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March 31, 2020 Update Concerning COVID-19

পরবর্তী বিজ্ঞপ্তি না হওয়া পর্যন্ত লাইব্রেরি বন্ধ থাকে: COVID-19 সম্পর্কিত তথ্য
La biblioteca está cerrada hasta nuevo aviso

Out of concern for the well-being of our community, the Hudson Area Library will be closed until further notice. All in-person library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are also suspended during this time.

While our doors are closed, we are still here for you! Our library team is working to bring engaging and educational opportunities to our community by providing virtual programming and access to online resources. Library staff are also available for assistance via email and phone. Continue reading

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Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

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Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer at the library, 2019.

As part of the Hudson Area Library’s mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to the Hudson Area Library. It is a collaboration of Hudson Area Library & Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Let’s be prepared for when we go back to work! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Beth is available by appointment. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one session. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email director@roejanlibrary.org or call 518-325-4101.

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Virtual Drag Queen Story Time with Joni Magdalene

Joni MagdaleneProgram Description: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Virtual Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, and breaking down barriers.

Date/Time: Live on the library’s YouTube channel Saturday, June 27, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families.

This session features Joni Magdalene, a Philadelphia Queen, who enjoys a long walk with her Standard Poodle, an acoustic open mic, and a vegan carrot cake. Continue reading

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Kids Census Art Contest

The New York Regional Census Center is running a Kids Census Art Contest! The contest is open to children and teens with entries to be judged by Age Group – Pre-K/Elementary (Group 1), Middle School (Group 2), and High School (Group 3). Each age group will have a county-wide winner and one overall contest winner! The Columbia County Libraries Association will serve as the Columbia County county-wide contest judge. We can’t wait to see your submissions!

How to participate:

  1. Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
  2. Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
  3. Scan or take a photo of your art project.
  4. E-mail it to rebecca.a.brodeur@2020census.gov by June 5, 2020 (include the artist-enumerator’s name, school, county, and age group #).

Project Example 1
Subject: Flower species in my yard
Count: 3 species in bloom
Observation: They can all tolerate cold weather
Art: Drawing of snow-covered flowers

Project Example 2
Subject: Books in my house
Count: 326 books
Observation: 120 are fiction and 206 are non-fiction books, 141 about nature, 45 about history, 20 about geology, 120 about superheroes
Art: Collage with subject/theme size based on quantity

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Important Virtual Programming Update

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Many have been enjoying our virtual programming, offered via Zoom, while the library facility is closed. In order to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure, we strongly recommend regularly updating your Zoom app. This is especially important now, as Zoom will be forcing an update, starting May 30, for anyone running anything older than Zoom Version 5. Zoom is activating a special encryption to make meetings more secure, but it won’t work on older versions of Zoom.

Be sure to check your app store for updates, or click “Check for Updates” in Zoom on your computer. For more information about how to update Zoom, click here. If you would like additional assistance, please email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org. If you’re interested in joining any of our virtual programming, please click here.

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History Room on Zoom: Marie O’Toole

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Marie O’Toole, the archivist for the History Room. Gary and Marie talk about archiving a recent donation of papers from the Columbia Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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History Room on Zoom: Ken Sheffer

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews his brother Ken Sheffer about the history of the MC Smith building and playing fields. Find out how Hudson got a deal from the New Deal with their very own FDR connection. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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Shall We Dance: Virtual Dance Class

Photo courtesy of Andrew Resto

Program Description: Exercise your body, mind and laughter with dance instructor extraordinaire Andrew Loren Resto, who has been teaching ballroom and salsa classes in collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library since 2017.  With the interruption of on-site classes and  Hudson Armory dances, we can still keep fit, have fun and work off those quarantine calories via Zoom. These one-hour sessions will feature warmups and cool downs for seniors.

Date/Time: Wednesdays from 11am-12pm and Fridays from 5-6pm, starting May 20 and running through June. Registration is required for this free program.

Registration: To register for the program email sherstevens@gmail.comnynyandy@hotmail.com or call the Senior Center Monday thru Thursday, 11am-3pm at 518-828-3200. Once registered for the program, participants will receive both session invites in their email and may choose to join one or both.

 

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History Room on Zoom: Rob Perry

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Rob Perry, head of Hudson’s DPW. They talk about rumors of underground tunnels, a subject inspired by some recent research requests to the History Room! We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page. We even have a form for you to submit your own research request!

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Watch Our Core Strength and Balance Session – Virtual classes continue through June

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of Hudson Area Library’s signature, and most popular, programs and is done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. We are so happy to continue this class virtually and love seeing so many of our patrons during the class Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. These classes focus on creating strong bodies so we can withstand falls and weaknesses that can affect older adults. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Paul includes breathing techniques for strong respiratory function and reduction of stress.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. We hope to see you at Core Strength! Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am. For more information on that: http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/.
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