Program Description: Author and historian, Dr. Christopher Leahy, will deliver an overview of the historical significance of impeachment in the United States – its historical basis, constitutional significance, and the impeachment process. Additionally, Dr. Leahy will share details from his forthcoming book – President Without a Party: The Life of John Tyler – on the 10th US President John Tyler who, in a little-known episode of our history, was the first American president to content with the threat of impeachment. The lecture will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments. This lecture is offered in collaboration with the Columbia County Historical Society.
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 1, 4pm in the Hudson Area Library Community Room
Registration: Advance tickets are available for $15 on the CCHS website. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis ($15 for CCHS members and HAL cardholders, $20 for non-members).
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Christopher Leahy, author and Professor of History at Keuka College, in Keuka Lake, NY is an expert in States’ Rights, the American Colonies, the American Revolution, and the Early National Period, and is formerly associate professor at Southeastern Louisiana University.
NOTE: Advance parameters will be set to insure the lecture and questions do not go off topic and are neither partisan nor polemical.
Program Description: This month the General Reading Book Group reads A Gentleman in Moscow, and the Nonfiction Book Group examines Songs of America.
Date/Time: General Reading Book Group – Wednesday, January 8, 5:00-6:00 pm. Nonfiction Book Group – Monday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 pm.
Registration:To register, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email email@example.com.
The General Reading Book Group meets monthly on Wednesdays 5-6pm and is reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on January 8. This group reads fiction and nonfiction, and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Gentleman in Moscow explores the world of Count Alexander Rostov, after he is sentenced by Russia’s new Soviet regime to house arrest in the luxurious Metropole Hotel. In her NPR review titled, ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ Is A Grand Hotel Adventure , Annalisa Quinn describes the book as “a novel that aims to charm.” Also concluding that, “All of the verbal excess, the gently funny mock-epic digressions, the small capers and cast of colorful characters, add up to something undeniably mannered but also undeniably pleasant. “
The Nonfiction Book Group meets monthly on Mondays, 6-7:30pm and for its meeting on January 27, will discuss Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation, by John Meacham and Tim McGraw. To accompany this month’s selection, a playlist of many of the songs discussed in the book is available from the Nonfiction Book Group page on the library’s website. This group focuses on history and social & political life in North America, and is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for this book group email email@example.com.
These books are available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. For more information visit hudsonarealibrary.org.
Program Description: Leapin Line Dance: An Introduction to Line Dancing is a one time dance workshop led by Diane Teutschman. Dancers will learn the steps in unison to choreographed country or popular songs. No experience or partner needed!
Diane Teutschman has been line dancing for many years and loving it! She has performed at country clubs, adult centers, adult education venues, with adults of all ages and abilities. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 4:00-5:30pm in the library’s community room.
Registration: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.828.1792 X 101
Program Description: Living Poetry at the Library with poets Mahogany L. Browne & Jive Poetic is an evening of poetry, prose, and performance. This annual literary event celebrates and introduces diverse literary artists to community members presenting different literary traditions to the community as an opportunity for cultural exchange and growth. A discussion and reception follows the reading, allowing audience members to share their reactions, and to interact with the poets and each other.
This program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary.
Date/Time: Friday, February 21, 6-7:30pm
Suggested Audience: Free and Open to All!
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator. Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books), and Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration investigating its impact on women and children. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. In 2017, Jive received the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased onTVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS NewsHour, and BET. International support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. Currently, Jive is the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam curator.
This program is made possible with support from the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Date/Time:Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, February, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm.
Registration: Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email email@example.com
The class size has a cap of 12 to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. Please come in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.
Paul Spector, 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.
Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!
WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.
DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).
Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm
Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)
Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.
Program Description: Tweens and teens are invited to join HAL TAC on a trip to the kitchen of the famed Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Take a special tour of the restaurant and cook a dish right off the menu under the tutelage of the James Beard-nominated chefs of Lil’ Deb’s. Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is an ongoing restaurant/installation/performance project, created by artist-chefs Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black. Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is a community-centered space based in Hudson, NY, that frequently collaborates with artists, galleries and the like-minded.
Date/Time: Thursday, January 23, 3:30-4:30pm. Transportation will be available to and from the restaurant.
Target Audience: Update (1/14) Program is currently full. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
This program Tweens & Teens. Registration mandatory and space is limited. Email email@example.com or call 518-828-1792.
This program was created by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council
The Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council is comprised of youth ages 8-12 who take a leadership role in providing input on youth library programs, planning and implementing their own program ideas, recruiting other tweens to be involved in library programs, and engaging in community based projects. For more information on HALTAC email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In- Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020.
In February, Mahogany L. Browne has curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program, Winter Hack. Youth participants will work closely with Poetic to create visual poems and later in the week present them to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library , curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her, Jive Poetic and local youth poets. This presentation of Living Poetry is co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute. In April, Browne will present her Woke Baby Book Fair, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, inter generational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities.
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration investigating its impact on women and children. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Program Description: The classes, taught by Sonia Cintron, offer adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills.
Date/Time: Series of weekly classes on Tuesdays from January 7 – April 14, Advanced Beginner 5:30-6:30pm or Intermediate 6:45-7:45pm.
Registration: Update (1/15) This series is currently full.
Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email email@example.com
Hudson Area Library’s Adult Spanish Language Classes resume Tuesday, January 7 and continue through Tuesday, April 14 with two levels: Advanced Beginner for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their skills. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their 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. Adults and high school students are welcome.
Program Description: Dr. David W. Voorhees presents the next lecture in the library’s Local History Speaker series. Explore the world of early censuses with a focus on New Netherland and colonial New York.
Date/Time: Thursday, January 9, 6:00-7:30pm.
The Hudson Area Library History Room, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, presents the latest in its Local History Speaker series: Colonial New York Censuses: the several places where the inhabitants were dwelling by David Voorhees, Thursday, January 9, 6-7:30pm. Since ancient times, societies have kept counts of their population for administrative purposes. Dr. Voorhees will present on when, how and why population surveys took place in colonial New Netherland and New York, with a specific focus on Claverack Landing, (as Hudson was known before it was named Hudson.) A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The lecture is a precursor to the History of the Census in Hudson exhibition which will open at the library on February 6. The exhibit examines the United States federal censuses that have been taken every ten years since 1790, the New York State censuses taken every ten years since 1825, colonial censuses that precede the American revolution, and the upcoming 2020 federal census. The exhibit also includes historic information and artifacts specific to the City of Hudson, and will illustrate why census information is an important tool for a city like Hudson, and its citizens.
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 hours are Tuesdays 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 12pm, during which people visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments are available upon request. For more information email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow.
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