Starting from Seed: An Afternoon with Margaret Roach


TODAY! Saturday January 31, 2015, 3-5pm @ 360 Warren Street

MargaretRoachStartingFromSeedWant to grow your best vegetable and herb garden ever? It all starts with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions.  Join garden expert Margaret Roach, originator of the oft-praised website A Way to Garden (, on Saturday, January 31 from 3-5pm at the Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Let her demystify the politics and the practical “ahas” to get you growing with confidence! Bring your questions and go home with empowering handouts including a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules. Garden resources including Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand to entice you with their offerings. This event is a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets are $25. To reserve your ticket, select Add to Cart below and make your payment through PayPal. Tickets may also be reserved in the office at the Hudson Area Library (check or cash).

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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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Save the Date: February Local History Speaker Series features Art Smith

                                  Hudson Widow’s Son                                            Lodge No. 7    F.   &   A. M.

Hudson Widow’s Son
Lodge No. 7 F. & A. M.

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Arthur Smith to the library on Saturday, February 7th at 3:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Smith will offer a presentation discussing the History of the Hudson Masonic Lodge. There will also be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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February Book Club Pick: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

February 2015 Book Club

February 2015 Book Club

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for their February meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, February 26 at 3:30 pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.
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Library Closed Tuesday, January 27

The Hudson Area Library is closed Tuesday, January 27 due to inclement weather and road conditions. Questar III’s GED class and the Columbia County Photo Club meeting held at the Library are also canceled. For additional area cancellations check out the websites for or tune in to 90.7FM, 98.5FM, 93.5FM, 1230AM, and the Register-Star.

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Almost Halfway!

David Murphy and Theresa Parsons raise the thermometer
As 2014 came to a close, the total on our Campaign thermometer was increased by almost $200,000! At $850,000, we’re almost halfway to our three-year goal of $2 million. The campaign’s end-of-year report itemized gifts and pledges from individuals, businesses, foundations, a grant from New York State and proceeds from fundraisers.

The year also saw the beginning of construction at the new site. How exciting it has been to witness the transformation within the Armory’s walls, as well as the progress on the outside! A recent construction milestone was the provision of an access ramp leading to the newly defined main entrance on Fifth Street. When the Armory is completely transformed, we’ll be in a wonderful new space – twice the size of our current facility. Right now there are great opportunities for contributors to help in the creation of our 21st century library. No longer a place just for books, we’re creating a center for learning, a digital lab and a community center. Make a donation to the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and add your support!

Story Hour with Special Guest, Jerrice Baptiste

JerriceBaptisteHudson Valley based poet and educator, Jerrice Baptiste, will be our special guest during Story Hour on Wednesday, January 14 at 10am. Baptiste will read from her children’s book, Tu Es Ma Belle, a poetic story about a young girl’s Haitian family tradition that ties together family living in many different places and across generations.

Book Sale Blitz

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is celebrating the New Year with a Book Sale Blitz! For two days only, everything in the Book Sale Room will be half price. This incredible sale starts on Friday, January 16th from 1-5pm, and continues on Saturday, January 17th from 10 -2pm.
The shelves are packed with a wide assortment of new and gently used books, all carefully sorted and displayed for easy browsing. An assortment of specialty and newly released books in a multitude of categories, including a wide range of unique vintage and collectible books, will also be offered.
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Local History Speaker Series presents Ted Filli

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Ted Filli to the library on Saturday, January 10th at 3:30pm as our first guest speaker of 2015 in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Filli will offer a presentation focusing on prehistoric artifacts of the Hudson Valley Native Americans, with a hands-on sampling of actual items from his personal collection. There will also be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Snow date for Ted Filli presentation: January 17, 3:30pm. Note: Lisa LaMonica was originally scheduled to speak at our Local History Speaker Series on January 17, but had to cancel. We will let you know when the event with LaMonica is rescheduled.

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