This spring, we are distributing special giveaway bags for kids ages birth to 5 and their parents each month. Every bag will include books, crafts, and activities to help encourage early literacy skills development in fun and meaningful ways. We will also hold a raffle each month for gift certificates to local businesses for participating families. We have a limited supply of bags! To reserve a bag and schedule a pickup date/time, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. The April bag will feature books, crafts, and activities celebrating spring and getting out in the garden!
This project is supported by a mini-grant from Talk Read Sing Columbia, spreading the message that Talking is Teaching so every young child in Columbia County has the opportunity to thrive.
Program Description: Join Lorraine Coyle of Coyle & Associates LLP to learn about estate planning. This presentation will cover topics such as wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care proxies, and Medicaid planning to protect assets should one need nursing home care.
Date/Time: Monday, April 19, 6-7:30pm
Registration: Please email email@example.com for Zoom link
This program is presented as a collaboration between Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, and Philmont Public Library.
Program Description: Columbia County Habitat for Humanity believes everyone deserves a decent place to live. If you have ever wanted to own your own home, or if you know of a hard working individual or family who would, please join us to learn more about the program, hear updates on housing currently available, and get instructions on how to apply.
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21, 4pm.
Registration: Registration is not required. To attend the webinar online click here or attend via phone by calling 929-205-6099 (Webinar ID: 956 8831 5307)
This webinar will be presented by Shawna Fitzsimmons and Al Bellenchia of
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity and is brought to you by the Columbia County Libraries Association.
Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present Coping with Life’s Necessaries by Ian Mumpton. The Schuyler family enjoyed many luxuries as part of their refined lifestyle, but what did their hygiene practices look like? Learn more about the changing practices of this aristocratic, 18th century colonial Dutch family with this Schuyler Mansion program come to Hudson. A question-and-answer period will follow the talk.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 6-7:30pm.
Registration: For Zoom registration link click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lecture is the second of four collaborations this year between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history.
The presenter, Ian Mumpton, is the Historic Site Assistant at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. His work focuses on highlighting underrepresented narratives as essential parts of the site’s history, including the stories of Loyalists, Native Americans, women, tenant farmers, and enslaved people of African descent. He is also currently researching the martial arts and martial identity of colonial New Netherland.
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.
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End, was the eighteenth-century home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler (1733- 1804) and his family. Beginning mid-May 2021, the mansion will be open for limited visitation (reservations required) and will require visitor adherence to current Covid-19 health and safety protocols. For further information about this or other site programs, please call (518) 434-0834 during regular business hours, visit www.nysparks.com, or find us on Twitter and Instagram.
Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. Children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy for one-on-one visits, to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative.
To register for a virtual or in-person visit, call 518-828-1792 x100 or email email@example.com.
Date/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (by appointment)
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 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: The Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group will read Who Really Feeds the World: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology by Vandana Shiva and view the documentary Seed: The Untold Story directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel for this month’s meeting and discussion.
This month’s Non-Fiction Book Club meeting is part of the “Library of Local” pilot program.
Date/Time: Monday April 26, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom.
Register: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 for Zoom link.
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets each month 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.
About this month’s selections:
Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place. Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
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: The Hudson Area Library Book Group, which reads a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, will read Three Souls by Janie Chang for this month’s virtual meeting and discussion. All are welcome.
“We have three souls, or so I’d been told. But only in death could I confirm this…”
So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.
As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.
When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth—that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.
Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom.
— From janiechang.com
Recording: Wednesdays, 4pm
Broadcast: Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 9am on WGXC 90.7FM
Our youth radio crew records their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely. Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, after the local news, Emilia, Lina, Georgia, AJ, Mashuda, Fatheah, and 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.
Only the ten most recent Program posts are shown here. Go to All Programs Archive for complete listings.