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Posted: October 4, 2023
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Interpretations of the Past Have Impact (Thursday, October 5)

The Jacob Leisler Institute for Early New York History and the library will host a talk by Heidi Hill, historic site manager of Crailo and Schuyler Mansion. Ms. Hill will detail how these sites have been at the forefront of interpreting a broader history of the past for the last 20 years. The speaker will share how a more inclusive history has taken shape at these two sites and how it has been received by visitors and a broader audience. For more information, click here.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 5, 6pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. All are welcome!

PHOTO CAPTION: A Pinkster Celebration at Schuyler Mansion, 2023.
PHOTO CREDIT: Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Posted: September 23, 2023
Adults, Programs

Estate Planning Workshop (Monday, October 2)

What is an estate plan and who needs one? Join Attorney Morgen M. Bowers for this educational, informative and empowering class to learn what you need to know so you have a plan that will work when your loved ones need it most.

Date/Time: Monday, October 2, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Hosted by Claverack Free Library and Columbia County Libraries Association

Posted: September 19, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Book Groups (Monday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 25)

Join us for either or both of our October book groups. All are welcome!

Nonfiction Book Group
The Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, in connection with the Columbia County Community Read
Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 6pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

HAL Book Group
The HAL Book Group will discuss The Address by Fiona Davis for this month’s meeting.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25, 5pm
Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room
Registration: To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: September 9, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bindlestiff Exhibition and Celebration (from Thursday, September 28)

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is pleased to announce The Art of the Cirkus, a special exhibition and celebration at the Hudson Area Library that honors the craft, visual, and photographic artists who have collaborated with Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School program over their 14-year history in Columbia County. The exhibition will showcase unique artworks tucked into corners of the library, suspended from the rafters, gracing the walls of the building’s entrance hall, and emanating from video screens.

The Art of the Cirkus includes photographs by Zach Neven, B. Docktor, David Lee, S. Trianna, and Eric Ferrer; hand-painted costume artifacts from The Memorial Project by Ifetayo Cobbins, Ntchota Badila, NaQuera Roach, Amy Chen, and Stephanie Monseu. It will also feature wearable art by Cirkus After School junior staff Romello Robinson, Cashmere Whitmore, Serenity McGriff- Phillips, and Jasiah Riley, made during a residency with local artist and fashion designer, Loki Anthony. A slide show documenting the creation of a mural for the Hudson Youth Center in 2019/2020 and a series of video interviews with the The Memorial Project artists will also be on show.

Exhibition: On view from Thursday, September 28 – Saturday, October 14, during library hours
Celebration event: Thursday, October 12, 6 – 8pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Main Space and Community Room

Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.

Photo credit: Loki Anthony

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School uses skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation, and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders. The program encourages them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others. The work takes place at the intersection of creative arts and physical discipline, and is grounded in the values of life-long learning, safety, choice, trustworthiness, practice, collaboration, empowerment, compassion, and respect. Activities include weekly after-school classes, a summer Juggling Club, teen workforce development, field trips to professional circus performances, visits from world-class teaching artists in the circus and variety arts field, community performances by youth, and collaboration with numerous cultural and arts organizations.

Posted: September 8, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Columbia County Community Read (Monday, September 18 – Saturday, November 4)

The Columbia County Libraries Association is launching a countywide read this month, encouraging community members throughout Columbia County to read a common book and come together for discussions and programs centered around the book’s themes. The book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba – the true story of a boy who helped a drought-stricken Malawi village by constructing a windmill to generate electricity and pump water, after seeing an example in a book at his local library.

Upcoming events to celebrate this community-wide program will include:

Make a Pinwheel Drop-in Craft
Monday, September 18 – Saturday, November 4, anytime during library hours. No registration required. Ask for a kit at the library’s Main Desk.

Meet the Illustrator with Elizabeth Zunon
Thursday, October 5, 7pm on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, email

Webinar on Wind Energy with Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Monday, October 30, 6pm. To receive the Zoom link, email

Hudson Area Library’s Nonfiction Book Group Discussion
Monday, October 23, 6pm on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, email

Crandell Theater Film Screening: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Sunday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

For further information about events happening at all of the Columbia County Libraries, visit

Posted: September 5, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Community Read – Meet the Illustrator (Thursday, October 5)

In connection with our Community Read of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Columbia County Libraries will host a webinar with illustrator Liz Zunon, to discuss the picture book version of the beloved story.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 5, 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Posted: September 2, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Qigong~TaiChi (Tuesdays)

Learn various Qigong sets and then work on a traditional Tai Chi Form – a set series of movements and postures. This is a gentle practice that enhances coordination, balance and circulation.

Date/Time: Tuesdays through December 19, 10 – 11am

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. All are welcome!

Curt Anthon is a member of the Yang Family Tai Chi Association ( and certified through the association’s Teacher Training Academy. He continues to pursue his personal education in Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong. Curt’s primary Qigong teacher is Marcus DeGrazia ( He also has trained with Lorelie Chang ( home5.htm) and is currently participating in a Nei Gong Program (

Posted: August 12, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Free One-on-One Job Search Help and Career Development

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 in person at the Hudson Area Library or by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Studies have shown that having a qualified person work through the process of seeking a job gives an individual a much greater chance of success. Beth Gordon is a Certified Career Services Provider, trained as a career coach through NCDA, the National Career Development Association. Beth provides professional development and advocacy to a diverse group of people who are out of work, looking to re-enter or join the workforce. She inspires and empowers individuals to achieve their career and life goals by consulting on resume writing, job search guidance, interview preparation and work ready assistance. Beth has training to help with, not only resumes and interview skills, but online job applications, and finding the right market for your particular job skills. She has access to job search resources online and in our area and has successfully taken many people through the process of searching for a job.

