Norma Hart Has Passed Away

Norma HartWe have sad news to share. Norma Hart, longtime library supporter, Friend, and former librarian, has passed away. Many have fond memories of her in the Children’s Room, and to this day remember the library as ‘Ms. Hart’s Library.’ Norma was also the visionary and creator behind the formation of the Library’s History Room Collection over 40 years ago.

After being honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library at their Annual Meeting in April 2014, Ms. Hart shared these words of wisdom: “you have to bring some light to whatever corner of the world you are in.” We are forever grateful to Ms. Hart for her many contributions to the library and for shining her light in our little corner of the world for so many wonderful years. We will miss her dearly.

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October Book Club Pick: The Light Between Oceans

lightbetweenoceansThe Hudson Area Library Book Club has chosen to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, October 22 at 3:30 pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

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

The Best of Hudson: A Photographic Exhibition On View at the Hudson Area Library

"Mexican Radio" by Carol Denton

“Mexican Radio” by Carol Denton

The Best of Hudson: A Photographic Exhibition, sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club announce the opening of the Fourth Annual Photography Exhibit at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson. Twenty-six members of the Columbia County Photo Club are participating in this exhibit, with over fifty images on display. All original photographs are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. The exhibit will continue through October 20, 2015.
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Multi-Media Animation Workshop For Kids!

animationworkshopOur friends at Spark Media Project return on Saturday, September 19 for a free one-day animation workshop for kids ages 7-12. Students in this class will learn 2 different types of animation – stop motion animation and digital animation.

First, they will create characters out of paper and learn how to create the illusion of movement. Then they will use a brand new, state-of-the-art program to create their own digital animations – choose a character, create an original background, and then use a computer program to animate the character using facial recognition and voice recordings.

The workshop runs from 10am-4pm on September 19. Space is limited and registration is required. Reserve a spot for your 7-12 year old by calling Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480, email or register online.

Memorialize a Loved One in the Book of Remembrance

BookOfRemembranceWe are proud to announce an important addition to the list of ways someone can be remembered at the Library. Board Member and former Librarian Betsy Hamilton has donated a Book of Remembrance that is on display in the Library. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a friend, acquaintance or loved one, stop by or contact the library to make a donation and to record their name in the book. The amount can be kept confidential if you choose. There are so many who have valued the Library throughout their lives, this is a way to help us grow and be equally as valued for years to come. For more information, contact the library at or 518-828-1792.

Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Arlene Levinson

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Arlene Levinson to the library on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Levinson will present the history of the Jewish community in Hudson from the late 1800’s and the founding of the Congregation Anshe Emeth.
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