Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24th


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its 15th Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 24th at 6pm at the Library.  This year’s guest speaker will be Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation will be “Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.”

Ms. Smith-Aldrich is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid- Hudson Library System in New York. She has assisted the 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Her specialty is helping libraries create sustainable solutions for their facilities, funding and leadership. She is also the author of the Handbook of New Public Library Directors in New York State. Continue reading

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Calling All Kids to Participate in National Poetry Month by Reciting Your Favorite Poem!


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library proudly presents a Poetry Reciting Contest for Kids (ages 6 to 12) judged by local author, Rebecca Wolff. Rebecca Wolf is a published poet and editor for Fence Magazine and Fence Books. 

In continued support of children’s literacy, The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is supporting this event to further engage the local community in the appreciation of poetry. 

Presentations will be held Saturday April 26th at 1 PM at the Hudson Area Library with winners announced the same day. Prizes for 1st Place Winner and Runner-Up will be awarded based on Presence, Clarity, Drama, Understanding, and Accuracy. Participants should come prepared and rehearsed by choosing a great poem and making sure that the reading is no shorter than 90 seconds and no longer than 3 minutes. 

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World Book Night is Wednesday, April 23rd

world book night

Hudson Area Library will be participating in this year’s World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23rd all day, and do you know what that means? Free books!

World Book Night (WBN) is a national campaign to give out free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers, or those who could not otherwise afford their own books. April 23rd was selected as the date for World Book Night as it is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. Each year the World Book Night committee chooses books by a wide array of award winning and best selling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and large print. This year’s 39 titles were chosen based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography and were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers, and WBN givers.

The Library is proud to be a World Book Night Giver this year! We will be giving away 20 free copies of The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. The Zookeeper’s Wife is the amazing true story of zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who hid Jews in their Warsaw zoo during World War II. The books are first come first served, be sure to stop by the Library on the 23rd to get your copy!

Spring Break Activities in the Children’s Room

Kids Break Week

During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will offer special programming each day as well as our regularly scheduled programming. We hope you’ll join us! All ages welcome!


Poetry & Songs en Espanol
Tuesday, April 15, 12pm-2pm

Will Pflaum, of Hudson’s new homeschool group HATCH, will translate an old Spanish poem that has never before been translated into English. Pflaum, who will instruct this program entirely in Spanish, will also teach kids a song from Argentina & have his guitar & drums on hand for some musical fun!

Kids Fun Night
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30pm-7:30pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Wednesday, April 16, 10am-11am

What Can You Make With an Egg Carton?
Wednesday, April 16, 12pm-5pm

A critter garden. A flower wreath. Tulips, goggles, fish, ships, owls, & turtles! Use recycled cardboard egg cartons to make any of these ideas, or come up with your own!

Scholarshop with Operation Unite
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm-5pm

ESL Language Enrichment
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm


Pre-K Story Hour
Thursday, April 17, 10am-11am

Make Your Garden Grow!
Thursday, April 17th from 12-5pm

The Kids First Initiative, the Hudson Community Garden, & the HCSD Enrichment Initiative have collaborated for this exciting program. We will plant basil, parsley, lavender, mint, calendula, marigold, lemon balm & kale seeds using paper towel tubes & organic soil. Information will be provided on how to care for your plants at home & ideas for using your herbs, flowers, & veggies in recipes & teas.


Hear a Poem, Draw a Picture!
Friday, April 18th from 12pm-3pm

During this program, kids will listen to poems & use their imaginations to draw pictures of what’s happening in the poems.

Local History Speaker Series Kicks Off With World History Perspective

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivers inaugural presentation in Local History Speakers Series
Thank you to Dr. Thomas Mounkhall and the many community members who joined us on Sunday, March 30 for the inaugural presentation of the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series. Mounkhall shared a thought-provoking presentation linking important regional historical events with significant developments in World History.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series will offer bimonthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The next event is scheduled for May 17 at 4pm and will feature a talk by Mary Beth Wenger, author of Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes. We hope you will join us!

