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Posted: September 28, 2022
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Join the Sylvia Center for a six-week virtual cooking program geared towards families with children ages 18 and younger. During each hour-long class, a Chef Educator guides participants through a seasonal vegetarian recipe. Each family can opt-in to pick up weekly free fresh food meal kits that feed 4-6 and include all ingredients needed, save for salt and pepper. Curriculum emphasizes the role of nutrition in good health and focuses on building participants’ skills, confidence, and food knowledge inside and outside of the kitchen.

Families that attend at least 5 out of 6 classes will also receive a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, a recipe journal, and set of pencils for note-taking!

Date/Time:
Meal Kit pick-up: Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16, 4 – 6pm
Virtual Cooking Classes: Thursdays, October 13 – November 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Location:
Meal pick-ups: In person, Hudson Area Library Main Desk
Cooking classes: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Interested? Please fill out this form and we will contact you to confirm your registration.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Sylvia Center.


Posted: September 27, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, teen

The Great Give Back is an annual community service initiative to provide opportunities for library patrons in New York State to participate in service-oriented experiences. As part of this year’s Great Give Back, the Columbia County Libraries Association is collecting coats and winter outerwear (hats, mittens, scarves) to donate to local charities, such as the Hudson Lions Club, who have hosted an annual coat drive in our area since 2010. New or clean and gently-used donations can be dropped off at our library throughout the month of October.

Date/Time: Throughout October, during library hours

Location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk


Posted: September 26, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

This five-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 as our senses, imagination, memory, emotions and intuition. We will ask essential questions about creative awareness, developing a personal language, targeting an audience, understanding point-of-view, building characters and, after writing a first draft, relishing the editing process.

Date/Time: Thursdays, October 13 – November 10, 2:30 – 4pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org


Maureen McNeil is a writer, artist and activist based in Brooklyn and upstate New York. In 2021, she was a finalist for the Tiferet Fiction Prize, and won second place for the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize. Her stories, Wild Blueberries, and the first novel of a trilogy, Anna Magdalena, will be published in this fall. Her previous books include Red Hook Stories and Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe, A Work of Fiction. She lectures, designs and teaches writing workshops in partnership with arts and cultural organizations, such as Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, PEN America, Prison Public Memory Project, Yad Vashem, The Morgan Library, New York Public Schools, Woodstock Day School and the Hudson Area Library.


Posted: September 25, 2022
News, Programs, teen

Enjoy an after-school snack while learning how to make your own spooky lanterns during this casual craft program for students in grades 6-12. All snacks and craft supplies provided.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 19, 3:30 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Teen Room

Registration: No registration required.


Posted: September 24, 2022
Children, News, Programs

This month’s early literacy giveaway explores colors with a storybook, Sky Color, a fun paper rainbow weaving activity, plus a watercolor kit and paper. These giveaways are intended for children ages birth to five and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Available starting Saturday, October 1

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Main Desk

Registration: No registration required. First come, first served while supplies last.


Posted: September 23, 2022
Children, News, Programs

Program Description: Have fun painting and decorating your own pumpkin with the help of Ms. Kathy!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Space is limited and registration is required! To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: September 22, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

America’s first literary celebrity, Washington Irving, had a decades-long friendship with our 8th president. Learn how they met, why they had a falling out, and if they ultimately reconciled. This talk is presented by Melissa Dalley, an artist and writer who is currently a seasonal Park Guide at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Having given tours at Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site many years ago, Melissa may have started this summer with an unfairly low opinion of Irving – Poe was not a fan. But after reading many of Irving’s letters, she’s coming around.

Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To attend this virtual program, click here.

This program is sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.


Posted: September 21, 2022
Children, News, Programs

Celebrate the changing seasons with these early literacy storytimes throughout September, October, and November:

Folktales & Stories
Join celebrated community leader, writer, and performing artist, Pamela Badila, for this all ages program full of interactive folktales, stories, music and dancing.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, September 20 – October 25, 4 – 4:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. First come, first served.

 

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe
Join Señora Sonia for a special series of bilingual storytimes, presented in Spanish and English, which will include craft activities.
Únase a la Señora Sonia para una serie especial de cuentos bilingües, presentados en español e inglés, que incluirán actividades artesanales. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 12 – November 9, 4 – 5pm
Miercoles, 12 de octubre – 9 de noviembre, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room
en persona, la Sala de Comunitaria de la Biblioteca del Área de Hudson

Registration: Registration appreciated, but not required. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101
Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a youth@hudsonarealibrary.org o llamar al 518-828-1792 x101 (Se agradece el registro, pero no es obligitorio)

Movement & Music
Join local musician, Abby Lappen, for a story hour full of live guitar, creative storytelling, and fun movements. Toddlers, kids, and families of all ages will enjoy this bright, animated program as they learn how to use songs and motion to develop early literacy skills.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 15 – November 24, 4 – 5pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


Posted: September 19, 2022
Children, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Our youth radio crew records their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely on Tuesday afternoons. Tune in Friday evenings and Sunday mornings to hear tweens and teens, along with our library director Emily Chameides discuss books they love, books they’re currently reading, and other tween and teen media and literary topics. Bound By Books has been broadcasting on WGXC since 2011. In addition to the weekly show, past Bound by Books radio shows can be accessed online via the WGXC Audio Archive.

