Young Adult Programs

Suggested for people 11 – 18 yrs old.

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

Posted: May 24, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Family Pride Craft: Make a Rainbow Dancing Ring (Wednesday, June 1)

Get ready for Hudson’s 13th annual Pride Parade by making some fun and flashy flair! All ages are invited to get crafty at the library and make a rainbow dancing ring that they can bring with them to dance around at the parade.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 1, 5pm – 6:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required! To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is presented in collaboration with OutHudson.

Posted: May 15, 2022
News, Programs, Young Adults

LGBTQ+ Talkmakers: Zine Club for Teens (Tuesday, May 31)

Make LGBTQ+-themed zines (very cute tiny magazines) and have them published under your chosen name with this teen-led program series for ages 12 – 19.

Date/Time: Every other Tuesday, March 8 – May 31, 4 – 5pm (Note: the Talkmakers will not meet on Tuesday, April 19)

Location: Hudson Area Library Teen Space

Registration: No registration required

Posted: May 15, 2022
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, tweens and teens, along with 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: May 15, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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

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 or call 518-828-1792 x100 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email 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: May 3, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Youth Craft Fair (Saturday, June 25)

Meet Hudson’s newest entrepreneurs at the Hudson Area Library’s Youth Craft Fair! The talented teens from our “Crafting for Money” program will be selling their original creations, which they’ve been working hard to make over the last six months. Treat yourself to a handmade and unique item, while supporting up-and-coming teen makers in our area. 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 12 – 3pm

Location: In Person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

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

Posted: May 1, 2022
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Community Wellness: Free Ear Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (Saturday, May 21)

Join Rich Maddocks, Hudson-based Community Herbalist and Acupuncture Detox Specialist, for a free drop-in wellness clinic, which will include ear acupuncture, ear seeds, acupressure, and a wide variety of free herbal medicines.

Participants receiving acupuncture treatment immediately experience a deep sense of calm, reduced cravings, relief from stress, emotional trauma and chronic pain. Using the NADA protocol, this treatment involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific acupressure points on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 20-45 minutes. To learn more about the history of this practice and all of its benefits for those coping with the stresses of modern life, scroll down below.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: No registration required. First come, first served.

This program is presented in collaboration with Spark of Hudson.

The NADA protocol consists of five specific auricular (ear) acupuncture points, that address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of folks dealing with behavioral health issues; including addictions, mental health, PTSD and disaster & emotional trauma.

The NADA protocol is a 5 point auricular acupuncture treatment radically rooted in the community care and activism of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur and the folks at the Lincoln Detox Center led a revolutionary movement in the South Bronx during the 1970s where they developed the NADA protocol. They were looking for ways to serve vulnerable communities in their struggle with opioid use. These treatments turned out to be effective for detoxification, withdrawal, and stress management. Because of this movement, acupuncture will always be known as the peoples’ medicine.

Please watch  the documentary @dopeisdeath ( for a full history of this treatment and the communities it has supported for almost 50 years.

Ear seeds (beads), will also be available for those preferring to avoid needles but still wanting to receive this treatment.

We will also have a huge assortment of herbal medicine available to the community for free. Tinctures, glycerites, oxymels, herbal teas and more.

Benefits of the NADA protocol:

  • Relief from stress and emotional trauma
  • Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
  • Reduced cravings for substances, including nicotine
  • Minimized withdrawal symptoms
  • Decreased cortisol levels
  • Several organ systems are stimulated and detoxified

Truly anybody can benefit from receiving this treatment.

Explanation of the NADA points:

Shen Men:
Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. This point is often needled first in acupuncture, it relaxes the mind and helps the body to become more receptive to treatment. Shen Men is also known as Divine Gate, it is so powerful that it treats almost everything – stress, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammatory diseases, etc.

Sympathetic / Autonomic:
Bringing us out of fight-or-flight mode. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to jump start our bodies into fight-or-flight mode for survival purposes. When that part of our system is activated, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can put all our energy into doing whatever is required to survive an emergency situation.

