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Posted: September 15, 2021
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Book Signing with Jared Reinmuth, co-author of Big Black: Stand at Attica

Program Description: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971, Big Black: Stand at Attica co-author, Jared Reinmuth, will visit the Hudson Area Library for an author talk and book signing.

Big Black: Stand at Attica is an Eisner nominated graphic novel memoir from Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner at Attica State Prison in 1971, whose rebellion against the injustices of the prison system remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Seating is limited for this in-person program, so we encourage you to reserve a seat by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x101. We will hold reserved seats until 10 min. before the event’s start time. At that time, we will make available all remaining seats on a first come, first served basis.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the safety of all participants. 

In the summer of 1971, the New York’s Attica State Prison is a symbol of everything broken in America – abused prisoners, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreact to a minor incident, the prisoners decide they’ve had enough – and revolt against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions. Frank “Big Black” Smith finds himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seems to be negotiating with ambitious Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovers there may be no hope in finding a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica.

Written by Jared Reinmuth and Frank “Big Black” Smith himself, adapted and illustrated by Ameziane, Big Black: Stand At Attica is an unflinching look at the price of standing up to injustice in what remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.

Big Black: Stand at Attica is a 2021 Eisner Award nominee for Best Reality Based Book.


Posted: September 14, 2021
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Local History Talk: A Bronson Park Vision, for all in Hudson

Program Description: Historic Hudson President, Alan Neumann, discusses the history of the organization’s 25 year advocacy to preserve the only National Historic Landmark in Hudson; the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate.

Bronson Park Vision – Historic Hudson

Date/Time: Thursday, September 23, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: Seating is limited for this in-person program, so we encourage you to reserve a seat by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x106. We will hold reserved seats until 10 min. before the event’s start time. At that time, we will make available all remaining seats on a first come, first served basis.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the safety of all participants.

On the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility, inaccessible and hidden from view, is the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate. There is a rich cultural history on the land, from Native American to Dutch to the early Federal Period. In 1838 and 1849, the main house and landscape were given a picturesque transformation by the architect Alexander Jackson Davis for the Bronsons. This chapter is why, in 2003, the National Park Service declared it to be “of exceptional significance in telling the story of the nation.”

Continuing in its advocacy, Historic Hudson has produced a Bronson Park Vision plan for a proposed 123 acre public access park on underutilized land owned by the People of the State of New York and what it can mean for our community.

Alan Neumann is the president of Historic Hudson in the City of Hudson. He is a preservation architect and studied at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York. Since 1992, he has lectured frequently to museum groups from the US and abroad, in both New York City and the Hudson valley, on art, architecture and the landscape.


Posted: September 13, 2021
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Age Awesome: 12 Tips for a Healthier You

Program Description: Join health coach Anita Greenwald in this virtual program to learn how to “age awesome.” Anita will provide tips on having more energy, better immunity, achieving weight loss, and living a healthier lifestyle. Anita is a registered yoga teacher 200 (RYT with Yoga Alliance) and an IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition ®) Health Coach. She takes a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Date/Time: Monday, September 20, 6pm

To register and receive the Zoom login information, email director@roejanlibrary.org.

This program is offered in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


Posted: September 9, 2021
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Virtual Spanish Classes: Fall Session

Program Description: 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 a fun & friendly class.

Date/Time of the first class of the fall session:
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30pm (Advanced Beginners)
Tuesday, September 21, 6:30pm (Intermediate)

This session runs September 21 – November 30 with weekly meetings on Tuesdays.

To register for this program, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: September 8, 2021
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Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil: Fall Session

Description: The virtual, six-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 using our five senses, imagination, memory, emotions and intuition. We will ask essential questions about creative awareness, developing a personal language, targeting an audience, point of view, how to develop characters, and the importance of the editing process.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 30 – November 4, 2:30-4pm via Zoom

Registration: Limited space is available. To sign up, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Maureen McNeil worked in NYC publishing and the arts and culture nonprofit sector. McNeil is a finalist for the 2021 Tiferet Fiction Prize. She has two books, Red Hook Stories, about the Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1990s, and Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe, A Work of Fiction. Her stories and poetry have appeared in The Literary Review, Mothering Magazine, Woodstock Journal, Home Planet News, Oxalis, Black Bear Review, Puget Sound Quarterly, Rhino Manhattan Poetry Review, and Amagansett Press, and Chroma Press. Blogs have been published in Ms. MagazineWomen’s eNews and Claverack Advisory Group. As a writing instructor, she has taught at the Woodstock Day School, NYC schools, Girls Write Now, and in partnership with PEN America, The Anne Frank Center, the Prison Public Memory Project, and United Nations workshops. McNeil has lectured on writing at Yad Vashem, Skidmore College, and the Morgan Library, among other venues.


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Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.
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 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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org


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

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 morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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 are 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.