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.

Friends Annual Meeting and Program, April 20

The Friends will hold their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at 6pm in the Community Room of the new Hudson Area Library at 51 N. 5th St.. The public is invited to attend the business meeting and the installations of officers. A most interesting and timely program will follow.

Local Historian and Researcher, Paul Barrett, will present his program At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory. Over the years, the Armory served as the venue for a wide variety of events, including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows, and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War. All are welcome to this event.

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

Digital Painting Workshop for Tweens and Teens

On Saturday, April 16, from 12pm-4pm, youth ages 10-15 are invited to participate in a free Digital Painting workshop with our friends from Spark Media Project. The workshop will be held in the Community Room of the new Hudson Area Library at 51 N. 5th Street.

In this workshop, youth will use Wacom Tablets and Photoshop software as they learn about the creative process behind digital painting from concept to finishing touches. To create their original digital illustrations, youth will learn about frame composition, shading, perspective, and color theory, as well as tips and tools of digital visual art.

digitalpaintingSpace is limited and registration is required. To register for this workshop, please contact Spark Media Project at 845.485.4480 or register online.

This free youth media arts workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Book Sale Room to Reopen!

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The Friends Book Sale Room will once again be open every Saturday in January, beginning on January 2nd from 10-1pm.

Thousands of titles in over 50 categories will be offered, including hardcover, paperback and oversize editions, in order to make room for new books. The shelves are stocked with great titles, so bring a fellow book-lover to browse the area’s largest and most comprehensive selection of gently used books at truly bargain prices. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

New: Cook Books at Dish Hudson

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Now you can shop at three local stores in Hudson and Catskill for great books! Dish, Hudson is the third retail outlet for Friends books, in addition to SKETCH Art Supply (wonderful art books at 701 Warren Street) and Magpie Books, Catskill (original book art at 392 Main Street).

Dish now has a curated selection of vintage and collectable titles on sale at 103 Warren Street, where you’ll find the perfect title for the host/hostess, the foodie that loves cook books, or the chef on your list. No two books are alike, so you have to stop in to see what’s on the shelf! And of course, all proceeds benefit the Friends to continue its mission of new books, DVDs, magazines and other media, as well as valuable programs throughout the year!

Thank You to All Friends!

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The Friends want to thank everyone for having become a member or renewed their membership for 2015! Your membership enables the Friends to continue to support its mission of providing much needed books, DVDs, magazines and other media as well as valuable programs throughout the year.
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Friends Welcome Children’s Author, Barbara Mojica and Illustrator Victor Ramon Mojica to Winter Walk

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce award-winning children’s author, Barbara Mojica and illustrator, Victor Ramon Mojica at 217 Warren Street for Winter Walk on Saturday, December 5th from 5-8pm.

The Little Miss History (Travels to…) series of six books will all be available for purchase, including the brand new Little Miss History Travels to Ellis Island, making its debut at Winter Walk 2015. Other books in the series include Little Miss History Travels to: The Statue of Liberty, Fords Theater, The Intrepid, Sequoia National Park, and Mount Rushmore.
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