History Room on Zoom: Bitsy Sheffer-Winig and Pat Maloy Talk About The Blue Anchor

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Bitsy Sheffer-Winig and Pat Maloy, who talk about The Blue Anchor. 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.

Teach Us: a Virtual Listening Party and Community Conversation about Education, Community, Care, and Covid

Program Description: Join Oral History Summer School and the library for a virtual interactive listening party with conversation celebrating educators as they respond to their extraordinary experiences of teaching in the age of Covid-19.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 8, 7-8:30pm

Registration: For Zoom registration link contact us at 518-828-1792 x106 or info@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This event was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Accelerating Promising Practice for Small Libraries grant.
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FDR: WPA Federal Art Project

WPA poster that reads Work Pays America! Prosperity. Works Progress Administration. Pictures are a man with a rake and a man with a sledgehammer holding hands behind a wheat stalk.
Program Description: Join Jeffrey Urbin educator from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park, NY who will discuss one of the lesser known aspects of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Art Project. The Federal Art Project helped to ensure that the American creative spirit continued on in writing, visual arts, dance, and performance during the dark days of the Great Depression.

Date/Time: Monday, April 5, 6pm

Registration: Click here to access the meeting (passcode, if needed is FDR).

Offered in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. The third in a series of presentations from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library to be held in 2021.
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Build a Home, Fulfill a Dream: Habitat for Humanity Webinar

Program Description: Columbia County Habitat for Humanity believes everyone deserves a decent place to live. If you have ever wanted to own your own home, or if you know of a hard working individual or family who would, please join us to learn more about the program, hear updates on housing currently available, and get instructions on how to apply.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21, 4pm.

Registration: Registration is not required. To attend the webinar online click here or attend via phone by calling 929-205-6099 (Webinar ID: 956 8831 5307)

This webinar will be presented by Shawna Fitzsimmons and Al Bellenchia of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity and is brought to you by the Columbia County Libraries Association.

History Room On Zoom: The History of Shantytown

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 Gary Sheffer, library board of trustees member and History Room Committee chair, interviewed Leo Bower, local resident and historian, on all things Shantytown for this special LIVE History Room on Zoom. Learn about the history of Shantytown/The Furgary from the 1600s to the present day.

The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channell, or here on our library website.

Virtual Resumé Help for Teens


Program Description: Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, shares the do’s and don’t’s of resumé writing, templates, and one-on-one feedback. With Beth’s help, High School students will have a chance to create quality resumés for college applications and career development.

Date/Time:
Monday, April 12, 5-7pm – Introduction to Resumé Writing Workshop
Monday, April 19, 5-7pm – One-on-One Sessions Begin

Registration: Please email programs@hudsonarelibrary.org for Zoom link. Space is limited.

This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Estate Planning

Program Description: Join Lorraine Coyle of Coyle & Associates LLP to learn about estate planning. This presentation will cover topics such as wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care proxies, and Medicaid planning to protect assets should one need nursing home care.

Date/Time: Monday, April 19, 6-7:30pm

Registration: Please email director@roejanlibrary.org for Zoom link

This program is presented as a collaboration between Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, and Philmont Public Library.

LIVE History Room on Zoom on Shantytown (The Furgary)

Program Description: The library History Room on Zoom is presenting a special LIVE session on The History of Shantytown (aka The Furgary) in Hudson. Gary Sheffer, member of the library Board of Trustees and chair of the History Room Committee, interviews Leo Bower, lifelong local and a resident historian with a special expertise in Hudson’s Shantytown. A question and answer period follows the program.

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 25, 6-7:30pm.

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