SAVE THE DATE: Open House: One Year at The Armory

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Come help us celebrate a year in our new home! Join us Saturday, April 8 from 10:30am to 3pm for a fun open house celebration. See what we’ve done, learn about the wide array of library offerings, enjoy a little music in the stacks, record your memories of the historic Hudson Armory, have some refreshments, and help us CELEBRATE! Regular library programs and services will be available this day as well, but it will not be a regular day at the library (expect some noise!).
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A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY: Dine, drink, meet friends old and new! Support the library!


Tessy Keller and Jay Neuschatz invite you to join them for “A NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY.”

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and friends old and new. The Hudson Area Library is a vital part of the dynamic Hudson community and this private dinner and tour will help support our many exciting programs for young and old alike.

Saturday, March 25
Starting with drinks and tour at 6:30pm
at the Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St., Hudson, NY 12534

Limited to 16 Library Lovers!
$75 (tax deductible) per person

To attend, RSVP to tessy@tkhomeandgarden.com

Tax deductible donations welcome from those who are unable to attend!

Please make checks payable to HUDSON AREA LIBRARY

Tax Forms Now Available at the Library

Federal and State tax forms, and instructions on how to complete them, are now available at the library. You can find them by our catalog computer, located near the Children’s Library.

If you can’t make it to the library, or need forms that we don’t have, you can contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at (518) 457-5431, or find the forms to print online by clicking here, and contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676, or find their forms by clicking here.

If you need help filing your taxes, there are a few places you can go. Columbia Opportunities Inc. has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA for short) Program for low-income families and individuals. For more information, and to schedule an appointment with them, click here. AARP is also providing assistance in Hudson, Philmont, Hillsdale, and Valatie as part of the IRS’s “Tax Counseling for the Elderly”. This program is open to all, but prioritizes people 60 years of age and older. For more information on this program, and to find a site close to you, click here.

Volunteer Fair at the Library Saturday, February 25, 4 – 6pm

February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re holding a volunteer fair on February 25 from 4 to 6pm for all library lovers! We rely on our talented and committed volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. If you can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week, the library has a role for you! Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.

The volunteer fair will also be an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how you can get involved. Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and helping out at the circulation desk. Find out more about volunteering opportunities available, and mingle with members of the Board and staff. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room and the main floor of the library, which are both wheelchair accessible.

Columbia County Photo Club Exhibition Opening & Reception

A photo of a large green field, with a rainbow in the sky.An opening reception for a new photographic exhibition by members of the Columbia County Photo Club entitled “Farming in Columbia County” will be held October 6, 6:30 – 8pm at the library. There will be landscapes, architecture, portraits, and still lifes all centered around farming in Columbia County. The exhibition, sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library in partnership with the Columbia County Photo Club, may be viewed until November 19 in the Community Room of the library.

All photographs will be for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. For further information contact: J. Pierre Gontier for Columbia County Photo Club at jp@taconic.net or call the library at 518-828-1792 x101.

MAKING MUSICALS: A Concert with Conversation

You know you’ve arrived when your autograph is sold on E-Bay!

Columbus Day Weekend
Sunday, October 9 at 6pm at the Library
Tickets are $35.00 each
BUY THEM HERE.

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Composer Neil Bartram and writer Brian Hill joined “scribbles” with the co-stars of their Drama Desk nominated Broadway musical, The Story of My Life.

An idea can come out of the blue – from a line in a book, a comment from a child or a newspaper article. “As long as there is some tug emotionally,” says Broadway show writer Brian Hill, “the kernel of the idea stays with me.” And then, after consulting with his partner, Neil Bartram (coincidentally, a composer and lyricist), Hill starts outlining a story.

“Amazingly,” he says, “often when we’ve completely fleshed out a show, have the performers cast, the costumes, the set, – after everything is done, I’ll go back to that outline and find we’ve used it almost exactly as originally written. There has been very little fiddling with the concept.”

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t hundreds of edits to dialogue. And hundreds of re-workings of songs – composed by Bartram, of course.

And that’s what will drive our show, Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation.

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