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April 19, 2018

May Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Tomorrow Will Be Different

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 morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, 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

A Conversation: Sonia Ruscoe & Sher Stevens Art Exhibition

 

left to right: ‘trying to become a garden collaborating with barbed wire’, Sonia Ruscoe &
‘if the shoe fits’, Sher Stevens

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 youth@hudsonarealibrary.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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, 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

High Five! Heads to Greenport Conservation Area

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.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 14, 2018

Languages Club

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

 


April 10, 2018

Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a 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.


This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792


April 8, 2018

Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


April 7, 2018

Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

April 7, 2018

Robert Jenkins House & the DAR : Tour & Talk

 

Postcard Image via Gossips of Rivertown

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.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

Spring Fling Swing! Dance the Night Away at the Armory

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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Also, check for the latest details on our Facebook pages: City of Hudson Senior Center and Hudson Area Library.


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Ongoing YA Programs

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Dates: Mondays 3:30-4pm
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St.
Ages: 10-16
The Bound By Books youth radio show broadcasts on WGXC 90.7FM every Monday from 3:30-4pm from the WGXC Hudson Studio. On the show, tweens and teens discuss books they have been reading and other bookish topics. Those interested in joining the Bound By Books radio crew should contact Emily at the library.

Battle of the Books Trivia Team

Dates: 2016 dates TBD
Ages for tween program: youth entering grades 6-9 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
Ages for teen program: youth entering grades 9-12 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
The Battle of the Books is a yearly trivia contest where teams of young readers from throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System read the same 8 titles over the summer and compete in a trivia contest in September. Contact Emily at the library to sign up for the 2016 Hudson Battle of the Books Team.

New in 2016: There will now be two Battle of the Books programs, one for tweens and one for teens!