History Room and Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!

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Thursday, November 30, 3-7pm and Friday, December 1, 3-7pm

Just in time for the holiday season, the library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering on a book sale in the community room. All books in the History Room collection have been vetted, organized and cataloged and duplicates and local history books outside of the purview of the History Room have been set aside for this sale. There are many books that are unique and valuable in this one time sale. All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will also be having their first book sale in the new library space. Books have been set aside for this purpose for the last year and a half. There are many current books, art books, and all books are in good condition. All proceeds from the Friends portion of the sale will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

There will also be homemade backed goods for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book for someone on your shopping list, and enjoy a baked good!

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Bronck Museum and Mass MoCA Passes Now Available!

Green_historicalThanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, you can now borrow passes for Mass MoCA and the Bronck Museum with your library card!

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, 14 minutes away from another museum we have passes for: The Clark Art Institute. The Mass MoCA has a number of galleries and venues both indoor and outdoor to accommodate their wide, genre-spanning collection.

The Bronck Museum is located in Coxsackie. It holds the remaining buildings of the Bronck family farm, the oldest home in the Hudson Valley.

These are the two newest sites to join our growing collection of cooperating museums and historical sites. View the full list here and learn how to reserve your passes.

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Visit a Museum for Free!

Thanks to The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, you can visit a number of museums for free! Just come to the front desk with your Mid-Hudson Library System card and ask our friendly staff for a pass. You can also call us to reserve a pass for a specific date. You can take these passes out for up to 3 days. The museums you can visit are listed below. Click on the museum logo to visit their website for more information.

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Friends Annual Meeting and Program, April 20

The Friends will hold their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 20, at 6pm in the Community Room of the new Hudson Area Library at 51 N. 5th St.. The public is invited to attend the business meeting and the installations of officers. A most interesting and timely program will follow.

Local Historian and Researcher, Paul Barrett, will present his program At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory. Over the years, the Armory served as the venue for a wide variety of events, including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows, and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War. All are welcome to this event.

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Norma Hart Honored by The Friends

Friends 20K donation Mrs. Norma Hart, a Hudson resident and one of the founders of The History Room at the Hudson Area Library, has been honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library through their gift in her memory.

The volunteer organization has taken advantage of “naming opportunities” available in the new Library and designated $20,000 as a named gift for History Room furnishings and cabinets in honor of Mrs. Hart.

“Besides being instrumental in the formation of the History Room, she was also very active in the Children’s Room for many years,” said Friends President Nancy Westbrook. “It is important to The Friends and community that she be honored for her dedication to Hudson Area Library patrons.” Continue reading

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Digital Painting Workshop for Tweens and Teens

On Saturday, April 16, from 12pm-4pm, youth ages 10-15 are invited to participate in a free Digital Painting workshop with our friends from Spark Media Project. The workshop will be held in the Community Room of the new Hudson Area Library at 51 N. 5th Street.

In this workshop, youth will use Wacom Tablets and Photoshop software as they learn about the creative process behind digital painting from concept to finishing touches. To create their original digital illustrations, youth will learn about frame composition, shading, perspective, and color theory, as well as tips and tools of digital visual art.

digitalpaintingSpace is limited and registration is required. To register for this workshop, please contact Spark Media Project at 845.485.4480 or register online.

This free youth media arts workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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Book Sale Room to Reopen!

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The Friends Book Sale Room will once again be open every Saturday in January, beginning on January 2nd from 10-1pm.

Thousands of titles in over 50 categories will be offered, including hardcover, paperback and oversize editions, in order to make room for new books. The shelves are stocked with great titles, so bring a fellow book-lover to browse the area’s largest and most comprehensive selection of gently used books at truly bargain prices. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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New: Cook Books at Dish Hudson

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Now you can shop at three local stores in Hudson and Catskill for great books! Dish, Hudson is the third retail outlet for Friends books, in addition to SKETCH Art Supply (wonderful art books at 701 Warren Street) and Magpie Books, Catskill (original book art at 392 Main Street).

Dish now has a curated selection of vintage and collectable titles on sale at 103 Warren Street, where you’ll find the perfect title for the host/hostess, the foodie that loves cook books, or the chef on your list. No two books are alike, so you have to stop in to see what’s on the shelf! And of course, all proceeds benefit the Friends to continue its mission of new books, DVDs, magazines and other media, as well as valuable programs throughout the year!

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