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.

More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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Winter Hack: Video Production & Art Photography

Program Description: We are happy to announce open registration for the library’s second iteration of Winter Hack, a digital art media camp that runs during the school winter recess. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create their own work on site at the Hudson Area Library.

These labs encompass video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Join filmmaker and music video director Zia Anger and photographer Yulia Zinshtein to create photography, gifs and video using open source or free software. Winter Hack is an abridged version of the library’s successful digital art summer program Hack The Library!.

Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 19- Friday, February 22, 10-3pm

Suggested Age: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Limited Spots Available.To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the main desk of the library!

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Hack The Library Open Registration

Program Description: We are happy to announce the third year of the library’s Hack The Library program. Hack the Library is a week long digital art workshop series. Participants will learn how to create music, gifs, video and using open source or free software and smartphones all while collaborating with digital arts professionals currently working in the field. Instructors include filmmakers Zia Anger and Theo Anthony, NYC-based music non-profit Sonic Arts for All, musician Angelina Dreem, photographer Emma McCann and musician Peter McPartland. Space is limited please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the circulation desk to register today! 

Date/ Time: Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 from 10-3pm

Suggested Audience: tween and teens aged  8 – 17 years old

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Languages Club

Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council sponsors a Languages Club, free, weekly, casual judgement free conversations in Spanish, Arabic and Bangla

Thursdays, 4-5pm, Starting April 19 

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council is pleased to announce a new club for tweens and teens in the community. Languages Club is a weekly meeting place for tweens and teens to casually hang out in an immersive environment to learn Spanish, Arabic and Bangla facilitated by the bilingual members of the Tween Advisory Council.
 
This program is free and open to tweens and teens in the community. Drop-ins welcome! For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101

 

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A few weeks ago we had the wonderful opportunity to host a winter installment of our popular tween summer program, Hack The Library. Entering in its third year, Hack is a series of labs centered around digital creation in video, photography and music. Enabling kids with the open source, free and affordable tools to create digital work.

Winter Hack took place on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 during winter recess and  focused specifically on video production. The lab was taught by long time HACK teaching artist film-maker and music video director, Zia Anger.  Throughout the two days participants between the ages of 8-15, learned how to create gifs, edit using imovie, storyboard and film using a camera. The intention behind the program was to allow participants to pinpoint the media they chose to consume and analyze why they like it and what about it they themselves with the long term goal to empower them to continuously create their own work. 

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Tween Advisory Council Saturday Matinee

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a new committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.

The council is pleased to announce their first event: A free screening of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:30pm in the library’s community room. The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! This event is open to tween and teens in the community.

For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

 

 

Dungeons & Dragons

We are pleased to present a  specialized campaign of Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens and Teens on Saturday, February 24, 11-2pm . No experience necessary!

Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Participants will get the opportunity to enter a land of magic, monsters and mortals in a campaign created by Chris Strom specifically for tweens and teens.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Bengali Bandhan

 

The Library’s Bengali Bandhan* Class will be meeting this fall Wednesdays 5-6pm beginning September 6.This program, taught by M.D. Gazi, is geared toward school age youth, but all are welcome. Students will learn how to read, write and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in December at an event for participants and their families.

*Bandhan means “togetherness”

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

To register email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.