Free Computer Classes at the Hudson Area Library

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computer classThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce a new series of free computer classes for adults starting later this month.

Beginning Saturday, October 25th, three classes will be held at the Library from 10-11:30am on Saturdays in the Computer Room on the main floor. The classes include an introduction to computer basics (October 25th), instruction for Internet and email communications (November 1st), and an introduction to Microsoft Word (November 15th). Class size is limited, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may register now at the Library or by phone at 518.828.1792.
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Reserve Your Ticket for the Steamboats on the Hudson Talk by Peter Stott

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Bard_Dewitt_Clinton_MMFloating palaces. That’s what they were called. They were modern, elegant, and F-A-S-T. For almost a quarter of a century, there were more than 100 steamboats traveling up and down the Hudson River. Commercial steamboat travel was instrumental in establishing the wealth and power of riverfront communities. And steamboat captains were the lords of their domain – often praised for their courteousness and quick response to emergencies.

Come hear Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and author of Looking for Work, in an illustrated talk on this alluring and romantic mode of travel. The talk will focus on steamboats and their captains during the heyday of river travel – 1824–1839. Refreshments included.

The talk with be held on Saturday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm at TK Home and Garden, 441 Warren St., 2nd Floor. Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved at the Hudson Area Library office or online (see instructions below). All proceeds benefit the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

To reserve a ticket for the Peter Stott lecture, click the add to cart button below. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket, you can change the quantity in your cart.




Friends Sponsors Literary Event Featuring Local Author Daniel B. Region

Daniel RegionThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present local author, Daniel B. Region for an afternoon literary reading and book signing on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm. Tales From Thurmons Corner, a fictional memoir, will be presented at McDaris Fine Art Gallery, 623 Warren Street in Hudson. This event is free and open to the public.

Region’s new book, the first in a trilogy, is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life. Continue reading

Armory Chili Wins First Prize at Chili Fest!

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DeWayne Powell, volunteer with the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library, accepts the First Prize medal at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest!

The Campaign for the Hudson Area Library participated in the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest this weekend where we won First Prize for our Armory Chili! First prize comes with a $500 award that will go to the Fund for the new Hudson Area Library.

Thanks to David Murphy, Theresa Timko Parsons, Betsy Miller, DeWayne Powell, and Ingrid Kildiss and Jeana Marie Lazzara of Perfect Ten for helping out at the fest! And an extra special thanks to Grazin’ Angus Acres for their contribution of beef short ribs and Josephine Proul of Local 111 for making our delicious chili. Yum.

Many thanks to all who voted for us and showed their support!

Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit

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Join millions of eBook readers around the world enjoying one book! The Big Library Read is sort of like the digital version of a library book club, in that everyone is encouraged to read the same book. This fall’s Big Library Read is Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.

Love or popularity? Anika Dragomir has done her best to hide the fact that she’s a freak. In fact, she’s climbed the social ladder to third most popular girl in school. But her romantic interest in former geek Logan McDonough could seriously jeopardize her standing – no matter how hot or mysterious he’s become. What’s a girl to do? Find out in this endearing, though-provoking, funny-yet-tragic young-adult debut novel from Andrea Portes.

This eBook will be available for unlimited simultaneous downloads from October 13 to 28, which means no holds and no waitlist; just download and enjoy! All you will need is an active library card to start downloading, so visit the Mid Hudson Library System’s Digital Downloads site for instructions on how to get started on October 13.

Support the New Library – Vote for Armory Chili!

This coming Saturday, October 11th, the Committee for the new Hudson Area Library will be serving their own chili – chock-full of secret ingredients – at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest. The event is held at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park from noon until 4pm. Admission is $5.00.
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Ticket holders get to sample more than 20 different chilies and vote for their favorite. First, second and third place chili makers receive prizes of $500, $350 and $150 respectively. Please VOTE for ARMORY CHILI and help us take home the winning check for the new Hudson Area Library!
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Book Club October Pick: A Discovery of Witches

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

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