Chopin and Chardonnay – Fundraiser to Benefit the Capital Campaign

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On Saturday, March 22nd, pianist and composer Morey Hall will be performing the music of Chopin at a fund-raising event on behalf of the Capital Campaign for the Library

“Chopin was emotional and expressive,” says Hall.  “His work speaks to me in a personal way that is inspiring.  I’m hopeful that the pieces I’ve selected will move the audience, too.”  Chopin had the ability to combine the folk music of his native Poland with the classical sounds he admired from Bach, Mozart and Schubert.  The results were innovations in style, musical form and harmony – a blending that seemed particularly apt for the blossoming Romantic Period in Europe. In 1831, reviewers of his compositions wrote, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius.”

During intermission, attendees will be served four examples of light, sparkling and somewhat ethereal wines specially selected by Michael Albin, owner of Hudson Wine Merchants.   “All the musical pieces on the program were influenced by the Romantic Movement,” Albin explained.  “So the wines we will be pouring and telling concert-goers about will be paired to match.”

The program will include Chopin’s Nocturne in B-flat Minor and a grouping of four Chopin Etudes. Additional compositions from Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Debussy and Beethoven, as well as Chopin’s contemporary, Franz Liszt, will also be presented.

Described as “an evening of wine and music”, the concert begins at 6pm at the Hudson Opera House.  Tickets for this fundraiser are $75.00 each.  Sponsor tickets include a listing in the event program and are $150.00 each.  All donations are tax deductible.  Purchases must be made in advance by check or credit card.  There will be no sales at the door and seating is limited.  For tickets, contact Cayla Consaga at the Library – 518.828.1792 or by e-mail cconsaga@hudsonarealibrary.orgPurchases must be made by Monday, March 17th.

Learn more about the event here.


The December E-Newsletter Is Here!


Want the latest updates on what’s new and exciting at the library? Sign up for the Hudson Area Library’s monthly e-newsletter! As a recipient of this great free newsletter, you will get the first look at upcoming events and programs, as well as new additions to the library collection, such as books and DVDs. The newsletter also includes information on the latest library and Armory news, as well as helpful articles concerning miscellaneous topics like job searches and resume building.

If you missed the last edition, check out the December newsletter now for the latest library news! If you’re interested in joining the mailing list, fill out your name and email address in the “Sign Up For Monthly E-Newsletter” field on the lower left hand side of the Hudson Area Library homepage.

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Library Seeks Volunteers for Program Committee

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library is seeking volunteers to work on the Program Committee.

Children from the Hudson Area Library Summer Reading Program


The Hudson Area Library provides programs for children, teens, and adults for our library users from Hudson, Greenport and other local towns. The Board of Trustees wishes to expand our program offerings and seeks to engage people in our service area and beyond in the development of new programs. We recognize the wealth of skills and enthusiasms in our community and wish to tap into those who can bring new ideas and energy to the library.

New Programing Directions

Here are a few ideas that we have for new directions for programming at the library. Continue reading


July Book Club Pick – All Welcome!

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read 11/22/63 by Stephen King for their July meeting. Discussion will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 5:45pm. Please check with the library for location.

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force. Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at for info.

Have a suggestion for a future book group read? Feel free to email Sharon or post in the comments!


Friends Annual Meeting with Guest Speakers – John Weinman and Wendy McDaris

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces their annual meeting which will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm at the Library. This year there will be two guest speakers discussing the history of Hudson and its buildings.

John Weinman, former editor of the Register Star and one of the original organizers of SPOUT in Hudson (Society to Protect Our Unique Town), who has been involved in many civic and community organizations in Hudson and Columbia County, will be discussing two very relevant historic buildings, the Armory and the Register Star Building, both of which are possibilities for the Library’s future home.

Wendy McDaris, consultant, curator and designer, will be discussing the Library’s History Room collection. Antique postcards, portraying some of Hudson’s finest architectural gems, as well as other history related items will be during her discussion. She will also speak about the various collections and the many resources available to the public, as well as how to research and access them. Wendy was instrumental in renovating the Library’s History Room and securing grant monies to conserve the collection of historical artifacts.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information call the Library at 518-828-1792. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library was established in 1999 to assist the Hudson Area Library, which serves the communities of Hudson and Greenport. The Friends raise funds throughout the year to provide much needed programs and to grow the Library’s collection in all media types.


Welcome to the New Website

After several months of work by library staff, Board members, and volunteers, the new website is up and running.

Please look around.

All of the old features of the earlier website are here and many new ones added. A key feature of this new site is that we will be able to make changes to the site very readily. This means that the website will be up to date and filled with current information about what is going on at the Library.

Watch this space on the Home page of the website for future announcements of how you can become involved in writing about and photographing library events and programs for inclusion on the website.

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