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Posted: March 25, 2019
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Music In The Stacks: Moyna

Program Description: We are pleased to announce that modern and traditional Bangladeshi musical group, Moyna, is performing in our 2019 Music In The Stacks concert series. This concert is curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and emceed by Hudson Muslim Youth. A short q&a and refreshments will be available after the concert.

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 28, 4-5:30pm

Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults

Moyna is a musical duo from Seattle, which is made up of Palbasha and Durjoy Siddique. Both musicians originate from Bangladesh. They sing both in their native language of Bangla, and also create music sung in English. Palbasha Siddique, the voice of Moyna, is a Bangladeshi born American singer. She is best known for her performance of Praan, a song adapted from the collection of poems Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, with music composed by Garry Schyman for Matt Harding’s “Dancing 2008” video. She has performed in a variety of music styles both in the US and Bangladesh. Durjoy plays acoustic guitar in the duo. As a duo of two lovebirds, Moyna is constantly in the search of finding new sounds which resonate the meaning of love. Their most recent performance was at the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle Center, where Moyna focused on Bangla folk music, which has immensely deep lyrical themes. 

These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members 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.

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: March 23, 2019
News, Programs, Young Adults

Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art Workshop

Program Description: We are pleased to announce our Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art workshop during spring break for tweens and teens (8-17 years old) in collaboration with Processional Arts Workshop (PAW).

Participants will learn how to create giant masks, head-pieces, and puppets for an art parade in Hudson, NY. Drawing inspiration from worldwide Carnivale and masquerade traditions, this class explores how to design and construct large, lightweight wearable art for parades, theatre, and performance. NYC Halloween Parade designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles emphasize a process of visual storytelling, introducing a range of low-tech, high-impact techniques to transform Hudson’s stories into performance art. The final creations will take to the streets for the city’s 1st Annual Mad Hatter’s Parade on May 11, celebrating Hudson’s industrial past and emerging future as a city of makers.

Date/Time: Monday-Thursday, April 22-25 from 10-3pm

Target Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Lunch and material provided. This program will take place at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Transportation to/from the library is available. Email or call 518-828-1792

Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles are co-directors of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) a non-profit that works with communities to create site-specific processions, parades and immersive performances. PAW’s performances involve local volunteers in every stage of production, integrating pageant puppetry, mobile architecture, shadow and projection, and mask and costume, to reflect on distinctively local themes, issues, and narratives. Their work has appeared in locales worldwide, as well as at New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park, the High Line, Trinidad Carnival, the PEN World Voices Festival, Miami’s Vizcaya Museum, the NY Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball, and Rhinebeck’s Sinterklaas Parade. Since 1998 PAW has created large-scale puppet performances to lead New York’s renowned Halloween Parade for a live audience of over one million spectators. In 2016 Alex and Sophia had the honor of staging a performance at the White House for the Obamas’ Halloween celebration. PAW’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, a CEC Artslink Grant to Ukraine, and a Witt Fellowship at University of Michigan. Kahn and Michahelles have lectured on Carnivalesque performance art at Columbia University, The New School, Bard College, Maine College of Art, and University of the West Indies.


Posted: March 20, 2019
Adults, Children, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Library Story Time, Activities & Shop at Basilica’s Spring Farm & Flea


Photo courtesy of Basilica Hudson

Program Description: Story Time programs, crafts and activities, raffle prizes, and a shop will all be in the library tent at Basilica Hudson’s Spring Farm & Flea. The library’s Tween Advisory Council is selling t-shirts they designed and the History Room has items including tea towels, tshirts, postcards and notecards with historic Hudson image and giclèe prints of 1881 and 1923 Aeroview maps of Hudson. Come by Basilica Hudson’s amazing Farm & Flea and support our Tween Advisory Council and our History Room! Admission is $5 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free.

Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 10am-6pm, Sunday Story Times: 11-11:30am Pamela Badila & Folktales; 1-1:30pm Drag Queen Story Time w/ Trixie Starr

Location: Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY


Posted: March 3, 2019
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Saturday Movie Matinee: Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse (2018)


Program Description: Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council is pleased to present another Saturday Movie Matinee. This month’s feature will be Academy Award winning movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018). When Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality, his path crosses with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 4-7pm

Registration/Suggested Audience:  This movie is open to tweens, teens and families and is held as part of the Council’s ongoing Saturday Movie Matinee series. As usual for matinees there will be raffle prizes and free popcorn. For more information: please email or call 518-828-1792


Posted: March 1, 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.


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.