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Posted: June 9, 2024
Adults, Children, LGBTQ+, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Gather the fam and get ready for the 15th annual Hudson Pride Parade by decorating your own bandana with fun and easy Sharpie Tie Dye techniques. All ages are welcome, but adult supervision is required for little ones, due to the use of permanent markers.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18, 4 – 5:30pm
(Parade: Saturday, June 22, 2pm)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required and space is limited! To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

This program is presented in partnership with OutHudson.

Posted: June 9, 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.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, through July 31, 10am – 11am
(except for Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 3)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. All are welcome!


Posted: June 6, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Celebrate summer 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 August 22, 4 – 5pm
(except for Thursday, June 20, and Thursday, July 4)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

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

Posted: May 11, 2024
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, in collaboration with the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Libraries Association, hosts a presentation, Impressions of a New World: Jacob Leisler, Nicasius de Sille, and the promised Eden of 1660s New Amsterdam by Toya Dubin. This virtual talk will illustrate New Amsterdam during 1660 and includes an introduction to a 3D map, as well as the stories behind the work to maintain historical accuracy in this model. For more information click here for the History Room website.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, click here or call 518-828-1792 x106.


Posted: May 11, 2024
Children, News, Programs

This giveaway is intended for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. It includes a Spanish/English bilingual book, Goodnight, Veggies/Buenas Noches, Vegetales by Diana Murray, and fun activities for children and caregivers to do together.

Pick-up begins: Monday, June 10
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 bilingüe español/inglés,Goodnight, Veggies/Buenas Noches, Vegetales por Diana Murray, y actividades divertidas para que niños y cuidadores hagan juntos.

La recogida comienza: lunes 10 de junio
Lugar de recogida: mostrador principal de la biblioteca del área de Hudson, hasta agotar existencias

Posted: May 10, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Join Director, Writer and Producer John Campbell as he explores the lives of five young Black emerging artists from Good Black Art in this first-look screening and discussion of the new docu-series, Who’s Behind Black Art. Interviews with each artist against a backdrop of their work will illuminate their family history, community, influences, mentors, education, support systems, their battles and triumphs, as well as candid experiences with racism in the industry and in America. To learn more about the artists, and to watch a trailer, click here.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 29, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration appreciated. Contact or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Presented in partnership with Hudson’s Juneteenth Festival.

Born in London and now residing in Columbia County, John Campbell’s career started in the music industry with artists including Whitney Houston, Elton John, George Michael, Boy George, Jon Secada, Zucchero, Nu Colors, Brand New Heavies, and Eurythmics. Moving his career into the financial industry for 17 years, John then forged his management and creative skills to form JCINTIME, LLC the production company that developed Who’s Behind Black Art, as well as several groundbreaking and award-winning films and features. John’s full bio can be found here.

Posted: May 1, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Celebrate the start of your summer adventures at the library with face painting, art-making activities, pizza and treats, a backpack and book giveaway, an opening of the Hudson City School District’s Student Art Show, and more! All free! All ages!

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 9, 4 – 6pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated but not required. All are welcome! To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101


Posted: May 1, 2024
Adults, Children, Music, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Summer Reading is a national celebration of books and readers that goes on all summer long. This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library” and we’ve got a ton of free events, giveaways, and activities planned for readers of all ages, including:

Giveaway Backpacks, packed full of free art supplies, crafts, books, and more. These bags will be available for pick-up at the library’s Celebrate Summer Party on Tuesday, July 9. While supplies last!

Raffle Prizes for participants in our All Ages Reading Challenge. From July 9 to August 24, every day that you read is a chance to win a prize! Pick up a reading log at the library’s main desk, circle each day that you read, and collect raffle tickets for your chance to win one of our phenomenal prize baskets! Newborns through seniors are eligible to win, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 27.

