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Posted: July 25, 2019
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NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble in our Music in the Stacks Series

Program Description: We continue our 2019 Music in the Stacks, a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organization, with NorthWinds, a bassoon ensemble. They are facilitated by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society led by instrumental music teacher and News Channel 13 Top Teacher, Scott Vorwald.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 8, 4-5:30pm

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

NorthWinds, a self-described “typhoon of bassoons”, has found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung bass wind pipe. The ensemble was formed in 2017 with the idea that all music is created equal – except in a bassoon ensemble, which is more equal than others. These players bring out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious nature of the instrument in an accessible manner for the audience. The enthusiasm is infectious as the group performs and chats with the audience. What’s a double reed?  You “crow” a reed? Wait, it’s eight feet long? Contra? Hold on: is that an accordion up there?

“The Music in the Stacks concept fits right in with NorthWinds’ democratic format of music and interaction with the audience. Hearing beautiful music and learning how musicians train, practice, transpose, interact with each other and experience music all in the beautiful setting of our library’s main book stacks is a unique opportunity for the audience. Stay after the hour mini-concert to chat with the musicians during our wine and cheese reception.”, says Brenda Shufelt, Program Director.

The four bassoonists are John Douglas Ferrigno, Karen Kelland, Cornelia McGiver, and Nora Post. As for NorthWinds’ credentials? This is what they have offered: “the group has PhDs, post graduate degrees, and years of study with prestigious musicians; one of us has even left behind a distinguished career as an oboist and has come to see the light as a bassoonist.  Between the group we have toured Europe, performed solos with major orchestras, been part of Grammy nominated ensembles, and of course, trekked through the work-a-day world of the freelance musician.”

The Music in the Stacks concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduce the musicians and facilitate a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception follows each concert with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and interact the  musicians, youth emcees and each other. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. After turning in their passports they are then eligible for chances (based on the number of concerts attended) to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

Concerts this past spring were performed by a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth and a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council. On September 29, Miho Hatori, Japanese singer, songwriter and musician performs experimental dance music and is hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0. Miho’s concert is curated Basilica Hudson who is waiving their curatorial and publicity fees. Finally, Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer hosted by Operation Unite NY concludes the 2019 Music in the Stacks series at a date to be determined in November.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: July 24, 2019
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Local History Talk on Slavery in New York during the Colonial Era

Two Men Pointing at a Boy by Jan Luyken, c. 1711, Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the  Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents the latest in its Local History talks:Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in Colonial New York interact with slavery? by Travis M. Bowman. In New York State slavery existed for 200 years and recent interest and research, particularly focused on the Hudson Valley area, confronts this reprehensible fact.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6-7:30pmUsually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Mr. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among middle class farmers in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.This lecture is an opportunity to learn how slave labor led to the prosperity of many families in the region and also may have eventually influenced the abolition movement.

Travis M. Bowman is the Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, where he is responsible for the research, care, and exhibition of the collections at New York State’s historic sites and parks.

A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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 maintains 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 Gotham Center is a university-based research and educational center, devoted to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past. The organization was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For nearly twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.

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 hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 12pm, and by appointment, during which people may visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments are available upon request. For more information email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: July 23, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

Author Talk: Malcolm Nance Speaks!

Photo by Jason Schneider

Program Description: Malcolm Nance, New York Times bestselling author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, and cyber attacks is discussing his latest book The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West at the library. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 3-4pm

Registration: Reservations are encouraged. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk. Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat.Malcolm Nance has been in United States Intelligence for over 36 years. He served in the United States Navy specializing in naval cryptology and currently works as a counter-terrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security and Intelligence agencies. He’s also a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and a commentator on WAMC.

Mr. Nance’s latest book, The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It will be released November 12th, 2019 from Hachette Books. His other books include The Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner’s Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities, The Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency 2003-2014 and An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad, Restoring America’s Honor, Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight and What They Believe, and The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Nance has taught at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Macquarie University (Australia), Victoria University (NZ) and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.

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Posted: July 22, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

These Truths for September & October Non-Fiction Book Group

Program Description: This fall the Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore. For the September meeting, the group will discuss Part One-The Idea (1492-1799) and Part Two-The People (1800-1865). Part Three – The State (1866 – 1945) and Part Four – The Machine (1946 – 2016) will be discussed at the October meeting.
Date/Time: Mondays, 6-7:30pm, September 9 and October 7

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Posted: July 21, 2019
Adults, News, Programs

General Reading Book Group Fall Schedule

Program Description:  The library’s General Reading Book Group is reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in September, and Less by Andrew Sean Greer in October. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays 5-6pm, September 25 & October 23.

Registration: This monthly group covers fiction and nonfiction and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. 

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Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

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 CCNYphotoclub@yahoo.com or refer to their web site: ccnyphotoclub.weebly.com.

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 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

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.

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.

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