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

Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil on Zoom

UPDATE: Creative Writing class is filled. Sign up to be on mailing list for next session by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

 

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

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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Dance to the 80s on Zoom

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are excited to present a series of dance classes focused on dances of the 1980s with Andrew Loren Resto.

Time/Date: The program meets virtually via Zoom Wednesdays, 11am-12pm and Fridays, 5-6pm, September 23 – November 6.

Registration: Email programs@hudsonarealibrary or call 518.828.1792 x101 to receive the Zoom link for either or both of the sessions.

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Grants for Senior Services. Continue reading

Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

UPDATE: Both tours are currently filled. For information on the history of the cemetery click here for Dan Udell’s video of Kelley’s tour from two years ago AND click here for Gary Sheffer’s interview with Kelley about the cemetery as part of our History Room on Zoom series.

Program Description:  Kelley Drahushuk’s talk at the library, Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts, was so popular we began this tour of Cedar Park Cemetery and it has become an annual event. Kelley once again acts as our tour guide and has added new graves and new stories to the tours.

Date/Time: 1. Saturday, October 17, 12-1:30pm (RAINDATE: Sunday, October 18, 12-1:30pm

2. Saturday, October 24, 12-1:30pm (RAINDATE: Sunday, October 25, 12-1:30pm).

Registration: Required and participation is limited to 10 participants. Mask wearing and social distancing at all times is required. Register by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x101.

Donations are appreciated but not required and they will support the archiving of the library’s History Room collection based in the history of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport. Continue reading