Winter Swing Dance Party

Program Description: Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at the Winter Swing Dance Party ! “Our Spring and Fall Swing Dances were so popular we’re now doing a winter dance party near the holidays. The Fabulous Versatones will, of course, be performing! And we’ll have Andrew Resto, ballroom dance instructor, to start things off with a lesson,” states Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center, “Anyone who wants to freshen up their dance skills can attend Andrew’s Ballroom Dance class, we’re also sponsoring,  Friday’s beginning November 16!” So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 15, 7 – 10pm

Registration: Not required but appreciated. To register visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

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Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance w/ Paul Spector

Program Description: In collaboration with the Senior Center; we are continuing to offer the popular “Senior Fitness: Core Strength & Balance with Paul Spector”. This series of 4-week long workshops introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. After completing the series of four sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that they can continue independently at home. 

Date/Time: Saturdays, January 5- March 30, 1:30-2:30pm

Audience: Seniors

Registration: Required. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101

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Adult Spanish w/Sonia Cintron

Programs Description: Our Adult Spanish Language Class will resume this winter with two levels: Advanced Beginner for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their skills. The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries.

Date/ Time: Tuesday, January 15- March 26, Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm, Intermediate: 6:45-7:45pm

Audience: Adults and High School Students.

Registration: Required. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792×101

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Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

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Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • tshirts of historic Warren Street
  • giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!

Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading

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The Hudson Trolley Arrives at the Library

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Early in the 20th century, a trolley ran up and down Warren Street. Is there anyone who remembers riding the trolley?

More recently many resident of the Hudson area may remember fondly the holiday window displays at Elijah Slocum Antiques on Warren Street owned by Bob & Marie Rasner. Bob is a train (& Hudson history) enthusiast and created a train set window display with some of Warren Street’s historic buildings (a project he created himself) and some creative license of trains and trolleys running through. His local history holiday scene will be recreated in the children area of the library for all to delight in.

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Second Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Volunteer & Crafter Robin Weber

Program Description: The second Saturday Story & Craft Hour in December features a solstice-themed book reading & craft for little ones and their families with our our wonderful High Five! team member, Robin Weber.

Date/Time: December 8, 11am-12pm

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The Legacy of Anne Frank at the Library

Program Description:  The library’s newest author reading and book signing features The Legacy of Anne Frank by Gillian Walnes Perry. In Legacy, Walnes Perry, co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, explores the influence Anne Frank’s life and diary has had on young people all over the world. It contains the stories of a diverse variety of readers, including Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn, brought together by the extraordinarily articulate and wise young victim of the Holocaust. This reading is an excellent respite and refocus during the hectic holiday season and the book is certainly a great gift idea.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 9, 4-5:30pm Continue reading

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Columbia County Photo Club Exhibits at Library

Hay Bales in Autumn by Lynne Harding

Program Description: “Colors of Columbia County”, a photographic exhibit by the members of the Columbia County Photo Club will be the latest exhibition in the library’s community room. The theme of “Colors of Columbia County” was chosen to give the photo artists the opportunity and freedom to explore the power of color in the pictures they make. This will be the eighth year for the Club’s annual show, which is hosted by the Friends of The Hudson Area Library. It is an exciting show for the members because they not only display their work, but they also are able to help aid the good work of the Friends of the Library by donating 30% of the sales to the Friends, who support library programs and collections

Date/Time: Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm.

On view through December 21 during library open hours. Continue reading

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