Free Programs for All Ages
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Free Programs for Kids and Families
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Free Programs for Tweens and Teens
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Free Programs for Adults
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For more information about the Summer Reading Program, and/or to register for any of the special events, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: May 1, 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: On display through June when room is not in use for programming. The recording from the opening reception & panel will be shared on our YouTube page when it becomes available.

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

There will also be a youth workshop and educator event associated with this exhibition. Email for more information or visit

Posted: May 1, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Dive into learning about our reptile species from 5 different continents and what makes each one unique, with a visit from The Reptile Nook! Attendees will be able to view and interact with the animals up close and leave with a deeper appreciation for the amazing world of lizards!

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10, 3 – 4pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828- 1792 x101.

Posted: May 1, 2024
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Summer Reading

Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse with this illuminating talk and exhibition, with a focus on the preservation of this important local landmark. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently designated the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, underscoring the urgency to protect, preserve, and celebrate this glorious structure.

The lighthouse stands as a testament to the rich maritime history of the region and its pivotal role in guiding vessels during the westward expansion era through the Erie Canal. Despite its historical importance, the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse faces imminent threats mostly due to unintended damage caused by enormous commercial vessels using the close-by navigation channel maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society invites the public to join the preservation efforts, volunteer, fundraise, and participate in celebratory events such as this one. By working collaboratively, we can ensure that the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse remains a beacon of history, education, and community for generations to come. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 6 – 7pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

In a captivating celebration of history and heritage, the library will host a special photo exhibit serving as a visual inspiration for the Hudson-Athens Preservation Society’s (HALPS) vision for the lighthouse’s future. Curated by the talented Jane Sinclair, a resident of Hudson, the exhibit promises a unique perspective through selected photographs by local professional and amateur photographers. The exhibition will be on view during the month of July in the library’s hallway, during library hours.

Photo credit: Jonathan Simons

Posted: April 30, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Meet and learn about eight different owls and raptors with our friends from Wild Mountain Birds, who specialize in wild bird rescue, rehab, and education programs in the Hudson Valley. All ages are welcome!

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 3 – 4pm

Location: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: April 30, 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 September 24, 10 – 11am (except July 2)

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: April 29, 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: April 28, 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: April 27, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

For June, we’ll read and discuss David Grann’s The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder. In January of 1742, a ramshackle vessel washed up on the coast of Brazil with thirty emaciated men and their extraordinary story.

Date/Time: Monday, June 24, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: April 26, 2024
Adults, News, Programs

For our June selection, we’ll read and discuss In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, a twisty psychological thriller set in modern-day England.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 26, 5 – 6pm

Location: Second floor of the Armory in the Senior Center (upstairs from the library, with elevator access)

Registration: No registration necessary. All are welcome.

Posted: April 25, 2024
Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading

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: Mondays, July 15 – August 19, 1 – 2pm
Los lunes, 15 de julio – 19 de agosto, 1 – 2pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room
en persona, la Sala de Comunitaria de la Biblioteca del Área de Hudson

Registration: All ages welcome. No registration required.
Todas las edades son bienvenidas. No es necesario registrarse.

Posted: April 24, 2024
News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

Learn how to start your own business and make your own money while developing unique craft and design skills with the help of local artists, including Nkoula Badila, Becca Van K, and more! Students in grades 6 – 12 welcome!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 23 – August 8, 12:30 – 2:30pm
(with a special sale at Waterfront Wednesdays on August 14)

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration:  Registration is required and space is limited! To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Posted: April 23, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Summer Reading

Join authors Anna Duhon, Gretchen Stevens, Claudia Knab-Vispo, and Conrad Vispo of From the Hudson to the Taconics: An Ecological and Cultural Field Guide to the Habitats of Columbia County, New York for an engaging introduction to this richly illustrated and unique new book, which is the culmination of years of original research by the Farmscape Ecology Program and Hudsonia. The audience will be invited to learn how one might use this book (available through the library) to become more familiar with the diverse and beautiful landscape of Columbia County and its surrounds. Authors will focus on some of their favorite habitats in the Hudson area. This free talk can be enjoyed as a single event or paired with the Habitat Exploration Walk (more information below), in which participants will have a chance to use the book to explore the many facets of several habitats at Greenport Conservation Area.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 25, 6 – 7:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

