Book Group Winter Selections and Dates

The Hudson Area Library Book Group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month on a Wednesday from 4-5pm. This month, they will meet on Wednesday, January 24 to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Upcoming books and dates include: February 28 for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and March 28 for Dear Red by Maureen McNeil. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the organizer and moderator. New members are always welcome.

To register for updates on this book group, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Save the Date: 2018 Ghostly Gallop

Gallop sneakers

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop 5K race will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018. All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library.

All festivities take place at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534. Click here to view the course map, a USATF Certified course. The Ghostly Gallop route for 2018 will be identical to the 2017 route.

Stay tuned for more info.

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Thank you!

We are grateful to our friends and neighbors in Hudson for your overwhelming support of our community-based funding initiative. We are humbled by your generosity and thrilled that so many of you agree that a great public library is an essential part of a great community. We look forward to increasing our hours, programs and services in the new year with your support!

Thank you also to our friends and neighbors in Greenport who voted in favor of our community-based funding initiative. As of the close of polls, we were down by 19 votes in Greenport, but there are still over 100 absentee ballots to count. We’ll share the final results once absentees are counted. [UPDATE: The proposition was not passed in Greenport.]

Every vote counts and we thank all who voted YES on our community-based funding initiative for their support.

If you have not yet visited our beautiful facility at 5th and State Street, we encourage you to stop by. If you have ideas for programs and services you would like to see offered in the new year, please reach out to us at info@hudsonarealibrary.org. And make sure you have subscribed to our newsletter so you will be among the first to hear about our upcoming programs!

– from the Staff and Trustees of the Hudson Area Library

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Where the Library Stands


Come learn what’s going on at the Library. On Tuesday, October 31 at 6pm, Library Director, Emily Chameides, will offer an informational presentation about the Library’s community based funding initiative and be available for Q&A about the initiative and about Library programs, resources and services. The presentation will be held in the Library’s Community Room. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

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Ghostly Gallop Photos and Results!

The 17th Ghostly Gallop 5K is in the record books. Congratulations to over 300 runners and walkers that turned out to support our library! See official USATF results here: www.albanyrunningexchange.org.

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, cheering squads and volunteers for helping make the GG5K such a wonderful community event!

Thank you to Photography by K Keeler for photographing the event! Check out the slideshow below.

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Thank you to all our sponsors!

Our Top Sponsors
Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci
Ronsani Brothers Paving

Our Valued Sponsors
Albany Medical Center, Claverack Cooperative Insurance Co., Columbia Memorial Health, Greenberg & Greenberg, Ginsberg’s, Kristal Heinz, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Hudson Financial, LLC, Matthew Signs, James Kleinbaum, Toni Koweek, Lisa Dolan, Pilates Hudson, Stewart’s Shops, TK Home and Garden, The Spotty Dog, Steiner’s Sports, Sweet Tree Service, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Whitbeck Benedict and Smith

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Join Kim Bach for the Ghostly Gallop 5K

Time for some inspiration! The organizing committee of Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop 5K will be presenting Verdigris’ Kim Bach with Bib #3 and honor her with the position of “lead walker” at this Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop.

Many of you may recognize Kim’s smile from seeing her at one of her two Verdigris shops in Catskill and Hudson. But, you may not know that she has just returned from a trek halfway across Spain ON FOOT! Continue reading

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Costume Competition at the 2017 Ghostly Gallop

In a bow to the Halloween season and the name of the event, the 2017 Ghostly Gallop will include a costume competition with prizes to be awarded in both children’s and adults categories. All entrants must compete wearing their costumes during the 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

One prize will be awarded to the adult wearing the most creative outfit. That prize includes a $100 gift certificate from Pilates Hudson and a $25 gift certificate from American Glory. For children, trophies will be awarded for costumes in several categories: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Action Hero, Best Ghost/Goblin or Scariest, and Best Character from a Book. Teams are invited to wear outfits during the race, however no team costume prizes will be awarded. Continue reading

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