Halloween Cookie Decorating with Pooky Amsterdam

Program Description: Kids and families are encouraged to join us for a special Halloween cookie decorating workshop with Pooky Amsterdam. Pooky Amsterdam of PookyStudio is a craft baker known for her highly imaginative, beautiful and delicious cookies. With a lifelong skillset devoted to baked goods, she is an expert in using cookie dough to transform imagination into tasty treats. Her many years of working with children, gives her the experience and expertise to pass along the fun and inspire new generations to find artistic expression with baking. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29, 3:30-5pm in the library’s Children’s Area.

Age/Registration: Program is open to kids and families. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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Dungeons & Dragons Club

Program Description: HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council) is happy to announce the formation of a Dungeons & Dragons Club run by members of the council. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game where participants are invited to create their own characters and explore fantastical kingdoms and realms, taking in adventures along the way. This club is for the curious and mildly-experienced. Ages 8-15 are welcome.

Date/Time: 1st Saturdays of the Month beginning Saturday, November 2, 12-2pm

Age/ Registration: Ages 8-15 are welcome. For more information and to register, contact youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Diamond Street

Program Description: The Nonfiction Book Group is venturing into Hudson’s history with Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town With the Big Red Light District by Bruce Edward Hall. Book group facilitator Mark Orton states, “[This book] sheds new light on how Hudson has been dependent for a very long time on “weekenders” to support a significant portion of the local economy. the difference is that the current economy is not dependent on men’s interests in gambling, drinking and sex.”

Date/Time: Monday, November 4, 6-7:30pm

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free. Continue reading

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Final Concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks Series

Program Description: Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, concludes our 2019 Music in the Stacks series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. The concert is hosted by Operation Unite NY. A reception follows with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm

Audience: All ages. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Continue reading

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Second Hudson History Bus Tour by Popular Demand!

Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for  better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm

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Fall Watercolor w/ your Grand Person Workshops

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue these popular art classes with local artist Gretchen Kelly. September features seasonal handpicked local botanicals in bud vases and bouquet arrangements, back to school still lifes with books, and picture references of animals. October’s themes include seasonal handpicked fall botanicals in arrangements with pumpkins and gourds, bats, ravens, skeletons, skulls, bugs and creepy creatures for Halloween. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 2-4pm

Audience/Registration: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library.  Continue reading

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