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Posted: February 29, 2024
Adults, History Room, Programs, Young Adults

Delve into the cultural, familial, economic, social, and religious history of Black people in the county through our exhibition of the 1980s Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) Oral History Project collection. Curated by Tanya Jackson, founder of the annual Columbia County Juneteenth archival exhibit and celebration, Who We Be!, this exhibition is an effort to bridge historical knowledge gaps and foster a more inclusive community narrative. Date/Time: Opening Reception & Panel: Thursday, March 7, 6-7:30pm. There will also be a youth workshop and educator event associated with this exhibition. Email for more information or visit

Posted: February 28, 2024
Children, LGBTQ+, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Youth Workshop: In connection with the BLACC Collection Exhibition, Curator Tanya Jackson will share clips from the BLACC Collection, followed by discussion that will creatively connect young people to the collection’s legacy. The workshop will then break into sessions with one taught by Nkoula Badila, which will focus on local home remedies, and the other, led by Zien-Celeste, which will transform a photo through the cyanotype process. In this way, participants will be able to have a creative conversation with the collection while adding to the exhibit themselves.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 9, 12 – 2pm

Educator Event: As a final part of our BLACC exhibit the library will offer an educator workshop to familiarize local public, private, home, out-of-school time and community educators with the BLACC Oral History Project collection and help them discover how it can be used to support learning. Jackson will facilitate the event along with Youth Researcher Jayden Cross, as well as Elaine Eichelberger and Brenda Shufelt, who are also assisting with research and curation for this project. 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 23, 11am – 1pm

Location for both events: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: For more information and to register, email or call 518-828-1792 x106. Please include which event(s) you’d like to attend in the subject line.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed through this exhibition/programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tanya Jackson is a Philmont-based, Hudson-raised polymath in media, education, and curation. As a curator, exhibit designer, and program developer, she’s a dynamic force. Co-founder of the Hudson Juneteenth Celebration, Tanya has curated and directed the artistically immersive Who We Be! exhibit for three years, spotlighting Black life in Columbia County. With roles ranging from educator to administrator, she’s a cultural memory worker, weaving diverse narratives into impactful experiences.

Zien-Celeste is a Queer Black-Creole Louisiana-born multidisciplinary artist, doula, chef and life learner. As a sister, companion and community-tender, they are inspired by rites of passage, ritual making, connection to land and ancestry in both human and non-human forms. Zien showcases these elements in their artistic cakes–Altar Cakes, cyanotype, shrine making and other illustrated and poetic works. Zien will be using cyanotype to engage youth participants in the riches of the BLACC collection.

Nkoula Badila is a multidisciplinary artist, healer, musician and gardener in the Hudson Valley.  Born into a Congolese dancing and drumming family, Nkoula takes up many of her inspirations from her traditional Congolese upbringing to do the work she does with Grow Black Hudson, a movement she created with intentions to re-introduce Hudson’s Black community to the importance and ancestral healing that comes with growing their own food. Nkoula will use her study of traditional African and Black American remedies to explore medicinal tradition with the youth participants.

Posted: February 28, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Dance Bollywood with skilled instructor, Arobi! You will learn moves to trendy and iconic Bollywood songs in a fun, beginner-friendly environment. No experience required. Ages 12+.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Space is limited and registration is required.
To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: February 28, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library’s spring Book and Bake Sale will include books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, and some scrumptious baked goods. All proceeds will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

Friday, March 15, 10am – 3pm
Saturday, March 6, 10am – 3pm
Sunday, March 17, 1 – 3:30pm

Bakers’ Drop-off: Thursday, March 14, 10am – 5pm and Friday, March 15, 10am – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Donations of new or gently used books, DVDs, and CDs are welcome. We can accept one small bag or box of donations per week per person. Donations must be made in-person at the library during open hours; click here for details on what we can and cannot accept. If you have a larger donation, want to volunteer during the event or want to help bake goodies for the bake sale, please email the Friends at

Posted: February 27, 2024
Children, News, Programs

This giveaway is intended for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. It includes a Spanish/English bilingual board book, Rain! / ¡Lluvia! by Linda Ashman, and fun activities for children and caregivers to do together.

