Local History Speaker Series Presents: Allison Guertin Marchese


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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Allison Guertin Marchese to the library on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Marchese will offer a discussion on her book The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York. Topics will include poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and the history of Hudson with emphasis on 400 State St., current home to the Hudson Area Library. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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Book Club March Pick: Orphan Train


POSTPONED: Meeting will now be held on Thursday, April 9 at 3:30pm.
The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline for their March meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, April 9 at 3:30 pm (new date!). Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

Annual Meeting of the Hudson Area Library

The Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 5:15pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

At approximately 6pm the Annual Meeting will be held. New Board members and a slate of officers will be offered and voted on. Other business will include passage of the 2015 budget and reports by Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President Mark Orton.

Everyone is invited to attend both meetings. Light refreshments will follow the meeting.

History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series Presents: Peter Jung

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875). Images and paintings will also be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
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Kids Book Sale and Magic Show!

Book Sale Room bargains abound for kids of all ages during a special two-day sale on February 20th and 21st. On Friday, 1-4pm and Saturday 10-2pm, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be offering thousands of children’s books at bargain prices. This is a perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library and purchase great books to encourage reading throughout the year!
Picture books, early reader books, chapter books and a large selection of titles for teens are available. There’s a large variety of subjects too, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, history, nature, sports and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, plus movies, games and music.
Michael Runak
In addition to this super sale, on Saturday, from 11-1pm, the Friends are hosting magician, Michael Runak to perform magic, illusions and balloon sculpting. Runak has been entertaining young and old alike for fifteen years, driven by his love for the wonders and mysteries of magic. This is an opportunity to experience the art of magic up-close that you won’t want to miss!
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Black History Month and Valentine’s Day in the Children’s Room

In addition to our regularly scheduled children’s programs, February will feature special children’s programs during out-of-school hours to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

In honor of Black History Month, Operation Unite will offer a series of programs celebrating important people and events in African American history. The series will incorporate stories, music, movement, arts, and crafts. Join us Thursdays, February 12 and 19 and Wednesday, February 25, from 4-5pm for this fun and educational program.

Stop by the Children’s Room between 3pm and 5pm Tuesday through Friday, February 10-13 (the week of Valentine’s Day) to make your own unique Valentine’s Day cards with Ms. Kathy. We’ll provide the materials. Just bring your imagination and create a special card for a special someone (or more!) in your life.

Fight the Winter Blues!

Let’s face it. February can be gloomy. It’s the time when we all think winter is dragging on for way too long and, at the same time, we’re seeing that glimmer of spring…just out of reach. Time for a party!


Join us at Café Le Perche Thursday, February 5, from 6pm-8pm for a get-together with author Tim Federle. A born entertainer and “quipper” extraordinaire, Tim will be sharing stories about the grueling research necessary to write his two “mixology” books: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. The event is free with purchases of drinks and books garnering a 20% donation to the Campaign.
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