Recording: Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Broadcast: Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 6:30am on WGXC 90.7FM

Register: Contact Emily at info@hudsonarealibrary.org to learn more.


Posted: September 18, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

Join Rich Maddocks, Hudson-based Community Herbalist and Acupuncture Detox Specialist, 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, 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.

Dates/times:
Saturday, October 8, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, November 12, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, December 3, 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 and with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.


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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua-m7AANkQ4) 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.

Kidney:
In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.

Liver:
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.

Lung:
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: September 18, 2022
Adults, Programs

Learn to administer Narcan and reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This is a free training and each participant will receive a free nasal Narcan kit.

Date/Time: 3rd Tuesdays, 10 – 11am (next date: October 18)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: To register, email info@hudsonarealibrary.org. For more information, contact Al White at Columbia County Mental Health Center, 518-828-9446 Ext 1235.


Posted: September 17, 2022
Children, News, Programs

The Hudson Area Library and Olana invite you to attend, Arte y Lugares Especiales, a free family program at Olana, presented in English and Spanish. Families with children ages three and up are welcome to enjoy a free tour of Olana’s Main House, art-making activities, and refreshments.
La biblioteca del Área de Hudson y Olana los invitamos a asistir, Arte y Lugares Especiales, una programa familiar en Olana, presentado en inglés y español. Las familias con niños a partir de los 3 años son bienvenidas a disfrutar un visita gratuito a la Casa Principal de Olana, actividad de creación de arte, y refrescos.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 29, 12 – 1:30pm
Fecha y hora:
Sábado, 29 de octubre, 12 – 1:30pm

Location: In-person at Olana in Hudson
Ubicación: En persona en Olana en Hudson

Space is limited. Let us know that you are interested by clicking here.
El espacio es limitado. Háganos saber que está interesado haciendo click aquí.

This project has been supported by the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Este proyecto ha sido apoyado por el Fondo para el Condado de Columbia, un fondo de la Fundación Comunitaria Berkshire Taconic.


Posted: September 16, 2022
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The Hudson Area Library Book Group, which reads a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, will read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah for this month’s meeting and discussion.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 5-6pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library History Room

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


Posted: September 15, 2022
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The Nonfiction Book Group will meet in October for a discussion of A Women of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II  by Sonia Purnell.

Date/time: Monday, October 24, 6 – 7pm

Location:
 Virtual via Zoom

Registration:
 To participate in the group discussion, email info@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom link.

Posted: August 25, 2022
Adults, News, Programs

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, September 27 – November 29
Complete Beginners class: 5 – 6pm
Advanced/Intermediate class: 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

This program is supported by the Bank of Greene County.


Posted: August 23, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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 by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email director@roejanlibrary.org or call 518-325-4101.

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: August 15, 2022
Children, News, Programs

This fall, we are distributing special giveaways for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. This month’s giveaway celebrates shapes with a bilingual (English/Spanish) storybook and a fun paper tangram activity, which also includes instructions in both English and Spanish.

Date/Time: Pick up begins Thursday, September 1

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Main Desk

Registration: No registration required. First come, first served. While supplies last!


Posted: August 14, 2022
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The Hudson Area Library Book Group, which reads a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, will read The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles for this month’s meeting and discussion.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 5 – 6pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library History Room

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

Upcoming meeting dates and book selections:
10/26  – Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
11/30  – Murder in the Lincoln Bedroom by Elliott Roosevelt
December – no meeting
1/25 – Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
2/22 – West with Giraffes by Linda Rutledge
3/22  – When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’ Neal

Future dates and books to be announced. All meetings are scheduled to be held at the library at 5pm.


Posted: August 14, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

This inspiring presentation, based on the beautifully illustrated book by Maria Ausherman, chronicles the lives of pioneering women sculptors who dared to express their truths about inequality and injustice and overcame obstacles of gender and race in the last hundred and fifty years.

