Wild Harvest: Foraging at Oakdale Lake

Program Description: Join herbalist and author, Dina Falconi, on a walk to explore the plants of Oakdale Lake. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. This walk will include practical information on harvest and preparation. Please bring a notepad, camera, and water bottle. Signed copies of Dina Falconi’s Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook will also be available for purchase, for anyone who is interested (please bring cash or check). Masks and social distancing will be required.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29, 6-8pm
Meet at Oakdale Beach, Hudson

To register for this program, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100. Space is limited.

This program is a Library of Local event.

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Chitt Chat: Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk about an endangered snail whose entire population only exists at one location, Chittenango Falls State Park! Why are snails important? What do snails eat? How are researchers helping endangered snail species like the Chittenango Ovate amber snail (COAS)? Cody Gilbertson, who will be speaking, has studied and worked with COAS for over 10 years and has written her master’s thesis on these beautiful unique snails. Her work has been highlighted in Scientific American, WRVO public media, and Hypothesis WNYC public radio. Come hear her talk and enjoy the snail tales!

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 16, 7-8pm

To register and receive the Zoom login link, email info@claveracklibrary.org or call 518-851-7120

This program is presented as a collaboration between the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, Hudson Area Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Hudson River Fishing Advisory: Fishin’ with Fran

Program Description: Join educator, Fran Martino, and the Hudson River Fish Advisory for health advice about eating fish from New York State waters by visiting one of these outdoor, drop-in events. Learn where you can safely fish for dinner with the family, learn how to identify fish species, take a selfie at the Big Fish photo frame, and pick-up free activity books, fishing maps of local waters, and other special rewards for kids.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 5-8pm and
Saturday, July 3, 11am-3pm

Nonfiction Book Group June and July Meetings

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library Nonfiction Book Group will read Caste: The Origins of Our Dicontents (2020) by Isabel Wilkerson, for both the June and July meetings and discussions. All are welcome. To participate in the group discussion, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x100. The book is available to borrow in print, audiobook or as an eBook.

Date/Time:
Monday, June 28, 6-7:30pm
Monday, July 26, 6-7:30pm

Register: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 for Zoom link.

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

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Rescheduled: Plant Identification Walk & Regenerative Health Workshop at River City Garden

Program Description: This in-person program, led by Antonia Estela Pérez of Herban Cura, will focus on the growth and use of medicinal plants found in the Northeast, with the goal of building mutually regenerative relationships for our survival. Throughout the event, participants of all ages will have a chance to taste herbs and deepen their awareness of their own body systems, while considering the important role of plants as preventative, accessible, and sustainable medicine. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 10, at 6pm
Previously scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at 6pm, but postponed due to thunderstorms.

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

The River City Garden is located at 59 N. Front St, Hudson, NY 12534

This program is a Library of Local event. Library of Local is a new initiative from Lifeboats HV and the Mid-Hudson Library System that offers library patrons in the Hudson Valley a collection of books, tools, and other resources that foster local self-sufficiency and community resilience.

The River City Garden is an intergenerational and multicultural public garden. We thank Kite’s Nest for sharing their beautiful space for this event. Learn more at https://www.kitesnest.org/river-city-garden.

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Book Sale

Program Description: The Friends of the Hudson Area Library’s first book sale of the year will include books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, and more. All proceeds will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming. Social distancing and masks will be required for all visitors.

Date/Time:
Friday, June 4, 11am – 5pm
Saturday, June 5, 10am – 3pm

Disability Rights New York

Program Description: Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is the federally and state-authorized Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for people with disabilities in New York State. DRNY provides free legal and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. Working tirelessly to protect and advance the rights of children and adults with disabilities, DRNY is committed to enabling those we serve to exercise their own life choices and fully participate in community life. Attend this program to learn about how DRNY can help you.

Date/Time: Monday, June 7, 6-7pm

Registration: click here for Zoom link or email library@philmont.org for access code

Offered in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Virtual Family Cooking Classes with Fresh Food Meal Kits

Program Description: 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 local pick-up at Rolling Grocer 19 (62 S. 2nd St. Hudson, NY 12534).

Date/Time:
First meal kit pick-up on Thursday, May 13, 5:30-6:30pm.
First virtual cooking class on Friday, May 14, 5-6pm.

All meal kit pick-ups available on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm.
All classes take place on Fridays, 5-6pm.

Registration: Email kate.snider@sylviacenter.org for more information and Zoom link.

This program is provided by The Sylvia Center, with support from Rolling Grocer 19, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Hudson Area Library.