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: Core Strength & Balance

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: 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.

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. The first virtual class is Saturday, April 4. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

Date/Time: Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm. UPDATE: There will be no classes February 22, March 21 & 28.

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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VIRTUAL: Adult Spanish Classes

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: The classes, taught by Sonia Cintron, offer adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills.

NOTE: While the library is closed, these classes will be hosted virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter from Profesora Sonia, who will reply to all student emails of work.

Date/Time: Series of weekly classes on Tuesdays from January 7 – April 14, Advanced Beginner 5:30-6:30pm or Intermediate 6:45-7:45pm.

Registration: Update (1/15) This series is currently full.

Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@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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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. 

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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.

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.

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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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