Donate School Supplies for Hudson Kids

The library is collecting school supplies for the children of Hudson who need them. Bring paper, pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, three-ring binders, highlighters, folders, backpacks and other supplies to the library and drop them off at the box near the main desk. All supplies will be distributed on September 16. Thank you for your generosity!

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Bags 4 My Cause Supports Hudson Area Library

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In recent years, the public has become much more aware of the amount of waste generated per capita. As a result, there has been a major shift among shoppers from relying on disposable plastic bags and instead, bringing reusable bags with them when they head to the market to shop.

As part of a program at the local Hannaford store, the Hudson Area Library has been chosen as a recipient in its “Bags 4 My Cause” program. During the month of August, customers who purchase specially marked recyclable/reusable bags will help generate a $1.00 donation to the Library. The donation is for designated blue bags purchased at the Hannaford Supermarket, at 32 Route 82 in Hudson.

This program has been designed to support local nonprofits, and the Hudson Area Library has been fortunate enough to be chosen for the second year in a row as a beneficiary. Choose the Blue Bag with the Good Karma message. It’s an easy way to benefit the Library and benefit the planet.

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Sunset Cocktail Cruise Sails to Success!

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Thank you to all who cruised on the Hudson River to support The Friends of the Hudson Area Library last Saturday! We met new friends and enjoyed a beautiful sunset accompanied by live jazz, warm breezes, and fireworks that did not disappoint!

A special thank you to all of our new friends, the local merchants and businesses in the area who donated treasure for our raffle. We are grateful for their generosity and supporting our fundraising, and now count them among the 250 strong Friends of the Library!

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Campaign Sign is Just the Beginning

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The Library’s fundraising campaign got a strong show of support by City and State representatives at Saturday’s sign raising. Pictured here, from left: Mark Orton – President of the Library Board of Trustees, Emily Chameides, Library Director, Sean Eldridge – NY 19th Congressional District candidate, Didi Barrett – NY State Assemblymember for District 106, Ridge Harris – Representing Congressman Chris Gibson of NY Congressional District 19, Deborah Simonsmeier – representing Senator Kathleen Marchione of NY’s 43rd District, Mayor William Hallenbeck of Hudson, Tiffany Garriga – 2nd Ward Alderman, Ellen Thurston – 3rd Ward Supervisor, Don Moore – President, Common Council. Not shown: John Friedman, 3rd Ward Alderman.

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Committee for the Hudson Area Library unveiled the “progress sign” charting pledges and donation achievement.  Designed by Tim Legg , graphic designer at Wingo, Inc., the sign will be updated frequently as fans of the Library donate in support of the move to the Hudson Armory – projected to take place in early 2015. Continue reading

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February is Library Lovers’ Month!

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18,828…that’s the number of reasons to love your library! That is the number of the regular print books on our shelves, and that doesn’t even include large print books, audio books, music CDs, or DVDs! However, a library’s value resides in much more than just the materials that it loans out. A library is a place to learn a new language, to earn your GED, to hone your computer skills, to meet with others or a place to just read and relax. Many of the services and materials available through the library are free, which makes your local library an invaluable resource to the community. Consider showing your love for Hudson Area Library with a monetary donation, applying to be a volunteer at our front desk, or just stopping by to say hello! We couldn’t open our doors without our valued patrons and volunteers, so thank you for the love you’ve shown our library over the years!

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Adopt-A-Book for the Holidays – A Matching Grant from the Friends!

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library invites everyone to participate in the Library’s Adopt-A-Book program with their new special Matching Grant Campaign.  From now until the end of the year, purchase a brand new book for the library’s collection for just $15 and the Friends will match your contribution with an additional book donation for the library collection.

Just like the library’s ongoing Adopt-A-Book program, donors will be able to read the book they choose first when it arrives, and receive a commemorative bookplate that will allow them to honor special people in their lives (or even pets!). This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly how your donation is being used. Truly a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving for the person who has everything, an adopted library book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again!

In order to make your selection, either review the list of suggested adoptable books at the front desk in the library, or check out the list of adoptable books online. Explore our great selection of new or soon-to-be released titles by all your favorite authors, in both fiction and nonfiction.

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New DVDs, Audio Books and Books for Students Donated by the Friends

Many Friends donations are being added to the Hudson collection this month, including adult and young adult DVDs and audio books. The DVD titles include Hannah Arendt, a portrayal of the famous philosopher and political theorist, Crystal Fairy, a coming of age story about three brothers in search of a highly hallucinogenic cactus, and The World’s End, in which five childhood friends undertake an epic pub crawl in search of the fabled pub “The World’s End.”

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For the audio book lovers out there, several fiction and non-fiction titles have been added as well. The non-fiction titles include Twelve Years a Slave, a memoir of a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years, I Am Malala, the tale of the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em, the humorous biography of comedian Billy Crystal. The fiction titles include The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, the latest installment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, in which Bridget Jones is back and contemplating the trials of middle age, The Circle, a tale from the best-selling author and finalist for the National Book Award, Dave Eggers, The Cuckoo’s Calling, a mystery written by J.K. Rowling under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith, and Doctor Sleep, the much anticipated sequel to the horror classic The Shining. The Library will also be adding two popular young adult titles with films coming out this year, Divergent, the first in a dystopian trilogy, and The Book Thief, a tale of Nazi Germany and the sustaining power of hope cultivated by reading books.

nursing assistantThe Friends also recently purchased nine new reference books and study guides for high school, college, and continuing education students. Four of the new circulating books are specific to college students studying for a nursing career, including registered, practical, and vocational nursing, as well as nurse’s assistant, and nurse’s aide. The five additional titles include SAT 2014, Premier TABE Study Guide, and three reference books: Getting Financial Aid, Peterson’s How to Get Money for College 2014, and The Fiske Guide to College.

Many thanks to the Friends for their generous contributions!

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Girl Scout Troop 1635 Donates Kids Books to the Library!

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A big thank you to Girl Scout Troop 1635 for their recent donation of 14 new children’s book to the library’s collection! The books include informational books, chapter books, and picture books; new releases, classics, and books from popular series. The troop’s donation was made as part of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s Buzz About Books Community Service Project. Check out the full list of donated titles below:

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