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Posted: September 15, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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 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
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

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 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
Adults, News, Programs

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

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

Posted: September 12, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Volunteers, Young Adults

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) is made up of youth (ages 9-18) who take on leadership roles in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers and participating in community events representing the library.

Contact for information on attending the Council’s monthly meetings.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 4-5pm

To participate in HAL TAC’s monthly meetings, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

Posted: September 11, 2021
Children, News, Programs

This September, we are distributing special giveaway bags for children ages birth to 5 and their guardians. This month, each bag celebrates local pollinators with a sample of local honey, delicious recipes, native wildflower seeds, and of course – a book about bees!

While supplies last. To register to pick up an early literacy giveaway bag, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is a Library of Local event, presented in collaboration with The Sylvia Center.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Children, News, Programs

Program Description:
This fall, the Hudson Area Library will offer a mix of virtual, in-person, and bilingual storytimes for little ones and their families. On Tuesdays, join local musician, Abby Lappen, on Zoom for an hour of live, engaging, virtual fun, including music, stories, and easy stretches. On Wednesdays, join Pamela Badila for interactive folktales, stories, music and dancing. Then, on Thursday, September 23, join Señora Sonia for a special bilingual storytime presented in Spanish and English, including a themed craft activity. El jueves 23 de septiembre, únase a la Señora Sonia para una hora de cuentos bilingüe especial presentada en español e inglés, que incluye una actividad artesanal temática.

Movement & Music with Abby Lappen
Tuesdays at 10am (through October 26)
Location: Virtual, via Zoom

Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila
Date/Time: Wednesdays at 12pm (through October 27)
Location: Library Community Room

Bilingual Storytime with Señora Sonia
Thursday, September 23, at 10am
Library Children’s Space

Registration: Space is limited for the in-person storytimes. Registration is also required for the virtual storytimes (to receive the Zoom link).
To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.
Masks and social distancing will be required for all in-person storytime attendees over the age of two.

Posted: September 9, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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 or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: September 8, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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 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.

Posted: September 7, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Program Description: 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!

The Hudson Area Library 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 28, and someone will be available to help!*

*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 28 de septiembre y alguien estará disponible para ayudarlo.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10am-4pm

Location: Hudson Area Library

Posted: September 6, 2021
Adults, News, Programs

Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell





Program Description: The Hudson Area Library Non-Fiction Book Group will read Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell, for their September meeting and discussion. All are welcome. The book is available to borrow in print.

Date/Time: Monday, September 27, 6pm

Register: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at or call 518-828-1792 x101 for Zoom link.

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets each month on Mondays, 6-7:30pm on Zoom. The group is facilitated by library Board President, Mark Orton. For more information on the Non-Fiction Book Group, and to see previous book selections, visit their page.

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you’ll hear the voices of people he interviewed–scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There’s even a theme song – Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.”

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

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