Read Around The World

Read books set in various places around the world and help the library chart our collective adventure on a world map. How many cities, states, countries, and continents will we visit and explore this summer through stories?

To submit your summer reads to the Read Around The World map, click here

Imagine Our Stories – Summer Reading Program 2020

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Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences.  For more information and registration of our various programs click here. 

#WokeBabyChallenge

Program Description:  While we have postponed our Woke Baby Book Fair, we are excited to kick off the Woke Baby Challenge! Curator-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne and our library will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity.

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.

To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and on our Mahogany L. Browne Curator-in-Residence page.

Date/Time: This contest will run throughout the month of April. The challenge for the week will be announced on Saturday mornings on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

The Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, John Knott, and private donors. 

VIRTUAL: Story Hours

NOTE: This program will now be offered virtually due to the temporary library closure using Zoom video conferencing services.

Program Description: Our Story Hours are continuing virtually and at the same time.  To receive information on registering, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Date/Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am and Saturdays, 11am-12pm on Zoom videoconferencing.

VIRTUAL: Core Strength & Balance

Note: Due to the library’s temporary closure, Core Strength & Balance will be offered virtually from Paul Spector’s home on Zoom video conferencing services. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information.

Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Date/Time: Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration: Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org
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Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

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: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

Registration: To register for the program email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 

Postponed – Woke Baby Book Fair

UPDATE: Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for April 4, will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. 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.

UPDATE (4/3): While the library remains closed and our Woke Baby Book Fair is still postponed. We have started a Woke Baby Challenge celebrating diverse children’s literature for the month of April. For more information on the challenge and to participate visit this link.

Program Description: 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 presenting her Woke Baby Book Fair, a celebration of diversity in Children’s literature with readings, face-painting, and fun for the whole family.

Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities. The fair will focus on social justice-themed children’s books that highlight diversity from classic children’s picture books by authors such as Eloise Greenfield and Vera B. Williams to the latest children’s authors.

Date/Time: TBD – Originally to be held Saturday, April 4, 11am-1pm

This program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary and is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, and John Knott.

Suspended – Field Trip: Lightforms Art Center Hilma af Klint exhibition

Image credit: Tree Of Knowledge Series, 1913-1914 Hilma af Klint via Lightforms Art Center

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: Tweens and teens are invited to attend a private tour of Lightforms Art Center’s Hilma af Klint exhibition, which features af Klint’s Tree of Knowledge series and Sketchbook. Transportation is available to and from the library. 

 

Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 3:30-4:30pm

Registration: This program is open to tweens and teens. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.