Starting from Seed: An Afternoon with Margaret Roach

TODAY! Saturday January 31, 2015, 3-5pm @ 360 Warren Street

MargaretRoachStartingFromSeedWant to grow your best vegetable and herb garden ever? It all starts with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions.  Join garden expert Margaret Roach, originator of the oft-praised website A Way to Garden (, on Saturday, January 31 from 3-5pm at the Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Let her demystify the politics and the practical “ahas” to get you growing with confidence! Bring your questions and go home with empowering handouts including a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules. Garden resources including Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand to entice you with their offerings. This event is a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets are $25. To reserve your ticket, select Add to Cart below and make your payment through PayPal. Tickets may also be reserved in the office at the Hudson Area Library (check or cash).


Armory Chili Wins First Prize at Chili Fest!


DeWayne Powell, volunteer with the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library, accepts the First Prize medal at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest!

The Campaign for the Hudson Area Library participated in the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest this weekend where we won First Prize for our Armory Chili! First prize comes with a $500 award that will go to the Fund for the new Hudson Area Library.

Thanks to David Murphy, Theresa Timko Parsons, Betsy Miller, DeWayne Powell, and Ingrid Kildiss and Jeana Marie Lazzara of Perfect Ten for helping out at the fest! And an extra special thanks to Grazin’ Angus Acres for their contribution of beef short ribs and Josephine Proul of Local 111 for making our delicious chili. Yum.

Many thanks to all who voted for us and showed their support!


Join us for the Steamboats on the Hudson Talk by Peter Stott

Bard_Dewitt_Clinton_MMFloating palaces. That’s what they were called. They were modern, elegant, and F-A-S-T. For almost a quarter of a century, there were more than 100 steamboats traveling up and down the Hudson River. Commercial steamboat travel was instrumental in establishing the wealth and power of riverfront communities. And steamboat captains were the lords of their domain – often praised for their courteousness and quick response to emergencies.

Come hear Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and author of Looking for Work, in an illustrated talk on this alluring and romantic mode of travel. The talk will focus on steamboats and their captains during the heyday of river travel – 1824–1839. Refreshments included.

The talk with be held on Saturday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm at TK Home and Garden, 441 Warren St., 2nd Floor. Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved at the Hudson Area Library office or online (see instructions below). All proceeds benefit the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

To reserve a ticket for the Peter Stott lecture, click the add to cart button below. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket, you can change the quantity in your cart.


Join Us at This Great Local Event!

Summer is the time to be outdoors enjoying this great weather and the great neighbors we have in Hudson. Come join us as we spread the word about the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library!

On August 23rd, Columbia Street, between Front and 2nd, becomes host to the Unity in the Community Block Party from noon until 5pm. The block party is hosted by our friends at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

We’ll be raffling off an assortment of kids books (free entry!) including Big Nate Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce, Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey, Amulet: Escape from Lucien (Vol. 6) by Kazu Kibuishi, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and lots more. We’ll also be offering LICK ice cream gift certificates. How great is that!

Celebrate Summer! Bring the family! Learn about our progress on the new Library. Meet residents and Library lovers. This event is tailor-made for fun in the sun. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone.


Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media:


Library Campaign Reaches Out at Hudson Farmer’s Market

In a continued effort to spread the word about fund raising efforts, this coming Saturday, June 28th, the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library will host a table at the Hudson Farmer’s Market. Representatives will be using the opportunity to discuss the new library with customers who regularly attend the market.

There will also be a raffle to give away bundled books, audio books, graphic novels and galleys for all age levels. Several of the offerings have been on display at the library for the past two weeks. A sampling includes Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket, Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, Avalon High: Volume 1 –The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the audio book Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.

“We want to reach out to as many people as possible,” says Theresa Parsons, Co-chair for the Campaign. “The new library will be a major community center. The more people who know about all that we have planned, the better. And, of course, we continue to seek donations and the support of the public.

For more information about the campaign, visit the Campaign for the New Library page.

For the complete list of book bundles to be raffled off, click here.


Retailers Lend Support to Library Fundraising

Customers shopping in Hudson may run across bright orange signs with the word “Library” emblazoned in white during their visits to area stores this summer. The campaign for the Hudson Area Library has reached out to select retailers and asked them to help get the word out.

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Amanda Hummel, owner of The Bee’s Knees, and daughter Inez Solomon, are participating in a new promotion to spread the word about the Hudson Area Library’s fundraising campaign. Three other retailers are also taking part – Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar.

The promotion, called “Show & Tell,” is meant to engage the public and inform them of the campaign. Each store has selected a specific product from among their merchandise. That product will be featured with an orange “library” sign. When customers ask why the sign is displayed so prominently, retailers can describe the campaign, and pass out a bookmark that includes more information as well as the library’s web address. In each case, proceeds from the sale of the product between Memorial Day and Columbus Day will be donated to the campaign. The four stores included are Bee’s Knees, Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden, and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar. Continue reading


Library Campaign Progress Sign to be Raised

A benchmark in the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at 11 am. There will be a short ceremony to raise a “progress sign” at the site of the current library, 400 State Street. The sign will keep a running tally of funds being raised to defray the costs of the new library’s interior. The public, including residents of Stockport, Greenport, and Hudson, is invited to attend. It is anticipated that local and State officials, as well as prominent members of the business community, will stop by to show their support.

“This sign is meant to keep the community updated,” said Board of Trustees President Mark Orton. “We are eager to raise our visibility, and choosing this particular day for the sign-raising will help accomplish that.” The Hudson Children’s Book Festival, which brings more than 4,000 people to the Junior and Senior High Schools (many via the shuttle stop at the library’s Fourth and State Streets location), will take place on the same day.