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 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
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.
Program Description: Instructor Dr. Paul Spector focuses on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. Breathing exercises to reduce stress are also featured. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Date/Time: Virtual class meets weekly on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm for July 25 – August 29 on Zoom.
Registration: To register please call 518-828-1792 x101, or email email@example.com. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting info that will allow you to attend all the ongoing sessions. Continue reading →
Program Description: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Virtual Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, and breaking down barriers.
Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families.
This session features Joni Magdalene, a Philadelphia Queen, who enjoys a long walk with her Standard Poodle, an acoustic open mic, and a vegan carrot cake. Joni does a story/singing time that will interest the toddler set but also has a beautiful message for all of us. This program is recommended for all ages in this month of Pride!! Continue reading →
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 518-325-4101.
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 clickinghere. 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.
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:
Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
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