As a companion to the authors’ talk, join us for a free guided walk as we explore the unique habitats at the Greenport Conservation Area. Whether one is already familiar with the trail or visiting it for the first time, this walk is designed to help everyone “see more colors” in the landscape. Copies of the book will be available to use for the walk, though please bring your own copy if you have one. The books will also be for sale before and after the walk.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 27, 1 – 3pm

Location: In person, Greenport Conservation Area, 319 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, NY

Registration: Registration is required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Author Bios
Anna Duhon
Anna lives alongside the Berkshire Hills where she grew up. Her interest in the interconnections between people, nature, and land use has led her to many new places, including graduate school in Costa Rica, but she is grateful to have found the opportunity to bring this interest closer to home through her role, since 2009, doing community-based social science research with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. She is deeply interested in processes of connection and transformation at every level, and hopes this Field Guide is an invitation to both. Along with her husband and daughter, Anna caretakes a lively homestead and tries to be as present as possible to the gifts of the land.

Gretchen Stevens
Gretchen grew up in New Hampshire, now lives in Columbia County, and has been studying the plants, animals, and habitats of the Northeast for over 40 years. With a specialty in field botany, she is the director emerita of Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resource Center (BRC), which gathers and disseminates information on biological resources to those who can put it to the best on-the-ground uses for conservation. The BRC creates educational materials for use by landowners, developers, and regulatory officials, and trains members of municipal agencies and the staffs of land trusts in ways to recognize and protect important biodiversity and water resources. Gretchen hopes that this Field Guide will inspire among readers new interest in and curiosity about the habitats in their own backyards, throughout the county, and beyond.

Claudia Knab-Vispo
Claudia is a field botanist who grew up and studied in Germany, honed her skills in Borneo and Venezuela, and moved to Columbia County with her husband Conrad more than two decades ago. Since then, on the team of the Farmscape Ecology Program, she has been documenting and teaching about plants in and around Columbia County. She is passionate about opening people’s eyes to the beauty and diversity of plants, and to the many relationships of plants with other life, including our own. She hopes that her research and educational work will contribute to more thoughtful land stewardship through the
protection of native plants and their “wild” habitats, as well as the creation of more wildlife-friendly farms, backyards, and landscaped public spaces.

Conrad Vispo
Conrad is a wildlife ecologist by training, having studied mammalian thermoregulation in corporate lawns, wild bird nutrition in northern forests, and tropical fishery biology/ecology. Based on that experience (hah!), his current work at the Farmscape Ecology Program is mainly on the agroecology of insects, but he maintains an interest in other realms, especially historical ecology. Conrad spent most of his youth in Columbia County and is happy for the opportunity to share its nature with others.

Posted: April 22, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Summer Reading

For our July Nonfiction Book Group meeting, we’ll watch and discuss your favorite documentaries. All are welcome.

Date/Time: Monday, July 22, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom.

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: April 21, 2024
Children, News, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults, teen

We’ve hidden summery items all over the library! If you find them all, you will receive a small treat and a chance to win the Grand Prize! Stop by today to pick up your checklist and begin looking for clues. All ages are welcome to play.

Dates/Times: July 9 – August 24, during library open hours. Grand Prize winner announced on August 27.

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Main Desk

Registration: No registration required. Please ask a staff member for a Scavenger Hunt item list.

Posted: April 21, 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. In July, Hannah Ross of Hanoux will be our guest artist and in August, we’ll be joined by Nkoula Badila!

Wednesday, July 24, 5 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 21, 5 – 7:30pm

Location: Waterfront Wednesdays, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson

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: April 20, 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, July 20, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, August 17, 11am – 2pm
Saturday, September 21, 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: April 19, 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, August 14, 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

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