The works that these talented artists cast, carved, and molded mirror both their internal worlds and the society surrounding them. There is no better way to inspire young women to fulfill their destiny with courage than to give them these brilliantly brief and cogent portraits of great women who shaped the world of sculpting and through that, our culture, and our world.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Space is limited. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


Maria Ausherman is the author of Masters of Shape: The Lives and Art of American Women Sculptors, Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World, The Photographic Legacy of Frances Benjamin Johnston, and co-author with Patricia Jennings of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii.
Photo credit: Maria Ausherman


Posted: August 14, 2022
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Ted Hilscher, Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia-Greene Community College, will show and discuss fifty historic photographs of buildings that were torn down during urban renewal in Hudson during this in-person local history talk. Hilscher will also facilitate a discussion of the legacy of urban renewal in our city. Anyone with recollections of the impacted areas of the city prior to urban renewal is encouraged to attend, as well as those who wish to talk about those areas following urban renewal and how Hudson and its residents were impacted.

Urban renewal transformed Front Street and the blocks between Columbia and State Street, west of Second Street. Franklin Square, Chapel Street, Fleet Street and Market Place were erased from the network of city streets. Approximately 176 buildings in all were demolished, requiring the relocation of about 850 people. Demolition and the subsequent new construction took place between 1970 and 1972.

The photographs in this talk have been made available for the first time since they were taken through a collaborative effort by the late Arthur Koweek, longtime Hudson Planning Commission Chair, and the Columbia-Greene Community College Library.

In addition to his professorship at Columbia-Greene Community College, Ted Hilscher is a graduate of Hudson High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Fordham, a Master’s in US History from SUNY Albany, a Law Degree from Albany Law School, and a law practice with his wife in Catskill. 


Posted: August 14, 2022
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The Nonfiction Book Group will reconvene in September for a discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Date/time: Monday, September 26, 6 – 7pm

Location:
Virtual via Zoom

Registration:
To participate in the group discussion, email info@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom link.

Posted: August 14, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and partners (including your local Columbia County libraries) as we celebrate the launch of Nature Quest! All ages are welcome to this free event to enjoy the afternoon at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area and test out Nature Quest.

During this spectacular adventure, all ages are welcome to read and learn about what creatures live at each Public Conservation Area. Complete your quest and send in your form by mail or online to receive a special prize!

After this launch event, Nature Quest booklets will also be available for pick up at various locations, including Hudson Area Library.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 1 – 4pm

Location: Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area (1452 County Road 21)

Registration: Register here.

The Nature Quest project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Funding was also provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.


Posted: August 14, 2022
News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Enjoy an after-school snack while learning how to make your own stickers during this casual craft program for students in grades 6 – 12. All snacks and craft supplies provided.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Teen Room

Registration: No registration required. While supplies last!


Posted: August 14, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, and since its inception in 2012, nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday!

We will continue the tradition by offering drop-in registration assistance in both English and Spanish. Whether you’re registering for the first time or simply updating your address, stop by the library on Tuesday, September 20, and someone will be available to help!*

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 20, 10am – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library

*Según los datos del censo de EE. UU. De 2020, hasta 1 de cada 4 estadounidenses elegibles no están registrados para votar. El Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes es un feriado cívico no partidista que celebra nuestra democracia, y desde su inicio en 2012, ¡casi 4.5 millones de votantes se han registrado para votar en el feriado!

La Biblioteca del Área de Hudson continuará la tradición ofreciendo asistencia para registrarse sin cita en inglés y español. Ya sea que se registre por primera vez o simplemente actualice su dirección, pase por la biblioteca el martes 20 de septiembre y alguien estará disponible para ayudarlo.

Fecha/Tiempo: el martes 20 de septiembre, 10am – 5pm

Ubicación: en persona, la biblioteca del Área de Hudson


Posted: August 14, 2022
Children, News, Programs

Join us for a fun and interactive afternoon with Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown as they present their picture book, Goldfish Ghost. This event is geared towards kids and tweens, but all ages are welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 13, 4 – 5pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciate but not required. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in the bowl on a dresser in a boy’s room. The boy’s room was pleasant and familiar, but Goldfish Ghost wanted company, so he set out to find some good company. It can be hard to find the company you are looking for. Bestselling author Lemony Snicket and illustrator Lisa Brown bring us a fresh and funny take on what happens after your favorite goldfish crosses over to the other side.
Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books for children, including The Dark, which won the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and 13 Words, which didn’t. Despite his best efforts, his series All The Wrong Questions and A Series of Unfortunate Events have allegedly sold more than 70 million copies and been translated into thirty-nine languages.

Lisa Brown is an award-winning  illustrator, author, educator, and cartoonist whose picture books include: The Airport Book, How to Be, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket. Her latest books include The Phantom Twin, a graphic novel for teens, and Long Story Short, a collection of her book review comics. Her next book is about a hospital.


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