Imagine Our Stories – Summer Reading Program 2020

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Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences.  For more information and registration of our various programs click here. 

Important Virtual Programming Update

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Many have been enjoying our virtual programming, offered via Zoom, while the library facility is closed. In order to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure, we strongly recommend regularly updating your Zoom app. This is especially important now, as Zoom will be forcing an update, starting May 30, for anyone running anything older than Zoom Version 5. Zoom is activating a special encryption to make meetings more secure, but it won’t work on older versions of Zoom.

Be sure to check your app store for updates, or click “Check for Updates” in Zoom on your computer. For more information about how to update Zoom, click here. If you would like additional assistance, please email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org. If you’re interested in joining any of our virtual programming, please click here.

History Room on Zoom: Marie O’Toole

Interview with Marie OToole

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Marie O’Toole, the archivist for the History Room. Gary and Marie talk about archiving a recent donation of papers from the Columbia Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing. We’ve embedded the video here 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.

History Room on Zoom: Ken Sheffer

Interview with Ken Sheffer

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews his brother Ken Sheffer about the history of the MC Smith building and playing fields. Find out how Hudson got a deal from the New Deal with their very own FDR connection. We’ve embedded the video here 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.

Shall We Dance: Virtual Dance Class

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Program Description: Exercise your body, mind and laughter with dance instructor extraordinaire Andrew Loren Resto, who has been teaching ballroom and salsa classes in collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library since 2017.  With the interruption of on-site classes and  Hudson Armory dances, we can still keep fit, have fun and work off those quarantine calories via Zoom. These one-hour sessions will feature warmups and cool downs for seniors.

Date/Time: Wednesdays from 11am-12pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm, starting May 20 and running through June. Registration is required for this free program.

Registration: To register for the program email sherstevens@gmail.comnynyandy@hotmail.com or call the Senior Center Monday thru Thursday, 11am-3pm at 518-828-3200. Once registered for the program, participants will receive both session invites in their email and may choose to join one or both.

 

History Room on Zoom: Rob Perry

Interview with Rob Perry

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Rob Perry, head of Hudson’s DPW. They talk about rumors of underground tunnels, a subject inspired by some recent research requests to the History Room! We’ve embedded the video here 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. We even have a form for you to submit your own research request!

Watch Our Core Strength and Balance Session – Virtual classes continue through June

Core Strength and Balance - May 9, 2020

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of Hudson Area Library’s signature, and most popular, programs and is done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. We are so happy to continue this class virtually and love seeing so many of our patrons during the class Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. These classes focus on creating strong bodies so we can withstand falls and weaknesses that can affect older adults. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Paul includes breathing techniques for strong respiratory function and reduction of stress.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. We hope to see you at Core Strength! Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am. For more information on that: http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/.

Virtual Creative Writing and Core Strength & Balance Continue through May!

Two of our popular collaborations with the Hudson Senior Center continue through May virtually on Zoom.

Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil, Thursdays 2:30-4pm. This class, focusing the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing, has been a touchstone for students during the pandemic crisis and the writing coming out of it shows the depth of thought and feeling in the people attending. Mandy Beckley, Library Assistant, facilitates the Zoom sessions while Maureen McNeil conducts class.

 

Core Strength & Balance w/ Dr. Paul Spector, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm. This class, featuring exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination, has become an important space for community and healthy connection, breathing, and encouragement.

To register for these classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org and you will be sent a Zoom invitation.