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Posted: July 1, 2024
Adults, Children, Music, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

2024 Summer Reading Program: Giveaways, Raffles, and Special Events! (July 9 – August 24)

Summer Reading is a national celebration of books and readers that goes on all summer long. This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library” and we’ve got a ton of free events, giveaways, and activities planned for readers of all ages, including:

Giveaway Backpacks, packed full of free art supplies, crafts, books, and more. These bags will be available for pick-up at the library’s Celebrate Summer Party on Tuesday, July 9. While supplies last!

Raffle Prizes for participants in our All Ages Reading Challenge. From July 9 to August 24, every day that you read is a chance to win a prize! Pick up a reading log at the library’s main desk, circle each day that you read, and collect raffle tickets for your chance to win one of our phenomenal prize baskets! Newborns through seniors are eligible to win, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 27.

Free Programs for All Ages
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Free Programs for Kids and Families
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Free Programs for Tweens and Teens
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Free Programs for Adults
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For more information about the Summer Reading Program, and/or to register for any of the special events, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: June 29, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

Community Care Clinic (Saturday, July 20)

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, July 20, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, August 17, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, September 21, 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.

Posted: June 27, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Summer Reading

Field Guide to the Habitats of Columbia County Talk (Thursday, July 25) & Walk (Saturday, July 27)

Join authors Anna Duhon, Gretchen Stevens, Claudia Knab-Vispo, and Conrad Vispo of From the Hudson to the Taconics: An Ecological and Cultural Field Guide to the Habitats of Columbia County, New York for an engaging introduction to this richly illustrated and unique new book, which is the culmination of years of original research by the Farmscape Ecology Program and Hudsonia. The audience will be invited to learn how one might use this book (available through the library) to become more familiar with the diverse and beautiful landscape of Columbia County and its surrounds. Authors will focus on some of their favorite habitats in the Hudson area. This free talk can be enjoyed as a single event or paired with the Habitat Exploration Walk (more information below), in which participants will have a chance to use the book to explore the many facets of several habitats at Greenport Conservation Area.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 25, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

As a companion to the authors’ talk, join us for a free guided walk as we explore the unique habitats at the Greenport Conservation Area. Whether one is already familiar with the trail or visiting it for the first time, this walk is designed to help everyone “see more colors” in the landscape. Copies of the book will be available to use for the walk, though please bring your own copy if you have one. The books will also be for sale before and after the walk.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 27, 1 – 3pm

Location: In person, Greenport Conservation Area, 319 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, NY

Registration: Registration is required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Author Bios
Anna Duhon
Anna lives alongside the Berkshire Hills where she grew up. Her interest in the interconnections between people, nature, and land use has led her to many new places, including graduate school in Costa Rica, but she is grateful to have found the opportunity to bring this interest closer to home through her role, since 2009, doing community-based social science research with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. She is deeply interested in processes of connection and transformation at every level, and hopes this Field Guide is an invitation to both. Along with her husband and daughter, Anna caretakes a lively homestead and tries to be as present as possible to the gifts of the land.

Gretchen Stevens
Gretchen grew up in New Hampshire, now lives in Columbia County, and has been studying the plants, animals, and habitats of the Northeast for over 40 years. With a specialty in field botany, she is the director emerita of Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resource Center (BRC), which gathers and disseminates information on biological resources to those who can put it to the best on-the-ground uses for conservation. The BRC creates educational materials for use by landowners, developers, and regulatory officials, and trains members of municipal agencies and the staffs of land trusts in ways to recognize and protect important biodiversity and water resources. Gretchen hopes that this Field Guide will inspire among readers new interest in and curiosity about the habitats in their own backyards, throughout the county, and beyond.

Claudia Knab-Vispo
Claudia is a field botanist who grew up and studied in Germany, honed her skills in Borneo and Venezuela, and moved to Columbia County with her husband Conrad more than two decades ago. Since then, on the team of the Farmscape Ecology Program, she has been documenting and teaching about plants in and around Columbia County. She is passionate about opening people’s eyes to the beauty and diversity of plants, and to the many relationships of plants with other life, including our own. She hopes that her research and educational work will contribute to more thoughtful land stewardship through the
protection of native plants and their “wild” habitats, as well as the creation of more wildlife-friendly farms, backyards, and landscaped public spaces.

