Friends Sponsors Literary Event Featuring Local Author Daniel B. Region

Daniel RegionThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present local author, Daniel B. Region for an afternoon literary reading and book signing on Sunday, November 2nd at 3pm. Tales From Thurmons Corner, a fictional memoir, will be presented at McDaris Fine Art Gallery, 623 Warren Street in Hudson. This event is free and open to the public.

Region’s new book, the first in a trilogy, is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life. Continue reading


100 Years into the Past: An Informal Evening of Discussion with the Prison Public Memory Project

trainingschoolforgirlssummereveningsceneHow did Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls view treatment and training practices 100 years ago? Liesl Schnabel, Prison Public Memory Project’s summer researcher, has been researching and exploring that question this summer.

You are invited to join the Prison Public Memory Project to discuss her findings this Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Hudson Area Library.


Take Your Child to the Library Day, Saturday, February 1st

Take Your Child to the Library Day was started by a Connecticut children’s librarian in 2012 and this year will include more than 350 libraries. Join us for this special event on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-3pm and check out everything the Hudson Area Library has to offer children and families: books, movies, crafts, games, homework help, special events, and a safe, welcoming place to spend time together.


Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: A Discussion With Author Geoff Ward, August 8 from 7:00-8:30pm

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Join us for a discussion facilitated by the Prison Public Memory Project and the Hudson Area Library, titled “Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: The New York Movement, 1930-1980.” This lecture will be led by Geoff Ward, the author of The Black Child Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice and Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California. He will discuss how the movement against Jim Crow juvenile justice took shape in New York State, with a special focus on “black child savers” and their work up and down the Hudson in remaking predominately white juvenile justice systems. This event will take place at Hudson Area Library on Thursday, August 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. It will be open to the public and free of charge, and will be followed by an audience discussion with Dr. Ward. A limited number of signed copies of Dr. Ward’s book will be on sale at the event. For more information on the Prison Public Memory Project, visit the Prison Public Memory Project website.


The Ghostly Gallop a Great (Snowy) Success!

Ghostly Gallop Overall Female and Male Winners, Shannon and Patrick LaChance, and members of the Cranna family

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Ghostly Gallop 5k Race!  After an unusual October snow storm, the skies cleared, the sun came out, and the race went on as scheduled!

First place in the Ghostly Gallop 5k race went to Patrick LaChance (18:36), followed by Eric Pierson (19:53), and Kenneth Pierce (20:04).

In the Kids Mile Run, Gabriel Case age 7 came in first (9:20), followed by Cameron Starke age 9 (9:32), and Eli Russo age 5 (9:51).

For the complete list with times see Ghostly Gallop Results.


This year’s race was especially meaningful to the library community as the event honored the late William F. Cranna. Bill Cranna, a former Board member and Friend of the Library, was instrumental in founding the Ghostly Gallop as a library FUNdraiser back in 2001. He was an avid runner, he loved to read, and the library was his passion. In honor of Cranna, the library has begun a new tradition – The William F. Cranna Memorial Cup, which will, from this day forward, be engraved with the names of the Ghostly Gallop winners each year and kept on display at the library.


The Ghostly Gallop Committee thanks the many people who worked to make this event a special day for the William F. Cranna Family. The Hudson Area Library greatly appreciates the response to this years race.

Special thank you to our volunteers and sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.

The 2011 Ghostly Gallop was sponsored by:

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library; Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union; Michael C. Howard, Esq., PC; Koweek, Cranna & McEvoy, PC; Allyson Sorge and Ed Pollack; Rapport Meyers, LLP; Juliette M. Crill; Freeman+Howard, PC; Bernhardt Karp, Esq.; Guterman Shallo & Alford, PLLC; Douglas E. Coleman Esq.; James A. Carlucci, Esq..

Thank you also to the following:

Strongtree, Price Chopper, LoveApple Farms, Walgreens, Burger King, Spotty Dog, McDonald’s, Columbia Tent Rental, and Yankee Dollar.

Hudson Police Dept., DPW, Hudson Fire Dept., Register Star

Steiners, All-U, Maxwell Medals

Special thank you to Mayor Scalera for starting our race