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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Broadcast: Thursdays, 6pm and Sundays, 9am on WGXC 90.7FM

While the WGXC studios and library are temporarily closed, our youth radio crew continues to record their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely. Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, after the local news, Emilia, Lina, AJ, Mashuda, Fahim, and our library director Emily Chameides discuss books they love, books they’re currently reading, and other teen media and literary topics. Bound By Books has been broadcasting on WGXC since 2011. In addition to the weekly show, past Bound by Books radio shows can be accessed online via the WGXC Audio Archive.

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#WokeBabyChallenge

Program Description:  While we have postponed our Woke Baby Book Fair, we are excited to kick off the Woke Baby Challenge! Curator-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne and our library will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity.

Each Saturday in April, a new challenge will be announced and families will have one week to take on the challenge and post their entries on social media. Mahogany and Library staff will choose two winners each week who will receive a prize pack of books including Woke Baby and Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne and an additional selection from Mahogany’s Woke Baby Book List.

To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and on our Mahogany L. Browne Curator-in-Residence page.

Date/Time: This contest will run throughout the month of April. The challenge for the week will be announced on Saturday mornings on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

The Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, John Knott, and private donors. 

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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.

UPDATE (4/3): While the library remains closed and our Woke Baby Book Fair is still postponed. We have started a Woke Baby Challenge celebrating diverse children’s literature for the month of April. For more information on the challenge and to participate 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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