Take the Plunge…..with our History Room Team!

It’s that time of year again! The Fourth Annual Oakdale Plunge, which raises funds for two great causes: the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue & Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department, is on February 27.

The Hudson Area Library History Room Team, now in our third year of plunging, will be sporting vintage bathing costumes this year, like the ones pictured here. To register with our team click here.

For more information, including where to get our eye catching vintage team bathing costumes, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org. Join our team and plunge in historic style! (note: you do NOT have to wear a costume to plunge with us – all are welcome!)

Photo: Library Director Emily Chameides’ great grandmother and great great aunt.

NEW: History Room Resources Digitized

As part of our ongoing mission to make History Room resources accessible to the public we have been scanning a selection of editions from our collection of City of Hudson Directories (1851- the present day) and are now placing the first completed pdfs online for researchers and local history enthusiasts alike.

Click here for the link to these directories.
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Tech Labs on Zoom

Program Description: Freelance IT consultant and educator, Pam Doran, leads this series of tech labs on Zoom.

Date/Time: Select Thursdays at 5:30pm on Zoom

  • February 4: Advanced Zoom
  • February 11: Google Arts & Culture Virtual Tours
  • February 25: Google Search Tips
  • March 4: Cyber Security
  • March 11: Computer Ergonomics with Gloria Kadish

Ages: All ages welcome.

Register: Email director@roejanlibrary.org to register

This program is offered in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library, Philmont Public Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

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Watch The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler


On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Dr. David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presented a talk on Jacob Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates in 1677. The lecture focused on Leisler and his family members’ dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners’ release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York Politics.

This talk was presented by the Hudson Area Library History Room in conjunction with the Jacob Leisler Institute, and was made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Institute.

The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channel, or here on our library website.

Non-Fiction Book Group Reads: Begin Again

Program Description: The Non-Fiction Book Group will read and discuss Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Date/Time: Monday, February 22, 6-7:30pm via Zoom.

Registration: Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at morton@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.
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Virtual Library Time with Ms. Kathy

Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. Children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy on Wednesday afternoons via Zoom to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative. We are also scheduling one-on-one visits with Ms. Kathy Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

To register for the virtual drop-in sessions, click here. To register for an in-person visit, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm (virtual); Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (virtual or in person by appointment)

Winter Virtual Story Hours


Program Description: Join Abby Lappen (Tuesdays), Pamela Badila (Wednesdays), and Christa Shook (Thursdays) for fun with stories, songs, games, and crafts to develop literacy skills and inspire a love of reading, singing, and storytelling.

To register for these virtual children’s programs, click here.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am