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.

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Visit The Eleanor Restoration Exhibit at the History Room

An old, black-and-white photo of a sloop on the river. It is manned by seven people.

The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. is restoring this famous boat in Hudson!

The Eleanor is the last remaining “raceabout” sloop, a class of boats designed for speed. The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. are restoring the raceabout at the Hudson Riverfront Industrial Park building, and have made a very informative exhibit in the History Room, located at the back of the library. Learn more about this amazing boat being brought back to the waters in your town!

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National Friends of Libraries Week: Oct. 18-24

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is proud to announce the launch of their new logo in tandem with the 16th Annual National Friends of Libraries week, October 18-24, 2015.

As the Hudson Area Library prepares to move into the new location, the Friends are conducting their annual membership appeal during the month of October in order to continue their service and support of the library and community. The campaign, “Let’s Be Friends” invites all members of the community to join and get involved. Membership and donations to the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will help us continue to provide books and supplies in addition to programming and events to enhance library services for Hudson and our greater community.
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Thank you to all Ghostly Gallopers!

Thank you to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers involved in this year’s Ghostly Gallop! We had adults, kids, babies and dogs race all over the city of Hudson on Sunday, October 26. There were 22 participants in the Kids Race and 139 participants in the Adult Race. Here is the list of the overall winners:

Team Race Winner: Smiles For Miles

Women’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Chelsea Benson, 21:30; 2nd place – Shannon LaChance, 22:12; 3rd place – Ariana Nilsson, 22:51

Men’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Kevin Pikul, 19:56; 2nd place – Andrew Ohrin, 20:43; 3rd place – Ken Pierce, 20:57

Kids Race: 1st place – Griffin Howard, 6:30; 2nd place – Neil Howard III, 6:44; 3rd place – Gabe Case, 6:50

For a full list of race winners, click here: Ghostly Gallop race results 2014.

Again, thank you to our many sponsors and donors, without which the Ghostly Gallop would not be possible! Here is the full list of our sponsors and donors:

Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library
  • Toni & Richard Koweek
  • John Connor Esq.
  • Michael C. Howard, Esq. PC
  • Francis J. Roche, Esq.
  • Freeman Howard, PC
  • Rapport Meyers, LLP
  • Gutterman, Shallo & Alford, PLLC
  • Barry Sack
  • The Columbia Insider
  • Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union
  • Morey Hall Music

Donors:

  • ShopRite
  • Price Chopper
  • Hannaford
  • Stewarts
  • Bagel Tyme
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hudson Department of Public Works
  • Alan Coon
  • Green Mountain Coffee

Thanks to Mayor Hallenbeck for joining us for this year’s Ghostly Gallop and helping direct traffic at the finish line! And a special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the day a success!

See you next year on October 25 for the 2015 Ghostly Gallop!

 

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Calling all Story Tellers/Writers/Bloggers….

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Help us tell the story of why the Library is important.

As many of you know, we are raising money towards new furnishings and fixtures to be used when we move to our new facility, The Armory on the corner of 5th Street and State, sometime in 2015 (We hope!).  To that end, we are working to let the public know how important a Library can be.

We are starting a program featuring our members and friends writing short articles (no more than 300 words – a page) to be published on the library website.  We want to showcase all the ways Libraries are important – whether to children or adults, English speakers or those with English as a second language, whether at the Hudson Area Library, or a Library from your past.

 Twice monthly, we will publish a story and hope to be able to Tweet excerpts and run the feature on Facebook, too. 

Don’t worry if your grammar isn’t perfect.  Don’t worry if your sentences get a bit muddled.  We’ll fix it up so it’s perfect before it’s published.  The most important thing is to tell stories about your Library experiences

  • Do you have fond memories of a childhood Librarian? 
  • Did you look forward to the weekly visit to your childhood Library? 
  • Do you rely on your local Library for business-related information? 
  • Have classes at the Library helped you with a hobby or a new career? 
  • Did you discover an author accidentally that changed your life? 

There are lots and lots of stories to tell. What’s yours?

We’re eager to enlist as many in the community as possible.  This isn’t an on-going commitment.  Volunteers will be contacted and asked to write a story (or two).  No more than that. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Library Director Emily Chameides at 518.828.1792 or via e-mail at echameides@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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February is Library Lovers’ Month!

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18,828…that’s the number of reasons to love your library! That is the number of the regular print books on our shelves, and that doesn’t even include large print books, audio books, music CDs, or DVDs! However, a library’s value resides in much more than just the materials that it loans out. A library is a place to learn a new language, to earn your GED, to hone your computer skills, to meet with others or a place to just read and relax. Many of the services and materials available through the library are free, which makes your local library an invaluable resource to the community. Consider showing your love for Hudson Area Library with a monetary donation, applying to be a volunteer at our front desk, or just stopping by to say hello! We couldn’t open our doors without our valued patrons and volunteers, so thank you for the love you’ve shown our library over the years!

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Thank You to Our Ghostly Gallopers!

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Thank you to our many, many participants, sponsors and volunteers involved in this year’s Ghostly Gallop! We had adults, kids, babies and dogs run, walk, roll and trot all over the city of Hudson on Saturday, October 27th. There was a total of 14 participants in the Kids Race, and 149 participants in the Adult Race…our largest number of participants in the history of the Gallop! Here is the list of the overall winners:

Team Race Winner:             Taconic Hills Cross Country, 19:99
Women’s Overall Winners: 1st place- Alexandra Bartolotta, 20:44
                                                2nd place- Erin Russo, 21:51
                                                3rd place- Mia Modafferi, 22:25
Men’s Overall Winners:      1st place- Trey Hotaling, 17:20
                                               2nd place- Joseph Kinane, 17:55
                                               3rd place- Brody Witaszek, 19:10
Kids Race:                            1st place- Neil Howard III
                                               2nd place- Gabe Case
                                               3rd place- Eli Russo

For a full list of race winners, click here: Ghostly Gallop race results 2013.

After the race and awards ceremony, a portrait of former Library Trustee, William F. Cranna, was presented to the library by local artist Robert Whelan. The portrait will be installed in the Library’s new location, the Armory, after renovations are completed.

Again, thank you to our many sponsors and donors, without which the Ghostly Gallop would not be possible! Here is the full list of our sponsors and donors:

Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library
  • Michael C. Howard, Esq. P.C.
  • John Connor Jr.
  • Juliette M. Crill
  • Fitzsimmons, Mack & Miels, P.C.
  • Francis J. Rocke, Esq.
  • Freeman Howard, P.C.
  • Bernhardt Karp, Esq.
  • Rapport Meyers, L.L.P.

Donors:

  • ShopRite
  • Price Chopper
  • Stewart’s
  • Bagel Tyme
  • Meistersinger Farm
  • Hudson Fire Police
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Subway (Green St.)
  • Hannaford
  • Alan Coon
  • Green Mountain Coffee
  • The Case Family
  • Mark Young and Mexican Radio
  • Vicki Kosovac
  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library

…and the many, many volunteers who helped make the day a success!

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Library Seeks Volunteers for Program Committee

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library is seeking volunteers to work on the Program Committee.

Children from the Hudson Area Library Summer Reading Program

Background

The Hudson Area Library provides programs for children, teens, and adults for our library users from Hudson, Greenport and other local towns. The Board of Trustees wishes to expand our program offerings and seeks to engage people in our service area and beyond in the development of new programs. We recognize the wealth of skills and enthusiasms in our community and wish to tap into those who can bring new ideas and energy to the library.

New Programing Directions

Here are a few ideas that we have for new directions for programming at the library. Continue reading

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