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

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Friends Book Sale Room Open Saturdays!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room Sign

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room Open Saturdays 10am-1pm

The Friends of the Library’s Book Sale Room is open every Saturday from 10am-1pm! The Book Sale Room holds thousands of books on a myriad of subjects, including cooking, art, travel, gardening, autobiography, classics, fiction, humor, mystery, business, politics, health, science and more. Premium magazines, audiobooks and VHS tapes are also available for purchase at discounted prices.

The Friends welcome your donation of gently-used books and other media throughout the year. Please, no encyclopedias, trade journals or damaged items. Textbooks published before 2000 cannot be accepted. Please call the library in advance of donating at 518.828.1792 to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.

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New Audiobooks in the Collection

Friends Audiobook Donations

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library* have generously donated ten new audiobooks to the collection. The titles were carefully chosen by the Library staff to reflect their patrons’ growing interest in these media. The titles are “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling, “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon, “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom, “Elsewhere” by Richard Russo, “Phantom” by Jo Nesbo, “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “Bring up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel, and “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly.

Cover Art for Penguin Audio titles recently added to the collection

Other new audiobooks donated to the collection in recent months include: “City of Women” by David R. Gillham, “One Last Thing Before I Go” by Jonathan Tropper, “The Absent One” by Jussi Adler-Olsen, “Night Watch” by Linda Fairstein, “Poseidon’s Arrow” and “The Tombs” by Clive Cussler, “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz, “NW” by Zadie Smith, “Gone” by Randy Wayne White, “Severe Clear” by Stuart Woods, “The Secret Pilgrim” by John Le Carre, “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett, “Waging Heavy Peace” by Neil Young, “Mad River” by John Sandford, “The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell, and “Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You” by Dolly Parton.

These and other audiobooks are available at the library or by request online and may be borrowed for up to three weeks. Also check out downloadable audiobooks available through the Mid-Hudson Library System Digital Downloads site.

*The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community. For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the Library at 518.828.1792 or online at www.hudsonarealibrary.org

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Friends Event at Winter Walk

Calvin Can't Fly book cover image
Don’t miss local children’s book author, Jennifer Berne, and illustrator, Keith Bendis, this Saturday from 5-8pm at 624 Warren Street on the corner of Seventh Street. Berne and Bendis will be signing their book “Calvin Can’t Fly” that evening and all proceeds will benefit the Friends. Mr. Bendis will be drawing Calvin all evening and will add a personal illustration to each book purchased. He will also participate with children during drawing sessions that evening. Bring the kids and stop by to meet the author and illustrator while supporting the Friends of the Hudson Area Library!

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Learn How To Borrow eBooks from the Library!

Learn how to borrow downloaded eBooks from the Library!

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Want to learn how to download books on to your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other electronic reader? Then join us at the Hudson Area Library on Saturday, November 17th and find out how! Starting at 11:00am, discover everything you need to know about downloading thousands of books electronically.

Bring your personal device and learn from an expert how to easily and quickly download books. Don’t have an eReader but are thinking of getting one? No problem, come in and see how they work before you decide. Drop in anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson NY. Call 518.828.1792 for more information.

Started two years ago, the collection of eBooks within the Mid-Hudson Library System has grown tremendously. Circulation over this past summer averaged over 7,860 checkouts per month. Currently there are over 2,300 eBook titles in the Mid-Hudson Library System to choose from, and more are being added each month. Included are 100 of the most popular Classic eBooks as an “Always Available” collection.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Friends is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.

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Book Sale Room Open Saturdays!

artwork by Arlene Boehm

The Friends of the Library’s Book Sale Room is open every Saturday from 10am-1pm! Keep an eye out for their Blackboard Specials – special pricing on certain genres, formats, or categories of books!

The Book Sale Room holds thousands of books on a myriad of subjects, including cooking, art, travel, gardening, autobiography, classics, fiction, humor, mystery, business, politics, health, science and more. Premium magazines, audiobooks and VHS tapes are also available for purchase at discounted prices.

The Friends welcome your donation of gently-used books and other media throughout the year. Please, no text books, encyclopedias, trade journals or damaged items. Please call the library in advance of donating at 518.828.1792 to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.

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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.

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Super Saturday Kids Book Sale at Hudson Book Sale Room

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its new Super Saturday Kids Book Sale on Saturday, March 31st from 10am until 1 pm. All children’s books will be offered at very low discount prices to encourage readers of all ages. There are thousands of children’s books to choose from, for every level of reader from infants to teens. Included in this sale are large picture books, early reading books, non-fiction books, chapter books and young adult books. There is also a large selection of kids’ VCR tapes available. And, special guest, The Cat in the Hat will be appearing and available for photos with your child. So bring your camera and stop in. This is a great opportunity for a child in your life to experience the joy of books and reading for a lifelong reward!

In addition to the huge selection of kid’s books, the Friends are also offering a special promotion for all adult books as well. Buy one hardcover book, get a free mass market paperback book, this Saturday only.

Hudson’s best kept secret, the Book Sale Room, located at the Hudson Area Library (side entrance) holds thousands of books in over forty categories, including cooking, art, travel, gardening, autobiography, classics, fiction, humor, mystery business, politics, health, science and more. Our inventory is the largest in the region, with new books always being added. Premium magazines, audio books, music, VCR tapes and DVDs are also available for purchase at discounted prices as well.

The Friends welcome your donation of gently-used books and other media throughout the year. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias, trade journals or damaged items. Please call the library in advance of donating at 518.828.1792 to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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