What’s Popular at the Hudson Area Library…

Sometimes, the sheer volume of books available nowadays is overwhelming! If you’re having trouble picking out that next great read, check out what books other patrons are enjoying at the Hudson Area Library:

Top Ten Most Checked Out Adult Fiction Books
These titles are all owned by Hudson.

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  1. Lullaby Town / Robert Crais
  2. My Sister’s Keeper /  Jodi Picoult
  3. Digital Fortress / Dan Brown
  4. Running Blind / Lee Child
  5. Split Second / David Baldacci
  6. Hour Game / David Baldacci
  7. Just One Look / Harlan Coben
  8. An Offer From a Gentleman /  Julia Quinn
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
  10. Perfect Match / Jodi Picoult

Top Ten Most Popular Authors at the Hudson Area Library

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  1. Janet Evanovich
  2. Robert B. Parker
  3. James Patterson
  4. Jodi Picoult
  5. Nicholas Sparks
  6. Lee Child
  7. Nora Roberts
  8. Fern Michaels
  9. David Baldacci
  10. Sandra Brown

Book Sale Room Blowout Sale!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room Sign

In order to make room for new inventory, the Friends Book Sale Room will feature hundreds of great books in a special discount sale this Saturday! All fiction books (both hard and softcover) will be buy one/ get one free (that’s 2 for $1) and all paperback books (mass market) will be 3 for $1. The shelves are packed with hundreds of great authors and subjects, so stock up now for plentiful spring reading!

In addition to all the great fiction books, there are thousands of titles in over forty categories to choose from in the Book Sale Room. Books on art, travel, gardening, cooking, photography, poetry, memoir, history, classics, humor, large print, mystery, sports and more are all here…our inventory is the largest in the area! Hundreds of children’s books for all reading levels are also available. Movies, audio books and music also available at discounted prices.

Books make great gifts, and you can be sure to find something for everyone at this sale.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us! See you on Saturday in the Book Sale Room!


World Book Night is Wednesday, April 23rd

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Hudson Area Library will be participating in this year’s World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23rd all day, and do you know what that means? Free books!

World Book Night (WBN) is a national campaign to give out free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers, or those who could not otherwise afford their own books. April 23rd was selected as the date for World Book Night as it is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. Each year the World Book Night committee chooses books by a wide array of award winning and best selling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and large print. This year’s 39 titles were chosen based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography and were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers, and WBN givers.

The Library is proud to be a World Book Night Giver this year! We will be giving away 20 free copies of The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. The Zookeeper’s Wife is the amazing true story of zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who hid Jews in their Warsaw zoo during World War II. The books are first come first served, be sure to stop by the Library on the 23rd to get your copy!


Adopt-A-Book Matching Grant Results


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce that its recent Adopt-A-Book Matching Grant campaign resulted in the addition of forty new titles to the Library’s collection. Twenty books, newly adopted by patrons, were matched by the Friends with twenty additional titles. This new selection of adopted books include historical fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, mystery/suspense, humor, horror, short stories, biography/memoir and young adult fiction. Thank you to all of the generous patrons who participated in this special program!

Twenty additional titles were purchased by the Friends and added to the literary classics collection for the Library. All new books are currently on shelves at the Hudson Area Library and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a Mid-Hudson Library card, or by request online at www.hudsonarealibrary.org. The Adopt-A-Book program gives patrons the opportunity to support the Library’s collection development throughout the year.

Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith and Snowblind by Christopher Golden, a horror story were also adopted. A new short story, Starting Over by Elizabeth Spencer and four new biography/memoirs were added as well. They include The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, The Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley; Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet; Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Two new classics titles were also adopted, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Friends purchased twenty classic book titles, always popular choices. They include Black Boy by Richard Wright; Legs by William Kennedy; Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse; Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut; The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; White Noise by Don DeLillo; Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie; The Odyssey of Homer by Homer; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury. Also included in this collection are: The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 by Adrienne Rich; The Mysterious Affairs at Styles by Agatha Christie; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker; The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to the increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library. For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.


Take Your Child to the Library Day, Saturday, February 1st

Take Your Child to the Library Day was started by a Connecticut children’s librarian in 2012 and this year will include more than 350 libraries. Join us for this special event on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-3pm and check out everything the Hudson Area Library has to offer children and families: books, movies, crafts, games, homework help, special events, and a safe, welcoming place to spend time together.


New to the Collection: Bengali Adult Books


The Library continues to expand it’s collection with a new set of 22 adult Bengali language books, made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation. The books include novels and collections of poems, short stories, essays, and more from classic and contemporary authors such as Sukumar Ray, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Rabindranath Tagore, and Humayun Ahmed. The collection includes a bilingual (Bengali/English) version of Tagore’s Gitanjali and bilingual (Bengali/English) book titled Everyday Essential Bengali. A special thanks to Kabir and Shumu, who helped pick out the books for this collection!

The library also has copies of the Bengali language newspaper Weekly Thikana available for reading in the library. Also available for check out is our Spanish language collection, which also consists of adult fiction and non-fiction. For children, there is also a sizable collection of multilingual books in the children’s room with books in several languages including Bengali, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Japanese!


New Year, New You: How the Library Can Help You Meet Your 2014 Goals

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photo shared via Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license by Amodiovalerio Verde

Whether you’re trying to get in shape, find a new career, or pick up a new hobby, the library has the books to help you keep your new year’s resolutions. If you haven’t made a resolution yet, be sure to check out the ideas listed below. And don’t forget to check out the “New Year, New You” book display by the front desk at the library!

Eat Healthy
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats / Sally Fallon
Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun / Daphne Oz
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto / Michael Pollan

Get in Shape
The Biggest Loser Success Secrets: The Wisdom, Motivation and Inspiration to Lose Weight- And Keep It Off! / The Biggest Loser experts and cast with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
12 Day Body Shaping Miracle: Change Your Shape, Transform Problem Areas, and Beat Fat for Good / Michael Thurmond
Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock / Denise Austin

Learn a New Skill
Knit Wit: 30 Easy and Hip Projects: A Hands Free Step-By-Step Guide / Amy R. Singer
Hand-Painting China: How to Design and Paint Your Own Beautiful Ceramics, Without the Need for Kiln-Firing / Lesley Harle and Susan Conder
Maria Rodale’s Organic Gardening: Your Seasonal Companion to Creating a Beautiful and Delicious Garden / Maria Rodale

Find a Job
Discover What You’re Best At: A Complete Career System That Lets You Test Yourself to Discover Your Own True Career Abilities / Linda Gale
Knock ’em Dead Resumes: Standout Advice From America’s Leading Job Search Authority / Martin Yate
Job Hunting Tips for People With Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds / Ronald L. Krannich

Enjoy Life More
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun / Gretchen Rubin
The Bliss Experiment: 28 Days to Personal Transformation / Sean Meshorer
The Practice of Presence: Five Paths for Daily Life / Patty de Llosa

We look forward to working with you in the new year!