Book Sale Room Blowout Sale!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room Sign

In order to make room for new inventory, the Friends Book Sale Room will feature hundreds of great books in a special discount sale this Saturday! All fiction books (both hard and softcover) will be buy one/ get one free (that’s 2 for $1) and all paperback books (mass market) will be 3 for $1. The shelves are packed with hundreds of great authors and subjects, so stock up now for plentiful spring reading!

In addition to all the great fiction books, there are thousands of titles in over forty categories to choose from in the Book Sale Room. Books on art, travel, gardening, cooking, photography, poetry, memoir, history, classics, humor, large print, mystery, sports and more are all here…our inventory is the largest in the area! Hundreds of children’s books for all reading levels are also available. Movies, audio books and music also available at discounted prices.

Books make great gifts, and you can be sure to find something for everyone at this sale.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us! See you on Saturday in the Book Sale Room!


Campaign Sign is Just the Beginning


The Library’s fundraising campaign got a strong show of support by City and State representatives at Saturday’s sign raising. Pictured here, from left: Mark Orton – President of the Library Board of Trustees, Emily Chameides, Library Director, Sean Eldridge – NY 19th Congressional District candidate, Didi Barrett – NY State Assemblymember for District 106, Ridge Harris – Representing Congressman Chris Gibson of NY Congressional District 19, Deborah Simonsmeier – representing Senator Kathleen Marchione of NY’s 43rd District, Mayor William Hallenbeck of Hudson, Tiffany Garriga – 2nd Ward Alderman, Ellen Thurston – 3rd Ward Supervisor, Don Moore – President, Common Council. Not shown: John Friedman, 3rd Ward Alderman.

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Committee for the Hudson Area Library unveiled the “progress sign” charting pledges and donation achievement.  Designed by Tim Legg , graphic designer at Wingo, Inc., the sign will be updated frequently as fans of the Library donate in support of the move to the Hudson Armory – projected to take place in early 2015. Continue reading


May History Talk, Saturday May 17th

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Mary Beth Wenger to the library on Saturday, May 17th at 4pm as the 2nd speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Wenger will be discussing her book Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

Originally from Saugerties and now based in Columbia County, Wenger was an acclaimed television journalist in Albany, New York whose love of uncovering the stories of “ordinary” people carried over into her first book, Finding Grandma.  After discovering her Grandma Edna’s collection of 1920s recipes, she began a personal journey, searching for the grandmother she never knew. The resulting book is at once a scrapbook, a history lesson, a cookbook, a poignant personal story and a preservation of a bygone way of life and language from the Hudson Valley during the “Roaring Twenties”. Continue reading


Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Ellen Jensen Abbott

Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Ellen Jensen Abbott writes about her library experiences:

A Writer’s Libraryellen jensen abbott

There are many perks to being a teacher: the excitement and energy of working with youth; spending time reading and discussing great works of literature; spring break. But one of the perks has been central to my growth as a writer. That perk is the special access I get to my school library. Continue reading


May Children’s Programs

tulipsBe sure to visit the library’s table at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd for a sneak peek at our exciting summer programming! Our “Story Time on the Go” early literacy program will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this month on Saturday, May 17th. Stop by the library to check out books by our May Author of the Month, Leo Lionni, whose birthday was May 5, 1910. Check out the list of special events in the Children’s Room listed below! To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website. Continue reading


Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Kimberly Sabatini


Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Kimberly Sabatini writes about her library experiences:

Why Our Libraries Will ALWAYS be an Adventure

Today I’m writing about my love of libraries, but first I’m going to interrupt to tell you that I’m not old. Okay–I’m a little old. I’m 44 and I write for kids and teens. So, from their perspective I’m probably ancient. But, FYI, I’m young at heart, so that’s all that really matters–right? Continue reading


Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Lesa Cline-Ransome

lesaHudson Children’s Book Festival author Lesa Cline-Ransome writes about her library experiences:

On Main Street, right smack in the heart of Malden Square, sat our town library. As a child, I was a frequent flier, visiting right after school and on weekends.  I loved the smell of wood and glue and paper almost as much as I loved the books. On the shelves sat my escape, adventure, a universe of possibility, all at my fingertips. As I presented my library card and the librarian stamped the return dates on each of my selections, I reveled in each loud thunk.  The date was just a formality for me.  I devoured each book so quickly, they were returned well before the due date. Continue reading


Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24th

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its 15th Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 24th at 6pm at the Library.  This year’s guest speaker will be Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation will be “Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.”

Ms. Smith-Aldrich is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid- Hudson Library System in New York. She has assisted the 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Her specialty is helping libraries create sustainable solutions for their facilities, funding and leadership. She is also the author of the Handbook of New Public Library Directors in New York State. Continue reading