Virtual Local History Talk on the Purchase of Manhattan

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, 1853, William Ranney (1813–1857)

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present: “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909 by Stephen McErleane.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. A question and answer period will follow the talk. Continue reading

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.

Fall Sessions for Core Strength & Balance at the Library

Program Description: This fall the library, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, continues its popular Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Paul Spector. These classes introduce 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, September 5 – November 28.

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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Virtual Adult Spanish Classes: Two Levels

Program Description: Our Adult Spanish Language classes continue virtually this fall. Profesora Sonia Cintron teaches students to express themselves in Spanish in real life situations and to develop Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! This free program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in a fun & friendly class.

Time/Date: Tuesdays, September 8 – November 10. Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm. Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm.

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom video conferencing link, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518.828.1792 x101. Continue reading

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

Program Description: Join for an introduction to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants, both active in the local government and society. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on who 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: Email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom link. Continue reading

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

Enjoy a StoryWalk in Nature with Columbia Land Conservancy and Columbia County Libraries!

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.

What You Should Know about Health Coverage through the NYS Health Plan Marketplace

Program Description: This Zoom webinar led by Deborah La Due, community relations specialist with Fidelis Care, covers information on the New York State of Health enrollment guidelines; NYS’s special enrollment period; health insurance enrollment, options, and benefits; and health insurance renewal changes.

Date/Time: Friday, September 18, 11am-12pm

Registration: For the Zoom meeting link click here

The program is a collaboration of the Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.