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


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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Ghostly Gallop Now Includes Cycling

Photo credit: Karen Davis

Photo credit: Karen Davis

This year, our 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding. Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day. Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15 with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings. Perfect for Fall! The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16. For details, to register or volunteer, go to www.ghostlygallop.info.


Do You Love Musicals?


Making Musicals – A Concert with Conversation
Sunday, October 9, 6pm
Community Room, Hudson Area Library

Composer/lyricist Neil Bartram (R) and director/writer Brian Hill (L) will be sharing stories of their myriad projects – including conceptual ideas and songs, during a performance at the Hudson Area Library on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 at 6pm.

From their keyboards to opening nights, hear music peppered with stories from behind the Broadway curtains. For a separate admission, meet and mingle at a private dinner following the performance.
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Raise the Roof Wrap-up

A large group of people at an outdoor event.

Photo courtesy of Amy Krzanik

Every fundraiser strives to be fun, but there is no disguising the real reason that we get together: we are supporting a cause close to our hearts.

From solicitations for Raffle Tickets to the Silent Auction, Tasting Room, and the Call for the Cause, everyone was there for our Library!

At the end of the evening, after dining and dancing, greeting friends and making new ones, guests contributed to a total profit that exceeded last year’s by almost 20%!
Thanks to everyone who made Raise the Roof 2016 a big success!


Bags 4 My Cause Supports Hudson Area Library


In recent years, the public has become much more aware of the amount of waste generated per capita. As a result, there has been a major shift among shoppers from relying on disposable plastic bags and instead, bringing reusable bags with them when they head to the market to shop.

As part of a program at the local Hannaford store, the Hudson Area Library has been chosen as a recipient in its “Bags 4 My Cause” program. During the month of August, customers who purchase specially marked recyclable/reusable bags will help generate a $1.00 donation to the Library. The donation is for designated blue bags purchased at the Hannaford Supermarket, at 32 Route 82 in Hudson.

This program has been designed to support local nonprofits, and the Hudson Area Library has been fortunate enough to be chosen for the second year in a row as a beneficiary. Choose the Blue Bag with the Good Karma message. It’s an easy way to benefit the Library and benefit the planet.


Raise the Roof!

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Raise the Roof! Sock Hop
August 6

A benefit for the Hudson Area Library

Join us for al fresco drinks, dinner and dancing.* Park your rag top at the farm – less than 5 miles from Hudson. Cruise through the silent auction display, then grab some eats provided by a local chef. Join the gang and bid on an item that belongs in YOUR library. As soon as the sun goes down, stash your shades and kick off your shoes. Sing along with Bill Haley. Jitterbug to classic 45s. Join us for a little piece of rock-‘n’-roll heaven.

Reserve your tickets today! Click here.

*Brylcreem and poodle skirts optional.