ICAN: What it is and How it Can Help: Monday, April 30th at 4pm

Do your plans for the future include long-term care in the home for yourself or a loved one? ICAN is a network of community-based organizations which assists New Yorkers through to obtain managed care plans. Muriel Miller from the Legal Aid Society will answer questions about this free and confidential service.

Poetry Workshop with Karen Schoemer: Saturday, May 5th at 1:00pm


Please join us for the second of three poetry workshops with poet and author Karen Schoemer. The sessions, spread across two more Saturdays in May and June, will combine in-class writing exercises, readings about poetry craft, and the sharing of work. Participants will be encouraged to develop poems from the exercises generated in class, and time will be devoted to the revision process. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions.

The workshop is suitable for writers at all levels, teens and up, and is open to a maximum of 12 participants. Individual writing samples may be submitted in advance but are not necessary. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil to all sessions.

Karen Schoemer is a poet, performer and author living in Hudson. Her poems have been published in the Pine Hills Review and Chronogram; her essays and music writing have been widely published and anthologized. She is the author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with ’50s Pop Music and performs and records with several bands, including Sky Furrows, Venture Lift and Jaded Azurites. She is currently an MFA student at the Writer’s Foundry in Brooklyn, NY.


Ex Libris, A Film Presentation: Saturday, May 5th at 3:00pm

Celebrated documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s latest film is Ex Libris, a glorious 3 hours and 17 minutes filmed at the New York Public Library and its branches. Since his first film, Titicut Follies, released over 50 years ago, Wiseman has created 44 films on diverse subjects, ranging from ballet to high school to meat production. There will be an intermission.

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Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our weekly Ukulele Jam – led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Please register by calling, emailing, or stopping in at the library, walk-ins are also welcome.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including several you can borrow to take home!

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Memoir Writing Group on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

old-typewriter[1]A Memoir Writing Group is held on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm:

April: 24th

May: 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact Phil Palladino at 518-392-5933, email at philpal1@gmail.com or just stop by.


First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 7th at 7:00 pm

May’s book is the debut novel by Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. We vary between fiction and non-fiction each month. Come get June’s book, “But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Future As If It Were the Past”, by Chuck Klosterman.

Battle of the Books Meetings: Tuesdays, May 8th and 22nd 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Calling all middle school aged students who are interested in participating in the Mid Hudson Library System Battle of the Books competition. The MH-BoB is a literary trivia contest focused on eight books. During the meetings we’ll talk about the titles that were chosen for this year’s battle, and plan our battle-practice sessions for the summer.

MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Beginners are welcome!

April: 25th

May: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 30th


Health Care Navigator on Thursday, May 10th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Navigators can assist individuals, families, small businesses and small business employees in Columbia and Greene Counties with shopping for, comparing, and enrolling in quality, affordable health insurance, including Medicaid and Child Health Plus, through the New York State of Health: the Official Health Plan Marketplace. Navigators can also assist with applying for financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Navigator services are free of charge.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 518-822-9600.