Book Club September Pick: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read The Giver by Lois Lowry for their September meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, September 24th at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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

Back To School Book Sale!

photoThis Saturday, August 23 and next, August 30th, the Friends are offering a special Back To School Book Sale from 10am-1pm. A perfect opportunity for teachers, parents, and of course, kids, to stock up on fun books for reading and learning!

Now that summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school, books for classrooms and home bookshelves need to be replenished and the Book Sale Room has something for everyone, from toddlers to teens.

All kids books are specially priced to encourage reading throughout the year. There are thousands of titles to choose from, including picture books, early reader books, non-fiction books, chapter books and a large selection of young adult titles as well. Within those categories are a variety of topics, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, history, humor, nature, science, sports, and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, as well as a large selection of kids movies and music too!
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Join Us at This Great Local Event!

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Summer is the time to be outdoors enjoying this great weather and the great neighbors we have in Hudson. Come join us as we spread the word about the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library!

On August 23rd, Columbia Street, between Front and 2nd, becomes host to the Unity in the Community Block Party from noon until 5pm. The block party is hosted by our friends at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

We’ll be raffling off an assortment of kids books (free entry!) including Big Nate Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce, Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey, Amulet: Escape from Lucien (Vol. 6) by Kazu Kibuishi, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and lots more. We’ll also be offering LICK ice cream gift certificates. How great is that!

Celebrate Summer! Bring the family! Learn about our progress on the new Library. Meet residents and Library lovers. This event is tailor-made for fun in the sun. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone.

Museum Pass Program…Your (Free) Tickets Await!

AIHAThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library has added three regional museums to its Museum Pass Program.  Library card-holders now have free admission to six arts and culture venues including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Clark Art Institute (Pittsfield, MA), Thomas Cole National Historic Site (home of Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole, Catskill), Columbia County Historical Museum (Kinderhook), FASNY Museum of Firefighting (Hudson), and Olana State Historic Site (Hudson).

Passes may be borrowed for one to three days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Passes may be reserved by calling the library at 518.828.1792 or by stopping by the library office. Most passes admit four adults, but the number admitted varies by site. Library members must have a current Mid-Hudson Library System card to borrow passes.

Funded by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, passes to these six culturally rich organizations were carefully chosen by the Friends and Library staff to suit the diverse interests of the local community that the Library serves.

Call soon to reserve your free passes for your family or friends (or weekend guests!), or stop by the library today!

Third Annual Photo Exhibit: Back Roads of Columbia County

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club announce the opening of the Third Annual Photography Exhibit titled Back Roads of Columbia County: An Open Photographic Exhibition, at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Twenty-seven members of the Columbia County Photo Club will participate in this exhibit, with a public reception with the artists from 5:00 until 7:00pm on the 14th. All photographs will be offered for sale at the Library, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. The exhibit will continue through October 25, 2014.

This years’ exhibition includes photographs by Paul Abitabile, Doug Stalker, Joan Lizette-Miller, J. Pierre Gontier, Joe Palumbo, Tammy Parditka, Paul Roberts, Jonathon Simons, Renee (Klein) Lawrence, Christine Dean, William Shaughnasey, Beth (Marie) Meehan, Bridget Arnold, Patricia Williams, Larry Fingar, Kara Keeler, Joe Lalka, Brian Yorck, Ken Bovat, Daniel Region, Ralph Gorgone, Steve Wildermuth, Jennifer Bock, Trudi Roth, Joe Parditka, Deborah Lans and Kristen Stoddard.
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The Joy of Cook Books, Fresh This Season!

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Back by popular demand— the Friends of the Hudson Area Library Cook Book Sale is coming to the Hudson Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 9th from 9:30 til 1pm.

Whether you’re looking to expand your kitchen’s library, improve your skills, or just try out some new recipes with great fresh ingredients, this special sale will offer an eclectic collection of vintage, new, and used cook books in many categories. Included will be titles for gourmet, quick meals and menus, summer barbecues and grilling, entertaining and ethnic cuisines. There will be hundreds of titles and food groups to choose from, including appetizers, salads, meats, seafood, vegetables, desserts and more! All books will be offered at very low discount prices for this mouth-watering sale.
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100 Years into the Past: An Informal Evening of Discussion with the Prison Public Memory Project

trainingschoolforgirlssummereveningsceneHow did Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls view treatment and training practices 100 years ago? Liesl Schnabel, Prison Public Memory Project’s summer researcher, has been researching and exploring that question this summer.

You are invited to join the Prison Public Memory Project to discuss her findings this Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Hudson Area Library.