Summer Reading Program

Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings

Posted: August 2, 2017
Children, News, Programs, Services, Summer Reading

Herb Craft with Wild Gather

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies for a special hands on two hour workshop for kids ages 9-16 on Tuesday, August 15 from 2-4 pm. 
Join us for an afternoon exploring herbalism and ways we can take care of our selves and each other. Participants will craft two herbal remedies, ( medicine made from plants!) that support our bodies and spirits while also unpacking the history and resiliency of making our own medicine. Hope to see you there!
Space is limited! So sign up now!
To register for workshop please email , call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the circulation desk at Hudson Area Library.

Posted: July 25, 2017
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Hack The Library Returns!

We are extremely excited to announce the return of Hack The Library! A two-day intensive on digital art for tweens and teens running Sunday, August 6 -Monday, August 7 from 10-4pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Participant being taught Abelton Live at Hack The Library.

Participants, 9 – 17 years old will learn how to create music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones. Youth participants will collaborate with digital arts professionals currently working in the field.  

Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website on site at Hudson Area Library. 

Instructors include Angelina Dreem, musician and visual artist; Eliza Walton, electronic music producer and teaching artist for Sonic Arts for All; and Ariele Hertzoff; professional photographer, curator and video/sound installation artist.  

This program is free to all participants. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and forms are available at the circulation desk in the library. For questions or further information please call 518-828-1792 x101 or email:

POWRPLNT is a digital arts collaborative that connects established artists with teens on free interest driven art projects; introducing the history, software and tools of New Media art. They are based in Bushwick; this is their second workshop in Hudson NY.


Posted: July 19, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Pajama Plays

Original illustration by Emilia Ortiz, Teen Theatre participant.

We are pleased to announce on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31 from 6-7pm we will be hosting performances of original short plays created from childhood stories by the Hudson Area’s Library own Teen Theatre Program Players!

Kids ages 4-8  are invited to arrive in their pajamas with their pillows  for this magical theatre experience  – with  milk and cookies following the show. Of course families of all ages are welcome to join us too

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation.


Posted: July 14, 2017
Adults, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Living Poetry at the Library: Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday

Photo by Rafael Hernandez

Douglas Kearney and Harmony Holiday, are coming to the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm. Join us in the library’s community room for an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance.

Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” The Los Angeles Times said Kearney is “using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place.” Kearney’s book Mess and Mess and (2015) was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publishers Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose. Publishers Weekly described her debut volume Negro League Baseball (2011) as “chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed.” Holiday is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2013. She earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is a choreographer who has taught dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work and to creating an Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics.

The New York State Writers Institute and its affiliate, the University at Albany-based literary press Fence—publisher of Holiday and Kearney—are cosponsoring the poetry event along with the Hudson Area Library and Poetry Home School, an annual poetry conference which takes Hudson, NY as its home.

This program is free and open to the public and will be taking place in the community room which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: June 30, 2017
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Summer Reading Begins!

We are excited to be kicking off our free Summer Reading Program. Led by children’s librarian Janice Scali and Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher, our Summer Reading Program for kids includes book readings and stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! There will also be guests reading with the children and making special presentations throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program will run from July 5 through August 11, meeting daily Tuesday through Friday from 10am-noon. Recommended for pre-k to elementary school aged children. All ages are welcome.

We will also be bringing the Summer Reading Program for kids to Greenport Town Park this summer. Library staff will visit with children Monday mornings during the Greenport Summer Recreation Program. The Park’s Summer Recreation Program runs for six-weeks from July 5 through August 12, Monday-Friday from 8AM – 2PM. Registration is required. Visit for more info.

Library members are also invited to log their reading this summer. Let’s see how many books we can read as a community! Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. Happy Summer Reading!


Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings


Summer Program Meet and Greet

12973130_10201914344496656_4149230093426765180_oWondering what your children can do this Summer? Join us in the library’s Community Room on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm to meet representatives from local youth-serving organizations. From band camp to sailing, sports to computers, find out what’s available this summer for kids and teens at this summer program meet and greet. At the event, pick up a copy of the Summer Festival Guide — a booklet highlighting activities for children and teens in the area. The event will include light refreshments and free pen giveaways for the first 50 students that attend.


“You Can Do A Graphic Novel”: Free Workshop Series with Veteran Marvel and DC Comics Graphic Novelist, Barbara Slate

slateTweens and teens ages 10-14 are invited to join graphic novelist, Barbara Slate, for a series of her critically acclaimed “You Can Do a Graphic Novel” workshops at the Hudson Area Library this summer.

The free workshop series will run 1pm-2:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30 through July 23.

Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented,” Slate will offer tips and instructions to participants as she leads youth participants through the creation of their own original comics. Topics covered will include tapping into the creative process, creating memorable characters, developing the plot, writing compelling dialogues, and laying out a successful graphic novel page. Bring your sketches, doodles, cartoons, or if you don’t have anything, just bring your enthusiasm for comic books!

For more information or to register for this exciting program, contact us at 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.


