Volunteer Fair at the Library Saturday, February 25, 4 – 6pm

February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re holding a volunteer fair on February 25 from 4 to 6pm for all library lovers! We rely on our talented and committed volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. If you can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week, the library has a role for you! Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.

The volunteer fair will also be an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how you can get involved. Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and helping out at the circulation desk. Find out more about volunteering opportunities available, and mingle with members of the Board and staff. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room and the main floor of the library, which are both wheelchair accessible.

Donate to the Library’s Annual Appeal

As the Hudson Area Library nears its 60th anniversary, we are about to move into a new home…the totally refurbished and rebuilt Hudson Armory, just two blocks up the street.

Donate Now ButtonPlease donate now to our annual appeal and help us make our new home a cozy, comfortable place in which to discover books and create a technically advanced place from which to discover the world.

To learn more about our annual appeal, click here.

 

When it rains, it pours – library supporters!

Raise the Roof Square Dance

The first annual Raise the Roof! Gala, held on Saturday, August 15th, was a great success! Thanks to all who attended – in spite of the deluge that ended just minutes before the event began!

More than 200 people attended and most of them bought raffle tickets, too. Bidders upped the prices on silent auction items including private tours, distant destinations, private trainers and even lunch with Assemblymember Didi Barrett. And several in the crowd invested in pieces of Library equipment that will help us furnish our new space at the Armory.

One attendee wrote:

I haven’t been to a fundraiser that I have enjoyed so much… lots of familiar faces, a beautiful evening on [a] gorgeous Columbia County farm estate, [a] feast of amazing food… My compliments to [you all] for your skills and perseverance in making this bold statement of commitment to Hudson’s new library.

The crowd was so enthusiastic that we’re all eager to get moving! Many thanks to the Host Committee Marie Rasner, Tessy Keller, Chris Boeke and Barbara Deisroth for organizing this great event. And thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and vendors. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Almost Halfway!

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As 2014 came to a close, the total on our Campaign thermometer was increased by almost $200,000! At $850,000, we’re almost halfway to our three-year goal of $2 million. The campaign’s end-of-year report itemized gifts and pledges from individuals, businesses, foundations, a grant from New York State and proceeds from fundraisers.

The year also saw the beginning of construction at the new site. How exciting it has been to witness the transformation within the Armory’s walls, as well as the progress on the outside! A recent construction milestone was the provision of an access ramp leading to the newly defined main entrance on Fifth Street. When the Armory is completely transformed, we’ll be in a wonderful new space – twice the size of our current facility. Right now there are great opportunities for contributors to help in the creation of our 21st century library. No longer a place just for books, we’re creating a center for learning, a digital lab and a community center. Make a donation to the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and add your support!

Support the New Library – Vote for Armory Chili!

This coming Saturday, October 11th, the Committee for the new Hudson Area Library will be serving their own chili – chock-full of secret ingredients – at the Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Fest. The event is held at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park from noon until 4pm. Admission is $5.00.
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Ticket holders get to sample more than 20 different chilies and vote for their favorite. First, second and third place chili makers receive prizes of $500, $350 and $150 respectively. Please VOTE for ARMORY CHILI and help us take home the winning check for the new Hudson Area Library!
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Fourth Annual Super Summer Kid’s Book Sale, now with Vintage Children’s Books Too!

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Hey Kids! Come to the best ever Super Summer Kids Book Sale and find great books for vacation reading fun, books for school or your special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are offering thousands of kids’ books at bargain prices for two days so that kids from everywhere can have the opportunity to own great books at low cost. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library, have some fun and stock up on great books to encourage reading throughout the summer!

This special sale will be held on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be story time, crafts, games and activities in the Children’s Room in the library both days.

Besides the thousands of titles to choose from for every level reader, from toddlers to teens, a new feature this year will be a special selection of vintage children’s books. Great books from past times, these collector’s items are priced to sell and go fast!

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Sunset Cocktail Cruise Sails to Success!

Sunset Cruise Benefits Library
Thank you to all who cruised on the Hudson River to support The Friends of the Hudson Area Library last Saturday! We met new friends and enjoyed a beautiful sunset accompanied by live jazz, warm breezes, and fireworks that did not disappoint!

A special thank you to all of our new friends, the local merchants and businesses in the area who donated treasure for our raffle. We are grateful for their generosity and supporting our fundraising, and now count them among the 250 strong Friends of the Library!