Library Board To Consider Move To Armory

Armory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534

Following an initial discussion yesterday afternoon with Galvan principals T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen, Hudson Area Library President Theresa Parsons and Vice President Mark Orton have agreed to bring Galvan’s proposal to consider the Armory Building at 51 North Fifth Street as a long-term location for the Hudson Area Library to the full board at their meeting on September 14.   What is being proposed will go a long way towards providing the citizens of Hudson and Greenport with a library they can be proud of.   Continue reading


Corey Fleming Resigns as Library Director

Corey Fleming has announced that he has accepted a position as Regional Manager of the Hartford, CT Library System, a career opportunity he felt he could not let pass.  His last day working at the library will be Friday, August 12th.  We wish him well.

Corey is working with the staff and trustees to ensure as seamless a transition as possible.  A search for a new library director has begun.  In the interim, and until a new director has been hired, we have asked Emily Bennison, Library Assistant, to bridge the gap by assuming extra administrative and management duties.

President of the Board of Trustees, Theresa Parsons said, “These transitions are always difficult. However, we are fortunate to have staff and volunteers with many years of experience and a deep interest in the library.  They’ll keep the library running smoothly and in a professional manner.”



Join a Discussion of Library Relocation

Talk with Library Trustees Tuesday 5/17/11 from 5 to 7 pm

As many of you know from recent actions of the Board of Trustees and reports in the local press, The Register-Star, May 11, 2011, “Library Board: We Must Move”, the Board is actively working on finding a new home for the library. We invite patrons and others interested in the library to meet with members of the Board at the library to talk about the thinking behind this decision and how the Board is planning for the future of the library. We are interested in your views as we move forward.



Board of Trustees Annual Meeting

On Wednesday March 9th, the Board of Trustees held its Annual Meeting.

One highlight was the presentation of the “President’s Report for 2010” by Hudson Area Library President Theresa Parsons. The report looked back at the achievements of 2010 and to the future plans and goals for this year. The complete text is continued below.

Library Director Corey Fleming also presented excerpts from the “Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries”.

He noted that during 2010 the library began to offer downloads of electronic books and and audio books for the first time. The number of library sponsored program sessions increased by 14% to 374 compared to 2009. Attendance at these programs grew by 11% to 4,505. The Summer Reading program grew very well to 210 attendees, a 33% increase compared to 2009. The Library continued to host programs for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with sessions growing by 13% to 480 compared to 2009 with total attendance grwoing by 4% to 4,472. Internet use at the library’s computers boomed to 11,191, a 33% increase over 2009. Overall visits to the library grew by 7% to 65,324 again compared to 2009. Continue reading