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.”


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!


New Summer DVDs!

the call

The Friends are pleased to announce the addition of eleven newly released movies this summer, now available on our library shelves. Included in this new selection are the following titles: The Call, starring Halle Berry; The Host, adapted from the book by Stephenie Meyer; Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith; Venus and Serena, a documentary film about the Williams sisters; Boy, a coming of age film set in New Zealand; No, an Academy Award-nominated Spanish language film; and Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise based on the popular book series by Lee Child. Coming this month will be four new films, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby; Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, Amour; The Sapphires, and The Place Beyond the Pines, a drama filmed in Schenectady starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eve Mendes.


Teen Tech Week: Book to Movie Adaptations!

Never judge a book by its movie…although it is fun to check out the film adaptations of your favorite books! There have been many film adaptations of teen literature over the years, from classics like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott to new favorites like Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Here are some movie adaptations of teen books in the Hudson Area Library’s DVD collection:


Read the book:Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
See the movie: Twilight / Catherine Hardwicke

Read the book:The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
See the movie: The Hunger Games / Gary Ross

Read the book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
See the movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky (yes, the author wrote and directed the film adaptation!)

There is also a strong teen readership/viewership for some adult books and their movie adaptations. Here are just a few of the film adaptations in Hudson’s DVD collection:


Read the book:Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury
See the movie: Fahrenheit 451 / Francois Truffaut

Read the book:The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
See the movie: The Lord of the Rings / Peter Jackson

Read the book:The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini
See the movie: The Kite Runner / Marc Forster

And if you would like to know which of your favorite books will be turned into movies next, check out Page to Screen: Upcoming Kid’s Books Set For Film Adaptations or What’s Next: Over 60 Upcoming Young Adult Book-to-Movie Adaptations.


New Art DVDs Added To Collection

Image of Cover Art for DVDsFourteen new titles were added recently to the DVD collection of the Hudson Area Library, thanks to the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.  The additions focus on documentaries about art, artists, and the art world. These titles were carefully selected by the Library staff to reflect their patrons’ growing interest in this media and genre.The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services for the Library.

The new titles include “Waste Land”, the award-winning documentary by Lucy Walker;  “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis”, a documentary about the revolutionary artist Jack Smith; “The Cats of Mirikitani”, an intimate exploration of  New York artist Jimmy Mirikitani;  “Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow”;  “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”;  the award winning dance documentary “First Position”;  “Exit By the Gift Shop”, a film by street artist Bansky; “The Woodmans”, a film about American photographer Francesca Woodman; “Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides”, about the British artist who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from nature; “Joan Mitchell: Portrait of An Abstract Painter”;  “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine”, a journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism; “War Dance”, a superb documentary that reveals the redemptive power of music, even in the most horrific places;  “How To Draw A Bunny”, the documentary about artist Ray Johnson and his signature cartoon rabbit;  and “Manufactured Landscapes”, a striking documentary on the world and work of renowned photographer Ed Burtynsky.

All titles are available at the Hudson Area Library or can be requested 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.


Friends donate DVDs to the collection

three of the twelve DVDs donated by the Friends to the Library in Fall 2012

In Fall 2012, The Friends donated towards the purchase of twelve new DVDs for the collection. The new titles included the documentary films !Women Art Revolution, And Everything is Going Fine, and Jiro Dreams of Sushi; foreign language films The Time That Remains, Certified Copy, and Footnote; and critically acclaimed English language films The Artist, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Jane Eyre, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

To place holds on these and other 2012 releases in our collection, click here


New DVDs added to the Collection

In memory of Kathleen Hintze, longtime employee of the Hudson Area Library, the Friends of the Library recently purchased and donated over forty newly-released and classic DVDs for the Library’s collection. Kathleen loved the Hudson Area Library and old movies and was a familiar voice and face to hundreds of Library patrons and visitors for over twenty years.

Some of the titles donated by the Friends include Arsenic and Old Lace, It’s a Wonderful Life, Roman Holiday, The Thorn Birds, It Happened One Night, Some Like it Hot, The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, High Noon, The Searchers, Margin Call, 127 Hours, and True Grit.

Additional DVDs will be arriving in the new year, thanks to donations from both the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and other generous donors to the Kathleen Hintze Memorial Fund.