Virtual Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program based in Hudson. In this virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will speak on UBI’s history and the value and details of the UBI pilot program for Hudson. Q & A will follow.
Date/Time: Thursday, August 20, from 6 to 7pm (via Zoom)
Registration: To register for this meeting and receive the Zoom link, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 ext 101.
HudsonUP is a basic income pilot created by The Spark of Hudson and Humanity Forward and is based in Hudson, NY. The initiative is being designed in collaboration with the community and is championed by Mayor Kamal Johnson.
Many advocates of basic income have long maintained that the coming technological shift and wave of automation would wipe out millions of traditional jobs and leave everyday Americans without a safety net. The concept of a universal basic income is a simple one: unconditional, regularly recurring payments made to everyone. With HudsonUP, The Spark of Hudson & Humanity Forward aim to partner with the Hudson community to test this simple concept by providing $500 each month to 22 randomly-selected Hudson residents for five years.
Universal Basic Income has a longer history than some realize. One of the first proponents of Universal Basic Income in the United States was Thomas Payne, author of the Common Sense pamphlet, and individuals as varied as Martin Luther King, Jr. and economist Milton Friedman have spoken in support of the concept. Andrew Yang’s recent presidential campaign highlighted the importance of a national UBI program for the United States.
Albert Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a thesis-driven venture capital firm. USV backs trusted brands that broaden access to knowledge, capital, and well-being by leveraging networks, platforms, and protocols. USV’s current portfolio companies include Coinbase, Duolingo, Nurx, Skillshare, Stash. Past portfolio companies include Etsy, MongoDB, Twilio and Twitter. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and a healthcare data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. In his book, World After Capital, Albert describes the shift to a Knowledge Age — and its implications not only for businesses but all of us. He blogs at Continuations and is @albertwenger on Twitter.
Susan Danziger, founder/CEO of Eutopia Holdings, is an entrepreneur and investor focused on building models for living, learning and giving. Her most recent initiatives include The Spark of Hudson, an innovative community learning center set to launch in Hudson, New York as well as Wally Farms, an innovation hub for growing climate solutions. Susan previously founded Ziggeo, an award-winning video technology company, and DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization. Named a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Susan received a B.A. as a College Scholar from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
The Spark of Hudson is an innovative, community learning center launching in Hudson, NY. A model for education and community development, The Spark is dedicated to supporting individuals from all corners of Hudson and beyond to learn, teach and grow. Founded by Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger, The Spark has recently spearheaded and supported a number of community initiatives in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Take a StoryWalk this summer to enjoy an outdoor adventure while reading a good book. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is partnering with the Columbia County Library Association to install StoryWalks at several of their Public Conservation Areas: Drowned Lands, Greenport, Hand Hollow, High Falls, and Siegel-Kline Kill. Each StoryWalk will feature pages of a children’s book posted in order along a trail so kids and families can enjoy a story while taking a walk through nature. CLC is also working with partners who are creating StoryWalks along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, at the Roe Jan Park, in the Village of Philmont, along Warren Street in Hudson, and at PS21. Many of these are works-in-progress, so visit clctrust.org/storywalk to confirm the walk is ready for you, and for more information, including an interactive map of StoryWalk sites.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
Read books set in various places around the world and help the library chart our collective adventure on a world map. How many cities, states, countries, and continents will we visit and explore this summer through stories?
To submit your summer reads to the Read Around The World map, click here
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: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive or Hoopla.
Date/Time: Monday, July 27, 6-7:30pm (via Zoom)
Registration: To register for this book group, email email@example.com.
The Nonfiction Book Group meets monthly on Mondays, 6-7:30pm. The group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton.
Author Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees.
Environmental activist David Suzuki says of the book,“You will never look at a tree the same way after reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, which reveals the mind-boggling properties and behavior of these terrestrial giants. Read this electrifying book, then go out and hug a tree — with admiration and gratitude.”
As part of the Hudson Area Library’s 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 the Hudson Area Library. It is a collaboration of Hudson Area Library & Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Let’s be prepared for when we go back to work! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a 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 an appointment for a one-on-one session. 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: Instructor Dr. Paul Spector focuses on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. Breathing exercises to reduce stress are also featured. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.
Date/Time: Virtual class meets weekly on Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm for July 25 – August 29 on Zoom.
Registration: To register please call 518-828-1792 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting info that will allow you to attend all the ongoing sessions.
Please attend in clothes that are comfortable to move around in.If you have a floor mat, exercise bands or hand weights, have them handy.
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: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Virtual Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, and breaking down barriers.
Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families.
This session features Joni Magdalene, a Philadelphia Queen, who enjoys a long walk with her Standard Poodle, an acoustic open mic, and a vegan carrot cake. Joni does a story/singing time that will interest the toddler set but also has a beautiful message for all of us. This program is recommended for all ages in this month of Pride!!
She performs throughout Philly and is known for her live vocals, guitar playing, and activism. In 2019, Joni became Philadelphia’s Miss Sobriety, a title that she is extremely proud of. Joni loves fellowship with friends, tea, and of course, reading a good story. Timothy Quinn, also known as Joni, is a native New Yorker now living in the city of Brotherly Love. He is a self taught guitarist and vocalist who is inspired by the art of Folk Music and Story Telling. He performs throughout Philly and New York City in coffee shops, pubs, and homes. With a bit of old soul and a taste for the classics, Tim enjoys connecting with his audience through music. He believes music sessions are a time to connect with friends and to make new ones.
OutHudson is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, OutHudson is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY.
The New York Regional Census Center is running a Kids Census Art Contest! The contest is open to children and teens with entries to be judged by Age Group – Pre-K/Elementary (Group 1), Middle School (Group 2), and High School (Group 3). Each age group will have a county-wide winner and one overall contest winner! The Columbia County Libraries Association will serve as the Columbia County county-wide contest judge. We can’t wait to see your submissions!
How to participate:
- Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
- Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
- Scan or take a photo of your art project.
- E-mail it to email@example.com by June 26, 2020 (include the artist-enumerator’s name, school, county, and age group #).
Project Example 1
Subject: Flower species in my yard
Count: 3 species in bloom
Observation: They can all tolerate cold weather
Art: Drawing of snow-covered flowers
Project Example 2
Subject: Books in my house
Count: 326 books
Observation: 120 are fiction and 206 are non-fiction books, 141 about nature, 45 about history, 20 about geology, 120 about superheroes
Art: Collage with subject/theme size based on quantity
Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.
We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences. For more information and registration of our various programs click here.
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