However, many people often live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state, always on high alert, anxious, fearful, and energetically out of balance. Living this way leads to a multitude of mental, emotional, and physical health issues; insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues are some of the most common. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. Treating the Sympathetic / Autonomic Point will bring your body back to this state.

In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.

In Eastern Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with anger. This point helps to lift depression, support digestion, improve blood circulation, alleviate aches and pains, and help us to better assimilate our experiences in life.

In Eastern Medicine, the Lung meridian is associated with the emotion of sadness. The lung point controls breathing, cleanses the skin, assists in letting go mentally, supports the process of grief and facilitates forgiveness.

Posted: April 27, 2022
Children, News, Programs, Volunteers, Young Adults

Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) (Tuesday, May 24)

The Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council 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.

Next Meeting Date/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 4-5pm

For more information and to participate in HAL TAC’s monthly meetings, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

Posted: April 26, 2022
News, Programs, Young Adults

Crafting for Money: Craft Entrepreneurship for Teens

From January to June, the Hudson Area Library will host craft entrepreneurship programs for teens aged 12-18. Throughout, participants will learn how to start their own business while developing craft and design skills as we work towards hosting a Youth Craft Fair on Saturday, June 25, 12 – 3pm. Below, you will find individual program information as it becomes available.

Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 6pm: Make Clay Keychains
Wednesday, April 13, 4 – 6pm: Make Promotional Items for Your Business
Wednesday, April 20, 1 – 6pm: Extended Drop-In for a Variety of Projects
Wednesday, May 11, 4 – 6pm: Make Paper Arts with Pamela Badila
Wednesday, May 18, 4 – 5pm: Freeform Craft Day
Wednesday, May 25, 4 – 6pm: Meet Professionals Who Work at Etsy!
Wednesday, June 1, 5 – 6:30pm: Make a Rainbow Dancing Ring
Wednesday, June 15, 4 – 6pm: Freeform Craft Day, Craft Fair Prep
Wednesday, June 22, 4 – 6pm: Freeform Craft Day, Craft Fair Prep
Wednesday, June 25, 12 – 3pm: YOUTH CRAFT FAIR!

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

We are currently accepting new members. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

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

Posted: March 20, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Virtual Family Cooking Classes with Free Fresh Food Meal Kits

These virtual cooking classes, and free meal kits, are available for children 18 and under with at least one parent or guardian. Meal kits will be available for pickup at the library on Wednesdays from 4-6pm; all classes take place on Fridays from 5-6pm. Classes run through April (excluding April 20 and 22) up until May 20.


First Meal Kit Pick-Up: Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 6pm
First Virtual Cooking Class: Friday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom with Meal Kit Pick-Ups at the Hudson Area Library

Registration: For more information and to receive the Zoom link, email

This program is provided by the Sylvia Center, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Hudson Area Library.

Posted: March 19, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Mad Hatter’s Parade and Mad Hat Slams

The Mad Hatters’ Parade returns to Hudson on Saturday, May 7th! Join Processional Arts Workshop for the 3rd Annual Mad Hatters’ Parade, a community-built procession of wearable art! The Parade is open to anyone who wants to take part, bringing together Hudson’s diverse communities in a shared spectacle of the nonsensical. Paraders will step off at 2 PM from the Hudson Area Library and the parade will end with a sashay at Basilica Hudson. Bring your mad hats and headdresses, body extensions and puppets, and homemade instruments and assemblages in any form! Need help making yours? Stop by the free, drop-in Mad Hat Slams on April 30th and May 1st at the Hudson Youth Center. Learn more about the Parade and the Mad Hat Slams, as well as other ways to participate, at Come join us in bringing a little millinery mischief and artful community to the streets of Hudson!

Mad Hat Slams: April 30 and May 1 (Location: Hudson Youth Center)
Parade: Saturday, May 7, 2pm (Location: Hudson Area Library)

This program is presented in collaboration with Processional Arts Workshop, Basilica Hudson, and the Hudson Youth Center.
Photo: China Jorrin Photography

Only the most recent ten 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

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.