Library Hours for Christmas and New Year’s

The library will have limited hours for some days around Christmas and New Year’s. The complete list of hours of operation are down below. Merry Christmas and happy New Year, from all of us at the Hudson Area Library!

Sun., Dec. 23, 1pm-4pm
Mon., Dec. 24, CLOSED
Tues., Dec. 25, CLOSED
Wed., Dec. 26, 12pm-8pm
Thurs., Dec 27, 9am-5pm
Fri., Dec. 28, 9am-5pm
Sat., Dec. 29, 10am-3pm

Sun., Dec. 30, 1pm-4pm
Mon., Dec. 31, CLOSED
Tues., Jan. 1, CLOSED
Wed., Jan. 2, 9am-8pm

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The Ghostly Gallop Returns With New Course, New Start Time

Photo credit: Karen Davis

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop will again start and end at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, but participants in the 5k run/walk will navigate a new, officially sanctioned course for the first time. The 5k run/walk will start at 10:30am Sunday, October 21. A Kids One Mile Fun Run for children 11 and under will start at 10am.

The new road course takes participants past the library, the beneficiary of proceeds from the day’s events, and reduces traffic disruptions. The course was measured and certified by USA Track & Field. The 5k run, for the first time this year, is part of the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series, a series of events that test runners over various distances and in differing conditions.

Participants and spectators for the 5k run/walk and Kids One Mile Fun Run will find ample free parking at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, near the start/finish line. Continue reading

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Minecraft Club After-School and Saturday Sessions

The library’s Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and fight together on our special servers, is back to its after-school and Saturday sessions. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode! These club meetings are Wednesdays 3:30 – 5pm beginning September 5, led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Costa, and Saturdays 12 – 2pm beginning September 29, with Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson. 

To register for either session, email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library. Please note that the pre-existing Wednesday session is full as of this writing, but we can add you to a waitlist.

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The Library is Closed Wednesday, February 7

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Source: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ezras-books/the-snowy-day/

The Hudson Area Library is closed Wednesday, February 7 due to inclement weather and road conditions. For additional area cancellations check out the websites for or tune in to 90.7FM, 98.5FM, 93.5FM, 1230AM, and the Register-Star.

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Read Our Senior Writing Class’s Zine!

This past September and October, we offered the second semester of our Creative Writing for Seniors class, taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist, Maureen McNeil. This class was offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center and is made possible in part by funds from Mid-Hudson Library System. We’ve put the results of that class together into a zine, which you can enjoy by clicking here. This class has been very popular and will be offered again in Spring 2018. To be on the mailing list for more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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For Your Ears Only: Audio Clips from A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera

It’s not often that residents of the Hudson area get the insider’s view on a new creation – particularly one based on a novel that has sold over 30 million copies world-wide. But with the workshop performance of Act II, Hudson will be among the first to hear the creation of composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos – A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970s to the present era, the opera tells the story of two women from different walks of life, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Initially cold to one another, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom.

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