The Friends of the Hudson Area Library has been chosen by the Hannaford store on Route 82 in Livingston as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program! This means every time you purchase a Hannaford Helps Community Bag at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of March, the Friends will receive $1 to help fulfill their mission. The bags can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers. By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the Friends, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout. Sounds like a win-win!
The Library and Friends of the Hudson Area Library accept donations of books and other media that meet the following standards:
Books: Hardcover and paperback, fiction and nonfiction, in good/clean condition (not dusty, mildewed, water damaged or torn). We cannot accept donations of reference books, textbooks, journals, magazines or newspapers.
DVDs: Movies and television series in good, playable condition. We do not accept VHS tapes.
CDs: Music CDs and Books on CD in good, playable condition. We do not accept cassette tapes or Books on Tape.
For the Friends’ Spring Book Sale, donations of gardening books are greatly appreciated.
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!
Thanks 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.
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, such as hours of operation and special exhibits and events.
The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
1 pass for 1 guest
Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534
1 pass for 4 adults
202 Shaker Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125
4 passes for 1 person each
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414
1 pass for 4 people
Columbia County Historical Society
5 Albany Avenue
Kinderhook, NY 12106
1 pass for 1 person
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Ave.
Hudson, NY 12534
1 pass for 2 adults and 2 children
(Per request of museum, families only)
Mass Museum of Contemporary Art
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247
1 pass for 2 adults & 2 children under 16
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum 4079 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
1 pass for a family
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.
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
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.
Space 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.