Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, will work with you one-on-one to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job.

Date/Time: Beth is available by appointment for one-one-one sessions offered at a safe distance by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x101 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email or call 518-325-4101.

This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to our library and is a collaboration of the library & the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Continue reading

Virtual Talk on the History of the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region

from The Underground Railroad by William Still, Porter and Coates, 1872

Program Description: Paul and Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad Education Center share their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement in upstate New York in this virtual talk titled People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice – The Underground Railroad Revisited.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30pm

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here. Continue reading

Take the Plunge…..with our History Room Team!

It’s that time of year again! The Fourth Annual Oakdale Plunge, which raises funds for two great causes: the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue & Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department, is on February 27.

The Hudson Area Library History Room Team, now in our third year of plunging, will be sporting vintage bathing costumes this year, like the ones pictured here. To register with our team click here.

For more information, including where to get our eye catching vintage team bathing costumes, email Join our team and plunge in historic style! (note: you do NOT have to wear a costume to plunge with us – all are welcome!)

Photo: Library Director Emily Chameides’ great grandmother and great great aunt.

Beyond Selfies – Take better photos with Gerald Seligman

black and white photo of person walking along subway platform in Brooklyn, NY

Photo credit: Subway Platform, Brooklyn, NY by Gerald Seligman

Program Description: Whether you use a smartphone, a “point and shoot” or the latest camera equipment, Columbia County-based photographer Gerald Seligman will introduce principles of photo composition to help participants take better photos than every before. Participants will take photographs and share their work between the two sessions.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 24 and March 3, 7-8:30pm via Zoom (login info below)

Ages: Teens and adults

This program is brought to you in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library, Philmont Public Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Continue reading

Adult Spanish – Advanced Beginners and Intermediate

Program Description: Profesora Sonia Cintron teaches students to express themselves in Spanish in real-life situations and to develop Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! This program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in a fun & friendly class.

Time/Date: Tuesdays, January 12 – April 6 (no class, January 26)
Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm. Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm.

Registration:To register and receive the Zoom video conferencing link, email or call 518-828-1792 x101. Limited space available. Continue reading

Bats! with Robyn Niver

Program Description: Robyn Niver, bat biologist and the USFWS Northeast Region’s bat specialist for the Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat, will walk us through why bats are threatened, what we can do to help and help put to rest some misleading bat hype.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 14, 6pm via Zoom (login info below)

Ages: Geared towards adults and teens, but all ages are welcome.

This program is brought to you in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library, Philmont Public Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Continue reading

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.

The Stockbridge-Munsee – Not the Last of the Mohicans: a Virtual History Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on this vibrant community.

Attendees also learn about the people who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. A question and answer period follows the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6pm

Registration: To register click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x102 or to receive the Zoom link. Continue reading