Campaign Sign is Just the Beginning


The Library’s fundraising campaign got a strong show of support by City and State representatives at Saturday’s sign raising. Pictured here, from left: Mark Orton – President of the Library Board of Trustees, Emily Chameides, Library Director, Sean Eldridge – NY 19th Congressional District candidate, Didi Barrett – NY State Assemblymember for District 106, Ridge Harris – Representing Congressman Chris Gibson of NY Congressional District 19, Deborah Simonsmeier – representing Senator Kathleen Marchione of NY’s 43rd District, Mayor William Hallenbeck of Hudson, Tiffany Garriga – 2nd Ward Alderman, Ellen Thurston – 3rd Ward Supervisor, Don Moore – President, Common Council. Not shown: John Friedman, 3rd Ward Alderman.

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Committee for the Hudson Area Library unveiled the “progress sign” charting pledges and donation achievement.  Designed by Tim Legg , graphic designer at Wingo, Inc., the sign will be updated frequently as fans of the Library donate in support of the move to the Hudson Armory – projected to take place in early 2015. Continue reading


Calling all Story Tellers/Writers/Bloggers….


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


“Chopin & Chardonnay” – Fundraiser Benefits Hudson Area Library

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In 1831, the reviews for pianist and composer Frederic Chopin were pretty good.  

  • “Here is a young man [with] an abundance of original ideas of a kind to be found nowhere else.” 
  • “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius.” 

And there were plenty more where those came from.  Chopin had the ability, previously unexplored, to combine the folk music of his native Poland with the classical sounds he admired from Bach, Mozart and Schubert. The results were innovations in style, musical form and harmony – a blending that seemed particularly apt for the blossoming romantic period in Europe.

Morey HallOn Saturday, March 22nd, beginning at 6 pm, pianist, instructor and composer Morey Hall will be performing the music of Chopin at the first of a series of fund-raising events on behalf of the Capital Campaign for the Hudson Area Library. 

“Chopin was emotional and expressive,” says Hall.  “His work speaks to me in a personal way that is inspiring.  I’m hopeful that the pieces I’ve selected will move the audience, too.”

The Greenport resident, who grew up in North Greenbush, began playing the piano at the age of 5.  “But I didn’t really commit to it seriously until I was a teenager,” he says.  What happened then?  He saw the piano virtuoso Van Cliburn at SPAC and was hooked.  “He was playing Rachmaninoff and my seat was in the third row,” he says with a smile.  “I was moved by the music, but also by his performance.” 

So much so, that the teenager headed back stage in search of an autograph.  Hall’s third row seat got him to the performer ahead of anyone else.  But unfortunately, he’d forgotten to bring anything to write with.  “In a stroke of real serendipity,” the pianist explained, “the conductor James Levine was nearby (just beginning his career).  He volunteered to help out.”  The winner of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Piano Competition signed Hall’s program and with the stroke of a pen, sealed his career path.  

The piano concert, being performed at the Hudson Opera House, will include Chopin’s Nocturne in B-flat minor and a group of 4 Etudes, with additional works from Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Debussy and Beethoven.  Chopin’s contemporary, Franz Liszt will also be represented.

“All the musical pieces were influenced by the Romantic Movement,” says Michael Albin, owner of Hudson Wine Merchants.  “So the wines we will be pouring and telling concert-goers about will be paired to match.”  Four examples of light, sparkling and somewhat ethereal wines will be served during the concert intermission.  

In keeping with the Library theme, Mr. Hall has selected two books (available at the Hudson Area Library) that should be of interest to concert goers.  The first is Chopin’s Funeral by Benita Eisler.  This book details the featured composer in exile, his explosive love affair and final days in the arms of George Sand’s daughter.   And Beethoven’s Hair – by Russell Martin, a modern day DNA analysis of hair strands collected in 1827 that lead to a conclusion about the cause of the composer’s deafness. 

The evening is a benefit to help convert the Fifth Street Armory into the new quarters for the Hudson Area Library.  With groundbreaking scheduled for this spring, the need for the Library’s Capital Campaign to raise the balance of the 2 million dollars required is sure to become more visible.  An overview of the Library’s new quarters as well as donor information can be found at  

The concert begins at 6pm on the evening of Saturday, March 22nd at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson.  Tickets for this fund raiser are $75.00 each.  Sponsor tickets include a listing in the event program and are $150.00 each. All donations are tax deductible.   Purchases must be made in advance by check or credit card.  There will be no sales at the door and seating is limited.  Tickets are available by contacting Cayla Consaga at the Library. 518.828.1792 or e-mail  Purchases must be made by Monday, March 17th.

The Capital Campaign of the Hudson Area Library is supported in part by gifts and pledges from Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, T. Backer Fund, The Alexander and Marjorie Hoover Foundation, Raymond C. Kennedy Foundation, Inc. and many generous individuals and corporate sponsors.


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Hudson Area Library Receives $100,000 Gift to the Capital Campaign

The Hudson Area Library announced today a $100,000 pledge from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation for its capital campaign to re-purpose the Armory building as a 21st century library. Continue reading


Business After Hours?

Thursday 8/29/13 – 5 to 7 pm

The library and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are holding a Business After Hours event at the Armory for chamber members and others in the business community. In addition to the expected opportunities to network with others, the plans for the new library will be on display.

The Armory is at State St. and Fifth St in Hudson.

Although a RSVP is not required, if you plan on attending please send an email to BAH@HudsonAreaLibrary.orgArmory Project Hudson Area Library - night view


The Open House at the Armory

Saturday June 22, 2013

Over 300 people came to the Armory to see the plans for the future library in the Armory (Fifth and State Streets). The event featured a layout of the main areas of the library on the floor of the Drill Shed (the 10,000 square foot main room) with large drawings and illustrations of  the design. In addition to brief presentations at the six stops on the tour, the architect Vincent Benic was available for further discussion and questions. See the pictures >>>>> Continue reading


Open House at the Armory Saturday 6/22/13 11am to 2pm

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The open house will feature a layout of the new library, a joint project with the Galvan Foundation.There will be displays of large drawings showing details and views of the many features of the new library.

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour with 6 stops from the new plaza and entry on State St. through the Children’s, Adult, And Teen sections. Learn about the Popular Library and History Room. Finish the tour in the 1,200 sq. ft. Community Room. 

Meet the architect Vincent Benic and his team. Talk with Staff and Trustees of the Library.

Bring the whole family – lemonade and cookies at the end of the tour.

Open House – Armory – 5th & State St Hudson Saturday June 22, 2013 11am to 2pmArmory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534