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Posted: January 23, 2023
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 in person at the Hudson Area Library or by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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 22, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Community Care Clinics (Saturdays: January 28, February 25 and March 25)

Join Monarda Community Care 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, zines, 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, January 28, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, February 25, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, March 25, 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.

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: January 21, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Virtual Tech Labs: Learn New Skills in the New Year! (beginning Monday, January 30)

Local tech whiz Pam Doran will lead six free online tech labs, designed to help you navigate the digital world.

Date/Time: All sessions are on Mondays at 6:15pm.
January 30 – Photo Sharing and Archive Management
February 13 – Secret Tips & Tricks for iPhone
February 27 – Manage Your Cell Phone Storage
March 13 – Organizing and Managing Your Gmail
April 17 – Using Library Apps: Libby, E-books, Audiobooks
April 24 – Apps for Travel

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

This program is sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Posted: January 20, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Virtual Adult Spanish Classes (Tuesdays, beginning February 7)

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, February 7 – April 11
Complete Beginners class: 5 – 6pm
Advanced/Intermediate class: 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Space is limited! To register and receive the Zoom link, email

This program is supported by the Bank of Greene County.

Posted: January 19, 2023
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Local History Talk: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley (Saturday, February 11)

Join Culinary Historian Peter G. Rose for her talk on the History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Rose will discuss the early trade by the Valley’s Dutch settlers in the 17th century and the subsequent manufacturing developments of chocolate through the 18th century into the late 19th century. There will be free samples of locally made chocolate from Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar and other local businesses at the event.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 11, 1pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation and Hudson River Bank and Trust.

Culinary historian Peter G. Rose was born in the Netherlands and came to the United States in the mid-1960s. She has contributed a syndicated column on family food and cooking to the New York-based Gannett newspapers for more than twenty years and written articles for magazines such as Gourmet, Saveur and the Hudson Valley Magazine. She is the author of 10 books on the Dutch influence on the American kitchen. She received the 2002 Alice P. Kenney Award for research and writing on the food customs and diet of the Dutch settlers in New Netherland. She lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to Dutch and Dutch-American culinary history, including at the Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery, the Peabody Essex Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Bryn Mawr College, New York University, the Culinary Institute of America, and in the Netherlands, at the University of Amsterdam and the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague. Ms. Rose was part of a group of more than 100 scholars, who investigated the history of chocolate in America, sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc., which culminated in a book Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage (Wiley, 2009).

Posted: January 17, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

February is National Library Lovers Month!

In celebration of libraries and the people who love them, we’re encouraging new library card sign-ups this month by offering free gifts to the first 35 new cardholders! If you or someone you know is ready to register for their first library card, stop by today to pick-up a card and a heart-shaped bucket full of goodies!

This incentive is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Posted: January 17, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Infant Toddler Playgroup and Parent Support (Thursday, February 16)

Families living in Columbia County with children ages three and under are invited to attend this monthly play and parent support group. Each session will focus on a new discussion topic for parents, and play activities for the children. Stop by to gather parenting resources, ask questions, and enjoy a peer support space!

Date/Time: Thursdays, January 19 and February 16, 2 – 4pm
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this program has been canceled for 1/19.

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is not required.

Posted: January 16, 2023
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Anti-Slavery in Columbia County (Monday, February 20)

Columbia County was an important community for reform movements and the Underground Railroad in the 19th century. Numerous freedom seekers made their way to the region, knowing that support was available from abolitionists, both black and white.

The Underground Railroad Education Center brings to the public the historically documented accounts of both freedom seekers and abolitionists, highlighting the leadership roles occupied by African Americans abolitionists, identifying who they were, what they did, where they engaged in their activities as they sought to ensure that the promises of our nation’s Declaration of Independence were available to all.

Date/Time: Monday, February 20, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To participate in this virtual talk, email

Presented by The Underground Railroad Education Center; hosted by Columbia County Libraries Association.

Posted: January 14, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

Feral Hues of the Hudson Waterfront (Wednesday, February 22)

Artist Ellie Irons offers a paint-making demo and painting session featuring watercolor paints made from the feral and weedy vegetal life inhabiting current-day Hudson’s South Bay. The event will also include the launch of a paint-making handbook with instructions for making weedy watercolor paints, and including natural/cultural histories of plant species common along post-industrial stretches of the Hudson River waterfront, and a series of feral plant solidarity postcards for visitors to paint and take away.

This event will start in the newly redesigned Ecotopian Collection space at the Hudson Area Library. The Ecotopian Collection is a set of books, objects and interactive projects designed to inspire thought and action to achieve an ecological future in Hudson. It is a partnership between the Hudson Area Library and Toolshed, a Hudson-based organization that gathers and shares tools for living ecologically and was originally conceived by artist Mary Mattingly in collaboration with Sayler/Morris.

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Ecotopian Collection and Community Room

Registration: No registration required.

Funding for this event and for the handbook, which will become part of the Ecotopian Collection, is provided by Toolshed. Ellie’s work with pigments at the Hudson waterfront came out of a residency at Basilica Hudson supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Arts and Toolshed.

Ellie Irons is an artist and educator living and working on Mohican land in current-day Troy, New York, USA. From foraged watercolor paintings to un-lawning experiments, her work combines socially engaged art, ecology fieldwork, and embodied learning. She is a co-founder of the Next Epoch Seed Library and the Environmental Performance Agency, collaborations investigating relationships between humans and spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds). Her solo and collaborative work has been part of recent exhibitions on contemporary environmental art, including The Department of Human and Natural Services at NURTUREArt, Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator at Wave Hill, and Unsettled Nature at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Her work has been covered by publications ranging from Art in America to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Irons received a BA from Scripps College in Los Angeles and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. In December 2021, She completed a PhD in arts practice at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, focused on socially engaged environmental art. She is currently a community science educator and lab manager at the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s NATURE Lab, and an artist in residence with Toolshed’s Ecotopian Library. Toolshed is a platform to gather and share tools that empower individuals and communities to live ecologically. It consists of a tool lending library (Toolshed Exchange); the Ecotopian Collection at the Hudson Area Library; and an on-line journal that will become a publication ( It was founded by artists Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris) in collaboration with Timothy Furstnau.

Posted: January 12, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

February Book Groups (Wednesday, February 22 and Monday, February 27)

HAL Book Group
The Hudson Area Library Book Group, which reads a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, will read The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate for this month’s meeting and discussion. All are welcome.

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 5 – 6pm

Location: In person, Senior Center Game Room (2nd Floor of the Armory building)

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


Nonfiction Book Group
The Nonfiction Book Group will meet for a discussion of All That She Carried by Tiya Miles.

“In 1850s South Carolina, just before nine-year-old Ashley was sold, her mother, Rose, gave her a sack filled with just a few things as a token of her love. Decades later, Ashley’s granddaughter, Ruth, embroidered this history on the bag–including Rose’s message that “It be filled with my Love always.” Historian Tiya Miles carefully follows faint archival traces back to Charleston to find Rose in the kitchen where she may have packed the sack for Ashley……”

Date/Time: Monday, February 27, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To join the discussion, email to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome.



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


Job Search Help

Note: Job Search Help will be offered virtually or in person. Virtual one-on-one meetings will be held by appointment, through Zoom, Skype, Facetime or by phone. For more information or to sign up, email
Dates:By appointment
Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator assists patrons in 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 meets twice per month, sometimes in person and sometimes virtually, with some outdoor photo field trips when the weather allows.
Dates: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-8pm
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

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.