Conrad Vispo
Conrad is a wildlife ecologist by training, having studied mammalian thermoregulation in corporate lawns, wild bird nutrition in northern forests, and tropical fishery biology/ecology. Based on that experience (hah!), his current work at the Farmscape Ecology Program is mainly on the agroecology of insects, but he maintains an interest in other realms, especially historical ecology. Conrad spent most of his youth in Columbia County and is happy for the opportunity to share its nature with others.

Posted: June 9, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bollywood Dance Classes (Wednesdays at 10am)

Dance Bollywood with skilled instructor, Arobi! You will learn moves to trendy and iconic Bollywood songs in a fun, beginner-friendly environment. No experience required.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, through July 31, 10am – 11am
(except for Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 3)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. All are welcome!


Posted: June 6, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Movement & Music Storytime (Thursdays at 4pm)

Celebrate summer with songs, stories, and fun moves led by local musician, Abby Lappen, as we continue this joyful storytime. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Thursdays, through August 22, 4 – 5pm
(except for Thursday, June 20, and Thursday, July 4)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: June 5, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Owls & Raptors (Wednesday, July 24)

Meet and learn about eight different owls and raptors with our friends from Wild Mountain Birds, who specialize in wild bird rescue, rehab, and education programs in the Hudson Valley. All ages are welcome!

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 3 – 4pm

Location: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: April 30, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

Qigong ~ TaiChi (Tuesdays at 10am)

Learn various Qigong sets and then work on a traditional Tai Chi Form – a set series of movements and postures – with instructor Curt Anthon, a member of the Yang Family Tai Chi Association. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Tuesdays, through September 24, 10 – 11am

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room and virtual via Zoom!

Registration: No registration required for the in-person sessions. To access the Zoom stream, email

Posted: April 29, 2024
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: April 22, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Summer Reading

Nonfiction Book Group (Monday, July 22)

For our July Nonfiction Book Group meeting, we’ll watch and discuss documentary films. Participants are encouraged to watch one or more documentary films of their choice and come to the meeting prepared to share their thoughts on their selection(s) with the group. All are welcome.

Date/Time: Monday, July 22, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: April 21, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

The Fix-It Picnic (Wednesday, July 24)

Do you have a pile of socks that need darning, but lack motivation? A bunch of t-shirts you’ve been meaning to donate, but don’t want to add to the global textile waste crisis? A vision for turning your dad’s old ties into a cool patchwork skirt, but need a sewing lesson? Elise McMahon of LikeMindedObjects and Shaker Museum will facilitate The Fix-It Picnic, where the can-do community fix-it spirit is contagious. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Each drop-in session offers plenty of time to work on the sewing, t-shirt weaving, mending, or crafting project of your choice. The LikeMindedObjects team will be on hand with supplies and tools to help develop your skills. In July, Hannah Ross of Hanoux will be our guest artist and in August, we’ll be joined by Nkoula Badila!

Wednesday, July 24, 5 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 21, 5 – 7:30pm

Location: Waterfront Wednesdays, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson

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

This program is a partnership of  Shaker Museum, LikeMindedObjects, The Spark of Hudson, Waterfront Wednesdays and the Hudson Area Library

The Shakers are known for their extensive woodworking, design, and handicrafts, which they made collectively in their self-sustaining closed communities. They were careful stewards of their shared resources and reused materials, from the scraps left over from the cloak making business that were made into chair pads, to the fabric tape used for chairs that were repurposed into mops. The women worked together to make these objects which were used within the community as well as sold to the public. Shaker Museum stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects and archives in the world and is currently building its future location in Chatham, NY.

LikeMindedObjects (LMO) studio creates furniture, products, and interiors in a contemporary joyful aesthetic with focus on regional manufacturing, DIY skill building, and diverting useful materials from waste streams before they end up in landfills. LMO director Elise McMahon is an artist, designer, and educator who lives and works in Hudson, NY, and is locally known for co-organizing the Basilica Farm & Flea, a 100+ vendor regional artisan market promoting regenerative entrepreneurship.

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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 meets virtually via Zoom.
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.