Give the Gift of Hudson’s History from your Library

Visit our Holiday Shop at the library or onlineto purchase special gift items from our History Room that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • Giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!
  • Our special tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Hudson Armory designed by Tony Kieraldo

Support your library and impress your friends and family with our unique gifts!

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Registration Open: Winter/Spring sessions of Core Strength & Balance

Program Description: Instructor Paul Spector introduces exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility, and coordination. All levels welcome. This program is a collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. 

Date/Time:Series of 4-week workshops meets weekly on Saturdays in January, March, and April, 1:30-2:30pm.

Registration: Space is limited. To register please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org
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Kanopy – video streaming service!

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for all library cardholders in Columbia County. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Access Kanopy via columbiacountyny.kanopy.com and sign up to start streaming films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Each cardholder has 10 play credits per month and unlimited viewing of Great Courses and Kanopy Kids. More information on how play credits works can be found on the Kanopy website.

This service is made possible with support from the Crandell Theatre and Columbia County Libraries Association.

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Universal Class – lifelong learning courses online!

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. Many of the courses offer continuing education units authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more. Click here to register and start exploring!

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Out-of-School Time Children’s Activities

Program Description:  Shared reading, arts & crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more for children during out-of-school hours. With children’s librarian Janice Scali, children’s library assistant Kathy Parchuck, and AmeriCorps worker Rajmina Chowdhury.

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 3-5pm and Saturday 12-3pm

Audience: Children of all ages and their families. No registration required.

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First and Third Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Mrs. Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Arts educator, writer, director, and performer Pamela Badila reads and tells traditional stories from around the world, with music and performance and a related craft.

Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children of all ages and families. Continue reading

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Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber


Program Description: For the December Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour, children and families will make a snow person craft and read Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser. With Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, and children’s librarian Janice Scali

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 11am-12pm

Audience: Ages 2–7 and families.

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Winter Swing Dance at the Armory!

Program Description: Relive the heyday of dances at the historic Hudson Armory and kick up your heels at the Winter Swing Dance with live music by the Fabulous Versatones. Refreshments will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 7-10pm

Audience/Registration:  Attendees do not need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Registration is appreciated. To do so, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

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