Posted: August 11, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Arte y Lugares Especiales (miércoles 18 de octubre)

La biblioteca del área de Hudson y Olana los invitamos a asistir ARTE y LUGARES ESPECIALES.
Una programa familiar gratuito en la biblioteca del área de Hudson. Presentado en español.

GRATIS Visita a la biblioteca
GRATIS Actividad de creación de arte con The Olana Partnership
GRATIS Refrescos

Fecha y hora: miércoles 18 de octubre, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Ubicación: En persona en La biblioteca del área de Hudson, sala de la comunidad

Las familias con niños a partir de los 3 años son bienvenidas. No es necesario registrarse.

This project has been supported by the Ackerman Foundation and the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Este proyecto ha sido apoyado por la Fundación Ackerman y el Sistema de Bibliotecas Mid-Hudson.

Posted: August 10, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Community Care Clinic (Saturday, October 21)

Join Monarda Community Care for a free drop-in care clinic, which will include ear acupuncture, ear seeds, acupressure, a wide variety of free herbal medicines, Narcan, Fentanyl test strips, zines, and more.

Participants receiving acupuncture treatment immediately experience a deep sense of calm, reduced cravings, relief from stress, emotional trauma and chronic pain. Using the NADA protocol, this treatment involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific acupressure points on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 20-45 minutes. To learn more about the history of this practice and all of its benefits for those coping with the stresses of modern life, scroll down below.

Saturday, October 21, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, November 4, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, December 9, 11am – 2pm

Note: To receive acupuncture treatment, you must arrive by 1:30pm.

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. First come, first served.

This program is presented in collaboration with Spark of Hudson.

The NADA protocol consists of five specific auricular (ear) acupuncture points, that address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of folks dealing with behavioral health issues; including addictions, mental health, PTSD and disaster & emotional trauma.

The NADA protocol is a 5 point auricular acupuncture treatment radically rooted in the community care and activism of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur and the folks at the Lincoln Detox Center led a revolutionary movement in the South Bronx during the 1970s where they developed the NADA protocol. They were looking for ways to serve vulnerable communities in their struggle with opioid use. These treatments turned out to be effective for detoxification, withdrawal, and stress management. Because of this movement, acupuncture will always be known as the peoples’ medicine.

Please watch  the documentary @dopeisdeath ( for a full history of this treatment and the communities it has supported for almost 50 years.

Ear seeds (beads), will also be available for those preferring to avoid needles but still wanting to receive this treatment.

We will also have a huge assortment of herbal medicine available to the community for free. Tinctures, glycerites, oxymels, herbal teas and more.

Benefits of the NADA protocol:

  • Relief from stress and emotional trauma
  • Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
  • Reduced cravings for substances, including nicotine
  • Minimized withdrawal symptoms
  • Decreased cortisol levels
  • Several organ systems are stimulated and detoxified

Truly anybody can benefit from receiving this treatment.

Explanation of the NADA points:

Shen Men:
Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. This point is often needled first in acupuncture, it relaxes the mind and helps the body to become more receptive to treatment. Shen Men is also known as Divine Gate, it is so powerful that it treats almost everything – stress, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammatory diseases, etc.

Sympathetic / Autonomic:
Bringing us out of fight-or-flight mode. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to jump start our bodies into fight-or-flight mode for survival purposes. When that part of our system is activated, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can put all our energy into doing whatever is required to survive an emergency situation.

However, many people often live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state, always on high alert, anxious, fearful, and energetically out of balance. Living this way leads to a multitude of mental, emotional, and physical health issues; insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues are some of the most common. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. Treating the Sympathetic / Autonomic Point will bring your body back to this state.

In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.

In Eastern Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with anger. This point helps to lift depression, support digestion, improve blood circulation, alleviate aches and pains, and help us to better assimilate our experiences in life.

In Eastern Medicine, the Lung meridian is associated with the emotion of sadness. The lung point controls breathing, cleanses the skin, assists in letting go mentally, supports the process of grief and facilitates forgiveness.

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Job Search Help

Note: Job Search Help will be offered virtually or in person. Virtual one-on-one meetings will be held by appointment, through Zoom, Skype, Facetime or by phone. For more information or to sign up, email
Dates:By appointment
Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator assists patrons in polishing resumes, being better prepared for interviews and getting jobs! For more more information call 518-828-1792 x101, email

Columbia County Photography Club

Note: This club meets twice per month, sometimes in person and sometimes virtually, with some outdoor photo field trips when the weather allows.
Dates: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. For more information, please email

Note: this club is independently run by its members, not by the library, but we are proud hosts/partners for both their onsite and virtual meetings.

Hudson Area Library General Reading Book Group

Note: This group is once again meeting in person, in the Hudson Area Library’s Community Room. Masks and social distancing are encouraged at all meetings.
This group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month. Sharon Getty, a longtime Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the group’s facilitator. Check our calendar for upcoming dates and book titles. To register for this book group email Meets once per month in the afternoon or early evening. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792 x101. All are welcome.

Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group

Note: This group is meeting virtually during the pandemic.
Focused on history and social and political life in North America, books are chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today.
All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, is the moderator for discussions. The group meets once a month in the evening. Check our calendar and the link below for upcoming dates and book titles. For more information call 518-828-1792 x101 or email

See the list of books, past and future, and more here.

Local History Speaker Series

Note: Some of these sessions will be offered virtually while others are offered in person, in the Hudson Area Library’s Community Room. Masks and social distancing may be required for all in-person events.
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. Check the library calendar or contact us for information on upcoming events.