Good News for our Core Strength & Balance!

One piece of good news in 2020: Dr. Spector will be teaching Core Strength & Balance THROUGH December this year!

Program Description: We are adding our sessions of our popular Core Strength & Balance for the month of December. These classes focus on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, December 5, 12, 19, and 26

Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518.828.1792 x101.

This program is funded, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
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Non-Fiction Book Group: How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

Program Description: Our Non-Fiction Book Group will discuss How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson. The book is available to borrow in multiple formats through the Mid-Hudson library system and as a book, e-book, and audiobook through hoopla (for cardholders in Hudson, Greenport and Stockport).

Date/Time: Monday, November 30, 6-7pm (via Zoom)

Registration: To register for this book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets each month Mondays, 6-7:30pm on Zoom. The group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. For more information on the Non-Fiction Book Group, and to see previous book selections, visit their page.

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Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

As part of our 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 our library and is a collaboration of the library & the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a nationally 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 a one-on-one appointment. 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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Columbia County Photography Club Exhibit

Photograph of climbers on Mont Blanc in Chamonix France

Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France by Teresa Ribadeneyra

Program Description: The Columbia County Photography Club’s 9th annual exhibit at the Hudson Area Library features 20 works by 11 members. All photographs are available for purchase, ranging in price from $50-$150, with proceeds to support the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Date/Time: November through mid-December; viewing by appointment during library hours. To view the exhibit, please contact holds@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule your visit.

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Contribute to our Local History Archive

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 clicking here. 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.

The Stockbridge-Munsee – Not the Last of the Mohicans: a Virtual History Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on this vibrant community.

Attendees also learn about the people who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. A question and answer period follows the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6pm

Registration: To register click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x102 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. Continue reading

Author Talk with Harold Holzer and PBS Books

Description: In partnership with PBS Books, renowned author Harold Holzer will discuss his latest book, The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media–from the Founding Fathers to Fake News.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 17 at 8pm

Access info: Watch via Facebook Live.

No matter your political affiliation, you’ll be intrigued to learn that the tension between the president and the press is as old as our republic. In his new book, acclaimed scholar Harold Holzer explores the dual rise of the American presidency and the media that shaped it. From Washington to Trump, Holzer chronicles the disputes and distrust between these core institutions that define our country, revealing that the essence of their confrontation is built into the fabric of the nation.

A Delicious Fundraiser from the Friends of Hudson Area Library

Event Description: A virtual party with real cheese and real connection!

The Friends of Hudson Area Library, with help from the local cheese experts at Talbott & Arding, are hosting a new type of cheese tasting- one you can attend from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 14, 5pm.

Registration: A $75 donation to the Friends of Hudson Area Library will net you a spot on an exclusive Zoom invite list and will reserve a box with a variety of delicious locally-sourced cheeses. Drop off your donation in cash or check form (payable to “Friends of Hudson Area Library”) at the library during open hours before November 9 along with your email address to be added to the list.

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