New Summer DVDs!

the call

The Friends are pleased to announce the addition of eleven newly released movies this summer, now available on our library shelves. Included in this new selection are the following titles: The Call, starring Halle Berry; The Host, adapted from the book by Stephenie Meyer; Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith; Venus and Serena, a documentary film about the Williams sisters; Boy, a coming of age film set in New Zealand; No, an Academy Award-nominated Spanish language film; and Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise based on the popular book series by Lee Child. Coming this month will be four new films, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby; Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, Amour; The Sapphires, and The Place Beyond the Pines, a drama filmed in Schenectady starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eve Mendes.


Check Out the Friends’ Summer Book Selections!

big girl panties

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce their most recent contribution to the collection of the Hudson Area Library for July. The new summer selections include ten new releases on a variety of topics and age ranges to encourage summer reading for everyone. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.


Four new children’s titles include: Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales Book 1) by James Preller for ages 7-10; A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury, an historical fiction book for young adults based on the lives of three teens in India in 1947; The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers for ages 3-7;  and Night Night, ZooBorns, by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland for ages 4-6.

sweet paper crafts

Six new titles in the adult category include: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by bestselling author of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels, Sarah Dunant; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer is a novel about a woman who finds herself transported in time to visit her alter egos; Big Girl Panties, a novel by Stephanie Evanovich is a sexy page turner with heart; Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, a riveting literary mystery set in Brooklyn, New York; Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War by Michael Fullilove, tells the remarkable untold story about World War 11; and for the do-it-yourself crafter, Sweet Paper Crafts: 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life by Mollie Greene, a fun and clever craft book for all skill levels.

All titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or can be requested online at and can be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.


New Non Fiction Titles


farmacology dear mark twain scatter

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce their most recent contribution to the collection of the Hudson Area Library. The new summer lineup of books and audio books includes fourteen new adult nonfiction, including three cookbooks, and seven new audio books (three of which are suitable for family listening). The titles were all carefully chosen to reflect our patrons growing interest in these media. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

New cookbook titles include: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison; a vegetarian cookbook with 300 recipes as well as descriptions of edible plants and their relationships to one another; Mediterranean Cooking (at Home with The Culinary Institute of America) by Lynne Gigliotti, with over 200 recipes featuring light fare and less meat; and Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi featuring 120 recipes from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.

Other new nonfiction titles include Dear Mark Twain by R. Kent Rasmussen: 200 letters from Mark Twain’s fans from around the world reveal the impact he had on his 19th century readers; The Incidental Steward by Akiko Busch, a book that provides reflections on our changing world and how “citizen scientists’ try to bring us closer to nature; The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli: how to recognize and avoid “cognitive errors” and shape your decision making; VB6 by Mark Bittman, the story about a “flexitarian” diet; Double Double by Martha and Ken Grimes, a memoir told by bestselling author and her son about the struggles of alcoholism; National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Rebecca L. Johnson; Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D., explains how organic farming can help increase health and prevent disease. 

Also on the list are: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz: this book suggests that while the Earth is overdue for a worldwide natural disaster, humans will be able to adapt, evolve, and ultimately bounce back; Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson: a biography of Nikola Tesla and the contributions he made towards the electrical revolution, including television and radio; Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson: a guide to self-improvement, happiness and personal transformation; and Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos: how to identify edible herbs and plants that grow everywhere.   

Seven new audio books are also available for loan this summer. Three titles are suitable for families and are: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, an adult fairy tale about a young boy who discovers a supernatural secret of the family next door; The Engagements by J.Courtney Sullivan: the tale of four different marriages over a hundred years, while also tracing the tale of diamonds in America; Beautiful Day by Erin Hilderbrand: a novel about a couple planning their wedding while seeing their loved ones lives begin to crumble.

Also available on CD are The Heist by Janet Evanovich: a mystery/thriller; Joyland by Stephen King, a murder mystery in a small town amusement park in 1973; Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky: a tale about two women whose friendship is tested when they join up for a summer to write a book in Maine; and The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes: a science fiction/crime thriller about the lone survivor of a serial killer bent on bringing him to justice.

All titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online on the Hudson Area Library website and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.



Summer Programs for Kids and Families

Come join the Hudson Area Library for some fun and educational summer programs!

Dream Big! Read!
Summer Reading Program

July 10 through August 9
Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-12pm
All ages welcome
Stories, crafts, special guests, book giveaways, and more!
Download the registration form or pick one up at the Library.

Battle of the Books

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30
June 27—Sept 5
Battle: Saturday, Sept. 8
Grades 6-9
Participants needed! Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia contest
for youth. All Hudson participants receive a copy of each Battle title and have the opportunity to participate in the Bound By Books radio show!

Kids Movie Night!

July 3 through August 8
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm
Films rated G and PG
Escape the heat and watch a film with friends! Popcorn and snacks included! Check with the library for a detailed schedule.

Birds of Prey at the Library!

Wednesday, July 11
Join us to meet and learn about: a falcon, a flying hawk, a problem-solving raven, and two owls! See the Talons! live presentation on bird adaptations, flying techniques, hunting skills and more!


SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones!

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out more about this summer’s audiobooks, visit or text syncya to 25827 (texting will sign you up for notifications, letting you know when the next audiobook pairing is available for download). Audiobooks will be downloaded using Overdrive Media Console, the same system that many of our patrons use to download audiobooks through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Irises by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Brilliance Audio)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press)

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)