The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome back Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating follow up presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875), specifically the local artists Sanford. R. Gifford, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Seventy images and paintings will be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments. Continue reading →
The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30pm in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library for a discussion of The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion.
About the book:
“Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love The Silent Wife. Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.”
On April 28, several area restaurants are participating in “Dining Out for Life”. Visit Baba Louie’s, Ca’Mea Ristorante, Helsinki Hudson, Mexican Radio or Red Dot and 25% (or more) of the price of lunch and dinner will be donated to the Alliance for Positive Health. Funds provide direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their family members. Included are care management and prevention programs that offer effective, innovative solutions that make a significant impact on reducing new HIV infections.
Two days later, an appearance by co-authors Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue will focus on the life of journalist Jeff Schmalz. The book, Dying Words – The Aids Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times, includes interviews with major journalists including Anna Quindlen, Adam Moss and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. It also features the words of Larry Kramer, Magic Johnson, Randy Shilts and Bill Clinton.
A fast-tracked gay writer at The New York Times, Schmalz was “outed” when he collapsed from a brain seizure in the newsroom. This incident was how he became aware that he was infected with HIV. It was also the beginning of his campaign to report openly about the disease that was killing him – and countless others. At a time when the newspaper of record chose not to acknowledge the epidemic, Schmalz spent his remaining professional life interviewing others stricken with the disease as well as those who worked to find its cause and create a cure.
Named by Capitol Hill staffers as the brainiest, funniest and most eloquent member of the House, former Congressmember Barney Frank said:
“[This book] is an important part of the story of the fight for LGBT equality in America that will come as a surprise even to many well-informed readers.”
The authors appearance and book signing takes place at 4PM on Saturday, April 30 in the Hudson Area Library Community Room, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson. This is a FREE event – co-sponsored by the Alliance for Positive Health.
Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.
The Hudson Area Library wants to hear your stories about early Hudson!
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is excited to present an evening of local history featuring your personal stories, experiences and memories of years gone by as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This very special event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm, followed by light refreshments. A sign up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event and participants will be given approximately seven minutes to present their story to the audience. All participants are encouraged to bring in photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share. Continue reading →
What a wonderful turn out for our Ribbon Cutting last Saturday! Instead of gray skies and flurries, we had bright sun and just a slight hint of warmer weather. Around 500 came through the doors, trying out our new computers, peeking into the History Room, meeting friends by the stacks, and exploring the Early Literacy area. Our thanks to Amanda Henry who gave tours of the Senior Center and Paula Forman, Laura Miller, Pamela Badila, and the Perfect Ten team, who passed out cupcakes on the Third Floor. 60 new library cards were created and we’re sure that as more and more of the community comes to see our beautiful new library, those numbers will increase.
Don’t miss the Opening Celebration Saturday 4/9/2016 at 10am.
Despite Monday’s Blizzard of 2016 (all 6 inches) the move is well under way. Arnoff Movers (arnoff.com) are continuing to do the heavy lifting with great professionalism. So the library is now filling up with books. One striking result is that for the first time the entire collection of over 22,000 books can be seen by simply turning around.
TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY – the various wizards from MidHudson Cable, S&F Technology, Jerry Jennings Electric, Mid Hudson Library System and our own volunteer guru of bits and bytes Michael Grisham have pulled together all of the pieces. We now have true high speed internet – 50 Mbps up and down. Undoubtedly the fastest service anywhere in the area. Almost all of the 24 public computer stations are in place and working. WiFi is everywhere. All of it fast!
Don’t miss the Opening Celebration Saturday 4/9/2016 at 10am.
Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President David Murphy rounding up some details
Adult computing stations and adult library
Childrens library looking towards Story Time Nook
Kathy Parchuck sorting and arranging in the children’s craft space