Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved in the United States. It commemorates the arrival of Union troops to Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the end of slavery – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This week both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson formally acknowledged Juneteenth as a State and City holiday.

As we celebrate the 155th Juneteenth, we have compiled a list of events and educational resources for those who wish to learn more about and commemorate this celebration of African American freedom.

Events

Juneteenth Family Reunion – a day-long, in-person event held on Friday, June 19 in Hudson celebrating this important holiday and our black community. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

#blkfreedom – a virtual commemorative program in honor of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, offered in collaboration between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN).

Resources

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resistance – videos and articles discussing the history, significance, and celebration of Juneteenth, from The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teaching Juneteenth – an educational resource for parents, educators, and other youth-service providers on teaching young people about the hard history surrounding Juneteenth while also empowering them to be advocates for change. From Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” – a famous speech by Frederick Douglass about the paradox of July 4 as Independence Day during slavery; Juneteenth is also known as Black Independence Day.

Explore Juneteenth through our physical and digital collections and online resources. Click here to see what is available through our online catalog (note: until June 22, to place a hold on a physical item you will need to call or email the library).

Core Strength & Balance w/ More Core & More Balance!

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In this video Dr. Paul Spector continues his regular Virtual Core Strength & Balance class with more advanced work building from the basic exercises that can make us all steadier and healthier. These classes also include breath work to de-stress our bodies and minds. Classes continue Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm throughout the summer. Come and join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org to attend the class regularly.

Kids Census Art Contest – Deadline for Submissions is June 26

The New York Regional Census Center is running a Kids Census Art Contest! The contest is open to children and teens with entries to be judged by Age Group – Pre-K/Elementary (Group 1), Middle School (Group 2), and High School (Group 3). Each age group will have a county-wide winner and one overall contest winner! The Columbia County Libraries Association will serve as the Columbia County county-wide contest judge. We can’t wait to see your submissions!

How to participate:

  1. Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
  2. Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
  3. Scan or take a photo of your art project.
  4. E-mail it to rebecca.a.brodeur@2020census.gov by June 26, 2020 (include the artist-enumerator’s name, school, county, and age group #).

Project Example 1
Subject: Flower species in my yard
Count: 3 species in bloom
Observation: They can all tolerate cold weather
Art: Drawing of snow-covered flowers

Project Example 2
Subject: Books in my house
Count: 326 books
Observation: 120 are fiction and 206 are non-fiction books, 141 about nature, 45 about history, 20 about geology, 120 about superheroes
Art: Collage with subject/theme size based on quantity

Library Reopening Update: Contactless Materials Pickup and Curbside Delivery Now Available

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আমরা সীমিত সময় এবং পরিষেবাদি সহ পর্যায়ক্রমে গ্রন্থাগারটি আবার খুলব। আমরা বুধবার, 17 ই জুন থেকে গ্রন্থাগার উপকরণ পিকআপগুলি অনুমতি দেওয়া শুরু করব। বিস্তারিত শীঘ্রই উপলব্ধ করা হবে।

Volveremos a abrir nuestra biblioteca en fases con servicios y horarios limitados. El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio. Lee abajo para la traducción en español. Continue reading

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.

Contactless Materials Pickup Begins Wednesday, June 17

El recogimiento de materiales sin contacto comienza el miércoles 17 de junio. Lee abajo para la traducción en español.

আমরা সীমিত সময় এবং পরিষেবাদি সহ পর্যায়ক্রমে গ্রন্থাগারটি আবার খুলব। আমরা বুধবার, 17 ই জুন থেকে গ্রন্থাগার উপকরণ পিকআপগুলি অনুমতি দেওয়া শুরু করব। বিস্তারিত শীঘ্রই উপলব্ধ করা হবে।

The Columbia County Library Association (CCLA) has been working collectively to reopen our facilities in an organized fashion that is safe for both our library staff and our patrons alike. In an effort to continue to do our part to control the spread of COVID-19, the 11 member libraries of the CCLA will follow national, state, and county guidelines and advice from public health officials, and stage phased reopenings with limited services and hours. The first phase of the reopening is contactless materials pickup and curbside delivery, and all 11 Columbia County libraries will begin this service on Wednesday, June 17. Continue reading