We’re excited to announce our first online art auction! The collection contains over 80 pieces of art by local Hudson Valley artists! The art auction is designed not only to help raise funds for the library but also to help local artists generate some much-needed income. Proceeds from the sales will be split between the artist and the library (45% to the artist, 55% to the library). Take a look at this incredible collection and share it with your friends! https://one.bidpal.net/
Program Description: This year’s Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge will be a virtual race!
Each registrant is invited to run a 5K distance over the race weekend and submit their times on the Ghostly Gallop website. The male and female runners who record the fastest 5K times will receive the Cranna Cup. The first 100 people to register will receive a t-shirt celebrating the 20th year of the race and the 60th anniversary of our library. For the Kids Fun Run Challenge, parents and caregivers are asked to take and submit a photo of children (12 and under) running any distance (costumes encouraged). We will share the photos on the Ghostly Gallop website and, for each photo received, $1 will be donated to the library by a private donor.
Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, October 16-31 (end date extended!)
Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at ghostlygallop.info
Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present: “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909 by Stephen McErleane.
Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm.
Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. A question and answer period will follow the talk.
Though it is now known as a fundamental piece of the early history of the city, it was not until 217 years after the event that New Yorkers first learned of the now infamous 1626 purchase of the island of Manhattan by the Dutch from the Indians for twenty-four dollars. This talk follows the construction of that story from its first appearance in the 1840s and focuses on an important and overlooked piece: an 1853 painting of the purchase by the American artist William Ranney. Ranney has been dubbed a myth-maker for his influential depictions of the American Revolution and of life in the American West. His role in the creation of the Manhattan purchase myth, however, has gone largely ignored.
Stephen McErleane is director of the New Netherland Institute and a doctoral candidate in history at the State University of New York at Albany, where he is currently writing a dissertation on the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland in history & memory. He also holds a master’s in information science (archives) from SUNY Albany. He is from Stony Point, NY and currently lives in Troy, NY.
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 is closed to the public at this time but online research requests are available at https://hudsonarealibrary.org/history-room/ and the public can submit requests for information on local history that volunteers will research.
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.
Virtual Program Description: An evening of music, theatre, spooks, and mystery! Join us over Zoom for a performance by two local groups: singing duo the NiverMoores, and award winning theatre company The Two of Us Productions.
Friday, October 30, 7pm via Zoom
Registration: To reserve your spot email email@example.com.
The NiverMoores are a cure for your cheerfulness and company for your misery. They sing delightfully depressing songs of melancholy, hard living, and death.
The Two of Us Productions will perform virtual-live staged readings of two radio dramas from Suspense Theater: The Burning Court and The Devil’s Saint. In The Burning Court, Edward Stevens, an book editor is on the train home, recounting the story of the death of the rich uncle of his neighbor, Mark Despard. In The Devil’s Saint, a man has to prove his love by spending a night in a mysterious bedroom that kills its guests.
Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. While we can’t visit in person just yet, children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy on Wednesday afternoons to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative.
To register for these virtual drop-in sessions, click here.
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm
Special this month: From October 13 through 23, we will also be booking appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for in-person visits between 3:30 and 5pm. During this time, Ms. Kathy and kids will paint pumpkins that will be contributed to Ghent Assisted Living for use in their Pumpkin Walk event for their residents. To make an appointment for a pumpkin-painting session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Join for an introduction to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants, both active in the local government and society. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on who this vibrant community. Attendees also learn about the people who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. A question and answer period follows the talk.
Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6pm
Registration: Email email@example.com to register and receive the Zoom link.
The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Stockbridge Munsee Community is to protect, preserve and tell the history of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians. The organization does this through the archives at the Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library and Museum, protection of our ancestral lands through Historic Preservation, and revitalization of our Language.
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 through stories?
To submit your recent reads to the Read Around The World map, click here
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: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are excited to present a series of dance classes focused on dances of the 1980s with Andrew Loren Resto.
Time/Date: The program meets virtually via Zoom Wednesdays, 11am-12pm and Fridays, 5-6pm, September 23 – November 6.
Registration: Email programs@hudsonarealibrary or call 518.828.1792 x101 to receive the Zoom link for either or both of the sessions.
This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Grants for Senior Services.
Exercise your body, mind and laughter with professionally certified Bronze level dance instructor, Andrew Loren Resto, who has been teaching ballroom and salsa classes in collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library since 2017. With the interruption of on-site classes and the bi-annual Hudson Armory dances, we can still keep fit, have fun and work off those quarantine calories via Zoom. These one-hour sessionsfeature warmups and cool-downs for seniors and focus on gentle impact, sometimes adding a chair for support.
Andrew Resto is a professional dancer who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.
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