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 16-18.

Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at ghostlygallop.info

#GivingTuesdayNow – Support Vital Programs, Resources, and Services

Our mission is to enrich the quality of life by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn, and grow. Today, this mission is more important than ever and we need your support.

Join the global effort, #GivingTuesdayNow, this Tuesday, May 5, by supporting our vital programs, resources, and services.

While our doors have been closed, our staff has continued to serve our community from home. We are offering virtual programs and opportunities for social connection, supporting community members in their use of online resources and technologies, assisting people who are unemployed or underemployed in preparing résumés and applying for jobs online, and providing access to resources for education and entertainment.

Your generosity makes a difference to so many in our community. Thank you for your support!




Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale

Program Description: Purchase new and gently-used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. And don’t forget to buy a freshly baked good on your way out! All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and enhance their contributions to the Hudson Area Library programs and collections.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 10am-3pm & Sunday, February 9, 1-3:30pm

Fundraiser: Lecture on Historical Significance of Impeachment in the U.S.

Program Description: Author and historian, Dr. Christopher Leahy, will deliver an overview of the historical significance of impeachment in the United States – its historical basis, constitutional significance, and the impeachment process. Additionally, Dr. Leahy will share details from his forthcoming book – President Without a Party: The Life of John Tyler – on the 10th US President John Tyler who, in a little-known episode of our history, was the first American president to contend with the threat of impeachment. The lecture will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments. This lecture is offered in collaboration with the Columbia County Historical Society.

Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 1, 4pm in the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Advance tickets are available for $15 on the CCHS website. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis ($15 for CCHS members and HAL cardholders, $20 for non-members).

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Support the Hudson Area Library Annual Fund!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, our library is a vibrant community destination where people connect, create, learn and grow.

We need your support to continue to fulfill our mission. Since the move to our new space, library visits have more than doubled and without your generous financial support, many of our programs and services would simply not be possible.

Only 45% of our budget comes from city, county, and state funding, and we count on our community to help fill the gap, starting with this annual appeal. Our annual appeal is one of our biggest fundraisers — so please give generously. Make a donation by credit card or PayPal account.
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Give the Gift of Hudson’s History from your Library

Visit our Holiday Shop at the library or onlineto purchase special gift items from our History Room that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • Giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!
  • Our special tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Hudson Armory designed by Tony Kieraldo

Support your library and impress your friends and family with our unique gifts!

Second Hudson History Bus Tour by Popular Demand!

Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for  better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport.

Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm

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19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free. Continue reading