Thanks to All Who Helped us Celebrate our One Year at The Armory!

The Armory wore its party hat for the library’s one year celebration.

Thank you all: patrons, volunteers, board members, staff, Friends of the Hudson Area Library, musicians, dancers, programs presenters and video creators! Our Saturday, April 8 Open House: One Year at the Armory was a great success. We had a raucous, fun, community-oriented, history-exploring, book checking out, music-listening, dance-enjoying, video-viewing, people-watching, seeing-old-&-new-friends time! See our photos and video on Facebook and Instagram.

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar

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Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.

UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library

The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.

Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:

Friday, August 12, 7pm

Sunday, August 14, 3pm

Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.

It’s Move Time!

Armory_After_Front (1)The shelves and furniture have been installed. Tech installation is underway and the physical move begins tomorrow, Saturday, April 2. We will close our doors at 400 State Street at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.

While we are closed, items may be returned in the curbside book return at 400 State Street, or better yet return your items on Saturday, April 9 when we reopen in our new home!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING!
10am, Saturday, April 9
51 N. 5th Street

We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment!
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Library Set to Move

Watch This Space! Empty shelves, wait to be filled with books. Computer tables wait to get their electronics. And comfy chairs wait to be slid into place. The new Hudson Area Library is almost ready.   The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, April 9. Everyone is invited.

Watch This Space! Empty shelves, wait to be filled with books. Computer tables wait to get their electronics. And comfy chairs wait to be slid into place. The new Hudson Area Library is almost ready. The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, April 9. Everyone is invited.

The Hudson Area Library is pleased and excited to announce that the last day for business at the current address will be Friday, April 1. On Saturday, April 2, movers will begin packing up books in anticipation of the move to their new quarters in the former Hudson Armory. It is anticipated that the move itself will take about a week.

“It’s wonderful to finally realize all our plans,” said Board President Mark Orton. “It seems like we’ve been working on this forever. Now it’s just a few weeks until we’ll be situated in a whole new space.”

There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am in front of the new Library. In recognition of the Armory’s original tenants in 1898 – the 23rd Separate [Infantry] Company, a military contingent will present colors. The High School Band is expected to play and several dignitaries will participate. The conclusion will be a Ribbon Cutting after which everyone is invited into the Library. Also open to the public will be the third floor facilities occupied by Perfect Ten After School and the Senior Center on the second floor.

“We want everyone to come and join in this wonderful celebration,” Orton continued. “This Library is for the entire community. Once those doors open, the public will see what a great show place this is, and a wonderful source of civic pride. After all the planning, we’re eager to share the result.”

The Ribbon Cutting will take place outside the new Library, 51 North 5th Street, on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am.

Norma Hart Honored by The Friends

Friends 20K donation 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

We’re Almost There!

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The shelves are in and furniture deliveries are in progress. Data hook ups, tech installation and a few more last minute items are still to go before the physical move begins. Our plan is to close the current Library at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING!
10am, Saturday, April 9
51 North 5th Street

We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment!

Thank you to all Ghostly Gallopers!

Thank you to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers involved in this year’s Ghostly Gallop! We had adults, kids, babies and dogs race all over the city of Hudson on Sunday, October 26. There were 22 participants in the Kids Race and 139 participants in the Adult Race. Here is the list of the overall winners:

Team Race Winner: Smiles For Miles

Women’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Chelsea Benson, 21:30; 2nd place – Shannon LaChance, 22:12; 3rd place – Ariana Nilsson, 22:51

Men’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Kevin Pikul, 19:56; 2nd place – Andrew Ohrin, 20:43; 3rd place – Ken Pierce, 20:57

Kids Race: 1st place – Griffin Howard, 6:30; 2nd place – Neil Howard III, 6:44; 3rd place – Gabe Case, 6:50

For a full list of race winners, click here: Ghostly Gallop race results 2014.

Again, thank you to our many sponsors and donors, without which the Ghostly Gallop would not be possible! Here is the full list of our sponsors and donors:

Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library
  • Toni & Richard Koweek
  • John Connor Esq.
  • Michael C. Howard, Esq. PC
  • Francis J. Roche, Esq.
  • Freeman Howard, PC
  • Rapport Meyers, LLP
  • Gutterman, Shallo & Alford, PLLC
  • Barry Sack
  • The Columbia Insider
  • Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union
  • Morey Hall Music

Donors:

  • ShopRite
  • Price Chopper
  • Hannaford
  • Stewarts
  • Bagel Tyme
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hudson Department of Public Works
  • Alan Coon
  • Green Mountain Coffee

Thanks to Mayor Hallenbeck for joining us for this year’s Ghostly Gallop and helping direct traffic at the finish line! And a special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the day a success!

See you next year on October 25 for the 2015 Ghostly Gallop!