Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room Sign
The Hudson Area Library Book Sale Room is open this Saturday, December 15 for their last sale of 2012! Sponsored by the Friends, this year’s holiday selection is bigger and better than ever! A great place to browse, the Book Sale Room has a book for every reader on your gift list, all at discounted prices. With thousands of books to choose from in over forty categories. The inventory includes fabulous cookbooks, mint condition books perfect for gifts, books that make great stocking stuffers, as well as a large selection of specialty and newly released books. Also, hundreds of children’s books will be offered at very low prices for every level of reader. Also offered are movies, music and audio books. New books are added weekly, so you’re sure to find something for everyone on your gift list this year. The Book Sale Room is open Saturdays between 10am and 1pm!

You can also find books for the art-lover on your gift list at sketch, a new, fun art supply and stationery store in Hudson. sketch now has a collection of select art books hand-chosen from the Friends’ extensive Book Sale Room inventory for sale. There you can find quality books on crafting, technique, individual artists, as well as coffee table books. There are even books for kids in this collection! The store, located at 701 Warren Street, is open daily from 10-7pm. So stop in, say hello and buy a great book for the aspiring artist in you or a friend! All proceeds go directly to the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Next Book Club Meets 11/28

Hudson Area Library Book Club Reads Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese on 11/28/12

Cutting for Stone

The next meeting of the Hudson Area Library’s book club will take place on November 28th at 4pm to discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Call 828-1792 to verify location.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

“If These Photos Could Talk…” Sharing memories about the prison in Hudson, NY

Postcard from Women's Prison for Prison Memory Project Event on 11/18/12 at The Hudson Area Library

New York State Training School for Girls, 1904–1975

The Prison Public Memory Project invites you…

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 11 am to 5 pm at the Hudson Area Library

Community members are invited to bring family photographs and other documents related to the Hudson prison when it was the New York Training School for Girls (1904-1975) or the House of Refuge for Women (1887-1904), the first reformatory for women in New York. Prison Public Memory Project staff and community volunteers will be present to audio record community member stories about their photos and will copy the photographs and documents on-site. With their owners’ permission, these memories will be incorporated into the work of the non-profit Prison Public Memory Project which is collaborating with local organizations and residents in documenting, interpreting and honoring the rich history of the prison in Hudson.

The day will include a special 30-minute illustrated presentation by public historian Kathleen Hulser starting at 1:30 pm about the Training School For Girls in Hudson and the training school movement in America. There will be time after Hulser’s presentation for the audience to ask questions and share their own knowledge. After that, please join us for a conversation with lifelong Hudson resident Sue Tenerowizc who will share a photo album made by her grandmother about her time working at the Hudson Girl’s Training School in the early 1900’s.

A short written overview and annotated bibliography about the New York Training School for Girls prepared by Columbia County resident Russ Immarigeon will be made available at the event and afterward to the public through the History Room in the Library. The bibliography will include sources found in the Library’s History room with the help of History Room volunteer John Craig.

Sponsored by the Prison Public Memory Project (PPMP)
Co-presented by Hudson Area Library and WGXC community radio 90.7 FM
Supported in part by funds from the New York Council on the Humanities

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Chameides at or call the Library at 518-828-1792 or contact Alison Cornyn

Giant Cook Book Sale at the Hudson Waterfront Park, Saturday, October 6th, 11am-4pm

Attention all cooks and food lovers! The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will hold a special one day cook book sale at the Chili Cook-off at the Hudson Waterfront Park during Artswalk weekend, Saturday, October 6th.

This one-time only event, from 11am until 4pm, will offer a large and eclectic collection of vintage, new and gently-used cookbooks in many categories, including gourmet, children’s, quick meals and menus, as well as books on fall and winter dishes, holiday entertaining and more.

There will be hundreds of titles and food groups to choose from, including soups, stews, appetizers, meats, vegetables and desserts, as well as many more. All books will be offered at low discount prices for this special sale.

Cook books also make great gifts for cooks, food-lovers or cooks-to-be in your life. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your holiday list at this sale on Saturday at the Hudson Waterfront Park!

The Hudson Area Library Celebrates Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

Jumpstart Campaign Brings Attention to Early Education Crisis

You are invited to the Hudson Area Library on October 4th from 10-11am to read Ladybug Girl & the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, along with more than 2 million people as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.

Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, more than seven million people have joined local Jumpstart’s Read for the Record reading celebrations; Jumpstart has raised more than $7 million to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods. Continue reading

Etsy Workshop: Make Art Out of Old Books!

The Repurposed Library

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Etsy-Hudson are pleased to announce their partnership for a special craft workshop entitled “The Repurposed Library” an official Etsy Craft Party 2012. The event will be at the new Etsy Hudson office at the Cannonball Factory, 359-361 Columbia Street in Hudson on Friday, August 24th, from 6 until 8pm. Participants will choose a craft from a variety of paper projects that creatively reuse and recycle books into hand-crafted works of art.

Craft Party is a global celebration of meeting and making. It’s a time to get to know your neighbors and exercise your creative spirit. Craft Parties take place around the world when communities come together to participate in art, craft, design and DIY in every form. All materials will be provided free of charge for this event. Children, teen and adult crafters of all ages and levels are welcome. In order to ensure materials for all crafters, we urge everyone to sign up for this free event at as soon as possible. Space is limited.

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Open Book, an Open Photographic Exhibition on View Through October

“Open Book” by Daniel Region, archival inkjet print, 12’x9’

“Open Book, an Open Photographic Exhibition”, presented by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club, is ongoing at the Hudson Area Library. Sixteen members of the Columbia County Photo Club are participating in this exhibit, which continues through October 27, 2012. All photographs are for individual purchase at the Library and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Among the exhibited photographs are landscapes, flora, book studies and other still lifes by: Paul Abitabile, Bridget Arnold, C.C.Bailey, Ken Bovat, Ralph Gargone, J. Pierre Gontier, Deirdre Haber Malfatto, Thomas Holleufer, Joan Lezette-Miller, Peter Marotta, Marie (Beth) Meehan, Daniel Region, Vel Riberto, Doug Stalker, Sarah Sterling and Patricia Williams. The photographs are located in the computer room on the first floor of the library and along the hallway of the second floor of the library. All are welcome to stop by and take a look!

The Columbia County Photo Club was established in 2010 by Paul Abitabile. Club members are unified by a shared passion for the medium of photography. Meetings include sharing photographs, resources and technical knowledge. The meeting topic photos, meeting attendance, club exhibitions and club outings are all voluntary. The club meets at the Hudson Area Library from 6-8pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Every level of experience is welcome. Anyone interested in joining can email Paul at and walk-ins are always welcome.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 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 to the community. To find out more about the Friends or to volunteer, please call 518.828.1792 or click here.

Farmer’s Market Cookbook Sale Saturday Aug. 18th

Attention all cooks and food lovers!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce a special cookbook sale at the new book tent at the Hudson Farmers Market this Saturday, August 18th. This one-time-only event, from 10:00am until 1:00 pm, will offer a large and eclectic collection of vintage, new and used cookbooks in many categories, including gourmet, children’s, quick meals and menus, books on canning, preserving, summer barbecues and grilling, and ethnic cuisine. There will be hundreds of titles and food groups to choose from, including soups, appetizers, meats, vegetables, desserts and more! All books will be offered at low discount prices for this special sale. Cookbooks make great gifts for the cooks, food lovers or cooks-to-be in your life… you are sure to find something for everyone under the tent this Saturday! Continue reading