Library Fundraiser: Hudson History Bus Tour

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Program Description: Join our tenacious History Room researcher John Craig and Former Mayor Richard F. Tracy on the library’s first annual Hudson History Bus Tour for the lowdown on the REAL Hudson History! The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company (99 South 3rd Street) and winds its way through the streets of our beloved city stopping to discuss historic buildings, people, scandals and moments in history!

The tour is a fundraiser for the History Room and ticket prices will support the preservation, archiving, and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 9, 1-4pm.

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited. To order tickets click here. Continue reading

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Understanding Hudson’s Natural Resources

Two local organizations recently provided the library with additional tools to study the natural resources and ecology of Hudson.

 

Copies of Nature In The City, a 56-page report by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), are now available to pick up for free at the library and City Hall. The report was completed after four years of work, including hundreds of volunteer hours, and with two state grants. It provides a broad overview of natural and urban conditions within the city and establishes a baseline of information essential to ensuring the health and well-being of Hudson’s citizens, civic spaces and natural resources.

If you want to get up close and personal with Hudson’s natural resources, use your library card to check out one of the Estuary Explorer Backpacks provided by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC). Then, proceed on your expedition with all the tools you need to investigate the local ecosystem according to one of the following themes: night sky, hiking, birding, insects, or water. Continue reading

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Architectural Roots of New England Houses

Photo Credit: Ian Stewart

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents: A Truly American Form: Anglo Dutch Houses, Their Roots, Form, and Legacy by Ian Stewart. In the former New Netherland a new house form arose in the latter years of the 18th century and became a common sight in New England in the first half of the 19th century. This talk focuses on the framing of these houses and their various forms, as well as a brief discussion of their English and Dutch predecessors, and the circumstances which may have led to the creation of this hybrid.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Gallery Hop Visits Tom Swope Gallery

Tom Swope & art at his gallery.

Program Description: In collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center, we present a Gallery Hop to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, we will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides us through his amazing collection. Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. After the gallery visit all can return to the library for a lunch and discussion.

Date/Time: Friday, June 21 from 1-3 pm

Recommended Audience/Registration Required: Adults of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. Continue reading

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Friends Book & Bake Sale Coming Up!

Program Description: We are very happy to announce that the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book & Bake Sale in the Community Room at the library. Come one, come all! Find a treasure, enjoy a treat, and support the library!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 22, 10am – 3pm and Sunday, June 23, 1pm – 3:30pm Continue reading

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Escape Room: Altered Zone NY

Program Description: The year is 2100, and the world is left reeling after a suspicious spacecraft appears in the sky over Hudson, New York. A team is chosen to make first contact, and to craft a peace treaty with the “Visitors.” Unfortunately, due to a mis-translation during talks, the team is imprisoned and now war with the Visitors is imminent! Trapped in an alien crater, the team has only 15 minutes to escape, fix their mistake, and warn everyone before the attacks start. The fate of mankind rests on THEIR shoulders.

Join the Tween Advisory Council for an original escape room escapade! Come and play as a ragtag team of friends, or with your family. The game is limited to 15 mins and the team that has the shortest time will win a special prize.

Date/Time: Friday, June 28, 11am-3pm. Reservation mandatory. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 for time slot. 

Age: Story line is suitable for ages 6 and up

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Auto-Renewal and Courtesy Notices


Auto-renewal of library materials and courtesy notices are going live on May 15! Two days before an item is due, we will attempt to renew the item for you. If you are signed up for email notices for your library account, you will receive a courtesy notice letting you know the new due date for any item that we are able to renew. If an item cannot be renewed (e.g. if there are additional holds on the item, or the item has reached the renewal limit), we will send you a courtesy notice by email, reminding you of the item’s due date. Phone calls will not be made for auto-renewals. If you would like to switch from phone call notices to email notices, please let staff know by visiting the main desk, emailing info@hudsonarealibrary.org, or calling 518-828-1792 x100 to update your account.

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Spring Schedule for Library’s Nonfiction Book Group

Program Description: Spring is here and so is an exciting lineup of book selections from the library’s Non-Fiction Book Group.

Date/Time: Mondays, 6-7:30pm

  • Drawdown : The Most Comprehensive Plan ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken, April 29
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean, May 13
  • No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell Moore, June 24

Recommended Audience/Registration: This monthly group is open to the public and focuses on history and social and political life in North America and is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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Spring Schedule for Library’s General Reading Book Group

Program Description: Spring is here and so is an exciting lineup of book selections from the library’s General Reading Book Group.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 5-6pm

  • The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner, April 24
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, May 29
  • The Accident by Natalie Barelli, June 26

Recommended Audience/Registration: This monthly group is open to the public and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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