April Children’s Programs

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In April, we celebrate National Poetry Month & Earth Day on April 22. Throughout the month, the Children’s Room will host activities that celebrate our amazing Earth, including recycled art, seed planting, & an educational nature program. In honor of National Poetry Month, we will have a special workshop with poetry & songs in Spanish & a program where we invite kids to draw pictures of what comes to their imaginations while listening to poems. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will wrap up the month with a Kids Poetry Reciting Contest. During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will have extra staff hours: Tues., April 15 (12-8PM), Wed. April 16 (10AM-8PM), Thurs., April 17 & Fri., April 18 (10AM-5PM). The Children’s Room special events calendar is listed below. To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website.

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Hudson Area Library Announces Spring & Summer Storytime on the Go Events

April Storytime on the Go
Sunday, April 13, 1pm-4pm
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park Gazebo

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The Hudson Area Library has scheduled monthly outdoor early literacy events at different locations throughout our community. Storytime on the Go aims to provide parents and caregivers opportunities to bond with their infants and toddlers while also fostering early literacy skills, such as vocabulary, letter recognition, and awareness of books. We will have a wide selection of free board books for attendees to bring home.
“Storytime on the Go gives us a unique opportunity to share the library’s resources at different locations throughout Hudson,” said Hudson Area Library Youth Services Coordinator Jaclyn Bruntfield. “Our goal is to connect with families and caregivers in our community while emphasizing the importance of providing children with ample opportunities to explore the limitless world of stories and literature. We hope our efforts will help in preparing children for success in school and other future endeavors.”
Storytime on the Go is made possible by the Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative with grant support from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and cooperation from the City of Hudson, the Hudson Farmers Market, Hudson Housing Authority, and the Town of Greenport.
The events, geared toward children ages 0-5, include the following:
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park Gazebo
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Hudson Farmers Market
6th St. and Columbia St., Hudson
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Bliss Towers Courtyard
2nd St. and State St., Hudson
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Hudson Farmers Market
6th St. and Columbia St., Hudson
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Greenport Town Park Pavilion
Joslen Blvd., Greenport

Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce a new language learning program for adults coming soon to the library this spring. Starting April 16, this series of free classes will offer community members the opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker.

The Mandarin Chinese for Beginners class will introduce students to basic vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin – writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters. The class will run for 8 weeks from April 16 through June 4, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 at the Hudson Area Library, located at 400 State Street in Hudson.

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Calling all Story Tellers/Writers/Bloggers….


Help us tell the story of why the Library is important.

As many of you know, we are raising money towards new furnishings and fixtures to be used when we move to our new facility, The Armory on the corner of 5th Street and State, sometime in 2015 (We hope!).  To that end, we are working to let the public know how important a Library can be.

We are starting a program featuring our members and friends writing short articles (no more than 300 words – a page) to be published on the library website.  We want to showcase all the ways Libraries are important – whether to children or adults, English speakers or those with English as a second language, whether at the Hudson Area Library, or a Library from your past.

 Twice monthly, we will publish a story and hope to be able to Tweet excerpts and run the feature on Facebook, too. 

Don’t worry if your grammar isn’t perfect.  Don’t worry if your sentences get a bit muddled.  We’ll fix it up so it’s perfect before it’s published.  The most important thing is to tell stories about your Library experiences

  • Do you have fond memories of a childhood Librarian? 
  • Did you look forward to the weekly visit to your childhood Library? 
  • Do you rely on your local Library for business-related information? 
  • Have classes at the Library helped you with a hobby or a new career? 
  • Did you discover an author accidentally that changed your life? 

There are lots and lots of stories to tell. What’s yours?

We’re eager to enlist as many in the community as possible.  This isn’t an on-going commitment.  Volunteers will be contacted and asked to write a story (or two).  No more than that. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Library Director Emily Chameides at 518.828.1792 or via e-mail at