VIRTUAL: Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.

NOTE: Due to the library’s temporary closure, this class will continue virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter with writing prompts and Maureen will host a virtual meeting through Zoom at regular class times.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 2:30-4pm.

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. Continue reading

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VIRTUAL: Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery. NOTE: While the library is closed, Movement & Music will be offered virtually from Abby Lappen’s home via Zoom video conferencing services. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am on Zoom.

Registration: To receive information on registering for the sessions held on Zoom, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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Local History Talk on Oakdale Park

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson

Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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CANCELLED: Spring Sessions of Watercolor Class w/ Gretchen Kelly

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library’s spring 2020 Watercolor with your Grand Person sessions with local artist Gretchen Kelly begin soon. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

Note: This ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.

Date/Time: Saturdays, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2-3:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult.

Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. Continue reading

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NEW: Salsa Classes w/ Andrew Resto

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Dancin’ at the Armory, 2019!
PHOTO CREDIT: David McIntyre, Hudson Portrait Pop Up

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library present Salsa Dance Class and Practice Party with Andrew Resto, a certified Bronze level dance instructor. These classes, focus on salsa, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Let’s continue the tradition of dance at the historic Armory with a latin flavor!

Note: Due to the library’s temporary closure, these classes have been postponed. New dates and times will be announced on the library website when we are able to reopen and safely host programs and events again.

Date/Time: The 2-week class series is Friday, March 27, 5:30-7pm & Friday, April 3, 5:30-8:30pm. The last hour on April 3 will be a practice party.

Recommended Audience: 16 and older. Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.

Registration: Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the main desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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Drag Queen Story Time with Joni Magdalene

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up!

Date/Time: Saturday, March 28, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families. Continue reading

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RESCHEDULED: March Meetings Of Library Book Groups

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: This month the library’s General Reading Book Group  is reading White Houses by Amy Bloom and the Non Fiction Book Group discusses  The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (At the April 27 meeting of Non Fiction, there will be a screening of PBS’s Ken Burns Presents the Gene: An Intimate History, made possible by our local radio stations WMHT and WETA.)

NOTE: The General Reading Book Group has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.

The Non-Fiction Book Group’s March meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, April 27, 6-7:30pm and will meet virtually on Zoom hosted by facilitator Mark Orton.

Registration: To register for the General Book Group please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. For more information and to register for the Non Fiction Book Group visit here or email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Hudson’s History from your Library

Visit our Holiday Shop at the library or onlineto purchase special gift items from our History Room that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • Giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!
  • Our special tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Hudson Armory designed by Tony Kieraldo

Support your library and impress your friends and family with our unique gifts!

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