“An Introduction to HudsonUP & the History of Universal Basic Income”

Virtual Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program based in Hudson. In this virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will speak on UBI’s history and the value and details of the UBI pilot program for Hudson. Q & A will follow.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 20, from 6 to 7pm (via Zoom)

Registration: To register for this meeting and receive the Zoom link, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 ext 101. Continue reading

History Room on Zoom: Paul Costa and Jim Hoon

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Reference and Tech Services Librarian Paul Costa, and History Room Research Volunteer, Jim Hoon. They discuss the collection and services of the History Room, including how to access much of it online while the library is closed. 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.

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.

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

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.

Virtual Non-Fiction Book Group July Meeting

Program Description: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive or Hoopla.

Date/Time: Monday, July 27, 6-7:30pm (via Zoom)

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

Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer at the library, 2019.

As part of the Hudson Area Library’s 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 the Hudson Area Library. It is a collaboration of Hudson Area Library & Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Let’s be prepared for when we go back to work! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a 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 an appointment for a one-on-one session. 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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Virtual Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering a 5-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. This virtual class focuses on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing. Students explore memories, sensory observation, dreams, autobiography, fiction, and poetry and share a selection of their work.

Date/Time: Meetings on Zoom Thursdays, July 9 to August 6, 2:30-3:30pm

Suggested Audience: All ages, any level of writing experience.

Registration: The class is free and open to the public of all ages. Registration is limited to 9 participants, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This special summer session allows participants to respond through writing to the current events of the pandemic and the racial justice movement flourishing in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other topics central in their lives. Continue reading