Imagine Our Stories – Summer Reading Program 2020

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Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences.  For more information and registration of our various programs click here. 

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Suspended – Field Trip: Lightforms Art Center Hilma af Klint exhibition

Image credit: Tree Of Knowledge Series, 1913-1914 Hilma af Klint via Lightforms Art Center

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Tweens and teens are invited to attend a private tour of Lightforms Art Center’s Hilma af Klint exhibition, which features af Klint’s Tree of Knowledge series and Sketchbook. Transportation is available to and from the library. 

 

Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 3:30-4:30pm

Registration: This program is open to tweens and teens. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

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Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In – Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020.

April 2020: Woke Baby Challenge

Mahogany L. Browne and our library team will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity throughout the month. Each Saturday in April, a new challenge will be announced and families will have one week to take on the challenge and post their entries on social media. Mahogany and Library staff will choose two winners each week who will receive a prize pack of books including Woke Baby and Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne and an additional selection from Mahogany’s Woke Baby Book List. We are excited to see what you come up with!

We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and right here:

Challenge #4 (Saturday, April 25-Friday, May 1): 

For the last week of our Woke Baby Challenge we ask Children and families to show us their signature dance moves! This challenge is inspired by I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

 Challenge #3 (Saturday April 18-Friday, April 24): 

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of something they are thankful for.This challenge is inspired by Thank you, Omu! By Oge Mora.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge # 2 (Saturday, April 11-Friday, April 18):

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of shapes you can find in your home. This challenge is inspired by City Shapes by Diane Murray with illustrations by Bryan Collier.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge #1 (Saturday, April 4-Friday, April 10):

Children and families are challenged to draw or take a picture of what a rainbow represents to you. This challenge is inspired by “In Between, There Is Light” by Olivia Gatwood, featured in Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

(updated 3/14) – As a precautionary measure, we will be postponing Mahogany L. Browne’s Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, to a later date. New event date for the program is TBD. Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities.

February 2020: Winter Hack and Living Poetry at the Library

Mahogany L. Browne curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program Winter Hack. Youth participants worked closely with Jive Poetic to create visual poems, which were presented to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library, curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her and Jive Poetic. This presentation of Living Poetry was held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and was co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

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Registration is now open for school winter recess programs

Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!

WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.

DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)

Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.

Video Poetry with Jive Poetic is part of the Mahogany L. Browne, Curator in Residence program which is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Dungeons & Dragons Club

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is happy to announce the formation of a Dungeons & Dragons Club run by members of the council. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where participants are invited to create their own characters and explore fantastical kingdoms and realms, taking in adventures along the way. This club is for the curious and mildly-experienced. Ages 8-15 are welcome.

Note: This ongoing program has been canceled until the library has reopened and we are able to safely resume programs.

Date/Time: 1st Saturdays of the Month beginning Saturday, November 2, 12-2pm

Age/ Registration: Ages 8-15 are welcome. For more information and to register, contact youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

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HAL TAC Movie Matinee

Program Description: It’s a half day of school! HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) will be hosting a special version of their on-going Movie Matinee Series. This month’s feature is 2019’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Detective Pikachu tells the story of a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Date/ Time: Thursday, November 14, 12:30-3pm

Registration/Suggested Audience: This movie is open to tweens, teens and families and is held as part of the Council’s ongoing Saturday Movie Matinee series. As usual for matinees there will be raffle prizes and free popcorn. For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 Continue reading

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HAL TAC Escape Room Altered Zone: NY

Altered Zone: NY, the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council’s (HAL TAC) original escape room escapade will take place on Monday, October 14, 11am-3pm in the library’s community room. 

The year is 2100, and the world is left reeling after a suspicious spacecraft appears in the sky over Hudson, NY. A team is chosen to make first contact, and to craft a peace treaty with the “Visitors.” Unfortunately, due to a mis-translation during talks, the team is imprisoned and now war with the Visitors is imminent! Trapped in an alien crater, the team has only 15 minutes to escape, fix their mistake, and warn everyone before the attacks start. The fate of mankind rests on THEIR shoulders.

 Come and play as a ragtag team of friends, or with your family. The game is limited to 15 mins and the team that has the shortest time will win a special prize.  Registration is mandatory and form is below. 

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Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art Workshop

Program Description: We are pleased to announce our Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art workshop during spring break for tweens and teens (8-17 years old) in collaboration with Processional Arts Workshop (PAW).

Participants will learn how to create giant masks, head-pieces, and puppets for an art parade in Hudson, NY. Drawing inspiration from worldwide Carnivale and masquerade traditions, this class explores how to design and construct large, lightweight wearable art for parades, theatre, and performance. NYC Halloween Parade designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles emphasize a process of visual storytelling, introducing a range of low-tech, high-impact techniques to transform Hudson’s stories into performance art. The final creations will take to the streets for the city’s 1st Annual Mad Hatter’s Parade on May 11, celebrating Hudson’s industrial past and emerging future as a city of makers.

Date/Time: Monday-Thursday, April 22-25 from 10-3pm

Target Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Lunch and material provided. This program will take place at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Transportation to/from the library is available. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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