The Hudson Area Library announced today a $100,000 pledge from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation for its capital campaign to re-purpose the Armory building as a 21st century library. Continue reading
Following an initial discussion yesterday afternoon with Galvan principals T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen, Hudson Area Library President Theresa Parsons and Vice President Mark Orton have agreed to bring Galvan’s proposal to consider the Armory Building at 51 North Fifth Street as a long-term location for the Hudson Area Library to the full board at their meeting on September 14. What is being proposed will go a long way towards providing the citizens of Hudson and Greenport with a library they can be proud of. Continue reading
Corey Fleming has announced that he has accepted a position as Regional Manager of the Hartford, CT Library System, a career opportunity he felt he could not let pass. His last day working at the library will be Friday, August 12th. We wish him well.
Corey is working with the staff and trustees to ensure as seamless a transition as possible. A search for a new library director has begun. In the interim, and until a new director has been hired, we have asked Emily Bennison, Library Assistant, to bridge the gap by assuming extra administrative and management duties.
President of the Board of Trustees, Theresa Parsons said, “These transitions are always difficult. However, we are fortunate to have staff and volunteers with many years of experience and a deep interest in the library. They’ll keep the library running smoothly and in a professional manner.”
On Wednesday March 9th, the Board of Trustees held its Annual Meeting.
One highlight was the presentation of the “President’s Report for 2010” by Hudson Area Library President Theresa Parsons. The report looked back at the achievements of 2010 and to the future plans and goals for this year. The complete text is continued below.
Library Director Corey Fleming also presented excerpts from the “Annual Report for Public and Association Libraries”.
He noted that during 2010 the library began to offer downloads of electronic books and and audio books for the first time. The number of library sponsored program sessions increased by 14% to 374 compared to 2009. Attendance at these programs grew by 11% to 4,505. The Summer Reading program grew very well to 210 attendees, a 33% increase compared to 2009. The Library continued to host programs for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with sessions growing by 13% to 480 compared to 2009 with total attendance grwoing by 4% to 4,472. Internet use at the library’s computers boomed to 11,191, a 33% increase over 2009. Overall visits to the library grew by 7% to 65,324 again compared to 2009. Continue reading
During the months of May and June students from the John L. Edwards Elementary School were able to have individual classroom visits to the Hudson Area Library. Students were greeted by library staff members or volunteers and took a tour of the library. They listened to a story, perused the children’s room collection and received applications for library cards. The hope is that the children will become acquainted with the library, get their own library cards and be able to frequent the library during the summer months. The children were invited to be a part of the library’s summer program entitled “Make A Splash” which will focus on the aspect of water.
In the picture: Theresa Parson leads a reading session. Picture by Rhiannon Leo. Story by Sharon Getty.