Living Poetry at the Library: A Collaboration with Fence and The Home School

Program Description: In collaboration with Fence and The Home School, we are pleased to host Living Poetry at the Library. Poets reading include Tess Brown-Lavoie, whose Lite Year won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize; Edgar Garcia, a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago; and Ariana Reines whose books of poetry include The Cow, Coeur de Lion, and Mercury.

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Video Poems Workshop for Teens

Spark Media Project Video PoemsYouth ages 12+ are invited to participate in a free videomaking workshop presented by Spark Media Project on Saturday, August 13 from 12-4pm in the library’s Community Room.

In the Video Poems workshop, youth will discuss poetry and the imagery it invokes, write an original poem and learn to interpret one of their own favorites. They’ll use film imagery, voice-overs, and Kinetic Typography to bring poetry to life. By the end of the class, participants will have their own animated poems!

Space is limited and registration is required. To register for these workshops, please contact Spark Media Project at (845) 485-4480 or register online at
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Summer 2016 Teen Videomaking Workshops

1935225_10153475535707686_3309072744040545315_nJoin us this summer for a series of videomaking workshops with our friends at Spark Media Project. Learn video production skills while working as a team to create original, short videos.

These workshops are designed for youth ages 12 and up. Each workshop is held on a Saturday afternoon from 12pm-4pm. Sign up for one or more today!

Space is limited and registration is required. To register for one or more of these workshops, please contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480 or register online at

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Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Spring Break Activities in the Children’s Room

Kids Break Week

During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will offer special programming each day as well as our regularly scheduled programming. We hope you’ll join us! All ages welcome!


Poetry & Songs en Espanol
Tuesday, April 15, 12pm-2pm

Will Pflaum, of Hudson’s new homeschool group HATCH, will translate an old Spanish poem that has never before been translated into English. Pflaum, who will instruct this program entirely in Spanish, will also teach kids a song from Argentina & have his guitar & drums on hand for some musical fun!

Kids Fun Night
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30pm-7:30pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Wednesday, April 16, 10am-11am

What Can You Make With an Egg Carton?
Wednesday, April 16, 12pm-5pm

A critter garden. A flower wreath. Tulips, goggles, fish, ships, owls, & turtles! Use recycled cardboard egg cartons to make any of these ideas, or come up with your own!

Scholarshop with Operation Unite
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm-5pm

ESL Language Enrichment
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Thursday, April 17, 10am-11am

Make Your Garden Grow!
Thursday, April 17th from 12-5pm

The Kids First Initiative, the Hudson Community Garden, & the HCSD Enrichment Initiative have collaborated for this exciting program. We will plant basil, parsley, lavender, mint, calendula, marigold, lemon balm & kale seeds using paper towel tubes & organic soil. Information will be provided on how to care for your plants at home & ideas for using your herbs, flowers, & veggies in recipes & teas.


Hear a Poem, Draw a Picture!
Friday, April 18th from 12pm-3pm

During this program, kids will listen to poems & use their imaginations to draw pictures of what’s happening in the poems.

Calling All Kids to Participate in National Poetry Month by Reciting Your Favorite Poem!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library proudly presents a Poetry Reciting Contest for Kids (ages 6 to 12) judged by local author, Rebecca Wolff. Rebecca Wolf is a published poet and editor for Fence Magazine and Fence Books. 

In continued support of children’s literacy, The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is supporting this event to further engage the local community in the appreciation of poetry. 

Presentations will be held Saturday April 26th at 1 PM at the Hudson Area Library with winners announced the same day. Prizes for 1st Place Winner and Runner-Up will be awarded based on Presence, Clarity, Drama, Understanding, and Accuracy. Participants should come prepared and rehearsed by choosing a great poem and making sure that the reading is no shorter than 90 seconds and no longer than 3 minutes. 

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Free Poetry Workshop Series in April with Rebecca Wolff

Presented by The Friends of the Hudson Area Library in honor of National Poetry Month

Calling all Poets! Come out of hibernation, step forth into spring, and get creative!

Rebecca Wolff, published author, poet and editor for Fence, will lead this free, four-week poetry workshop series. The Poetry Workshop will meet for four consecutive Saturdays, with the first workshop session to begin on April 5th at the Hudson Area Library from 11am to 1pm.  

To ensure all work receives equal attention and time, this series will require all participants to submit 5 pages of recent poetry via email by March 21st to

Selected participants will be notified by March 28th. For questions regarding this workshop, please send email to the above address. 

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, which is underwriting the Poetry Workshop, is an advocacy and support group dedicated to the increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook at Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us.

New Local Author Titles Now Available

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce the purchase of eighteen new titles from local authors and artists, including works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, mysteries, cooking and more. Included in this new collection are books from notable are authors, such as award-winning John Ashbery, Lydia Davis, Rebecca Wolff, Madhur Jaffrey, and Verlyn Klinkenborg, among others. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

The new collection of books includes Freedom Hill: A Poem, a dramatic monologue in three sections, by L.S. Asekoff; Quick Question: New Poems by John Ashbery; Two American Scenes: Our Village/A Journey on the Colorado River, a book that describes two poets perspective on the American landscape, by Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger; Double Happiness, a collection of short stories about love and relationships, by Mary-Beth Hughes; Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, a cookbook that includes over 650 meatless recipes, by Madhur Jaffrey; Kahn and Selesnick: The Apollo Prophecies by Nicholas Kahn, Erez Lieberman and Richard Selesnick; More Scenes from the Rural Life, with excerpts from “The Rural Life” in the NY Times, by Verlyn Klinkenborg; and Haussmann or the Distinction, a Dickensian novel that takes place in Paris, by Paul LaFarge.

Also included in the collection is Haunted Catskills, ghost stories from the Hudson Valley, by Lisa LaMonica; Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, a memoir written as a cautionary tale, by James Lasdun; Under the Sign, a new poetry collection, by Ann Lauterbach; The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz; Far from Algiers, a first book of poetry, by Djelloul Marbrook; The Watch, a modern play on Antigone by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya; The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long Distance Motorcycling’s Endless Road, a memoir about long-distance motorcycling, by Melissa Holbrook Pierson; Corporeality, a collection of short stories, by Hollis Seamon; The King: Poems, a book about views on motherhood, by Rebecca Wolff; and The Never List, a debut thriller by Koethi Zan.

All titles are available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online at Each DVD can be borrowed for up to seven days, completely free of charge with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.