Norma Hart Honored by The Friends

Friends 20K donation Mrs. Norma Hart, a Hudson resident and one of the founders of The History Room at the Hudson Area Library, has been honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library through their gift in her memory.

The volunteer organization has taken advantage of “naming opportunities” available in the new Library and designated $20,000 as a named gift for History Room furnishings and cabinets in honor of Mrs. Hart.

“Besides being instrumental in the formation of the History Room, she was also very active in the Children’s Room for many years,” said Friends President Nancy Westbrook. “It is important to The Friends and community that she be honored for her dedication to Hudson Area Library patrons.” Continue reading

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1923 Vintage Hudson “Aero-View” Maps Available!!

Detail view of segment of "Aero-view of Hudson, NY"

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”


Are you still searching for that last minute special gift? Eager to help us move to our new “digs” at the Armory? Come help us help you by purchasing a 1923 Hudson Aero-view print! This one of a kind print can be purchased at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street and The spotty Dog, 440 Warren Street. These local businesses are supporting our move by donating the proceeds from the sale of a beautiful inkjet print made from an original lithograph of a map of Hudson as well as help us . The 1923 re-issue is available framed ($450) or unframed ($150) and measures 43” x 22”. The full-sized engraving includes an “aero-view” map and 20 individual building images. Proceeds support the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and the Hudson Area Library History Room.

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SAY CHEESE! for the Library

cheeseCheesemaker Renate Nollin will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

The term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

For the event, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example. The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

SAY CHEESE!
103 Warren Street
July 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20





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Please join us for SAY CHEESE!

Ben reading to the goatsCheesemaker Brent Zimmerman will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, June 20 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

Ticket holders will learn about cheeses, sample some local varieties, sip seasonal punch and get tips on beautiful presentations using Patterson’s elegant inventory of tableware. Zimmerman, a cheesemaker who worked for 20 years in Italy before coming to the Hudson River Valley to establish a local farm, will also be selling copies of his book, Get Your Goat. Special discounts from both retailers will be provided to those in attendance.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

SAY CHEESE!
103 Warren Street
June 20, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20.00 for the evening, $35.00 for the series of two events.*





*Save the Date for our next SAY CHEESE! event:
Saturday, July 18, 5:30pm–7:00pm: Cottage Cheese (in the true sense of the word)
Welcome to a world of small batch, regional, mostly fresh cheese–products of the adventurous cottage industries we keep learning about. This evening’s guest will be Renate Nollin, owner of Dutch Girl Cheese, where she produces authentic small batch cheeses from raw cow, goat and sheep’s milk.

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Fight the Winter Blues!

Let’s face it. February can be gloomy. It’s the time when we all think winter is dragging on for way too long and, at the same time, we’re seeing that glimmer of spring…just out of reach. Time for a party!

Tim-Federle

Join us at Café Le Perche Thursday, February 5, from 6pm-8pm for a get-together with author Tim Federle. A born entertainer and “quipper” extraordinaire, Tim will be sharing stories about the grueling research necessary to write his two “mixology” books: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. The event is free with purchases of drinks and books garnering a 20% donation to the Campaign.
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Almost Halfway!

David Murphy and Theresa Parsons raise the thermometer
As 2014 came to a close, the total on our Campaign thermometer was increased by almost $200,000! At $850,000, we’re almost halfway to our three-year goal of $2 million. The campaign’s end-of-year report itemized gifts and pledges from individuals, businesses, foundations, a grant from New York State and proceeds from fundraisers.

The year also saw the beginning of construction at the new site. How exciting it has been to witness the transformation within the Armory’s walls, as well as the progress on the outside! A recent construction milestone was the provision of an access ramp leading to the newly defined main entrance on Fifth Street. When the Armory is completely transformed, we’ll be in a wonderful new space – twice the size of our current facility. Right now there are great opportunities for contributors to help in the creation of our 21st century library. No longer a place just for books, we’re creating a center for learning, a digital lab and a community center. Make a donation to the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and add your support!

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Local History Speaker Series presents Ted Filli

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Ted Filli to the library on Saturday, January 10th at 3:30pm as our first guest speaker of 2015 in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Filli will offer a presentation focusing on prehistoric artifacts of the Hudson Valley Native Americans, with a hands-on sampling of actual items from his personal collection. There will also be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Snow date for Ted Filli presentation: January 17, 3:30pm. Note: Lisa LaMonica was originally scheduled to speak at our Local History Speaker Series on January 17, but had to cancel. We will let you know when the event with LaMonica is rescheduled.

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