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Posted: September 28, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, teen

Virtual Family Cooking Classes and Free Fresh Food Meal Kits (Thursdays, October 13 – November 17)

Join the Sylvia Center for a six-week virtual cooking program geared towards families with children ages 18 and younger. During each hour-long class, a Chef Educator guides participants through a seasonal vegetarian recipe. Each family can opt-in to pick up weekly free fresh food meal kits that feed 4-6 and include all ingredients needed, save for salt and pepper. Curriculum emphasizes the role of nutrition in good health and focuses on building participants’ skills, confidence, and food knowledge inside and outside of the kitchen.

Families that attend at least 5 out of 6 classes will also receive a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, a recipe journal, and set of pencils for note-taking!

Meal Kit pick-up: Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16, 4 – 6pm
Virtual Cooking Classes: Thursdays, October 13 – November 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Meal pick-ups: In person, Hudson Area Library Main Desk
Cooking classes: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Interested? Please fill out this form and we will contact you to confirm your registration.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Sylvia Center.

Posted: September 27, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, teen

The Great Give Back: Winter Coat Drive

The Great Give Back is an annual community service initiative to provide opportunities for library patrons in New York State to participate in service-oriented experiences. As part of this year’s Great Give Back, the Columbia County Libraries Association is collecting coats and winter outerwear (hats, mittens, scarves) to donate to local charities, such as the Hudson Lions Club, who have hosted an annual coat drive in our area since 2010. New or clean and gently-used donations can be dropped off at our library throughout the month of October.

Date/Time: Throughout October, during library hours

Location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk

Posted: September 26, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil (Thursdays, October 13 – November 10)

This five-week Creative Writing Workshop is designed for participants of all levels, ages and backgrounds. Participants will be asked to share one page of writing each week: fiction, nonfiction, a journal entry or poetry. Writing assignments will focus on practicing innate storytelling skills such as our senses, imagination, memory, emotions and intuition. We will ask essential questions about creative awareness, developing a personal language, targeting an audience, understanding point-of-view, building characters and, after writing a first draft, relishing the editing process.

Date/Time: Thursdays, October 13 – November 10, 2:30 – 4pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email

Maureen McNeil is a writer, artist and activist based in Brooklyn and upstate New York. In 2021, she was a finalist for the Tiferet Fiction Prize, and won second place for the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize. Her stories, Wild Blueberries, and the first novel of a trilogy, Anna Magdalena, will be published in this fall. Her previous books include Red Hook Stories and Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe, A Work of Fiction. She lectures, designs and teaches writing workshops in partnership with arts and cultural organizations, such as Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, PEN America, Prison Public Memory Project, Yad Vashem, The Morgan Library, New York Public Schools, Woodstock Day School and the Hudson Area Library.

Posted: September 22, 2022
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Washington Irving at Lindenwald (Monday, October 3)

America’s first literary celebrity, Washington Irving, had a decades-long friendship with our 8th president. Learn how they met, why they had a falling out, and if they ultimately reconciled. This talk is presented by Melissa Dalley, an artist and writer who is currently a seasonal Park Guide at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Having given tours at Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site many years ago, Melissa may have started this summer with an unfairly low opinion of Irving – Poe was not a fan. But after reading many of Irving’s letters, she’s coming around.

Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To attend this virtual program, click here.

This program is sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Posted: September 18, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

Community Care Clinic: Free Ear Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (Saturday, October 8)

Join Rich Maddocks, Hudson-based Community Herbalist and Acupuncture Detox Specialist, 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, 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 8, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, November 12, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, December 3, 11am – 2pm

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 and with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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: September 18, 2022
Adults, Programs

Narcan Training with the Columbia County Mental Health Center (Tuesday, October 18)

Learn to administer Narcan and reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This is a free training and each participant will receive a free nasal Narcan kit.

Date/Time: 3rd Tuesdays, 10 – 11am (next date: October 18)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: To register, email For more information, contact Al White at Columbia County Mental Health Center, 518-828-9446 Ext 1235.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

HAL Book Group (Wednesday, October 26)

The Hudson Area Library Book Group, which reads a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, will read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah for this month’s meeting and discussion.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 5-6pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library History Room

Registration: To participate in the book group discussion, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: September 15, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

Nonfiction Book Group

The Nonfiction Book Group will meet in October for a discussion of A Women of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II  by Sonia Purnell.

Date/time: Monday, October 24, 6 – 7pm

 Virtual via Zoom

 To participate in the group discussion, email for the Zoom link.

Posted: August 25, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

Virtual Adult Spanish Classes: Fall Session! (Tuesdays, starting September 27)

Learn to express yourself in real life situations and develop Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. This free program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in fun and friendly classes for both “Complete Beginners” and “Advanced/Intermediate” learners.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, September 27 – November 29
Complete Beginners class: 5 – 6pm
Advanced/Intermediate class: 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

This program is supported by the Bank of Greene County.

Posted: August 23, 2022
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 by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email 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.

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Job Search Help

Note: Job Search Help will be offered virtually. Virtual one-on-one meetings will be held by appointment, through Zoom video conferencing. For more information or to sign up, email
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 available 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

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 or refer to their web site: 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.