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Posted: January 19, 2021
Adults, Programs

Non-Fiction Book Group Celebrates Dolly Parton


Program Description: In honor of Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday, explore non-fiction works (books, films, podcasts, interviews) about Dolly Parton’s life and career. A list of potential titles and a special Spotify playlist of 75 Dolly Parton songs is available on the Non-Fiction Book Club page of our website.

Date/Time: Monday, January 25, 6pm via Zoom

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.


Posted: January 18, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler and the Susannah

Jan Goeree and Casper Luyken, “Landing en mishandeling van gevangenen in Algiers” (1706). Amsterdam Historic Museum

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present a talk by David Voorhees on Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates. Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here.

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

The lecture is the first of four collaborations between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history. For more information contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He’s also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York. An NYU research scientist, he is a former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles, and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan among others.

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.
The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

The History Room is by appointment only at this time but online research requests for information on local history are available at https://hudsonarealibrary.org/history-room/. This is a free service to the public. To inquire about an appointment email


Posted: January 17, 2021
Adults, Friends, News, Programs

Winter Sessions for Core Strength & Balance at the Library

Program Description: This winter, the library, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, continues its popular Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Paul Spector. These classes introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, January 9-March 27.

Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can register in advance here. Once approved you will be sent the link to the class. For more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

All fitness levels are welcome. Please attend classes in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.

This class will be taught by Paul Spector, who earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. After years of clinical experience, Dr. Spector formed Pantheon and Meaningful Fitness (personalized health organizations designed to assist individuals in attaining their highest level of function). Over the past 15 years, his focus has been on preventive health, behavioral change, motivation, aging, meaningful goal-setting, and how to apply scientific advances to maximize both physical and psychological peak fitness. Paul dedicates his time to helping individuals attain their potential in every aspect of their lives by drawing upon his clinical experience, American Academy of Sports Medicine certified training, ongoing literature review and extensive referral network.

Dr. Spector works with private clients and corporations in New York City and Hudson, NY. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post where he reports on the often confusing and contradictory news on health. He has written on a wide range of topics including the effect of sedentary behavior on health and cognition, the microbiome, diet and depression, blood sugar levels and brain function, supplements, anti-ageing techniques, cancer detection, new research on muscle, hormesis (the health benefits of certain types of stress), how we assess risk and make decisions, what constitutes fitness, and much more.


Posted: January 16, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

As part of our mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. 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.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Beth is available by appointment. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org 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 director@roejanlibrary.org or call 518-325-4101.

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: January 2, 2021
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

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 – March 16. Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm. Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm.

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

The Advanced Beginner classes are intended for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate classes are for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their skills. Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Adults and high school students are welcome.


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 ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.
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.


Hudson Area Library General Reading Book Group

Note: This ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.
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: The March meeting of this group has been rescheduled to Monday, April 27, 6-7:30pm and will meet virtually on Zoom hosted by facilitator Mark Orton.
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 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

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.