Adult Program News
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April 19, 2018
The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.
The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Sarah McBride is an LGBT rights activist and political figure. She is currently the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, and is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations.
This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.
The Link Project fosters relationship building among LGBTQ people from across generations in the Hudson Valley. This will be achieved by coordinating community events and facilitating intergenerational dialogue centered on LGBTQ identity and HIV/AIDS.
OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.
April 18, 2018
We are pleased to announce the installation of “A Conversation”, a special art exhibition in the library’s community room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens. The opening reception of this exhibition is Saturday, May 12 at 6pm.
A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form. These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work; exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies. Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st Century femme lifestyles. Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.
Sonia Corina Ruscoe is a painter who lives and works in Hudson, NY. She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint and looks for colors, patterns, and ideas in gardens, fashion industry workers, pottery shops, Instagram stories, and anywhere else she can find feminine intimacy. Sonia grew up in Woodstock, NY, studied art history at Brooklyn College, and has lived in Hudson for the past three years.
Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor. Stevens earned a B.F.A. at Otis Art Institute and a California Teaching Credential at U.C.L.A., she rediscovered her true passion in clay sculpting and began teaching Figurative Sculpture and Mixed Media for over twenty years. Along her artistic path, she became obsessed with the Mermaid, creating her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries.Upon visiting her daughter in Brooklyn, she fell in love with the east coast, particularly the Hudson River Valley. A move to Hudson ensued, where she currently resides.
The exhibition will be available for viewing during library open hours May 5 through July 1. The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
April 16, 2018
The Library Partners with Leisler Institute & Gotham Center on Local History Talk on Native Americans
The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, will present Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Dr. William A. Starna on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm at the library.
William Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations. He has received several fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and a New York State Library Research Residency. Dr. Starna is a Fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the board of trustees, The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. For many years Starna was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. He has written many books and articles on Native American and colonial history.
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.
The Institute contains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public.
The Gotham Center is a university-based research and educational center, devoted to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past. The organization was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For nearly twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.
April 16, 2018
The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 21, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Greenport Conservation Area with nature educator Heidi Bock, program facilitator Kathy Mabb and outreach and recruitment person Savoia Jones. Families should meet at the library. Transportation is available to the library if needed and there will transportation to the conservation area. Heidi will be leading a nature walk and nature activities for the children and their caregivers while Kathy and Savoia will discuss how these activities develop reading skills in children.
To register for High Five!, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.
Heidi Bock is stewardship and education manager at the Columbia Land Conservancy. She is a native of Columbia County and has been at the CLC since 20016. Heidi has always been amazed and the beauty and abundant natural resources of this area. She looks forward to working with our High Five! families on the joys of nature education.
Savoia Jones is a graduate of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Mommie and Me class. She is an active community member and, as the parent of a young child, believes that exposing children to nature and the world around them, books, community resources and experiences can develop reading skills in children.
High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!
April 8, 2018
The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!
The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s.
The Van Hoesen House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The Preservation League of New York State announced its Seven to Save list at the New York’s State Capital in 2009, and Van Hoesen House was second on the list. “This site exemplifies the themes of Dutch settlement along the Hudson River and its tributaries,” said league president Jay DiLorenzo.
Ruth Piwonka, author on local history and Kinderhook historian, wrote in the nomination of the Van Hoesen House for the National Historic Register: “The Jan Van Hoesen house is one of approximately seven brick dwellings that survive from the first half of the eighteenth century and that represent a colonial architectural style unique to the Dutch community of old Albany County during that period.”
The Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation was founded in 2005 with its primary mission to find a long-term preservation solution for the deteriorating Jan Van Hoesen house, which is located just outside the city of Hudson on State Rt. 66 in the Town of Claverack, NY. The house itself is an exemplary example of Dutch colonial architecture, while the families that have lived there have a deep connection to Columbia County history. For more information visit www.janvanhoesenhouse.org
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. Donations to the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation can be made at this event. For more information email email@example.com, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
April 7, 2018
April 7, 2018
Hudson Area Library History Room and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution present: The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson: A Tour & Talk by Jeane La Porta on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm.
This program is a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the history of this building, at 113 Warren Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.
