Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24th

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its 15th Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 24th at 6pm at the Library.  This year’s guest speaker will be Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich of the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation will be “Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.”

Ms. Smith-Aldrich is the Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid- Hudson Library System in New York. She has assisted the 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Her specialty is helping libraries create sustainable solutions for their facilities, funding and leadership. She is also the author of the Handbook of New Public Library Directors in New York State.

“Many outsiders question the viability of today’s libraries in light of rapid technological advances. While change is inevitable, what may need to change the most is how we think and talk about what our libraries do and why they exist. The attitude we have about our existing situations will help us see opportunities to move libraries forward, building community support and secure operating funds.”

This event will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library at 400 State Street in Hudson. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to the increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and 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 at Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us.