Local History Talk in Collaboration w/ Hudson Hall

Program Description: 

The History of Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers by Carl Whitbeck, part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker series and being done in collaboration with Hudson Hall as part of their Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers series, will cover the commerce of Hudson from the time of its inception as a city in 1785 to the early 1960’s and through to the present. Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will be displaying and discussing items from his own extensive local history collection.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm

Audience/Registration: UPDATE: This event is currently filled. A wait list will be formed the evening of the event in case of any openings. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve a seat visit: Hudson Hall Merchants & Whalers Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat.  Continue reading

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19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free. Continue reading

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Historic Canvas Map of Hudson Awaiting Restoration

UPDATE: This project has been fully funded. Thank you all, donors and those who shared our Go Fund Me fundraising campaign! We need your help to restore a unique map of the City of Hudson that dates back to 1871. The map is at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA awaiting treatment to clean and stabilize it. Thanks to a generous donor, we recently acquired this map for our History Room. Following its restoration, the map will be on display at the library and available digitally for public access. The map measures 4′ x 5′ and features 19 line drawings of prominent buildings. It’s current condition is legible but extremely fragile.

We have created a GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary funds for the restoration project. For more information and to make a donation click here. All persons making a donation will have a unique opportunity to see the original copy up close and personal after restoration.

This map will be a valuable resource and a source of civic pride. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this valuable preservation project. Continue reading

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These Truths for September & October Non-Fiction Book Group

Program Description: This fall the Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore. For the September meeting, the group will discuss Part One-The Idea (1492-1799) and Part Two-The People (1800-1865). Part Three – The State (1866 – 1945) and Part Four – The Machine (1946 – 2016) will be discussed at the October meeting.

Date/Time: Mondays, 6-7:30pm, September 9 and October 7

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Author Talk: Malcolm Nance Speaks!

Photo by Jason Schneider

UPDATE: THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY. IT WILL BE Saturday, November 9, 3-4:30pm. ALL REGISTERED AND WAIT LISTED PERSONS WILL RETAIN THEIR PLACE IN THE LIST if they email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Program Description: Malcolm Nance, New York Times bestselling author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, and cyber attacks is discussing his latest book The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West. Copies will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14, 3-4:30pm

Registration: Reservations are encouraged. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk. Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat. Continue reading

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Final Concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks Series

Program Description: Our final Music in the Stacks, our series of free Sunday afternoon concerts featuring local and international artists and hosted by Hudson area youth organizations, will be with Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer. The Hudson youth organization hosting the concert will be Operation Unite NY.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm

Registration: Registration is not required. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.
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Friends of the Hudson Area Library Writers Luncheon with Emily Sachar

Program Description: Award-winning writer Emily Sachar, founder of the Hudson Valley Memoir Collective, will be the guest speaker at a buffet luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Sachar is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir. Shut up and Let the Lady Teach (Simon and Schuster) which describes in vivid detail Sachar’s experience teaching math in a challenged Brooklyn, NY public school. Emily Sachar has also written widely for national magazines, and was a reporter for 13 years at Newsday.  She is a consulting historian and curriculum specialist at Olana, and the founder of the Hudson Valley Memoir Collective, which leads writing courses for adults 55 and older.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2 at 12 pm in the library’s community room

Reservation: Call (518) 828-1792 or visit the library, to assure your spot, payment of $25.00 must be received by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

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Fall Creative Writing Registration Open

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are offering Creative Writing with Maureen McNeil, a class focused on discovering the power of the inner self through the practice of daily writing.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 19, 26, October 3 and 10, 2:30 – 4pm.

Audience: The class is free and all levels and all ages of writers are welcome.

Registration: Registration is limited, and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register, please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.  Continue reading

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