We’re Open!

What a wonderful turn out for our Ribbon Cutting last Saturday! Instead of gray skies and flurries, we had bright sun and just a slight hint of warmer weather. Around 500 came through the doors, trying out our new computers, peeking into the History Room, meeting friends by the stacks, and exploring the Early Literacy area. Our thanks to Amanda Henry who gave tours of the Senior Center and Paula Forman, Laura Miller, Pamela Badila, and the Perfect Ten team, who passed out cupcakes on the Third Floor. 60 new library cards were created and we’re sure that as more and more of the community comes to see our beautiful new library, those numbers will increase.

Many thanks for a great day!

Photo courtesy of David Lee

Photo courtesy of David Lee

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region

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Update on the Move

Don’t miss the Opening Celebration Saturday 4/9/2016 at 10am.

Despite Monday’s Blizzard of 2016 (all 6 inches) the move is well under way. Arnoff Movers (arnoff.com) are continuing to do the heavy lifting with great professionalism. So the library is now filling up with books. One striking result is that for the first time the entire collection of over 22,000 books can be seen by simply turning around.

TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY – the various wizards from MidHudson Cable, S&F Technology, Jerry Jennings Electric, Mid Hudson Library System and our own volunteer guru of bits and bytes Michael Grisham have pulled together all of the pieces. We now have true high speed internet – 50 Mbps up and down. Undoubtedly the fastest service anywhere in the area. Almost all of the 24 public computer stations are in place and working. WiFi is everywhere. All of it fast!

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Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President David Murphy rounding up some details

Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President David Murphy rounding up some details

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Adult computing stations and adult library

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Childrens library looking towards Story Time Nook

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Kathy Parchuck sorting and arranging in the children’s craft space

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DVDs

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Adult lounge

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It’s Move Time!

Armory_After_Front (1)The shelves and furniture have been installed. Tech installation is underway and the physical move begins tomorrow, Saturday, April 2. We will close our doors at 400 State Street at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.

While we are closed, items may be returned in the curbside book return at 400 State Street, or better yet return your items on Saturday, April 9 when we reopen in our new home!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING!
10am, Saturday, April 9
51 N. 5th Street

We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment!
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Norma Hart Honored by The Friends

Friends 20K donation Mrs. Norma Hart, a Hudson resident and one of the founders of The History Room at the Hudson Area Library, has been honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library through their gift in her memory.

The volunteer organization has taken advantage of “naming opportunities” available in the new Library and designated $20,000 as a named gift for History Room furnishings and cabinets in honor of Mrs. Hart.

“Besides being instrumental in the formation of the History Room, she was also very active in the Children’s Room for many years,” said Friends President Nancy Westbrook. “It is important to The Friends and community that she be honored for her dedication to Hudson Area Library patrons.” Continue reading

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We’re Almost There!

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The shelves are in and furniture deliveries are in progress. Data hook ups, tech installation and a few more last minute items are still to go before the physical move begins. Our plan is to close the current Library at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING!
10am, Saturday, April 9
51 North 5th Street

We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment!

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When it rains, it pours – library supporters!

Raise the Roof Square Dance

The first annual Raise the Roof! Gala, held on Saturday, August 15th, was a great success! Thanks to all who attended – in spite of the deluge that ended just minutes before the event began!

More than 200 people attended and most of them bought raffle tickets, too. Bidders upped the prices on silent auction items including private tours, distant destinations, private trainers and even lunch with Assemblymember Didi Barrett. And several in the crowd invested in pieces of Library equipment that will help us furnish our new space at the Armory.

One attendee wrote:

I haven’t been to a fundraiser that I have enjoyed so much… lots of familiar faces, a beautiful evening on [a] gorgeous Columbia County farm estate, [a] feast of amazing food… My compliments to [you all] for your skills and perseverance in making this bold statement of commitment to Hudson’s new library.

The crowd was so enthusiastic that we’re all eager to get moving! Many thanks to the Host Committee Marie Rasner, Tessy Keller, Chris Boeke and Barbara Deisroth for organizing this great event. And thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and vendors. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

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SAY CHEESE! for the Library

cheeseCheesemaker Renate Nollin will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

The term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

For the event, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example. The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

SAY CHEESE!
103 Warren Street
July 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20





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