Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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Young Adult Program News

Only the most recent ten Young Adult Programs are shown here. Go to the Young Adult Program Archive for complete listings

Posted: February 13, 2024
Adults, History Room, Programs, Young Adults

BLACC Exhibition: A Dialogue Across Generations: Making Connections through the BLACC Collection

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 10, 2024
Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Mini Book & Zine Making (Wednesday, February 28)

Paper, pen, collage and a copy machine (plus your imagination!) are all you need to create your very own mini masterpiece book or zine during this fun, creative workshop led by visual artist Caitlin MacBride. Inspired by the mini manifestos made by the Shakers, the Shaker Museum has partnered with us to present an expressive session for anyone ages 6 – 16 who likes comics, drawing, journaling, collaging, and magazines. Snacks and materials provided.

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 – 5:30pm (clean up until 6pm)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Teen Room

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

This program is presented in conjunction with Palm to Poplar: Devotional Labor, an exhibition at Shaker Museum’s pop-up gallery at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill. To learn more, visit


Posted: February 7, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bollywood Dance Classes (Tuesday, February 27)

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, February 6, 20, and 27, 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 1, 2024
Children, LGBTQ+, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

BLACC Collection Exhibition: Youth Workshop (Saturday, March 9) & Educator Event (Saturday, March 23)

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: January 22, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

The Fix-It Picnic (Wednesdays, March 20 and April 17)

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: January 5, 2024
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Free One-on-One Job Search Help and Career Development

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: January 4, 2024
Children, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

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 17, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Virtual Adult Spanish Classes (Tuesdays & Wednesdays, from February 6 & 7)

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 15, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Virtual Tech Labs (Wednesdays, March 6 and 27)

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: December 13, 2023
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Friends Book & Bake Sale (Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17)

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

Only the most recent ten Young Adult Programs are shown here. Go to the Young Adult Program Archive for complete listings

Ongoing YA Programs

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Dates: Recording sessions on Wednesdays at 4pm, broadcasts Fridays at 7pm and Sundays at 9am
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St. (recording via Zoom during the pandemic)
Ages: 10-19
The Bound By Books youth radio show broadcasts on WGXC 90.7FM every Monday from 3:30-4pm from the WGXC Hudson Studio. On the show, tweens and teens discuss books they have been reading and other bookish topics. Those interested in joining the Bound By Books radio crew should contact

Battle of the Books Trivia Team

Dates: dates TBD
Ages for tween program: youth entering grades 6-9 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
Ages for teen program: youth entering grades 9-12 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
The Battle of the Books is a yearly trivia contest where teams of young readers from throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System read the same 6 titles over the summer and compete in a trivia contest in August/September. Contact the library to sign up for the Hudson Battle of the Books Teams.