Fourth Annual Super Summer Kid’s Book Sale, now with Vintage Children’s Books Too!

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Hey Kids! Come to the best ever Super Summer Kids Book Sale and find great books for vacation reading fun, books for school or your special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are offering thousands of kids’ books at bargain prices for two days so that kids from everywhere can have the opportunity to own great books at low cost. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library, have some fun and stock up on great books to encourage reading throughout the summer!

This special sale will be held on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be story time, crafts, games and activities in the Children’s Room in the library both days.

Besides the thousands of titles to choose from for every level reader, from toddlers to teens, a new feature this year will be a special selection of vintage children’s books. Great books from past times, these collector’s items are priced to sell and go fast!

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Amazing Animals Visit the Children’s Room

pictures of a boy being shown a corn snake and a girl holding a chinchilla

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC


On Saturday, July 19, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles. Species may include such animals as a rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, box turtle, bearded dragon, corn snake, and even a baby alligator. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 11am-12pm on Saturday, July 19, and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise Sails to Success!

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Thank you to all who cruised on the Hudson River to support The Friends of the Hudson Area Library last Saturday! We met new friends and enjoyed a beautiful sunset accompanied by live jazz, warm breezes, and fireworks that did not disappoint!

A special thank you to all of our new friends, the local merchants and businesses in the area who donated treasure for our raffle. We are grateful for their generosity and supporting our fundraising, and now count them among the 250 strong Friends of the Library!

Local History Speaker Series welcomes Dale Flansburg

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome railroad enthusiast, Dale Flansburg, to the library on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Flansburg will offer a presentation on the Albany-Hudson Fast Line, the electric trolley line that connected the two cities from the turn of the century to 1929.

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via http://www.nyysa.com/code/Collection.php

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via http://www.nyysa.com/code/Collection.php

The Albany-Hudson Fast Line was a third rail interurban railroad that merged the Hudson Street Railway, the Kinderhook & Hudson Railway, and the Greenbush & Nassau Electric Railway – a street railway, a steam railroad, and a new electric line. The railroad transported passengers to various stops between the two cities including the popular amusement park, Electric Park on Kinderhook Lake, which was opened in 1901 by the Albany and Hudson Railway Company with rides powered by the same third rail that powered the electric trolleys that brought visitors to the park.

A Columbia County resident, Dale Flansburg grew up in Cairo, NY, joined the Marines in the 1950s, and then came back to the area for work with IBM. Flansburg owns a private railroad museum in Germantown, NY, where he collects railroad memorabilia including station and crossing signs, dining car china, uniforms, timetables, and photographs. He has given numerous talks throughout the region and was recently featured in the documentary film, Rails to the Catskills.

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Kids Learn about Nutrition and Food Science at the Library!

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The library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer programming for youth kicked off with “Food Scientists,” a two-day program taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator Jaime O’Donnell.

Created with Nokia Smart CamThe kids learned that celery sitting in a cup of food coloring will draw the color into its stalk and that vinegar and baking soda create a foamy fizz. They also learned why sugar is bad for one’s body and took turns measuring how much sugar is in soda and energy drinks. Ms. Jaime finished up the program by helping the kids make healthy strawberry banana smoothies.

Thank you to Ms. Jaime for kicking off our summer children’s events with such a fun and educational program!

New Cookbooks Added to the Collection

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Did you know that cookbooks are the most frequently checked out adult non-fiction books at the Hudson Area Library? The number of requests for cookbooks continues to increase each year. In response to our library members’ increased demand for cookbooks, we have recently added several new titles to the collection.

Here are the most recent additions to the Hudson Area Library’s cookbook collection:

Thanks to the individual, foundation, and publisher support for making these additions to the collection possible!

Hudson Area Library Book Club to Meet July 23

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo for their July meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, July 23rd at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy.
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. 

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