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Program Description: In collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center, we present a Gallery Hop to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, we will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides us through his amazing collection. Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. After the gallery visit all can return to the library for a lunch and discussion.
Date/Time: Friday, June 21 from 1-3 pm
Recommended Audience/Registration Required: Adults of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.
Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.
Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.
Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.
Program Description: Wine & cheese reception for “Watercolors by OTTO”, the library’s latest community room exhibition. The work of Otto Miranda, a local watercolor artist for over 20 years, is represented including watercolors of flowers, landscapes, birds, and historical venues.
Date/Time: Friday, July 12, 5-7pm
The exhibit is open through August 31 for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible.
A previous OTTO exhibit at the library of the 63 watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds will also be available for viewing.
The library will receive 50% of the sales from the exhibition to benefit the History Room. For more information email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Two local organizations recently provided the library with additional tools to study the natural resources and ecology of Hudson.
Copies of Nature In The City, a 56-page report by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), are now available to pick up for free at the library and City Hall. The report was completed after four years of work, including hundreds of volunteer hours, and with two state grants. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city and establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson’s citizens, civic spaces and natural resources.
If you want to get up close and personal with Hudson’s natural resources, use your library card to check out one of the Estuary Explorer Backpacks provided by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). Then, proceed on your expedition with all the tools you need to investigate the local ecosystem according to one of the following themes: night sky, hiking, birding, insects, or water.
What’s an estuary, and why should you explore it? You may be surprised to know that the Hudson River is more than a river – it’s an arm of the sea, where salty sea water meets fresh water from streams. This means the river has two high and two low tides each day, and that the land near the river, and surrounding it, is especially rich in plant and animal life.
While the backpack kits can be used anywhere, Heidi Bock of the CLC suggests getting up close and personal with the ecosystem at Greenport Conservation Area. “There’s so much you can see and experience at Greenport,” she says. “There are small streams, wetlands, forests – and so many kinds of plants and animals that benefit from these habitats!”
This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Questions about Columbia Land Conservancy’s environmental education program? Contact Heidi Bock at 518-392-5252 x207 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit clctrust.org
Program Description: The year is 2100, and the world is left reeling after a suspicious spacecraft appears in the sky over Hudson, New York. A team is chosen to make first contact, and to craft a peace treaty with the “Visitors.” Unfortunately, due to a mis-translation during talks, the team is imprisoned and now war with the Visitors is imminent! Trapped in an alien crater, the team has only 15 minutes to escape, fix their mistake, and warn everyone before the attacks start. The fate of mankind rests on THEIR shoulders.
Join the Tween Advisory Council for an original escape room escapade! Come and play as a ragtag team of friends, or with your family. The game is limited to 15 mins and the team that has the shortest time will win a special prize.
Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 11am-3pm. Reservation mandatory. Email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 for time slot.
Age: Story line is suitable for ages 6 and up
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: A Truly American Form: Anglo Dutch Houses, Their Roots, Form, and Legacy by Ian Stewart. In the former New Netherland a new house form arose in the latter years of the 18th century and became a common sight in New England in the first half of the 19th century. This talk focuses on the framing of these houses and their various forms, as well as a brief discussion of their English and Dutch predecessors, and the circumstances which may have led to the creation of this hybrid.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Ian Stewart is owner of New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation, past president of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Trades Network, and a member of the Timber Framer’s Guild. He received a Master’s degree in Preservation Studies from Boston University’s School of American and New England Studies. His woodworking career began at SUNY New Paltz and, later, as a restoration craftsman at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York. He is involved in preserving historic traditions in woodworking, timber framing, blacksmithing, and masonry skills. He received the New Netherland Institute’s Alice P. Kenney Award in 2018.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.