Pick-up begins: Friday, March 1
Pick-up location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk, while supplies last

Este obsequio está destinado a niños desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco años y sus cuidadores. Incluye un libro de cartón bilingüe español/inglés, Rain! / ¡Lluvia! por Linda Ashman, y actividades divertidas para que niños y cuidadores hagan juntos.

La recogida comienza: viernes 1 de marzo
Lugar de recogida: mostrador principal de la biblioteca del área de Hudson, hasta agotar existencias

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Join La Leche League for these free meet-ups and support for nursing families. Whether you are pregnant, caring for a newborn, nursing, pumping, supplementing, weaning, or beyond – all are welcome!

Dates/Times:  Wednesday, March 13, 4 – 5:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Visit “La Leche League Columbia Greene NY” on Facebook or contact a leader to confirm meeting times.

Lee 413.561.3070
Sara 802.733.4765
Mary 518.392.7919
Connie h: 518.392.5854 Connie c: 518.965.8295

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Come and warm up this winter with songs, stories, and fun moves led by local musician, Abby Lappen, as we continue this joyful storytime. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Thursdays, through March 28, 4 – 5pm
(except for Thursday, March 14)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Celebrate women’s history as we discover the women who pioneered abstract art: Lee Krasner, Elaine DeKooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and others. Learn about their lives and their groundbreaking creativity in a presentation by Joyce Raimondo, Education Coordinator at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and author of children’s art books. Following the presentation, Raimondo will virtually guide participants through Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s home and studio – a national landmark in East Hampton, New York.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 4- 5pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom (note: this event will not be recorded)

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, please email

This program is presented by Columbia County Libraries Association in conjunction with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, NY.

Photo credit: Lee Krasner, 1962. (Hans Namuth)

Posted: February 27, 2024
Children, News, Programs

For this STEAM-based children’s program we’ll make ‘lucky slime’ and read the book Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun. This activity is a great first chemistry lesson and sensory activity for early learners.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

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

This program is presented in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talk Read Sing Columbia, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Local tech whiz Pam Doran will lead these free online tech labs, designed to help you navigate the digital world.

Date/Time: All sessions are on Wednesdays at 6:45pm.
Mar 6: Language Translation software/apps (for traveling, etc.)
Mar 27: Computer Security and Scams
Apr 3: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ChatGPT

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

This program is sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

Meet author Debra Scala Giokas as she shares the inspiration behind her book Ladies, First: Common Threads during this virtual discussion.

Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To attend the webinar, click here.

This program is presented in partnership with the Columbia County Libraries Association.

More information about Debra Scala Giokas’ talks may be found by visiting her website at

Posted: February 26, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

Learn various Qigong sets and then work on a traditional Tai Chi Form – a set series of movements and postures – with instructor Curt Anthon, a member of the Yang Family Tai Chi Association. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Tuesdays, through March 26, 10 – 11am

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room and virtual via Zoom!

Registration: No registration required for the in-person sessions. To access the Zoom stream, email

Posted: February 26, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Do you have a pile of socks that need darning, but lack motivation? A bunch of t-shirts you’ve been meaning to donate, but don’t want to add to the global textile waste crisis? A vision for turning your dad’s old ties into a cool patchwork skirt, but need a sewing lesson? Elise McMahon of LikeMindedObjects and Shaker Museum will facilitate The Fix-It Picnic, where the can-do community fix-it spirit is contagious. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Each drop-in session offers plenty of time to work on the sewing, t-shirt weaving, mending, or crafting project of your choice. The LikeMindedObjects team will be on hand with supplies and tools to help develop your skills. Some sessions will also feature a special guest with an optional skill share. Light snacks provided.

Dates/Times: Wednesday, February 21, March 20, April 17, 5 – 7:30pm
Special guest artists and instructors to be announced!

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

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

This program is a partnership of  Shaker Museum, LikeMindedObjects, The Spark of Hudson, Waterfront Wednesdays and the Hudson Area Library

The Shakers are known for their extensive woodworking, design, and handicrafts, which they made collectively in their self-sustaining closed communities. They were careful stewards of their shared resources and reused materials, from the scraps left over from the cloak making business that were made into chair pads, to the fabric tape used for chairs that were repurposed into mops. The women worked together to make these objects which were used within the community as well as sold to the public. Shaker Museum stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects and archives in the world and is currently building its future location in Chatham, NY.

