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:


  • 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


  • 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!



Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media:


Local History Speaker Series welcomes Dale Flansburg

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome railroad enthusiast, Dale Flansburg, to the library on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Flansburg will offer a presentation on the Albany-Hudson Fast Line, the electric trolley line that connected the two cities from the turn of the century to 1929.

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via

The Albany-Hudson Fast Line was a third rail interurban railroad that merged the Hudson Street Railway, the Kinderhook & Hudson Railway, and the Greenbush & Nassau Electric Railway – a street railway, a steam railroad, and a new electric line. The railroad transported passengers to various stops between the two cities including the popular amusement park, Electric Park on Kinderhook Lake, which was opened in 1901 by the Albany and Hudson Railway Company with rides powered by the same third rail that powered the electric trolleys that brought visitors to the park.

A Columbia County resident, Dale Flansburg grew up in Cairo, NY, joined the Marines in the 1950s, and then came back to the area for work with IBM. Flansburg owns a private railroad museum in Germantown, NY, where he collects railroad memorabilia including station and crossing signs, dining car china, uniforms, timetables, and photographs. He has given numerous talks throughout the region and was recently featured in the documentary film, Rails to the Catskills.

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What’s Popular at the Hudson Area Library…

Sometimes, the sheer volume of books available nowadays is overwhelming! If you’re having trouble picking out that next great read, check out what books other patrons are enjoying at the Hudson Area Library:

Top Ten Most Checked Out Adult Fiction Books
These titles are all owned by Hudson.

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  1. Lullaby Town / Robert Crais
  2. My Sister’s Keeper /  Jodi Picoult
  3. Digital Fortress / Dan Brown
  4. Running Blind / Lee Child
  5. Split Second / David Baldacci
  6. Hour Game / David Baldacci
  7. Just One Look / Harlan Coben
  8. An Offer From a Gentleman /  Julia Quinn
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
  10. Perfect Match / Jodi Picoult

Top Ten Most Popular Authors at the Hudson Area Library

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  1. Janet Evanovich
  2. Robert B. Parker
  3. James Patterson
  4. Jodi Picoult
  5. Nicholas Sparks
  6. Lee Child
  7. Nora Roberts
  8. Fern Michaels
  9. David Baldacci
  10. Sandra Brown

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Ellen Jensen Abbott

Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Ellen Jensen Abbott writes about her library experiences:

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There are many perks to being a teacher: the excitement and energy of working with youth; spending time reading and discussing great works of literature; spring break. But one of the perks has been central to my growth as a writer. That perk is the special access I get to my school library. Continue reading


Library Campaign Progress Sign to be Raised

A benchmark in the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at 11 am. There will be a short ceremony to raise a “progress sign” at the site of the current library, 400 State Street. The sign will keep a running tally of funds being raised to defray the costs of the new library’s interior. The public, including residents of Stockport, Greenport, and Hudson, is invited to attend. It is anticipated that local and State officials, as well as prominent members of the business community, will stop by to show their support.

“This sign is meant to keep the community updated,” said Board of Trustees President Mark Orton. “We are eager to raise our visibility, and choosing this particular day for the sign-raising will help accomplish that.” The Hudson Children’s Book Festival, which brings more than 4,000 people to the Junior and Senior High Schools (many via the shuttle stop at the library’s Fourth and State Streets location), will take place on the same day.


Calling all Story Tellers/Writers/Bloggers….


Help us tell the story of why the Library is important.

As many of you know, we are raising money towards new furnishings and fixtures to be used when we move to our new facility, The Armory on the corner of 5th Street and State, sometime in 2015 (We hope!).  To that end, we are working to let the public know how important a Library can be.

We are starting a program featuring our members and friends writing short articles (no more than 300 words – a page) to be published on the library website.  We want to showcase all the ways Libraries are important – whether to children or adults, English speakers or those with English as a second language, whether at the Hudson Area Library, or a Library from your past.

 Twice monthly, we will publish a story and hope to be able to Tweet excerpts and run the feature on Facebook, too. 

Don’t worry if your grammar isn’t perfect.  Don’t worry if your sentences get a bit muddled.  We’ll fix it up so it’s perfect before it’s published.  The most important thing is to tell stories about your Library experiences

  • Do you have fond memories of a childhood Librarian? 
  • Did you look forward to the weekly visit to your childhood Library? 
  • Do you rely on your local Library for business-related information? 
  • Have classes at the Library helped you with a hobby or a new career? 
  • Did you discover an author accidentally that changed your life? 

There are lots and lots of stories to tell. What’s yours?

We’re eager to enlist as many in the community as possible.  This isn’t an on-going commitment.  Volunteers will be contacted and asked to write a story (or two).  No more than that. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Library Director Emily Chameides at 518.828.1792 or via e-mail at


Take Your Child to the Library Day, Saturday, February 1st

Take Your Child to the Library Day was started by a Connecticut children’s librarian in 2012 and this year will include more than 350 libraries. Join us for this special event on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-3pm and check out everything the Hudson Area Library has to offer children and families: books, movies, crafts, games, homework help, special events, and a safe, welcoming place to spend time together.