Girl Scout Troop 1635 Donates Kids Books to the Library!

Girl Scout Troop 1635

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:


New Local Author Titles Now Available

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce the purchase of eighteen new titles from local authors and artists, including works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, mysteries, cooking and more. Included in this new collection are books from notable are authors, such as award-winning John Ashbery, Lydia Davis, Rebecca Wolff, Madhur Jaffrey, and Verlyn Klinkenborg, among others. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

The new collection of books includes Freedom Hill: A Poem, a dramatic monologue in three sections, by L.S. Asekoff; Quick Question: New Poems by John Ashbery; Two American Scenes: Our Village/A Journey on the Colorado River, a book that describes two poets perspective on the American landscape, by Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger; Double Happiness, a collection of short stories about love and relationships, by Mary-Beth Hughes; Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, a cookbook that includes over 650 meatless recipes, by Madhur Jaffrey; Kahn and Selesnick: The Apollo Prophecies by Nicholas Kahn, Erez Lieberman and Richard Selesnick; More Scenes from the Rural Life, with excerpts from “The Rural Life” in the NY Times, by Verlyn Klinkenborg; and Haussmann or the Distinction, a Dickensian novel that takes place in Paris, by Paul LaFarge.

Also included in the collection is Haunted Catskills, ghost stories from the Hudson Valley, by Lisa LaMonica; Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, a memoir written as a cautionary tale, by James Lasdun; Under the Sign, a new poetry collection, by Ann Lauterbach; The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz; Far from Algiers, a first book of poetry, by Djelloul Marbrook; The Watch, a modern play on Antigone by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya; The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long Distance Motorcycling’s Endless Road, a memoir about long-distance motorcycling, by Melissa Holbrook Pierson; Corporeality, a collection of short stories, by Hollis Seamon; The King: Poems, a book about views on motherhood, by Rebecca Wolff; and The Never List, a debut thriller by Koethi Zan.

All titles are available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online at Each DVD can be borrowed for up to seven days, completely free of charge with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.


Third Annual Super Summer Kids Book Sale


Attention parents, teachers and kids of all ages! Come find great summer books for reading fun, books for school or even a special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are having their Third Annual Summer Kids Book Sale for two days so that all kids can have the opportunity to own great books at little cost. The sale will be held on two days, Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be music sing-a-longs, story time and activities in the Children’s Room at the library both days.

Raffle tickets for a gift basket of great children’s books, book bag and gift coupons will also be available for purchase those days. Tickets will be sold for just $1 each, or 6 for $5. This terrific gift basket is valued at over $50.

The Friends welcome donations of gently used books and other media throughout the year. Call the library at (518)828.1792 in advance of donating to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please, no encyclopedias, textbooks, periodicals, technical publications, manuals or books in poor condition.


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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Thanks to Eat for Books Participants

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On Thursday July 26th we held our new expanded version of Eat for Books. Fifteen food establishments participated and a large number of people ate through the day from breakfast to dinner and even late night drinks. Look over the list of businesses that supported the library by donating a portion of their receipts on Eat for Books Thursday. Next time you visit one of them thank them for supporting the library. And thanks to all of the people who ate out. Without you too this would not have been such a success.

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Support the Library


You may think that our library is entirely supported by tax funds. This is not the case. Only 32% of the library’s annual operating budget comes from government funds. The library depends on generous contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations to make up the balance of our budget.

The library is a community asset that needs community support. All donations are welcome no matter how small.

  • donate onlineSend a check made out to the Hudson Area Library.
  • Donate online using your debit or credit card.
  • Do you pay your bills using online banking services? Consider adding the Library to your monthly list. A small $10 or $20 contribution is very meaningful to the Library. This is a fairly painless way of doing something you would like to do automatically.

Volunteer – Support the Library by Donating Your Time and Energy

Volunteers are key to the functioning of the library. They do everything from greeting visitors, to checking books and materials in and out, to providing programs for children and others. If you would like to learn more about being a volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.

Adopt a Book

adopt a bookHelp the library acquire new books and get a preferred place in line to read it first. Read all about how to Adopt A Book here.

Friends of the Hudson Area Library

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a volunteer organization that conducts events and programs to support the library. The Friends meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the library’s History Room.