallway and curbside pickup appointments continue to be available as well. Continue reading

Virtual: 20th Annual Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge

Competitors in the 2019 Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: This year’s Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge will be a virtual race!

Each registrant is invited to run a 5K distance over the race weekend and submit their times on the Ghostly Gallop website. The male and female runners who record the fastest 5K times will receive the Cranna Cup. The first 100 people to register will receive a t-shirt celebrating the 20th year of the race and the 60th anniversary of our library. For the Kids Fun Run Challenge, parents and caregivers are asked to take and submit a photo of children (12 and under) running any distance (costumes encouraged). We will share the photos on the Ghostly Gallop website and, for each photo received, $1 will be donated to the library by a private donor.

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, October 16-18.

Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at ghostlygallop.info

History Room on Zoom: History of the US Census and 2020 Census with the Jacob Leisler Institute

History Room on Zoom: Early NY Census History to Census 2020

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early NY History and Tina Lesem, who works at the Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute, on the history of the US Census and the importance of completing the 2020 Census.

Our library team is here to help you and your neighbors complete the 2020 Census – due September 30, 2020. We have team members ready to assist you in English, Spanish, Bengali, and Mandarin Chinese. For an appointment email info@hudsonarealibrary.org. You can also submit your census form online at 2020census.gov.

We’ve embedded the video above for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

Non-fiction Book Group: Cooked by Michael Pollan

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Program Description: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive or Hoopla.

Date/Time: Monday,September 21, 6-7pm (via Zoom)

Registration: To register for this book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

Virtual Library Time with Ms. Kathy

Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. While we can’t visit in person just yet, children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy on Wednesday afternoons to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative.

To register for these virtual drop-in sessions, click here.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm

Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil on Zoom

Program Description: We are offering a 5-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. In this fall session, participants will respond through writing to current events such as the pandemic and racial justice movement, and other topics central in their lives. This class will take place virtually. Students will receive an e-newsletter with writing prompts and Maureen will host a virtual meeting through Zoom video conferencing services at regular class times.

Time/Date: Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30pm, from October 1 – November 5

Registration: Limited to 12 participants and on a first come/first serve basis. To register, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This program is funded, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Maureen McNeil, author, artist, educator, and social activist, has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world. Maureen is also the author of Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe and Red Hook Stories

Fall/Winter Virtual Story Hours

 

Program Description: Join Abby Lappen (Tuesdays), Pamela Badila (Wednesdays), and Christa Shook (Thursdays) for fun with stories, songs, games, and crafts to develop literacy skills and inspire a love of reading, singing, and storytelling.

To register for these virtual children’s programs, click here.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am

 

From Your Local Libraries: A Virtual Event with the Hudson River Estuary Program

Program Description:  In a collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library we present: Eels and Other Fish of the Hudson River, a virtual program conducted by Aiden Mabey, an environmental educator from the Hudson River Estuary Program, a division of the New York State Department of Conservation.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 6-7pm.

Registration: To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. For the Zoom link click here.

In Eels and other Fish of the Hudson River Aidan will discuss the fish life in the estuarine and fluvial environments of the Hudson River, a tidal river that begins in the Adirondacks at Lake Tear of Clouds and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor. There will be a question and answer period after Aidan’s talk.

The NYS DEC is looking for volunteers to research eels in their habitat. For more information click here. And learn more about the Hudson River Estuary Program at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website

Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer at the library, 2019.

As part of the Hudson Area Library’s mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to the Hudson Area Library. It is a collaboration of Hudson Area Library & Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Let’s be prepared for when we go back to work! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Beth is available by appointment. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one session. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email director@roejanlibrary.org or call 518-325-4101.

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