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

Posted: February 19, 2019
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Film Screening & Celebration: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan by Robert Shetterly, courtesy KaneLewis Productions

Program Description: In culmination of our month-long celebration of children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, join us for a screening of “I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan.” Directed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, this documentary explores how Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. This screening is co-hosted with the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Families and youth of all ages are welcome. Special presentation, before the screening, of work created in our craft hours throughout the month. Fresh popcorn during movie &home-cooked food from Kayah Payton of the newly formed Grandma’s Kitchen!. 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: families and youth of all ages.

Born in the Bronx in 1923, Ashley Bryan entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, after being denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Drafted into the segregated US Army during World War II, Ashley preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing pastel crayons in his gas mask. After the war, he completed his Cooper Union degree, studied philosophy and literature at Columbia University on the GI Bill, and went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, seeking to understand why humans choose war.

Ashley returned to the United States, teaching art at several schools and universities, and retired to Maine’s Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. Ashley Bryan has published over fifty books, including children’s books on African American spirituals and oral tradition. Among Ashley’s awards are the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lions award. Ashley has stated: “If you put art into the world, you get beauty in return.”


Posted: February 17, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Maria Manhattan & Perfect Ten After School for Women’s History Month

Maria Manhattan with poster of her 1980s art installation “The Box Lunch”

Program Description: Feminism in Art: The Box Lunch & Beyond, an illustrated talk by Maria Manhattan in collaboration with Perfect Ten Hudson. Manhattan discusses her 1980s art exhibition, The Box Lunch, her response to Judy Chicago’s groundbreaking feminist work, The Dinner Party. Perfect Ten girls bring The Box Lunch into the 21st century with their own box lunches, created in workshops with Manhattan. 

There will be a few pieces from the original exhibit on display in the library as well as collages or assemblages created by the young women of Perfect Ten Hudson that honor women of their choosing. The Box Lunch and Beyond will be on display through April 30.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30pm

In 1979, when The Dinner Party debuted in San Francisco, Maria thought Chicago’s ideas needed to be expanded upon and so she created a parody. The press release at the time stated: “If you’re still hungry after THE DINNER PARTY, try Maria Manhattan’s THE BOX LUNCH, a major art event honoring 39 women of dubious distinction….” The exhibition consisted of assemblages in pink bakery boxes – tributes to women from pop culture including Lucy Ricardo, Betty Crocker, Lot’s Wife, Auntie Mame, and the First Avon Lady. Her point was that we’re all in it together, lest we forget.

A discussion will follow about how women have been seen in art and have utilized art on behalf of feminism, and how art throughout history has been determined by the male gaze.

This event is free and open to all. There will be refreshments following a question and answer period after the talk.


Posted: February 17, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Music in the Stacks: Experimental Musician Patrick Higgins

Program Description:  We are pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, which features five one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts performed in the library throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth. These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members will receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

The first concert begins with Patrick Higgins, an experimental music composer and is hosted by Operation Unite NY youth. Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist by Time Out NY.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30pm

Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults

The Hudson Area Library will collaborate with Hudson area youth organizations to host these concerts. For each concert, youth leaders will introduce the musicians, facilitate a conversation about their music, and help with community outreach for the concerts. The concerts will include an introduction and conversation with the musicians about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception will follow the concerts with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.

Patrick Higgins, performer of the first concert, has composed works for the country’s leading ensembles, including orchestra works, percussion cycles, and string quartets. He has scored music for television, museum exhibition and feature-length and short films. Higgins plans and composes in ZS, which the New York Times called “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.” His music has been performed in over 20 countries and at some of the world’s leading music festivals.

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, states, “This first concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks series represents the excellence, uniqueness and accessibility of music that we wish to bring to our patrons in the Hudson area. We invite all to this cultural, educational and social concert.”

