Local History Speaker Series: The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home


The library’s History Room is proud to presents the latest in its Local History Speaker series: “The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home” by Gary Sheffer on Thursday, March 22 at 6pm.

Many long-time Hudsonians remember the dying days of The General Worth Hotel at 215 Warren Street: the collapsing ceilings, the rotted windows, and the omnipresent pigeons. The glorious life of this once-grand hotel came to an end in 1969, when it was razed after it was deemed a public health and safety hazard — despite the fact that it had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more than 100 years, this urban Greek Revival hotel was the cultural and hospitality center of Hudson, with waiters and waitresses speeding across a black-and-white tile floor to serve dinner to patrons, wedding celebrants, and the regulars. Named after Hudson’s most famous resident, General William Jenkins Worth (as in Fort Worth, Texas), the hotel was built in 1836-37 when Hudson was a bustling port city. Writer Henry James allegedly arrived for dinner in 1905, “with two ladies and a French poodle.” Told the dog was not welcome, he dined elsewhere.

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History Room & Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!


Hudson Area Library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering for the second time on a book sale in the community room on Saturday, March 24, 10am – 2pm. This is a rare opportunity to purchase very unique books on local history as well as new and gently used books on a variety of subjects including art books as well as CD’s and DVD’s.  

The History Room is selling books outside its collection (or extra copies) and has books not previously offered in the first sale. Also, on sale are prints of a 1923 dirigible eye-view of Hudson; two framed ($450) and 6 unframed ($150). The unframed image is 23 x 35 inches. The framed size (to archival standards) is 31 x 43 inches.

All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will have current books, art books, CD’s, DVD’s and all items are in good condition. All proceeds from the Friends’ portion of the sale will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

There will also be homemade baked goods for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, and enjoy a baked good!  For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.



Spring Fashion Workshop

We pleased to present a special three day spring break workshop for tweens and teens on fashion! This program is a collaboration with local high fashion retailer Kasuri Hudson and local designer ENKYU . It will be held on Monday, April 2 to Wednesday, April 4, from 10-3pm. 

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Does your child have any interest in fashion? Then, this is the workshop for them.

This three day intensive will cover a brief history of fashion and design, deconstruction and sewing that will culminate in a collaborative fashion collection under the guidance of local designer Enky Baryarsaikan (ENKYU) and Kasuri Creative Director Jonathan Osofsky. Local photographer and fashion merchant Tom Roeschlein (CMYLOOK) will help to create a look book and the pieces will be sold at Kasuri Hudson with proceeds going straight to the young designers themselves.

This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Lunch is provided. 

For more information or to sign up email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Hannaford Helps Community Bags Support the Friends!

The Friends of 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 Hannaford Helps Community Bag at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of March, the Friends will receive $1 to help fulfill their mission. The bags can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers. By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the Friends, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout. Sounds like a win-win!


High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child: Spring Edition!

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, our fifth 5-week early literacy family program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018. Our spring session includes “Using Mealtime, Using Music & Song, and Using Nature to Develop Pre-Reading Skills” as well as “How Farmers’ Market Trips Develop Vocabulary”, and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Guest readers/instructors include chef Nicole LoBue, musician Abby Lappen, and Heidi Bock of the Columbia Land Conservancy. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. There will be special events during and following sessions.

Join our supportive community of families. The program begins with Story Time in the library with our facilitator Kathy Mabb and special guest readers. Then during Craft Time, children ages 2+ can stay in the library while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods kids like to eat.

Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.


Cookie Decorating Workshop for Children + Grandparents

In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center we are beyond excited to co-present a cookie workshop for children and their grandparents Wednesday March 28th from 3:30 -4:30pm

Kathy Parchuck, children’s library assistant teams up with culinary artist Theresa Corrigan, proud grandmother of eight and former student of the Culinary Institute of America. Theresa will share her icing techniques and whimsical style to help you and the little ones turn sugar cookies into edible works of art. While this program focuses on grandparents and grandchildren, families in general are warmly invited.

So hippity hop on over to the library with your favorite Easter bunny to create festive springtime treats!

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

To register for this workshop, call 518.828.1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, or visit the main desk in the library.


The Library Partners with Leisler Institute & Gotham Center on Local History Talk on Native Americans

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, will present Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Dr. William A. Starna on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm at the library.

William Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations. He has received several fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and a New York State Library Research Residency. Dr. Starna is a Fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the board of trustees, The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. For many years Starna was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. He has written many books and articles on Native American and colonial history.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Spots Available in Junior High Tutoring Center

In collaboration with the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program we are providing a Junior High Tutoring Center for students in the Hudson City School District that meets at the library Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm.

There is still time to register your child for the remainder of the school year. This program began last year as a pilot through a Berkshire Taconic grant and was quite successful academically and in helping students’ have more positive attitudes toward their work. It is being funded this year through  an Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention Grant.

Students receive support for their homework and classwork with a tutor coordinator, math tutor and volunteer tutors. The program strives to have as much one-on-one tutoring as possible. The tutor coordinator, Bernadette Martin, and math tutor, Mario Verna, communicate directly with the guidance counselor and teachers at the school coordinating on what students need to work on.

This center is for students who want extra help with their work, academic support for skills they are currently learning, or who need a place, with some structure, to make sure they get their work done. Parents should register their child for the tutoring center by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518.828.1792 x101.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Hudson Area Library’s new nonfiction book group has decided to discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond at their next meeting, April 5, 6-7:30pm.

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and McArthur “Genuis” Grant winner Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

The book is available to borrow in print, ebook, and on CD through the library. To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call or stop by the main desk at the library

Book club selections are chosen based on participants’ suggestions. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions.