Virtual: 20th Annual Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge

Competitors in the 2019 Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: This year’s Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge will be a virtual race!

Each registrant is invited to run a 5K distance over the race weekend and submit their times on the Ghostly Gallop website. The male and female runners who record the fastest 5K times will receive the Cranna Cup. The first 100 people to register will receive a t-shirt celebrating the 20th year of the race and the 60th anniversary of our library. For the Kids Fun Run Challenge, parents and caregivers are asked to take and submit a photo of children (12 and under) running any distance (costumes encouraged). We will share the photos on the Ghostly Gallop website and, for each photo received, $1 will be donated to the library by a private donor.

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, October 16-31 (end date extended!)

Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at

From Your Local Libraries: Songs and Stories of the Strange and Macabre

Virtual Program Description: An evening of music, theatre, spooks, and mystery! Join us over Zoom for a performance by two local groups: singing duo the NiverMoores, and award winning theatre company The Two of Us Productions.

Friday, October 30, 7pm via Zoom

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Two Virtual Events/Four Libraries: All About The Hudson River

Virtual Program Description: We are joining forces with three other libraries: Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, to present two programs on our local river: Hudson River Estuary Basics, for adults and Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save  Them, a special Story Hour for children, ages 2-7

Hudson River Estuary Basics: Wednesday, September 9, 6-7:30pm
Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save Them: Friday, September 11, 10-11am.

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Non-fiction Book Group: Cooked by Michael Pollan

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Program Description: Our Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. This book is available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Library cardholders may also borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive or Hoopla.

Date/Time: Monday,September 21, 6-7pm (via Zoom)

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Virtual Drag Queen Story Time with Joni Magdalene

Joni MagdaleneProgram Description: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Virtual Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, and breaking down barriers.

Date/Time: Live on the library’s YouTube channel Saturday, June 27, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families.

This session features Joni Magdalene, a Philadelphia Queen, who enjoys a long walk with her Standard Poodle, an acoustic open mic, and a vegan carrot cake. Joni does a story/singing time that will interest the toddler set but also has a beautiful message for all of us. This program is recommended for all ages in this month of Pride!! Continue reading

Shall We Dance: Virtual Dance Class

Photo courtesy of Andrew Resto

Program Description: Exercise your body, mind and laughter with dance instructor extraordinaire Andrew Loren Resto, who has been teaching ballroom and salsa classes in collaboration with the Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library since 2017.  With the interruption of on-site classes and  Hudson Armory dances, we can still keep fit, have fun and work off those quarantine calories via Zoom. These one-hour sessions will feature warmups and cool downs for seniors.

Date/Time: Wednesdays from 11am-12pm and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm, starting May 20 and running through June. Registration is required for this free program.

Registration: To register for the program email or call the Senior Center Monday thru Thursday, 11am-3pm at 518-828-3200. Once registered for the program, participants will receive both session invites in their email and may choose to join one or both.


POSTPONED: David Levine Discusses Newest Book At Spotty Dog Books & Ale

Cover of "The Hudson Valley: the First 250 Million Years" by David Levine

Cover of “The Hudson Valley: the First 250 Million Years” by David Levine. Cover design by Devin Watson.

UPDATE: Due to the library’s temporary closure, this event has been postponed. The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years is available for purchase through Spotty Dog Books & Ale. See their website for more information.

Program Description: Spotty Dog Books & Ale is hosting a special author reading and fundraiser for the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. David Levine will read and discuss his new book, The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years.

Date/Time: Friday, April 10, 7-9pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

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POSTPONED: New Spring High Five! Sessions

Note: The April meetings of High Five! will be rescheduled and new dates and times will be announced on the library website. In the meantime High Five! families are invited to our Story Hours and Movement & Music classes, which will be held virtually through Zoom videoconferencing during the library’s temporary closure. Email for more information.

Parents are the first and most important teacher in their child’s life. To celebrate that fact Hudson Area Library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are offering High Five!, a 4-week early literacy family program, now in its fourth year.

Our new spring themes include numbers and counting our pets and (for the parents) special information on Census 2020, the importance of community, healthy food and a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market, and books, books, books and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 11, 18, & 25, and May 2, 2020.

Audience/Registration: High Five! is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library.

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