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Posted: February 19, 2019
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Help with Job Search at the Library

Beth Gordon at her Job Search area in the library with a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Whether you are writing a resume for the first time or just need a professional eye to fine tune an existing one, the library has ongoing free one-on-one Job Search Help weekly and by appointment.

Date/Time: Every Friday 10am – 1pm & by appointment.

Registration: To make an appointment call 518-828-1792 x101, email, or stop by the main desk of the library

In this program there are two facilitators available to work with individuals on the various aspects of looking for employment. They have training to help with, not only resumes, but interview skills, online job applications, and finding the right market for your particular job skills. Both have access to job search resources online and in our area and have taken people through the process of searching for a job.

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. She is available every Friday 10am – 1pm and by appointment.

Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections, has worked with many people to frame life experience into marketable job skills, including stay-at-home moms. She can also help people to put their education and job experience from other countries into a resume for their current situation. Heather is available by appointment.

Having a qualified person work with an individual through the process of seeking a job can mean success. For example, since last year, Beth has helped eight people find a new career path, go on multiple interviews and get the job of their dreams.  One client started her career journey in October and by February, she landed an amazing job as a marketing executive at a digital company. Another out of work client, through advice from Beth, took a carpentry training course, and with his new resume in hand, found a job at a local contracting firm.

Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System.


Posted: February 19, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Non-Fiction Book Group Discusses The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Program Description: Join our Nonfiction Book Group, facilitated by Mark Orton, for a discussion on The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis, which unveils the lifelong activism of Mrs. Parks. As Neil Irvin Painter writes in the New York Times: “Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Both shy and militant, she was a committed activist enmeshed in racial politics — and their class and gender complications — wherever she lived.”

Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 6-7:30pm

The book is available to borrow in standard print, large print, ebook, and audio formats from the library. Email for more information or to register.

The Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group reads nonfiction books with a focus on history, social and political life in the Western Hemisphere.




Posted: February 19, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Code Girls: This Month’s General Reading Book Group Selection

Program Description: This month’s general reading book group selection is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. In the New York Times review of the book, Meryl Gordon writes: “In Liza Mundy’s prodigiously researched and engrossing new book…she describes the experiences of several thousand American women who spent the war years in Washington, untangling the clandestine messages sent by the Japanese and German militaries and diplomatic corps.”

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 27, 5-6pm

The book is available to check out from the mid-Hudson Library System in multiple formats.

This group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month. To register for this book group email


Posted: February 19, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Film Screening & Celebration: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan by Robert Shetterly, courtesy KaneLewis Productions

Program Description: In culmination of our month-long celebration of children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, join us for a screening of “I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan.” Directed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, this documentary explores how Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. This screening is co-hosted with the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Families and youth of all ages are welcome. Special presentation, before the screening, of work created in our craft hours throughout the month. Fresh popcorn during movie &home-cooked food from Kayah Payton of the newly formed Grandma’s Kitchen!. 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: families and youth of all ages.

Born in the Bronx in 1923, Ashley Bryan entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, after being denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Drafted into the segregated US Army during World War II, Ashley preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing pastel crayons in his gas mask. After the war, he completed his Cooper Union degree, studied philosophy and literature at Columbia University on the GI Bill, and went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, seeking to understand why humans choose war.

Ashley returned to the United States, teaching art at several schools and universities, and retired to Maine’s Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. Ashley Bryan has published over fifty books, including children’s books on African American spirituals and oral tradition. Among Ashley’s awards are the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lions award. Ashley has stated: “If you put art into the world, you get beauty in return.”


Posted: February 17, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Maria Manhattan & Perfect Ten After School for Women’s History Month

Maria Manhattan with poster of her 1980s art installation “The Box Lunch”

Program Description: Feminism in Art: The Box Lunch & Beyond, an illustrated talk by Maria Manhattan in collaboration with Perfect Ten Hudson. Manhattan discusses her 1980s art exhibition, The Box Lunch, her response to Judy Chicago’s groundbreaking feminist work, The Dinner Party. Perfect Ten girls bring The Box Lunch into the 21st century with their own box lunches, created in workshops with Manhattan. 

There will be a few pieces from the original exhibit on display in the library as well as collages or assemblages created by the young women of Perfect Ten Hudson that honor women of their choosing. The Box Lunch and Beyond will be on display through April 30.

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

In 1979, when The Dinner Party debuted in San Francisco, Maria thought Chicago’s ideas needed to be expanded upon and so she created a parody. The press release at the time stated: “If you’re still hungry after THE DINNER PARTY, try Maria Manhattan’s THE BOX LUNCH, a major art event honoring 39 women of dubious distinction….” The exhibition consisted of assemblages in pink bakery boxes – tributes to women from pop culture including Lucy Ricardo, Betty Crocker, Lot’s Wife, Auntie Mame, and the First Avon Lady. Her point was that we’re all in it together, lest we forget.

A discussion will follow about how women have been seen in art and have utilized art on behalf of feminism, and how art throughout history has been determined by the male gaze.

This event is free and open to all. There will be refreshments following a question and answer period after the talk.


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


Job Search Help

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

Columbia County Photography Club

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:

Hudson Area Library General Reading Book Group

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

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

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.