LikeMindedObjects (LMO) studio creates furniture, products, and interiors in a contemporary joyful aesthetic with focus on regional manufacturing, DIY skill building, and diverting useful materials from waste streams before they end up in landfills. LMO director Elise McMahon is an artist, designer, and educator who lives and works in Hudson, NY, and is locally known for co-organizing the Basilica Farm & Flea, a 100+ vendor regional artisan market promoting regenerative entrepreneurship.

Posted: February 26, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

This month, we’ll read and discuss The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel. Take a look at art history through the lens of female artists often overlooked and dismissed throughout the years. All are welcome.

Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Posted: February 25, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

Join Monarda Community Care 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, zines, 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.

Saturday, March 30, 11am – 2pm

Note: To receive acupuncture treatment, you must arrive by 1:30pm.

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.

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 ( 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.

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

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.

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: February 15, 2024
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 in person at the Hudson Area Library or by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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: February 15, 2024
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 to learn more.

Posted: December 8, 2023
Adults, News, Programs

This month, we’ll read and discuss Pip Williams’ The Dictionary of Lost Words. All are welcome!

“A marvelous fiction about the power of language to elevate or repress.”—Geraldine Brooks, New York Times.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 27, 5 – 6pm

Location: In person, 2nd floor Senior Center, upstairs from the library.

Registration: To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: December 7, 2023
Children, News, Programs

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, April 3 – May 29, 4 – 5pm
In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Miércoles, 3 de abril – 29 de mayo, 4 – 5 p.m.
En persona, sala comunitaria de la biblioteca del área de Hudson

Location: In person, 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 or call 518-828-1792 x101
Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a o llamar al 518-828-1792 x101 (Se agradece el registro, pero no es obligitorio)

Posted: December 6, 2023
Adults, Children, Music, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Join us for a free jazz concert with The Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Quartet. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 12 – 1pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is brought to you by The Music Performance Trust Fund, The Jim
Clark Memorial Fund and the Albany Musicians’ Association, Local 14 of the
American Federation of Musicians.

Percussionist Michael Benedict received a Bachelor’s degree in music education
from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s degree in Jazz
Studies from Rutgers University.

In his group JAZZ VIBES, Michael plays the vibraphone, a jazz instrument
modeled after the xylophone and marimba. His band plays original compositions,
jazz standards and Brazilian influenced jazz called Bossa Nova. He has toured the
United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs,
and festivals and has performed in Europe. In 2012, Michael went on a US State
Department tour of Tunisia, Africa where he taught and performed with the Planet
Arts Trio.

Michael has released six recordings to date. His album, CIRCULATION, was an
Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of
2015 by National Public Radio. His newest album, “1-2-3 GO”, earned him the
Local Hero Award for Best Local/Regional Release by J. Hunter for Michael recently won an award for the Best Jazz Musician
of the Year for 2023 given by WCDB Radio, SUNY Albany, 90.9FM.
The band personnel for the concert at Hudson Area Library will be Michael
Benedict-vibraphone, Joe Finn-guitar, Michael Hurt-bass, and Pete Sweeney-

Posted: December 2, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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 “Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced” learners.

Beginner class: Wednesdays, February 7 – April 10, 6 – 7pm
Intermediate class: Tuesdays, February 6 – April 9, 5 – 6pm
Advanced class: Tuesdays, February 6 – April 9, 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Space is limited! To register and receive the Zoom link, email

This program is supported by the Bank of Greene County.

Posted: December 1, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Drop in to the library to paint, draw, craft, build a Lego tower, read, or play with our wide range of toys. Our children’s area team is here most weekdays for your free-form fun!

Miss Israt, our crafting queen, is here Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am – 3pm
Miss Kathy, our playtime pro, is here Tues – Fri 2 – 4pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Children’s Area

Registration: No registration required for this ongoing drop-in program.

Only the twenty five most recent Program posts are shown here. Go to All Programs Archive for complete listings.