Hudson River Exchange Summer Market – Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Hudson River Exchange for two full days at the waterfront. A celebration of all things handmade and locally sourced, this is a market you won’t want to miss!

Look for the Friends table on Saturday, June 28th from 10 til 6 and on Sunday from 11 til 4, with vintage children’s books, handmade bookmarks, recipe cardholders, and Kindle covers as well as original art pieces made from recycled books. And bring the kids—there’ll be a special children’s craft and reading area sponsored by the Friends and Kites Nest.

For more information on this event, please visit the Hudson River Exchange website. We hope to see you there!


Tickets Now on Sale for Friends Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Set sail with the Friends of the Hudson Area Library for what is certain to be a high point of the summer, the Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Hudson River, Saturday, July 12th. This year’s cruise will feature a spectacular local fireworks display with unobscured viewing onboard the Spirit of the Hudson.

The cruise sails from the dock at the Hudson Riverfront Park at 7:30pm for a festive evening of magnificent views of the Hudson Valley at sunset, live jazz, cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres, all while cruising on the enchanting Hudson. Boarding begins at 7pm and will return to the waterfront dock at 10pm. Also featured will be a raffle with many unique items and free door prizes on board. Raffle items include theater tickets, gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, as well as many goods and services.

Join the Friends for this great opportunity to support the library and enjoy a fabulous evening on the Hudson River, a win-win for everyone!

Tickets are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets will be sold at the Hudson Area Library at $60 per person. Tickets are not refundable. To reserve tickets, call 518.828.1792, Tuesday through Saturday. Or stop by the Library at 400 State Street and get your tickets today!


Friends donate DVDs in honor of Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library has recently purchased and donated fifteen new documentary DVDs for the Library’s permanent collection. The titles were carefully chosen by the Library staff to reflect their patrons’ interest in this subject and media. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

The new DVDs cover a wide range of subjects, including hip hop, art, Hurricane Katrina, the Civil Rights Movement, sports, and World War Two. The titles of the new DVDs are: American Experience: Freedom Riders; A Man Named Pearl; Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest; Eyes on the Prize: Americans Civil Rights Years 1954-1965; Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; Trouble the Water; Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars; Style Wars; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; Black is…Black Ain’t; and Wattstax: The Special Edition. In addition, the following DVDs will also be arriving soon: Black Power Mixtape; God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan; Little Girls; and Planet B-Boy.

All titles are available at the Hudson Area Library or can be ordered through the online catalog. Each DVD can be borrowed for up to seven days, completely free of charge with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community. For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the Library at 518-828-1792 or through our online contact form.


Love Your Library – Buy A Heart!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are celebrating “Love Your Library” month with their “Buy a Heart” program at the Library. Patrons and book lovers can purchase a paper heart for a donation of any amount and inscribe it with their personal statement of why they love the library or what the Library means to them. The hearts will then be placed throughout the Library for all to view.

Now in its thirteenth year, The Friends assist the Hudson Area Library through many fundraising programs in order to purchase new books and multimedia and for valuable programs that would not otherwise be available to the community. Each paper heart purchased will enable the Friends to continue to contribute new books, movies, and other media to the Library’s growing collection. These contributions help increase access to media for the hundreds of community members who visit the Library each and every week. Anyone can play an important role in this ongoing mission and support the Library!

The Friends boasts more than 200 members who contribute annually to the Friends’ mission. Dedicated and energetic volunteers raise funds and awareness for the Library by participating in and supporting local community events, plus the twice monthly book sales in the Book Sale Room. Monies raised through these many efforts have enabled them to purchase many new books, DVDs and other media, supplies for the History Room, books and craft materials for the Children’s Room and the renovation of the Book Sale Room. In addition, they have been able to fund interesting and relevant guest speakers and special programming for the Library.

The Friends look forward to seeing everyone at the Library this month! So have a heart— buy a heart!