Save the Date: Library Advocacy Day – March 2

LibraryChampionWhile we believe that Library Advocacy Day is every day, the official Library Advocacy Day of the New York Library Association is one day – Wednesday, March 2. On this day, library advocates from across New York State will converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries.

Would you like to join us? Register to attend NYLA Library Advocacy Day by clicking here. Need a lift? Learn about a subsidized bus option and register to join the “party bus” up to Albany by clicking here. Can’t make it to Albany? You can still participate virtually and contact your elected officials by phone, email or snail mail. Learn more about NYLA Advocacy Day and NYLA’s legislative priorities by clicking here.

Valentines Day in the Kids Room


Get ready for Valentines Day in the Kids Room!

Join Ms. Pam on Tuesday, February 9, starting at 6pm, for Valentines Day stories and a craft.

Join Ms. Kathy Tuesday through Friday, February 9-12, from 3-5pm and make a Valentines Day card for someone special in your life.

Join Ms. Janice Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11 from 10am-11am and Saturday, February 13 from 11am-12pm for Valentines Day themed Pre-K Story and Craft Hour.

We’ll have all the craft supplies you need; you just need to bring your creativity and heartfelt messages. All ages are welcome.

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Supports the Library

HannafordHelpsWe are pleased to announce that the Hudson Area Library has been chosen by the Hannaford store on Route 82 in Livingston as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program! This means every time you purchase a blue reusable bag with the good karma message at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of February, the library will receive $1 to help us fulfill our mission. 

The bags cost $2.29 and can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers (make sure to get the blue bags with the good karma message). By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the library, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout. Sounds like a win win to us!

We appreciate the support of our local Hannaford store and are honored that they recognized our value to the community when selecting us as a beneficiary for this program.

Free Digital Painting Workshop for Youth

On Saturday, February 20, from 11am-3pm, youth ages 10-15 are invited to participate in a free Digital Painting workshop with our friends from Spark Media Project.

In this workshop, youth will use Wacom Tablets and Photoshop software as they learn about the creative process behind digital painting from concept to finishing touches. To create their original digital illustrations, youth will learn about frame composition, shading, perspective, and color theory, as well as tips and tools of digital visual art.

digitalpaintingSpace is limited and registration is required. To register for this workshop, please contact Spark Media Project at 845.485.4480 or register online.

This free youth media arts workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

February Book Club: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

obituarywriterThe Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30pm for a discussion of The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

All are welcome to join the book club discussion. Please contact the library at 518-828-1792 or Sharon at to be added to the book club email list.

Coming Soon: Tax Preparation Help Available!

We’ll have an Outreach Specialist from the Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, at the library on the following dates to assist eligible individuals with preparing their State and Federal Tax returns. Eligible individuals must have an income under $62,000. For more information on FSA tax assistance requirements and process please check

Thursday 2/18, 3/17, 4/14- 9am-12pm
Friday 2/19, 3/18, 4/15- 1pm-6pm

To ensure a successful FSA session, you must bring the following:

  • a copy of your federal and state tax return tax return from last year (if filed)
  • a picture ID (such as a driver’s license, a passport, or, if you live in NYC, an IDNYC)
  • an affordable healthcare statement (Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, or Form 1095-C)
  • a health insurance exemption certificate (if received)
  • information related to any credits you are claiming
  • your bank account and routing numbers (so we may directly deposit your refund)
  • proof of your income (Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, any other documents showing additional income)

Contact the library at 518-828-1792 to schedule an appointment.

Civil Rights in the 60s – Participate in our “Show and Tell”


The 1960s was a tumultuous era of marches, sit-ins, freedom rides, boycotts and rallies. Many of those who participated may have been living in our community, or later migrated here. Were YOU involved?

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a discussion for those who took part, or have first-hand knowledge of these events. We want to be a forum for those in our community to share information. Please bring photos, clippings and mementos of your involvement in the movement to the library on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm. You will be able to take them home afterwards! Please call to let us know you’re coming. 518.828.1792. We want to make sure we have enough chairs!
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whalehocrowdThanks to all who braved the 17 degree weather to join us at Cafe Le Perche for WHALE HO! last Thursday. It was a standing room only crowd! The grog was a nice bit of liquid warmth and the talk, led by whaling expert Carlo DeVito, was informative and lively. Although most of the conversation was based on the book The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex, DeVito included additional information specifically about Hudson – since it was such a whaling center in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

Book sales were brisk, but if you missed getting a copy, Kelley Drahushuk, owner of Spotty Dog Books and Ale, just sent us this e-mail:

If anyone wants a copy of this beautiful book, stop by the Spotty Dog in the next week or so – I have signed copies and am happy to support the library with your purchase. I had a great time. And the grog was indeed delicious.

Thanks to Cafe Le Perche for providing us with this warm and comfortable venue and for the delicious food. Thanks to the volunteers and, of course, all of you supporters!