Virtual Core Strength and Balance Continues this Summer

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting info that will allow you to attend all the ongoing sessions.
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Virtual Creative Writing w/ Maureen McNeil

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering a 5-week session of Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil. This virtual 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.

Date/Time: Meetings on Zoom Thursdays, July 9 to August 6, 2:30-3:30pm

Suggested Audience: All ages, any level of writing experience.

Registration: The class is free and open to the public of all ages. Registration is limited to 9 participants, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This special summer session allows participants to respond through writing to the current events of the pandemic and the racial justice movement flourishing in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other topics central in their lives. Continue reading

Virtual Drag Queen Story Time with Joni Magdalene

Joni MagdaleneProgram 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.

Date/Time: Live on the library’s YouTube channel Saturday, June 27, 11am-12pm

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

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!

Core Strength and Balance - 6/13

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.

History Room on Zoom: Tina Lesem and David Voorhees

Interview with Tina Lesem and David Voorhees

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Tina Lesem and David Voorhees, of the Jacob Leisler Institute. The Jacob Leisler Institute studies the history of New York from 1664-1775. The three discuss this very important, but overlooked, period. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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