History Room & Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!


Our History Room Committee 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 CDs and DVDs.   Continue reading


Spring Fashion Workshop

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

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.


Cookie Decorating Workshop for Children + Grandparents

In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center we are excited to co-present a cookie workshop for children and their grandparents Wednesday, March 28 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. Continue reading


Greenport Garden Club Offers Free Program to Hudson Area Youth at Library

The library, in collaboration with the Greenport Garden Club, is pleased to present a youth workshop, “Planting, Growing & Composting for Young Gardeners” Sunday, April 8, 2-3pm.  There will be hands-on activities in which young people ages 6 – 10 years old will plant seeds and cuttings, and exploring the importance of composting.

Registration is limited to 15. Please register in advance by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518.828.1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. This program is free and all materials will be provided to participants.

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


Celebrating the Life of Megan Carr-Wilks at Women’s History Event

Assemblymember Didi Barrett will be hosting a celebration of the life of former NYPD officer and Hudson resident Megan Carr-Wilks on Friday, March 23 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room. The event coincides with the release of the fifth volume of Assemblymember Barrett’s “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties” booklet in celebration of Women’s History Month. Megan Carr-Wilks is one of ten remarkable Hudson Valley women honored in this year’s booklet. The event is open to the public.

Megan’s family and friends will share stories about her life and contributions to our community. Megan was an officer with the NYPD during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and later moved to Hudson where she worked as a School Resource Officer with the Hudson City School District. She passed away in 2017 from cancer related to her service as a first-responder during 9/11. Continue reading


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. Continue reading


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. 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. Continue reading