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Posted: June 3, 2021
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Wild Harvest: Foraging at Oakdale Lake

Program Description: Join herbalist and author, Dina Falconi, on a walk to explore the plants of Oakdale Lake. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. This walk will include practical information on harvest and preparation. Please bring a notepad, camera, and water bottle. Signed copies of Dina Falconi’s Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook will also be available for purchase, for anyone who is interested (please bring cash or check). Masks and social distancing will be required.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29, 6-8pm
Meet at Oakdale Beach, Hudson

To register for this program, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100. Space is limited.

This program is a Library of Local event.

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and personal care, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than thirty years. She offers online courses “In The Wild Kitchen with Dina Falconi”. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is the author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook and Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody https://www.inthewild.kitchen www.botanicalartspress.com


Posted: June 3, 2021
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Chitt Chat: Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk about an endangered snail whose entire population only exists at one location, Chittenango Falls State Park! Why are snails important? What do snails eat? How are researchers helping endangered snail species like the Chittenango Ovate amber snail (COAS)? Cody Gilbertson, who will be speaking, has studied and worked with COAS for over 10 years and has written her master’s thesis on these beautiful unique snails. Her work has been highlighted in Scientific American, WRVO public media, and Hypothesis WNYC public radio. Come hear her talk and enjoy the snail tales!

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 16, 7-8pm

To register and receive the Zoom login link, email info@claveracklibrary.org or call 518-851-7120

This program is presented as a collaboration between the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, Hudson Area Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


Posted: June 3, 2021
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Hudson River Fishing Advisory: Fishin’ with Fran

Program Description: Join educator, Fran Martino, and the Hudson River Fish Advisory for health advice about eating fish from New York State waters by visiting one of these outdoor, drop-in events. Learn where you can safely fish for dinner with the family, learn how to identify fish species, take a selfie at the Big Fish photo frame, and pick-up free activity books, fishing maps of local waters, and other special rewards for kids.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 5-8pm and
Saturday, July 3, 11am-3pm


Posted: June 2, 2021
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Mohicans and Iroquois Discussed in Latest Leisler Institute and Library Collaboration

The Mohican Chief Etow Oh Koam, referred to as one of the Four Mohawk Kings, in a state visit to Queen Anne in 1710. By John Simon, c. 1750.

Program Description: The Mohicans’ Incorporation into the Iroquois League, 1671-1675 by Evan Haefeli, historian of colonial North America and the Atlantic world at Texas A&M University, will be our June local history talk at the library. This talk derives from one of Dr. Haefeli’s current research projects on the history of the Iroquois Confederacy’s relations with its Indigenous neighbors to the east and south, especially the people of the Hudson Valley. The incorporation of the Mohicans into the Iroquois League has remained obscured but was pivotal to the history of the colonial northeast. It explains why the Mohicans and Munsee neighbors did not join in King Philip’s War and so prevented that conflict from spilling over into the Hudson Valley. It also clarifies the nature of Indigenous politics in the region in the era of Jacob Leisler.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 24, 6-7:30pm

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org.

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.

Dr. Evan Haefeli has a particular interest in the political, religious, Indigenous, and imperial history of the colonial northeast. Born and raised on eastern Long Island, New York, he previously taught at Princeton University, where he received his PhD, as well as Tufts, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics. He has held a variety of fellowships, most recently from the NEH. His published books relating to colonial American and early New York history include New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty, Accidental Pluralism: America and the Religious Politics of English Expansion, and (with Kevin Sweeney), Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.

The Institute contains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public.


Posted: June 2, 2021
Adults, News, Programs

Nonfiction Book Group June and July Meetings

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group will read Caste: The Origins of Our Dicontents (2020) by Isabel Wilkerson, for both the June and July meetings and discussions. All are welcome. To participate in the group discussion, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100. The book is available to borrow in print, audiobook or as an eBook.

Date/Time:
Monday, June 28, 6-7:30pm
Monday, July 26, 6-7:30pm

Register: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 for Zoom link.

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets each month Mondays, 6-7:30pm on Zoom. The group is facilitated by library Board President, Mark Orton. For more information on the Non-Fiction Book Group, and to see previous book selections, visit their page

More information about the reading agenda: For June, read Caste through to the end of Chapter 13 (202 pages), then for July read the balance (approximately 195 pages, not including the 55 pages of notes and bibliography). We will take a bit more detailed look at the book’s arguments section by section since most of us will find both new concepts and new history here.


Only the most recent five Adult Programs are shown here. Go to Adult Programs Archive for complete listings



Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

Job Search Help

Note: Job Search Help will be offered virtually due to library closure. Virtual one-on-one meetings will be held on Fridays, 10am-1pm, through Zoom video conferencing. For more information or to sign up, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.
Dates:
Fridays 10am – 1pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 5 – 7pm, and by appointment (see calendar for current dates)
The library has two job coaches available for one-on-one consultations to learn how to write a resume and cover letter, use online job applications and resources, and interview successfully. Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections is available by appointment. Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator is at the library every Friday 10am – 1pm and 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. These Job Search sessions have resulted in patrons polishing resumes, being better prepared for interviews and getting jobs! For more more information call 518-828-1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org


Columbia County Photography Club

Note:This club is meeting virtually during the pandemic, with some in-person outdoor photo field trips when the weather allows.
Dates: 2nd Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
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 CCNYphotoclub@yahoo.com or refer to their web site: ccnyphotoclub.weebly.com. 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 meeting virtually during the pandemic.
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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. 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 morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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


Local History Speaker Series

Note:All sessions are offered virtually during the pandemic.
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.