Jeane La Porta, who is Regent of the Hudson Chapter, will give background information on the history of the DAR, including the Hendrick Hudson Chapter, as well as, Claverack Landing and the founding of the city of Hudson as a prelude to discussion of the construction and history of the beautiful 206 year old house that the chapter calls home. Jeane is also the Town of Claverack Historian. The program will include visuals and many photographs will give the audience a rare peek into areas that are not open to the public. The Greenport Garden Club will be providing flower arrangements throughout the house for this special spring tour.
The program, which includes the talk and tour, is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited so register as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library.
The Hendrick Hudson Chapter, NSDAR, maintains the Robert Jenkins House Genealogical, Research, and History Reading Room, which contains a growing collection of Columbia County and regional genealogy, and the Robert Jenkins House Historical Collection as a repository for memorabilia relating to the history of the area, the city of Hudson and the whaling industry.
April 6, 2018
Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at Spring Fling Swing on Saturday, May 19, 7-10pm!
Co-sponsored by the City of Hudson Senior Center, this program is free and open to all ages. The Fabulous Versatones will play while you dance the night away in the Library’s Community Room. Refreshments will be served. So bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
The Fabulous Versatones are a 5-man swing band based in the Hudson Valley with members from Hudson, Millbrook and Red Hook. Brought together by their love of swinging jazz, they have all played in a variety of bands and in a variety of musical styles. Swingin’ standards and beboppin’ blues make up the Versatones repertoire…favorites include Benny Goodman’s “A Smooth One,” “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues,” roadhouse favorite “Route 66” and “Pennies From Heaven” to name just a few of the classic tunes that are a part of every Fabulous performance.
The Fabulous Versatones are Pete Jung and Ambrose Verdibello on guitars, Pete Tenerowicz on drums, Eric Rosi-Marshall on bass and vocals, and Chris Kendall on tenor and soprano sax.
Registration is appreciated. To do so, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email email@example.com. Also, check for the latest details on our Facebook pages: City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library.
April 3, 2018
Join Hudson architect and bestselling author Matthew Frederick Thursday, May 24 at 6pm as he draws on principles from his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, to explore how we might repair Hudson’s trouble spots and shape its future. We will look at a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite’s Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street. A discussion and book signing will follow.
Hudson’s fortunes have improved greatly since the blight and disinvestment of the late 20th century. But what lies ahead for Hudson? Can better urban design shape it into a more equitable, livable city? Can the truck route problem be solved? Can Bliss Tower be better integrated into Hudson’s urban fabric? Can our parks become more proper public amenities? And if Hudson were to grow again—its current population is one-half its 1930 peak—how might this happen?
Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, the author of the bestselling 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, and the creator of the 101 Things I Learned book series. His latest book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, is out this month and will be available for sale after the program. He lives in the City of Hudson.
April 2, 2018
The library’s Adult Spanish Language with Sonia Cintron is being offered five Tuesdays: May 15, 22, 29, June 5, and 12. There will be two levels: Advanced Beginner (5:30-6:30pm) and Intermediate (6:45-7:45pm).
The Advanced Beginner class is for students who have taken a semester or more of beginner level Adult Spanish or who have equivalent experience with the language. In this class students will learn and practice basic grammar and phrases used daily. The intermediate level is for students who have a more advanced knowledge of grammar and are able to have conversation with ease. Adults and high school students are welcome.
Instructor Sonia Cintron has taught Spanish for over ten years at both the elementary and high school level as well as privately. Sonia has also created bilingual storytimes at various libraries that included songs, games and crafts for grades K-4. She volunteers as a translator for the Latino/Hispanic community and enjoys teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture to all!
This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Beginners wishing to learn Spanish can sign up at this time for the Beginner Adult Spanish being offered in the fall.
Adult Introduction to Spanish Classes
Dates: Tuesday Evenings 6:15pm-7:15pm (see calendar for current dates)
Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. This free program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792.
Columbia County Photography Club
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. For more info call Paul at 518-828-5887 after 4:45 or email abit @ mhcable.com
Hudson Library Book Club
Meets once per month in the early evening. Dates are decided for the next month at the group’s meeting.
For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792. All are welcome.
Local History Speaker Series
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. Check the library calendar or contact us for information on upcoming events.