VIRTUAL: Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering an 8-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. The 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.

NOTE: Due to the library’s temporary closure, this class will continue virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter with writing prompts and Maureen will host a virtual meeting through Zoom at regular class times.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 2:30-4pm.

Recommended Audience: The class is free and open to the public of all ages and is wheelchair accessible. All levels of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. Continue reading

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VIRTUAL: Core Strength & Balance

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Note: Due to the library’s temporary closure, Core Strength & Balance will be offered virtually from Paul Spector’s home on Zoom video conferencing services. The first virtual class is Saturday, April 4. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

Date/Time: Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm. UPDATE: There will be no classes February 22, March 21 & 28.

Registration: Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org
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VIRTUAL: Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery. NOTE: While the library is closed, Movement & Music will be offered virtually from Abby Lappen’s home via Zoom video conferencing services. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am on Zoom.

Registration: To receive information on registering for the sessions held on Zoom, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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VIRTUAL: Story & Craft Hour: Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

This program will now be offered virtually due to the temporary library closure using Zoom video conferencing services.

Program Description: During Women’s History Month, the library’s weekly Story & Craft Hour will focus on exploring inspiring women who’ve created extraordinary roles for themselves and moved forward the dial of culture. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am on Zoom. To receive information on registering, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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VIRTUAL: Adult Spanish Classes

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: The classes, taught by Sonia Cintron, offer adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills.

NOTE: While the library is closed, these classes will be hosted virtually. Registered students will receive an e-newsletter from Profesora Sonia, who will reply to all student emails of work.

Date/Time: Series of weekly classes on Tuesdays from January 7 – April 14, Advanced Beginner 5:30-6:30pm or Intermediate 6:45-7:45pm.

Registration: Update (1/15) This series is currently full.

Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org Continue reading

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Local History Talk on Oakdale Park

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson

Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

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

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 

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Postponed – Woke Baby Book Fair

UPDATE: Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for April 4, will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31.  For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be presenting her Woke Baby Book Fair, a celebration of diversity in Children’s literature with readings, face-painting, and fun for the whole family.

Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities. The fair will focus on social justice-themed children’s books that highlight diversity from classic children’s picture books by authors such as Eloise Greenfield and Vera B. Williams to the latest children’s authors.

Date/Time: TBD – Originally to be held Saturday, April 4, 11am-1pm

This program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary and is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, and John Knott.

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