Get your passports at the Patrick Higgins concert and save the dates for the four other 2019 Music in the Stacks concerts at the library! A Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique will perform traditional and modern Bangladeshi music April 28 in conjunction with the Bangladeshi New Year. This concert is curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth. On May 19 there will be a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert with violin, cello, recorder and accordion. The music will be a selection of pop, rock and jazz and will be hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council. September 8 features a Bassoon Ensemble performing Celtic, jazz and blues pieces arranged for the bassoon. It will be hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society. September 29 Moor Mother, a Philadelphia-based noise artist, activist and wordsmith named Camae Ayewa, is hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0. The Moor Mother concert, in a collaboration with Basilica Hudson, is being curated and promoted by Basilica and they are waiving their curatorial and publicity fees.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York, State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.



Posted: February 4, 2019
News, Programs, Young Adults

Winter Hack: Video Production & Art Photography

Program Description: We are happy to announce open registration for the library’s second iteration of Winter Hack, a digital art media camp that runs during the school winter recess. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create their own work on site at the Hudson Area Library.

These labs encompass video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Join filmmaker and music video director Zia Anger and photographer Yulia Zinshtein to create photography, gifs and video using open source or free software. Winter Hack is an abridged version of the library’s successful digital art summer program Hack The Library!.

Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 19- Friday, February 22, 10-3pm

Suggested Age: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Limited Spots Available.To register email or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the main desk of the library!

Zia Anger is a filmmaker and music video director. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING had its world premiere at New Directors/New Films and its international premiere at Festival del film Locarno and has shown at other film festivals throughout the world. She has made music videos for various independent artists including: Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval. Her music videos have been featured in various online publications including: Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR.

Yulia Zinshtein born 1990 in Philadelphia to Ukrainian parents, Zinshtein relocated to Moscow at the age of 10. Photographing people she felt connected to was a way to make something permanent in a life full of temporary arrangements. Yulia graduated from SVA in 2015 with a BFA in photography. She has been published in magazines like Dazed Digital, Editorial Magazine and had work shown during Planned Parenthood Gala in 2017. Yulia has recently relocated to Hudson, New York.


Posted: January 8, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Oakdale: Past & Future Opening Reception


Oakdale Lake, June 1963, Howard Gibson

Program Description: Join us for the opening reception of the expanded exhibit, titled “Oakdale Past & Future,” originally shown in the Beach House during the First Annual Oakdale Picnic this past summer. Includes historic photographs, maps, plans memorabilia and text on the history of Oakdale Lake, as well as Columbia University’s Hudson Valley Initiative final design concept after a season of community input on improving ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale. This exhibition is a collaboration of Friends of Oakdale Lake, Friends of Hudson Youth, the Hudson Valley Initiative and the library.

Time/Date: Thursday, February 7, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: All Ages

This much expanded exhibit features: historic black and white photographs of Oakdale in its heyday–including Rowles photos restored by Stair–; maps from early Oakdale Lake plans; a concise history of Hudson’s relationships with its lake; environmental projects by Oakdale campers; and, thrillingly, the Hudson Valley Initiative’s final design concept, founded in community input on improving ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale.

Friends of Hudson Youth supports the Hudson Department of Youth and Oakdale Camp with dynamic programming. For more information visit

Friends of Oakdale Lake advocates for the revitalization and improvement of Oakdale Lake and Park. For more information visit

City of Hudson Department of Youth  is a safe place for youth with recreational facilities, quality after school programs and a summer day camp for kids ages 5 to 16.

The Hudson Valley Initiative (HVI) facilitates applied research into the complex spatial, ecological, and economic opportunities of this vast region. Extending several hundred miles north from Manhattan Island, touching five states, the region includes nine counties, 13 cities and over 200 villages and towns, and its watershed covers over 13,000 square miles. The status and future of this area deeply affects the lives of millions, from New York City to a broad swath of the American northeast. By serving as the GSAPP clearinghouse for urban design, architecture, landscape, preservation, and planning work, the HVI enables substantive contributions to the long term health and viability of the region.




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: Mondays 3:30-4pm
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St.
Ages: 10-16
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 Emily at the library.

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 8 titles over the summer and compete in a trivia contest in August/September. Contact Shanekia at the library to sign up for the Hudson Battle of the Books Teams.