Future Hudson: An Urban Designer’s Imaginings, What ifs, and Why Nots by Matthew Frederick


Join Hudson architect and bestselling author Matthew Frederick Thursday, May 24 at 6pm as he draws on principles from his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, to explore how we might repair Hudson’s trouble spots and shape its future. We will look at a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite’s Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street. A discussion and book signing will follow. Continue reading


Reserve Free Museum Passes Today

Laurie Anderson, VR experience at MASS MoCA

Visit a museum for free this summer! With your library card, you can borrow passes to the Clark Art Institute, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Olana State Historic Site, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Columbia County Historical Society, MASS MoCA, Shaker Museum: Mount Lebanon, Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The museum pass program is made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. For more details, click here.



Know Your Flag: History of the American Flag & Flag Day

From Ciancetti/Neefus Photo Collection in Hudson Area Library History Room

Program Description: Commemorate the 241st year since the adoption of the American flag, with presentations about the history and importance of the flag, of Flag Day itself and of our ever popular Hudson Flag Day Parade. There will also be a special American flag cake.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 7 from 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This is a family-friendly event.

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Best of Columbia County: Vote for Your Favorite Library and More

The final round of voting for the Best of Columbia County is now open and our library has made it to the top three in two categories: Best Library and Best Place to Network and Relax. Voting ends May 31. Be sure to vote for your favorites in these and other categories! You must vote in at least ten categories for your vote to count. To vote, please visit the Best of Columbia County website.


Hudson Area Library Book Club Reads Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library Book Club is reading Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates for their May meeting. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library, is the organizer and moderator.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 30, 4-5pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Pre-registration appreciated but not required.

Books are available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library System. To register for this book group, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.


The Library Will be Closed on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28

This Memorial Day, the library will be closed, but our digital collection is always open. To commemorate Memorial Day, check out our selection of ebooks and audiobooks exploring military history. For a list of titles, visit the Mid-Hudson Library System Digital Downloads page. With your library card, you can download up to ten ebook or audiobook titles at a time to your desktop, e-reader, tablet or other mobile device.


Planting Activities for Young Gardeners w/ Greenport Garden Club

Program Description: Young gardeners will plant cuttings to make new plants,  plant seeds and design bouquets. All materials provided courtesy of the Greenport Garden Club, whose members will work with the youth.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 2 – 3pm

Suggested Audience: 5 – 10 year olds

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Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!

Program Description: Join us to celebrate and register for the library’s Summer Reading Program. This day will be packed with activities and entertainment celebrating the theme of our Summer Reading Program, “Sounds of Summer”. Participants will make their own musical instruments and later be able to join with the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater for a drum circle and musical games. We will have other special guests, craft activities and will also be providing families with Summer Reading Logs, book giveaways and ice cream!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 2 from 3-5pm.

Suggested Audience: This is a family event!

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