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.


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).


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).

Online Resources

While our doors are temporarily closed, we encourage you to take advantage of some of the diverse online resources available for learning, connection, and engagement. In addition to our virtual programming, we also offer a variety of resources for library cardholders, including OverDrive for ebooks and e-audiobooks, Kanopy for streaming video, RBDigital for digital magazines, TumbleBooks for children’s ebooks and animated books, Universal Class for online courses, Mango for language learning, and JobNow for resumé help and test preparation. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card online. If you have misplaced your card or it has expired, contact library staff for assistance.

Visit our Online Resources page for a list of additional free online resources to explore. Library staff are available for assistance via email and phone. For more information on COVID-19 and local support services, visit our COVID-19 Resources page.

COVID-19 Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, it is important to have access to up-to-date, reliable information about the disease: how to reduce the risk to you and those around you, and how to access support and resources during these challenging times. We have compiled a list of helpful links to help you access the information and resources you need on our COVID-19 resources page.

Estuary Explorer Backpacks now available to borrow!

Ethan is ready to explore the night sky with our new Night Sky Estuary Explorer Backpack, courtesy of Columbia Land Conservancy.

Got a budding nature lover in your life? The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has put together Estuary Explorer Backpacks that can be checked out from our library with your library card! Each backpack kit is themed, and contains different materials that a young scientist might use for exploring nature. Themes include the night sky, hiking, birding, insects, and water. Stop by the main desk at the library or call 518-828-1792 to reserve an Estuary Explorer Backpack for your next adventure!

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New Year, New You: How the Library Can Help You Meet Your 2014 Goals

photo shared via Creative Commons  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license by Amodiovalerio Verde

photo shared via Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license by Amodiovalerio Verde

Whether you’re trying to get in shape, find a new career, or pick up a new hobby, the library has the books to help you keep your new year’s resolutions. If you haven’t made a resolution yet, be sure to check out the ideas listed below. And don’t forget to check out the “New Year, New You” book display by the front desk at the library!

Eat Healthy
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats / Sally Fallon
Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun / Daphne Oz
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto / Michael Pollan

Get in Shape
The Biggest Loser Success Secrets: The Wisdom, Motivation and Inspiration to Lose Weight- And Keep It Off! / The Biggest Loser experts and cast with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
12 Day Body Shaping Miracle: Change Your Shape, Transform Problem Areas, and Beat Fat for Good / Michael Thurmond
Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock / Denise Austin

Learn a New Skill
Knit Wit: 30 Easy and Hip Projects: A Hands Free Step-By-Step Guide / Amy R. Singer
Hand-Painting China: How to Design and Paint Your Own Beautiful Ceramics, Without the Need for Kiln-Firing / Lesley Harle and Susan Conder
Maria Rodale’s Organic Gardening: Your Seasonal Companion to Creating a Beautiful and Delicious Garden / Maria Rodale

Find a Job
Discover What You’re Best At: A Complete Career System That Lets You Test Yourself to Discover Your Own True Career Abilities / Linda Gale
Knock ’em Dead Resumes: Standout Advice From America’s Leading Job Search Authority / Martin Yate
Job Hunting Tips for People With Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds / Ronald L. Krannich

Enjoy Life More
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun / Gretchen Rubin
The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation / Sean Meshorer
The Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life / Patty de Llosa

We look forward to working with you in the new year!

History Room Now Open Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30pm


History buffs will love utilizing the resources available in the History Room, now open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. The Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. It contains copies of newspaper clippings, local history pamphlets, original documents and more. The History Room is also open Saturdays from 10am-12pm or by appointment. For more information, visit our History Room page.

Columbia County HomeAccess: “Unlimited Access to More Than Just the Internet”


A library card is the most valuable tool in your wallet. With a library card, you can learn a new language, research your family tree, find a new career, and even fix your car! Not to mention you will have nearly unlimited access to entertainment in the form of books, audiobooks, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and more. You will find the resources you need to do all of these things through the new and improved HomeAccess, a database geared towards Columbia County patrons like you. The site has been recently updated to include new features such as:

  • New instructional video content
  • Automatic mobile users detection: Smart phone users will now be brought to a page with mobile apps.
  • Brand new look: Find subject matter quick and easy!

Don’t have a library card? All you need to bring to the library in order to sign up for one is a valid photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail that has been recently mailed to your current address).

Young People and Libraries – PEW Internet & American Life Report

Our own local experience here at the library demonstrates that young people continue to be active users of the library. Just this week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report of their research, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations“, that offers up a larger picture of trends in library usage and expectations amongst youth. Not surprisingly the picture is complex and show the continuing transition in how we create and consume information. Continue reading