Holiday Hours

merry christmasThe Library will be closed all day on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, and Saturday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, December 29. We wish you all the happiest of holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey photograph courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26. Items left in the drop box while we are closed for the holiday will be backdated to November 25.

Our adult education partners, Questar III and Literacy Connections, are not holding classes Wednesday and Thursday this week.

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!

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Halloween Extravaganza!

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Come join us at the library on October 31st from 12-3 pm for our Halloween Extravaganza! Stop by for Halloween crafts, pumpkin painting, caramel apples, music and more! Wear a costume and get a prize! Fun for all ages! Event is free and will be held outside the library on the front yard. (If rain or extreme cold event will be moved to inside the library).

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Holiday Fun in the Kids Room!

The Children’s Room is always a fun place to be, with opportunities for reading, drawing, painting, imaginative play, and crafting. This week, in addition to our regularly scheduled programs, we have some special programs to make it that much more exciting!

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa Celebration with Operation Unite
Wednesday, December 18, 5:30-6:30pm postponed – stay tuned for an updated day/time

Operation Unite will host a special Kwanzaa celebration, including drumming, singing, & a candle ceremony.

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 19, 3-5pm

Join us for some holiday fun, including holiday-themed crafts and stories. Snacks will be served too!

The Children’s Room will also be staffed while the Hudson City School District is on Winter Break. We hope you’ll join us!

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The Friends Holiday Book Sale Continues through December 14!

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What makes a better gift than a great book?

The Friends Holiday Book Sale continues the first two Saturdays in December, the 7th and 14th from 10am til 1pm and presents the perfect opportunity to give generous gifts that will bring the joy of reading to everyone on your list, at a price to fit your budget!

The sale offers many new and gently used books, all carefully chosen, sorted and displayed for easy browsing. There are also many vintage, collectable and specialty books in a multitude of categories, all affordably priced.

Our elves will be adding new books to replenish the shelves, so be sure to stop in often and discover new selections. Happy shopping, and see you in the Book Sale Room!

Please note: The Book Sale Room will be closed December 20th and 27th 

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Adopt-A-Book for the Holidays – A Matching Grant from the Friends!

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library invites everyone to participate in the Library’s Adopt-A-Book program with their new special Matching Grant Campaign.  From now until the end of the year, purchase a brand new book for the library’s collection for just $15 and the Friends will match your contribution with an additional book donation for the library collection.

Just like the library’s ongoing Adopt-A-Book program, donors will be able to read the book they choose first when it arrives, and receive a commemorative bookplate that will allow them to honor special people in their lives (or even pets!). This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly how your donation is being used. Truly a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving for the person who has everything, an adopted library book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again!

In order to make your selection, either review the list of suggested adoptable books at the front desk in the library, or check out the list of adoptable books online. Explore our great selection of new or soon-to-be released titles by all your favorite authors, in both fiction and nonfiction.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey photograph courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.


The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 22. Items left in the drop box while we are closed for the holiday will be backdated to November 21.

Our adult education partners, Questar and Literacy Connections, are not holding classes this week.

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year, often referred to as the Lunar New Year, begins today! It’s the Year of the Dragon, which is said to be an especially lucky year in the Chinese Zodiac. The 15 day festival ends with the Lantern Festival (February 6th this year), where families come together, eat yuanxiao (a glutinous rice ball), hang colorful lanterns and solve riddles on them.

Here are some titles from our children’s collection that celebrate Chinese New Year:


 
The Runaway Wok: a Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by Sebastià Serra
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty – but magic – wok that changes their fortunes forever.

The Star Maker by Laurence Yep
With the help of his popular Uncle Chester, a young Chinese American boy tries hard to fulfill a promise to have firecrackers for everyone on the Chinese New Year in 1954.

A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang
Little Maomao’s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below.

Chinese New Year by Alice K. Flanagan, illustrated by Svetlana Zhurkina
This book explores the history, customs, and symbols of Chinese New Year. Learn how Chinese New Year has changed over time and how it is celebrated around the world. This beautifully illustrated history is also filled with interesting and unusual facts about the holiday such as what foods can be found on the Tray of Togetherness and why the color red is important.
 
And the following is a title graciously donated to our bilingual children’s collection in honor of this year’s Chinese New Year:

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu, illustrations by Kieren Dutcher
In Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes, an innovative collection of favorite rhymes are put in pairs—one from China and the next in English—to show how the things that kids love are the same, no matter where in the world they live. Whether your native language is English or Chinese, you can learn the rhymes along with your children. Just follow the words on the page, or play the CD and sing along!

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