Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved in the United States. It commemorates the arrival of Union troops to Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the end of slavery – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This week both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson formally acknowledged Juneteenth as a State and City holiday.

As we celebrate the 155th Juneteenth, we have compiled a list of events and educational resources for those who wish to learn more about and commemorate this celebration of African American freedom.

Events

Juneteenth Family Reunion – a day-long, in-person event held on Friday, June 19 in Hudson celebrating this important holiday and our black community. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

#blkfreedom – a virtual commemorative program in honor of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, offered in collaboration between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN).

Resources

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resistance – videos and articles discussing the history, significance, and celebration of Juneteenth, from The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teaching Juneteenth – an educational resource for parents, educators, and other youth-service providers on teaching young people about the hard history surrounding Juneteenth while also empowering them to be advocates for change. From Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” – a famous speech by Frederick Douglass about the paradox of July 4 as Independence Day during slavery; Juneteenth is also known as Black Independence Day.

Explore Juneteenth through our physical and digital collections and online resources. Click here to see what is available through our online catalog (note: until June 22, to place a hold on a physical item you will need to call or email the library).

Holiday Hours

merry christmasThe Library will be closed all day on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Saturday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, December 29. We wish you all the happiest of holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey photograph courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26. Items left in the drop box while we are closed for the holiday will be backdated to November 25.

Our adult education partners, Questar III and Literacy Connections, are not holding classes Wednesday and Thursday this week.

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Extravaganza!

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Come join us at the library on October 31st from 12-3 pm for our Halloween Extravaganza! Stop by for Halloween crafts, pumpkin painting, caramel apples, music and more! Wear a costume and get a prize! Fun for all ages! Event is free and will be held outside the library on the front yard. (If rain or extreme cold event will be moved to inside the library).

Holiday Fun in the Kids Room!

The Children’s Room is always a fun place to be, with opportunities for reading, drawing, painting, imaginative play, and crafting. This week, in addition to our regularly scheduled programs, we have some special programs to make it that much more exciting!

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa Celebration with Operation Unite
Wednesday, December 18, 5:30-6:30pm postponed – stay tuned for an updated day/time

Operation Unite will host a special Kwanzaa celebration, including drumming, singing, & a candle ceremony.

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 19, 3-5pm

Join us for some holiday fun, including holiday-themed crafts and stories. Snacks will be served too!

The Children’s Room will also be staffed while the Hudson City School District is on Winter Break. We hope you’ll join us!

The Friends Holiday Book Sale Continues through December 14!

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What makes a better gift than a great book?

The Friends Holiday Book Sale continues the first two Saturdays in December, the 7th and 14th from 10am til 1pm and presents the perfect opportunity to give generous gifts that will bring the joy of reading to everyone on your list, at a price to fit your budget!

The sale offers many new and gently used books, all carefully chosen, sorted and displayed for easy browsing. There are also many vintage, collectable and specialty books in a multitude of categories, all affordably priced.

Our elves will be adding new books to replenish the shelves, so be sure to stop in often and discover new selections. Happy shopping, and see you in the Book Sale Room!

Please note: The Book Sale Room will be closed December 20th and 27th