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: September 15, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Book Signing with Jared Reinmuth, co-author of Big Black: Stand at Attica

Program Description: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971, Big Black: Stand at Attica co-author, Jared Reinmuth, will visit the Hudson Area Library for an author talk and book signing.

Big Black: Stand at Attica is an Eisner nominated graphic novel memoir from Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner at Attica State Prison in 1971, whose rebellion against the injustices of the prison system remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Seating is limited for this in-person program, so we encourage you to reserve a seat by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x101. We will hold reserved seats until 10 min. before the event’s start time. At that time, we will make available all remaining seats on a first come, first served basis.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the safety of all participants. 

In the summer of 1971, the New York’s Attica State Prison is a symbol of everything broken in America – abused prisoners, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreact to a minor incident, the prisoners decide they’ve had enough – and revolt against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions. Frank “Big Black” Smith finds himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seems to be negotiating with ambitious Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovers there may be no hope in finding a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica.

Written by Jared Reinmuth and Frank “Big Black” Smith himself, adapted and illustrated by Ameziane, Big Black: Stand At Attica is an unflinching look at the price of standing up to injustice in what remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.

Big Black: Stand at Attica is a 2021 Eisner Award nominee for Best Reality Based Book.


Posted: September 12, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Volunteers, Young Adults

Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) September Meeting

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) is made up of youth (ages 9-18) who take on leadership roles in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers and participating in community events representing the library.

Contact youth@hudsonarealibrary.org for information on attending the Council’s monthly meetings.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 4-5pm

To participate in HAL TAC’s monthly meetings, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


Posted: September 9, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Virtual Spanish Classes: Fall Session

Program Description: 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 a fun & friendly class.

Date/Time of the first class of the fall session:
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30pm (Advanced Beginners)
Tuesday, September 21, 6:30pm (Intermediate)

This session runs September 21 – November 30 with weekly meetings on Tuesdays.

To register for this program, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: September 8, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil: Fall Session

Description: The virtual, six-week Creative Writing Workshop is designed for participants of all levels, ages and backgrounds. Participants will be asked to share one page of writing each week: fiction, nonfiction, a journal entry or poetry. Writing assignments will focus on practicing innate storytelling skills such using our five senses, imagination, memory, emotions and intuition. We will ask essential questions about creative awareness, developing a personal language, targeting an audience, point of view, how to develop characters, and the importance of the editing process.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 30 – November 4, 2:30-4pm via Zoom

Registration: Limited space is available. To sign up, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Maureen McNeil worked in NYC publishing and the arts and culture nonprofit sector. McNeil is a finalist for the 2021 Tiferet Fiction Prize. She has two books, Red Hook Stories, about the Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1990s, and Dear Red: The Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe, A Work of Fiction. Her stories and poetry have appeared in The Literary Review, Mothering Magazine, Woodstock Journal, Home Planet News, Oxalis, Black Bear Review, Puget Sound Quarterly, Rhino Manhattan Poetry Review, and Amagansett Press, and Chroma Press. Blogs have been published in Ms. MagazineWomen’s eNews and Claverack Advisory Group. As a writing instructor, she has taught at the Woodstock Day School, NYC schools, Girls Write Now, and in partnership with PEN America, The Anne Frank Center, the Prison Public Memory Project, and United Nations workshops. McNeil has lectured on writing at Yad Vashem, Skidmore College, and the Morgan Library, among other venues.


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

National Voter Registration Day

Program Description: According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, and since its inception in 2012, nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday!

The Hudson Area Library will continue the tradition by offering drop-in registration assistance in both English and Spanish. Whether you’re registering for the first time or simply updating your address, stop by the library on Tuesday, September 28, and someone will be available to help!*

*Según los datos del censo de EE. UU. De 2020, hasta 1 de cada 4 estadounidenses elegibles no están registrados para votar. El Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes es un feriado cívico no partidista que celebra nuestra democracia, y desde su inicio en 2012, ¡casi 4.5 millones de votantes se han registrado para votar en el feriado!

La Biblioteca del Área de Hudson continuará la tradición ofreciendo asistencia para registrarse sin cita en inglés y español. Ya sea que se registre por primera vez o simplemente actualice su dirección, pase por la biblioteca el martes 28 de septiembre y alguien estará disponible para ayudarlo.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10am-4pm

Location: Hudson Area Library


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.