Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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Young Adult Program News

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

Posted: April 9, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Library and Leisler Institute Collaboration: Colonial Hygiene

Lady Undressing for a Bath, c. 1730/1740, Attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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 brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.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.


Posted: April 7, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.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 director@roejanlibrary.org 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.


Posted: April 6, 2021
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

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.


Posted: April 2, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Teach Us: a Virtual Listening Party and Community Conversation about Education, Community, Care, and Covid

Program Description: Join Oral History Summer School and the library for a virtual interactive listening party with conversation celebrating educators as they respond to their extraordinary experiences of teaching in the age of Covid-19.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 8, 7-8:30pm

Registration: For Zoom registration link contact us at 518-828-1792 x106 or info@hudsonarealibrary.org.

This event was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Accelerating Promising Practice for Small Libraries grant.

The evening begins with audio excerpts from the Education Narratives Project, an oral history project initiated by Oral History Summer School in June 2020. Over the last nine months, educators have been interviewed by ENP interviewers every two-three months, covering subjects including but not limited to: remote learning, illness, progressive education, trauma, disability rights, Black Lives Matter, vaccines, and the future of education.

The evening honors these educators and brings to the forefront crucial issues in education today. How does this unique educational history shine a light on larger questions about the roles and rights of children and educators in our society, the difference between education and childcare and ameliorative uses of technology? What has been destroyed and what do we wish to create in its place?


Posted: April 1, 2021
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Virtual Resumé Help for Teens


Program Description: Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, shares the do’s and don’t’s of resumé writing, templates, and one-on-one feedback. With Beth’s help, High School students will have a chance to create quality resumés for college applications and career development.

Date/Time:
Monday, April 12, 5-7pm – Introduction to Resumé Writing Workshop
Monday, April 19, 5-7pm – One-on-One Sessions Begin

Registration: Please email programs@hudsonarelibrary.org for Zoom link. Space is limited.

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


Only the most recent five 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 youth@hudsonarealibrary.org

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.