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Happy New Year!

We kicked off 2017 with a special Bengali Cultural Celebration hosted by the teachers and students of Bengali Bandhan, our Bengali language class. Students recited Bangladeshi stories and poetry, sang Bangladeshi songs, and performed traditional dances. The students' families and other members of the community treated attendees to traditional Bangladeshi food following the performances. The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays at 5pm. New students are always welcome.  

We will continue to celebrate the cultural wealth of the greater Hudson area in the coming months with a Latino Cultural Celebration with Juan Sanchez on Saturday, February 11 at 2pm and a Congolese Cultural Celebration with Pamela Badila on Saturday, March 11 at 2pm. Save the dates! All are welcome at these family friendly events.

Civil Rights Era Photo Exhibit Opening

On Saturday, January 14 at 6pm, we are pleased to host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. The exhibit features photographs that Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will speak on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. 

Adult Spanish Class is back!

Our Adult Spanish Language Class with Señora Sonia Cintron will begin meeting again on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:15pm. This free weekly program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. 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. Contact Brenda at 518-828-1792 x101 for more information or to join the class list.

Local History Speaker Series: “The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson”

Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr., a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will speak on Thursday, January 26 at 6pm about the Proprietors, the founders of the City of Hudson. The Proprietors were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to resettle and establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In the following year, he and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. Join us on the 26th to learn more about Hudson's founders.

This presentation will be in the library's community room. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Featured image from Hudson’s Merchants and Whalers by Margaret Schram          

Book Club Winter Selections

The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 8 at 4pm in the library's Community Room for a discussion of Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton. They have also selected Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer, for their March meeting date, scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 4pm. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. New book club members and visitors are always welcome. 

About Trials of the Earth: "Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South-surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta. All this she tackled-and diligently wrote about in secrecy, in a diary that not even her family knew she kept-while caring for her children, several of whom didn't survive the perils of pioneer life. The extreme hard work and tragedy Hamilton faced are eclipsed only by her emotional and physical strength; her unwavering faith in her husband, Frank, a mysterious Englishman; and her tenacious sense of adventure." 

Hudson High School Students' Artwork on Display

Stop by the library this month and you'll see some new artwork on display. Thanks to Hudson High School educators and students, we have several creative sculptures created by Hudson High School students displayed throughout the library. Additional photos of the artwork are available on the library's Facebook page. Stop by the library to check out the work!

“Hudson’s Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street”

Now through March, the library's History Room features a continuous video exhibit for patrons to view from outside the History Room during library open hours. The videos offer a special glimpse of Hudson from 1939 – 1966 through the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977). Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski has digitized this historic footage and donated a copy to the library. Peter is the Hillsdale Town Supervisor and president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. This viewing is also made possible by the generous donation of iMac computers by Etsy. The post titled, “Viewing What Was Lost”, on Gossips of Rivertown gives historical context to the importance of these home movies.

This month in the Community Room

In addition to our diverse library program offerings and the weekly adult literacy classes offered by our adult education partners, Questar III and Literacy Connections, we also offer space for community schools, organizations and individuals to hold meetings and offer free community programs. This month we're pleased to welcome Adrienne Farrell offering Beginner Yoga for Everyone (Saturday, January 14 at 1:30pm); the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center for a screening and community conversation of Ava Duvernay's documentary film, 13th (Monday, January 16 at 6pm); Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (1st and 3rd Fridays - next date: Friday, January 20 from 9am-3pm); Columbia County Photo Club (2nd and 4th Tuesdays - next date: Tuesday, January 24 from 6-8pm); and the New York State Home Energy Efficiency Program (Saturday, January 28 from 11am-12:30pm). These events are all free and open to the public. 

Job Now eResource and Job Skills Consultations

Did you know? JobNow provides professional resumé critiques to library card holders! Login to JobNow, upload your resumé to their Resumé Lab, and receive a professional critique with 24 hours at no cost! JobNow also offers interview and job search help and their Adult Learning Center features test preparation, writing assistance, study tools, and academic coaching. Check it out by clicking here!

We also offer free one-on-one job skills consultations in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley. Sign up and you will get help with critical job-seeking skills like creating a resumé, applying for jobs online, and selling your unique job talents in an interview. For parents, 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.

February is Library Lovers' Month! 

Our library relies on our talented and committed volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise funds. If you can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week then the library has a role for you. Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, contribute to the community and to give input on the services and programs offered by the library.

To find out more about the library’s programs and events planned for 2017 as well as how you can get involved please join us at the Volunteer Fair on Saturday, February 25 from 4 – 6pm at the library. A short presentation will be followed by a volunteer fair where you can find out more about the opportunities available, and mingle with members of the Board and staff. Light refreshments will be served. An invitation will follow later in January.

New 10-session Teen Coding Class Coming March 2017

This past fall, we launched a class in collaboration with HATCH, a local homeschooling collective, engaging public school and homeschooled teens in computer coding. The class was a wonderful success! With Macbook laptops and iMacs donated by Etsy, teens created code online with instructor Alyssa Panetta in a 10-week course. This class was so popular we will be offering it for another 10 sessions this spring, meeting Thursdays from 3:45 - 5:45pm, March 2 - May 18. The class will have two levels: one continuing the work begun in the fall and one for new students. Register at the library’s circulation desk, by emailing or calling (518) 828-1792 x101. 

Teen Theatre Class to Relaunch in 2017

In collaboration with teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, the library launched a teen theatre class, From the Page to the Stage, this past fall in which teens chose literature they then turned into theatre pieces to perform as an ensemble. Teens from the area, including Perfect Ten After School teens, worked with Ms. Rusoff and her assistant, Peter Medici, to select meaningful literature, adapt it to the stage, practice acting exercises and perform their pieces before an audience. This wonderful class will continue in an iteration entitled “Pajama Plays”, in which teens will develop theatre pieces from children’s literature and perform for children and their families. Dates for the class will be announced soon. Stay tuned! 

2017 Releases Ready for Adoption

Support the library’s collection development and be first in line to read the latest releases by adopting your next great read! To participate in the Adopt a Book program, all you need to do is pick out a book that you want the library to have or select a title from the list of new and upcoming releases. When the book comes in, with a donation of $15, you will be the first to read it! The book will also have a commemorative bookplate honoring your donation. 

Visit the 
library website or contact library staff for more information or to request a title for adoption.

Reserve Free Museum Passes Today

Free passes to local museums are available to borrow thanks to the Friends. Included are the Clark Art Institute, Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay Society), the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Olana State Historic Site, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Columbia County Historical Society, The Bronck Museum, Mass MoCA, and Shaker Museum: Mount Lebanon.

Passes may be borrowed for one to three days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Library patrons must have a current MHLS card to reserve. Stop by or call today for your next adventure!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Board of Trustees January Meetings

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at 6pm in the library's History Room. The Friends meet monthly on 3rd Wednesdays. New Friends are always welcome. 

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library will be meeting on Saturday, January 28 at 10:15am. Please note the change in date: the Board generally meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month; the January meeting is being held on the 4th Saturday due to scheduling conflicts.

Inclement Weather Closings

A friendly reminder that at times during the winter season we may need to close the library due to inclement weather. We will post an announcement on our website and Facebook page whenever we close the library. Please check one of these sites or give us a call at 518-828-1792 x100 before heading to the library on inclement weather days. 

View from Olana in the snow by Frederic Edwin Church, ca. 1871.

For more information about library programs, services and resources, please visit the library website or stop by today!
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