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: January 4, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

As part of our mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to our library and is a collaboration of the library & the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Beth is available by appointment. 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: January 2, 2021
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

Adult Spanish – Advanced Beginners and Intermediate

Program Description: Profesora Sonia Cintron teaches students to express themselves in Spanish in real-life situations and to develop Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! This program emphasizes conversational Spanish skills in a fun & friendly class.

Time/Date: Tuesdays, January 12 – March 16. Advanced Beginner: 5:30-6:30pm. Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm.

Registration:To register and receive the Zoom video conferencing link, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. Limited space available.

The Advanced Beginner classes are intended for students of Spanish who have taken at least an introductory course in the language, and Intermediate classes are for those conversational in Spanish and who wish to further develop their skills. Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Adults and high school students are welcome.


Posted: December 15, 2020
Adults, Children, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Contribute to our Local History Archive

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.

Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clicking here. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.

To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.


Posted: November 8, 2020
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

The Stockbridge-Munsee – Not the Last of the Mohicans: a Virtual History Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on this vibrant community.

Attendees also learn about the people who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. A question and answer period follows the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6pm

Registration: To register click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x102 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org to receive the Zoom link.

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Stockbridge Munsee Community is to protect, preserve and tell the history of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians. The organization does this through the archives at the Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library and Museum, protection of their ancestral lands through Historic Preservation, and revitalization of their Language.


Posted: November 1, 2020
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Non-Fiction Book Group: How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

Program Description: Our Non-Fiction Book Group will discuss How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson. The book is available to borrow in multiple formats through the Mid-Hudson library system and as a book, e-book, and audiobook through hoopla (for cardholders in Hudson, Greenport and Stockport).

Date/Time: Monday, November 30, 6-7pm (via Zoom)

Registration: To register for this book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets each month Mondays, 6-7:30pm on Zoom. The group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. For more information on the Non-Fiction Book Group, and to see previous book selections, visit their page.

In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.


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 the library to sign up for the Hudson Battle of the Books Teams.