Free Job Skills Workshop


The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, will have free Job Skills One-on-One Consultations. You will get help with critical job-seeking skills like creating a resume, applying for jobs online, and selling your unique job talents in an interview. Children’s activities can be arranged when you schedule your appointment.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x104, email or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Skills Consultations are made possible with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

Free Sci-Fi/Fantasy Filmmaking Workshop

A teen holds a boom mic over two other teens in front of a green screen. The two wear costumes made out of paper.

Come to the library on August 27 from 12-4pm and learn the secrets of making Sci-Fi and Fantasy films! From scripting to storyboards to special effects, you’ll be able create your own fantastical worlds.

This workshop is provided by the Spark Media Project. Be sure to register at or by calling 845-485-4480

iPad Basics and Computer Class for Beginners – Sign Up Today!

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image courtesy of Fatima via (CC BY-NC 2.0)

We have two adult computer classes scheduled for November. The first class will focus on iPad basics and the second class will cover computer file organization for beginners.

Sign up for one or both of these workshops today! Space is limited. To reserve your place, contact the library at (518) 828-1792.

iPad Basics
Saturday, November 7, 10am-11:30am
Learn the functions of various icons, how to add an app to an iPad, how to change the iPad settings, how to copy/paste/print, and how to access the Internet. All participants must bring their own iPad to the class.

Beginners – Basic Computer File Organization
Friday, November 13, 12:30-2pm
Learn where files can be stored for easy access, how to find programs and documents, and how to bookmark a page and save a page as a Favorite for future review.

The workshop series is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

The Hudson Area Library Children’s Room Presents “The Kids First Initiative”


Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:

Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages

Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.

Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.

Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages

The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.

Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.

Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.

For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website. 

New Kids Art Workshops for August

Art Classes For Kids

Make art at the Hudson Area Library this August with artist and teacher Alison Fox! Three free classes for children ages 4 and up will be held during three Fridays in August from 10am-12pm in the library’s children’s room. 

Friday August 9, 10am-12pm
First Class:  Simple Paper Marionettes

Come make jointed puppets to set to your own story. Have fun deciding how to paint, collage and color your puppet.

Friday August 16, 10am-12pm
Second Class:  Shadow Puppets

We will make our own shadow puppets using Chinese shadow puppets for inspiration. We will have a simple cereal box shadow puppet theater that you can make at home.

Friday August 23, 10am-12pm
Third Class:  Hand Puppets

We will explore ways we can use our hands to create movement for puppets. Some puppets will be sewn, others just need drawing to come alive.

In Our Community: “Families of Promise”

families of promise

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) announces a free seven week program for parents who are expecting in the Hudson City School District. This program will cover a different topic each week, including nutrition, health, childhood development, safety and discipline. Participants will also be able to join in classes such as prenatal yoga, knitting, and workshops for dads. On top of that, participants will be entered into raffles and may receive give-aways, including the chance to win one month’s free rent (up to $500)! Childcare will be provided if needed.

This program begins August 10th and will take place on Saturdays until September 28th. Registration is required and the deadline for applications is August 2 at noon. In order to register, please fill out the Families of Promise Registration Packet PDF (English), or the Families of Promise Registration Packet PDF (Spanish), and return to 431 E. Allen Street in Hudson, or fax to 518-828-4016. For more information, contact GHPN at 518-828-8660 or, or visit the GHPN blog.

Community Stories: Free Oral History Workshops Wednesdays July 31 and August 7 from 5:30-8:30pm


In this two-part workshop, community members will learn how to preserve community stories through oral history recording. Led by Oral History Summer School Founder/Director, Suzanne Snider, the two workshop sessions will be held on Wednesdays, July 31 and August 7 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hudson Area Library.

This workshop will give residents a chance to help preserve Hudson’s rich history through the stories and memories of their neighbors, family, and friends. Participants will be introduced to the basic principles and practice of oral history, including the art of the interview, getting good sound, ethical/legal issues, and discussion of how oral history differs from a journalistic approach. Between workshop sessions, participants will go into the field to collect stories. Library staff will be available for technical assistance with the audio recorders during Library hours. This workshop will be of special interest for family historians, bloggers, radio producers, and those interested in local history. Oral histories produced during the workshop will be included in an audio archive in the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. 

No experience is necessary. Registration is required as space is limited. Participants are encouraged to attend both workshop sessions. Call the Hudson Area Library for more information and to register at 518-828-1792. All library programs are free and open to the public.

This program is made possible 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. The library’s History Room Committee initiated the History Room Oral History Archive project with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and individual donors.

FREE Computer Workshops…Sign Up Now!


Hudson Area Library will be offering two free computer workshops for those who are new to using computers. Come join us in the library computer lab on either (or both) of the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 18 from 10am-11:30am
    Computer Basics Workshop With Ms. Cruz– Learn the basic functions of the computer, including using the mouse, keyboard and taskbar, and a brief introduction to the Internet.
  • Monday, June 10th from 10am-11:30am
    Internet and Email Basics With Ms. Cruz– Learn how to search the Internet, and how to set up and use email.

Both classes will take place in the Hudson Area Library public computer lab. Space is limited, so call 518-828-1792 or stop by the Hudson Area Library staff office to sign up today! These workshops are made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.