Ghostly Gallop Now Includes Cycling


Photo credit: Karen Davis

Photo credit: Karen Davis

This year, our 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding. Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day. Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15 with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings. Perfect for Fall! The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16. For details, to register or volunteer, go to

Do You Love Musicals?


musicalsThen you’ll want to get tickets to an upcoming event, Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation. Composer/lyricist Neil Bartram (R) and director/writer Brian Hill (L) will be sharing stories of their myriad projects – including conceptual ideas and songs, during a performance at the Hudson Area Library on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 at 6pm.

Learn what goes on behind the velvet curtains. Share lyric hits and misses with the composer. Find out what story ideas were non-starters. The collaborators might give us a sneak preview of tunes and stories from projects that are currently in the works: an adaptation of Gene Roddenberry’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Senza Luce an original production about a town buried so deeply in the Italian Alps that it never sees the light of day, You are Here, a one-woman musical, and an adaptation Hill is currently working on – Universal Film’s October Sky.

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From the Page to the Stage – Teen Theater Program


This fall, teens ages 13+ are invited to join independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, for “From the Page to the Stage” a hands-on, engaging theatre program. The program will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm for 10 weeks, October through December, culminating in a free performance on December 13 for the entire community. Participants will explore literary works and will choose selections to adapt as performance pieces. The rehearsal process will stretch the participants’ abilities as they divide the tasks at hand among themselves and together produce works of theatrical art.

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Photo by: Patrick Weishampel via Portland Center Stage Flickr album (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The program is free and open to all teens 13+. To register or for more information please call 518-828-1792 x101, email, or stop by the front desk for a registration form.

This program is made possible in part with the generous support of the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.

Consumer Reports Online Available With Your Library Card!


The Consumer Reports logo, with the name in standard font, and the O in Consumer colored red.
Consumer Reports magazine is a trusted source for people seeking out the best, most reliable products and services. From appliances, to computers, to cars, to retirement options, Consumer Reports has rigorously tested and rated them all. We have made their print magazine available to patrons for a long time, but now you will also be able access their full website using your library card! The website offers even more than the magazine, with an interface better suited for browsing and searching, as well as videos and blogs. They are also better able to update their information online.

To access with your library card, click here.

October Book Club: Before the Fall

beforethefallThe Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:30pm in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library for a discussion of Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion.

About the book:

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

Local History Speaker Series: Dr. Thomas Mounkhall on the Hudson River in a World History Context

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).

A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country. The Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

James Baldwin’s America: A Free Screening of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

A black man and woman sit on a porch. The woman sits in a chair. The man, dressed in overalls, sits on the floor of the porch, reading a bookJoin us for a free screening of James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7pm in the library’s Community Room. This screening is being offered as a kickoff to a reading and discussion series on Baldwin in partnership with the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ Hudson. All are welcome to attend the screening.

Go Tell it on the Mountain was James Baldwin’s first novel. “The book”, he said, “I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” It tells the moving story of a 14 year-old African American boy, growing up in Harlem in the 1930’s and struggling to find himself despite his tyrannical step-father. The stellar cast includes Paul Winfield, Alfre Woodard, Olivia Cole, Ruby Dee and Giancarlo Esposito.

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously. The novel explores the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history, and is a powerful introduction to Baldwin’s work.

This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York Council for the Humanities. The program is done in partnership with Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ-Hudson. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email or stop by our front desk.