The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.
Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clickinghere. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.
To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.
Take a StoryWalk this summer to enjoy an outdoor adventure while reading a good book. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is partnering with the Columbia County Library Association to install StoryWalks at several of their Public Conservation Areas: Drowned Lands, Greenport, Hand Hollow, High Falls, and Siegel-Kline Kill. Each StoryWalk will feature pages of a children’s book posted in order along a trail so kids and families can enjoy a story while taking a walk through nature. CLC is also working with partners who are creating StoryWalks along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, at the Roe Jan Park, in the Village of Philmont, along Warren Street in Hudson, and at PS21. Many of these are works-in-progress, so visit clctrust.org/storywalk to confirm the walk is ready for you, and for more information, including an interactive map of StoryWalk sites.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
Program Description: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.
Virtual Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program based in Hudson. In this virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will speak on UBI’s history and the value and details of the UBI pilot program for Hudson. Q & A will follow.
Date/Time:Thursday, August 20, from 6 to 7pm (via Zoom)
Program Description: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive or Hoopla.
Program Description: Instructor Dr. Paul Spector focuses on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. Breathing exercises to reduce stress are also featured. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Date/Time: Virtual class meets weekly on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm for July 25 – August 29 on Zoom.
Registration: To register please call 518-828-1792 x101, or email email@example.com. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting info that will allow you to attend all the ongoing sessions. Continue reading →
Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering a 5-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. This virtual 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.
Date/Time: Meetings on Zoom Thursdays, July 9 to August 6, 2:30-3:30pm
Suggested Audience: All ages, any level of writing experience.
Registration: The class is free and open to the public of all ages. Registration is limited to 9 participants, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please call 518.828.1792 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This special summer session allows participants to respond through writing to the current events of the pandemic and the racial justice movement flourishing in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other topics central in their lives. Continue reading →
Virtual Group Discussion: Monday, June 1, 6-7:30pm
Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the non-fiction book group, will send members a Zoom link to attend the discussion of a variety of selected documentaries on June 1. Browse documentaries available on the kanopy streaming service, which is free to library cardholders, then email Mark with your suggestion by May 9. Anyone wishing to join this club should email Mark Orton at email@example.com call 518-828-1792 x101. View details of this meeting and more information on the Non-fiction Book Group on our website.