New Titles for August from the Friends

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library have recently added seven new titles to the collection as part of the their August “Book Selections of the Month” program.

The four titles for new books for children are Journey by Aaron Becker, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers; Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival by Janet Wyman Coleman with illustrations by Yan Nascimbene, and a newly released book for teens, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.

Three new fiction books for adults were also added to this recent collection. They are:  Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra by Peter Stothard, a novel that is part memoir, part travel literature; The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean, and The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a novel that combines period storytelling with the supernatural.

All book titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online at and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from the Mid-Hudson Library System.

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.


Check Out the Friends’ Summer Book Selections!

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce their most recent contribution to the collection of the Hudson Area Library for July. The new summer selections include ten new releases on a variety of topics and age ranges to encourage summer reading for everyone. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.


Four new children’s titles include: Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales Book 1) by James Preller for ages 7-10; A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury, an historical fiction book for young adults based on the lives of three teens in India in 1947; The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers for ages 3-7;  and Night Night, ZooBorns, by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland for ages 4-6.

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Six new titles in the adult category include: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by bestselling author of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels, Sarah Dunant; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer is a novel about a woman who finds herself transported in time to visit her alter egos; Big Girl Panties, a novel by Stephanie Evanovich is a sexy page turner with heart; Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, a riveting literary mystery set in Brooklyn, New York; Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War by Michael Fullilove, tells the remarkable untold story about World War 11; and for the do-it-yourself crafter, Sweet Paper Crafts: 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life by Mollie Greene, a fun and clever craft book for all skill levels.

All titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or can be requested online at and can be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.


New Monthly Magazines Added


Eight new popular magazine subscriptions are now available for in-house (or rather, in-library!) reading, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

The magazines are all full color monthly subscriptions and include Bon Appetit, a magazine that has great recipes, food trends and more; Dwell, devoted to modern architecture and design; Outdoor Photographer; Outside, award winning coverage of sports, adventure, health and fitness; Poets and Writers, providing information, support, and guidance for creative writers; Rolling Stone, a bi-monthly publication that focuses on music, liberal politics and pop culture; Sports Illustrated for Kids; and Wired, a magazine that reports on how new and developing technology affects culture, the economy and politics.  All titles are in the main circulation room at the Library, with the exception of SI Kids, located in the Children’s Room.

Adopt a Book! It’s Not Too Late…

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Great news! Due to popular demand, the Friends have extended the Adopt a Book deadline through May 15th! Just review our list of available titles, select a book for adoption and donate $10 to the Hudson Area Library. We’ll put you at the top of the waiting list so that you can read it first, and put a commemorative bookplate in the book honoring your donation! The general Adopt a Book donation gift is $15, but through May 15th the Friends of the Hudson Area Library are contributing $5 for each book, so the cost for the participant is only $10!

Just a few of the many books still available for adoption are Zero Hour by Clive Cussler, Heist by Janet Evanovich, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire: 125 Recipes For Cooking Outdoors, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, Fools: Stories by Joan Silber, The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. Contact the library staff or visit us today to adopt a book for the Hudson collection!

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Follow Hudson Area Library On Pinterest!


We’ve got great news for all you social networkers out there- Hudson Area Library is now on Pinterest! Pinterest is a site that is used to organize pictures, videos and links to items of interest, otherwise known as “pins.” These pins are further organized by boards, which are created according to subject or theme. Users may “repin” a pin they like to their own personal boards. Follow Hudson Area Library on Pinterest and see pictures of new items in the Hudson collection, get information on library programs and events, learn more about the city of Hudson, and view other items of interest. If you’re new to Pinterest, you can easily sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account, or your email address.


The Friends Donate Thirteen New Audio Books

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library have generously donated thirteen newly-released and soon-to-be released books on CD to the Hudson Area Library’s collection. The new acquisitions include a combination of fiction and non-fiction works, and several different genres.

The titles of the new fiction audiobooks that will be available this month are: The Sunshine When She’s Gone, a novel about marriage by Thea Goodman; The Obituary Writer, a literary mystery and love story by Ann Hood; The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper; A Tale for the Time Being, written and narrated by Ruth Ozeki; House of Earth, the only finished novel by Woody Guthrie, a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America; and The Burgess Boys, the newest work of literary art by Elizabeth Strout.

The titles for the soon-to-be released fiction audiobooks are: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; The House of Special Purpose, a novel that is part love story, part historical epic and part tragedy by John Boyne; Maya’s Notebook, a contemporary coming-of-age story by Isabel Allende; Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, written and narrated by David Sedaris; and The Woman Upstairs by New York Times best-selling author, Claire Messud.

The two non-fiction titles will be released in April and are Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall and In the Body of the World by playwright, author and activist, Eve Ensler.

Click on the titles above to learn more about each title or to place a hold on the first available copy! Many thanks to the Friends for their kind donation!


March is National Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month celebrates the achievements of women in all fields of work and study, past and present. This month started out as a national celebration in 1981 as “Women’s History Week,” which began March 7. After Congress was petitioned by the National Women’s History Project for several years, Women’s History Week finally became Women’s History Month in 1987. Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading and learning about famous female figures in history, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Amelia Earhart. Here is a sampling of items focusing on women’s history from the Hudson collection:


Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) / Sue Macy 

See how the bicycle helped women escape the confines of daily life by providing them with greater mobility, better exercise, and eventually, social reform.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World / Sy Montgomery 

Learn how Dr. Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a teenager, revolutionized the livestock industry and became an autism advocate.

From Pocahontas to Power Suits: Everything You Need to Know About Women’s History in America / Kay Mills 

Learn about famous figures in American history, from Susan B. Anthony to Jane Addams to Eleanor Roosevelt, and how they helped change the United States to become what it is today.

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Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball / Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford

This book focuses on the history and evolution of women’s basketball, as well as its close links with the expansion of women’s economic and political rights.

From Parlor to Prison: Five American Suffragists Talk About Their Lives / edited with introduction by Sherna Gluck, foreword by Kathryn Kish Sklar

Hear in their own words what it was like to be a suffragist during the Women’s Rights Movement.


My Beloved World: A Memoir / Sonia Sotomayor 

In this new release, Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, recounts her life from her life in a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

W.A.R. !Women Art Revolution / Lynn Hershman Leeson (DVD)  Explore the history of feminist artwork from its roots in the 1960s to the present.

Want more sources for books on women’s history or feminist literature? Check out these links:

The Amelia Bloomer Project

Popular Feminist Literature

Recommended Books For Women’s History Month

Popular Famous Women Books


Ms. Frizzle, Kids’ Stories and Crafts, and The Keep On Reading! Kid’s Book Sale


The Keep On Reading! Kids Book Sale will be held for two days, Friday February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd at the Hudson Area Library. This special sale takes place from 1-4pm on Friday and from 10am-2pm on Saturday and is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. All proceeds from this sale will be used for the purchase of new books and other media for the Library’s ever-expanding collection.


In conjunction with the Kids Book Sale, the Library is featuring a special program on both Friday and Saturday for children to learn about the rainforest. On Friday, meet Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus with story time and arts and crafts activities in the children’s room with Ms. Marlene. On Saturday, there will be more story time and rainforest craft projects for kids of all ages with Ms. Marlene and Ms. Janice. All ages are welcome. Join us Friday from 1-4pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the Children’s Room for rainforest fun!

The Book Sale Room is open every Saturday and offers books for all ages and reading levels–infants to adults. All proceeds from the Book Sale Room support the Hudson Area Library.

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