Watercolor with your Grandperson! Make a Holiday Card or Picture

Program Description: Watercolor with your Grandperson!, hosted by The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library, is taught by Gretchen Kelly, artist and teacher. It is open to grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren who will paint a picture or card in watercolors with a holiday theme using pine cones, wreaths, candles, menorah, Christmas trees, holly, gift boxes and much more.

 Date/Time: December 15, 1-4pm 

Registration: Registration is required. Register for one of two sessions: 1-2:15pm and 2:30-3:45pm.To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

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Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • tshirts of historic Warren Street
  • giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!

Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading

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The Hudson Trolley Arrives at the Library

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Early in the 20th century, a trolley ran up and down Warren Street. Is there anyone who remembers riding the trolley?

More recently many resident of the Hudson area may remember fondly the holiday window displays at Elijah Slocum Antiques on Warren Street owned by Bob & Marie Rasner. Bob is a train (& Hudson history) enthusiast and created a train set window display with some of Warren Street’s historic buildings (a project he created himself) and some creative license of trains and trolleys running through. His local history holiday scene will be recreated in the children area of the library for all to delight in.

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Second Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Volunteer & Crafter Robin Weber

Program Description: The second Saturday Story & Craft Hour in December features a solstice-themed book reading & craft for little ones and their families with our our wonderful High Five! team member, Robin Weber.

Date/Time: December 8, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children 2 – 7 years old & their families Continue reading

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The Legacy of Anne Frank at the Library

Program Description:  The library’s newest author reading and book signing features The Legacy of Anne Frank by Gillian Walnes Perry. In Legacy, Walnes Perry, co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, explores the influence Anne Frank’s life and diary has had on young people all over the world. It contains the stories of a diverse variety of readers, including Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn, brought together by the extraordinarily articulate and wise young victim of the Holocaust. This reading is an excellent respite and refocus during the hectic holiday season and the book is certainly a great gift idea.

Date/Time: Sunday, December 9, 4-5:30pm Continue reading

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Columbia County Photo Club Exhibits at Library

Hay Bales in Autumn by Lynne Harding

Program Description: “Colors of Columbia County”, a photographic exhibit by the members of the Columbia County Photo Club will be the latest exhibition in the library’s community room. The theme of “Colors of Columbia County” was chosen to give the photo artists the opportunity and freedom to explore the power of color in the pictures they make. This will be the eighth year for the Club’s annual show, which is hosted by the Friends of The Hudson Area Library. It is an exciting show for the members because they not only display their work, but they also are able to help aid the good work of the Friends of the Library by donating 30% of the sales to the Friends, who support library programs and collections

Date/Time: Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm.

On view through December 21 during library open hours. Continue reading

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Our Tween Council at Basilica Hudson’s Farm & Flea!

Description: Come by Basilica Hudson’s amazing Farm & Flea and support our Tween Advisory Council and our History Room! Under the direction of Youth Services and Program Assistant Shanekia McIntosh the library’s Tween Advisory Council will be selling t-shirts they designed and items from our library’s History Room Shop at this weekend’s Farm & Flea Holiday Market. History Room Shop items include notecards with an historic Warren Street postcard image and giclèe prints of a 1881 Bird’s Eye View and a 1923 Aeroview map of Hudson.

Date/Time/Admission: Friday, November 23, 12-7pm; Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25, 10am-6pm; admission is $5 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free.

Location: Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY

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Visit Our Two Locations during Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018

The library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018, December 1, 5-8pm, in two different locations. Our Tween Advisory Council has created a winter hut in honor of the library and some of their favorite children’s literary characters including Peter from Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Harry Potter, and Gerald from the Elephant and Piggy series by Mo Willems. “It’s always a wonder to see the dedication our Tween Council members give when they participate in community projects. Creating a library scene in one of the winter park huts is very special because it’s for the younger children and the community to enjoy. There’s something nice about seeing a 10-year-old take responsibility for things,” stated Shanekia McIntosh, the library’s Youth Services and Program Assistant. Come and view this display in Public Square (7th Street Park) across from the St. Charles Hotel.

In addition, the library’s History Room will have an exhibit at 427 Warren Street (the former City of Hudson Police Station) featuring examples from the library’s Historic Hudson Postcard Collection and other historic images including photos of the holidays in Hudson from years past by Howard Gibson. Our local history researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our resources. Friends of the Hudson Area Library will provide home-baked desserts. And, the History Room, will have tshirts, notecards and framed and unframed giclèe copies of Hudson maps from 1881 and 1923 for sale as well as rare local history books.

Emily Chameides, Library Director, commented, “We’re excited to take part in this beloved community event and we are particularly proud to have the work of our Tween Council and the wonderful resources of our History Room celebrated through our participation.”

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