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Posted: November 27, 2021
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

All ages are invited to join singer/songwriter and educator, Abby Lappen, for a family concert of seasonal joy. Winter-themed craft kits will also be available for children to take home.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 11, 11am – 12:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x101. Space is limited.

Masks and social distancing will be required for all participants over the age of two.

Posted: November 27, 2021
Children, News, Programs

Help Ms. Kathy turn the library’s Children’s Space into a Winter Wonderland by making a variety of fun and snowy crafts to hang around the room!

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 3 – 5pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Children’s Space

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x101. Space is limited.

Masks and social distancing will be required for all participants over the age of two.

Posted: November 26, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Join us for a Cosplay Contest and Anime Trivia Challenge! There will be games, prizes, and giveaways for all! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Ages 9 – 18. Free!

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 15, 5 – 6:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Email or call 518-828-1792 x101. Space is limited.

Masks and social distancing will be required for all participants.

Posted: November 24, 2021
News, Programs, Videos

Program Description: Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor stunned the American public and galvanized support for the war. This session explores the questions “Should we have been, and could we have been, more prepared.”

Date/Time: Monday, December 13, 6:00pm

Location: Zoom – Please click here to join the webinar after 5:45pm on December 13.

This program is presented in partnership with Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Claverack Free Library, and Philmont Public Library.

Posted: November 23, 2021
Adults, News, Programs
Experience the natural beauty of the United States through the eyes of artists in New-York Historical’s collection. Discover how an evolving understanding of science and the emergence of early conservation movements shaped the 19th-century work of naturalist John James Audubon and the landscape painters of the Hudson River School.
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 15, 6:00-7:15pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom.
Registration: Email to register and receive the Zoom link.
This program is presented by the New-York Historical Society and sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.
Image: Beach Hills on the Hudson River, Opposite Newburgh–Painted on the Spot, Asher B. Durand (American, 1796 – 1886)

Posted: November 22, 2021
Children, News, Programs

This December, we are distributing special giveaway bags for children ages birth to 5 and their guardians. This month’s bag celebrates the winter season with snowy crafts, activities, and a storybook.

Pick-up begins Wednesday, December 8.

While supplies last. To register to pick up an early literacy giveaway bag, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: November 16, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Volunteers, Young Adults

Program Description: The Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) is made up of youth (ages 9-18) who take on leadership roles in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers and participating in community events representing the library.

Contact for information on attending the Council’s monthly meetings.

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 14, 4-5pm

To participate in HAL TAC’s monthly meetings, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

Posted: November 16, 2021
Adults, News, Programs

Program Description: This month, the Nonfiction book group is hosting their second “Documentarypalooza”. Members are invited to watch a documentary on any interesting subject and bring their opinions and insights to share at the December 20th meeting. Films can be borrowed on DVD from the library, streamed via Kanopy, the library’s free movie platform accessible, or through any other movie streaming service.

Date/Time: Monday, December 20, 6-7:30pm via Zoom.

Registration: All are welcome. Email Mark Orton, Library Board President and facilitator of the book group, at or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: November 15, 2021
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

Join Arthur’s Point Farm Director, Emerson Martin, to learn all about the ecology and use of chestnut trees while enjoying a toasty treat of chestnuts roasted on an open fire at Oakdale Beach. Emerson’s presentation will focus on the importance of chestnuts as a food source for both humans and wildlife, the successful growth of chestnut trees as a crop, and specific growing patterns for this amazing species. Bare root chestnut trees will also be available for sale. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation. 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4, 2-3pm

(Foul-Weather Date/Time: Saturday, December 11, 2-3pm)

Location: Oakdale Beach in Hudson, NY

Registration: Email to register. Space is limited.

This event is free and open to the public as part of “Sow, Grow, Reap, Repeat! Gardening & Foraging for Resilience,” a 2021 initiative of Library of Local. 

Special thanks goes out to the Hudson Department of Youth for sharing their beautiful space.

Posted: November 15, 2021
Adults, Friends, Fundraising, History Room, News, Programs

Before Hudson’s Winter Walk festivities begin on Saturday, December 4, the library will have a special one-day sale 3-5pm, Give the Gift of Hudson’s History, at the library. After purchasing unique items for your holiday shopping at the library head out to Warren Street, 5-8pm, as Winter Walk returns to its street festival format to celebrate 25 years as Hudson’s favorite winter celebration. And make sure you visit the Hudson Area Library’s homage to Hudson’s fascinating history at 441 Warren Street, which includes Bob Rasner’s vintage trains set in an historic setting of Warren Street buildings.

The sale at the library includes archival quality copies of historic maps, aeroviews, and posters of Hudson from 1871 – 1923; sets of night-scene and Warren Street postcards; a set of note cards of prominent buildings from an 1871 map of Hudson; and tote bags and tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Armory by local artist and musician Tony Kieraldo. To view these items, visit the new History Room website,, and click on “Shop”. In addition to items in the online shop, there will be unique gifts including one of a kind framed photographs and antique books on the history of Hudson.

All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Consider giving the Gift of Hudson’s History this holiday season! Your friends and family will receive unique items and you will be funding the work of preserving and making accessible to the public the history of the Hudson area.

441 Warren Street, our Winter Walk 2021 home, happens to be the former home of Rowles Studio, which preserved negatives from various photographic studios in the building from the 1860s into the 1980s that capture Hudson throughout these years. The window at 441 Warren Street will feature images from Rowles as well as historic postcard and map collections. 


“The library is pleased to participate in Winter Walk for the fourth year. We are proud and happy to share some of our History Room resources with Warren Street visitors this holiday season”, stated Emily Chameides, library director, “We congratulate Hudson Hall on its 25th Anniversary of this marvelous community event!”

Only the ten most recent Program posts are shown here. Go to All Programs Archive for complete listings.