Program Description: In honor of Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday, explore non-fiction works (books, films, podcasts, interviews) about Dolly Parton’s life and career. A list of potential titles and a special Spotify playlist of 75 Dolly Parton songs is available on the Non-Fiction Book Club page of our website.
Date/Time: Monday, January 25, 6pm via Zoom
Register: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 x101 for Zoom link.
Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present a talk by David Voorhees on Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates. Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics.
Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm.
Registration: For Zoom registration link click here.
The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.
The lecture is the first of four collaborations between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history. For more information contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He’s also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York. An NYU research scientist, he is a former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles, and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan among others.
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.
The History Room is by appointment only at this time but online research requests for information on local history are available at https://hudsonarealibrary.org/history-room/. This is a free service to the public. To inquire about an appointment email
Program Description: This winter, the library, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, continues its popular Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Paul Spector. These classes introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.
Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, January 9-March 27.
Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can register in advance here. Once approved you will be sent the link to the class. For more information, email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 x101.
All fitness levels are welcome. Please attend classes in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.
This class will be taught by Paul Spector, who earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. After years of clinical experience, Dr. Spector formed Pantheon and Meaningful Fitness (personalized health organizations designed to assist individuals in attaining their highest level of function). Over the past 15 years, his focus has been on preventive health, behavioral change, motivation, aging, meaningful goal-setting, and how to apply scientific advances to maximize both physical and psychological peak fitness. Paul dedicates his time to helping individuals attain their potential in every aspect of their lives by drawing upon his clinical experience, American Academy of Sports Medicine certified training, ongoing literature review and extensive referral network.
Dr. Spector works with private clients and corporations in New York City and Hudson, NY. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post where he reports on the often confusing and contradictory news on health. He has written on a wide range of topics including the effect of sedentary behavior on health and cognition, the microbiome, diet and depression, blood sugar levels and brain function, supplements, anti-ageing techniques, cancer detection, new research on muscle, hormesis (the health benefits of certain types of stress), how we assess risk and make decisions, what constitutes fitness, and much more.
As part of our mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to our library and is a collaboration of the library & the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.
Registration: Beth is available by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email email@example.com 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.
Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. While we can’t all visit in person just yet, children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy on Wednesday afternoons via Zoom to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative. We are also scheduling one-on-one visits with Ms. Kathy Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
To register for the virtual drop-in sessions, click here. To register for an in-person visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm (virtual); Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (virtual or in person by appointment)
Program Description: Join Abby Lappen (Tuesdays), Pamela Badila (Wednesdays), and Christa Shook (Thursdays) for fun with stories, songs, games, and crafts to develop literacy skills and inspire a love of reading, singing, and storytelling.
To register for these virtual children’s programs, click here.
Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am
Program Description: Profesora Sonia Cintron teaches students to express themselves in Spanish in real-life situations and to develop Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! This program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in a fun & friendly class.
Time/Date: Tuesdays, January 12 – March 16. Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm. Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm.
Registration:To register and receive the Zoom video conferencing link, email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792 x101. Limited space available.
The Advanced Beginner classes are intended for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate classes are for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their skills. Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Adults and high school students are welcome.
On Thursday, November 19, Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, spoke on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, a band of Mahicans who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their original territory includes the land where our library is located.
The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channel, and the video includes Heather’s answers to questions asked by virtual attendees of the event.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.
Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clicking here. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.
To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.
Program Description: The Columbia County Photography Club’s 9th annual exhibit at the Hudson Area Library features 20 works by 11 members. All photographs are available for purchase, ranging in price from $50-$150, with proceeds to support the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
Date/Time: November through mid-December; viewing by appointment during library hours. To view the exhibit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule your visit.
The Columbia County Photography Club has been meeting monthly at the Hudson Area Library since 2010. During the pandemic, the club has been meeting via the library’s Zoom account and for in-person, distanced get-togethers at local nature sites.
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