The Friends of the Hudson Area Library invites everyone to participate in the Library’s Adopt-A-Book program with a special holiday Matching Grant Campaign. From now until December 31, adopt a brand new book for the library’s collection for just $15 and the Friends will match your contribution with an additional book donation for the library collection. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly how your donation is being used.
The same as the library’s ongoing Adopt-A-Book program, donors will be the first to read the book they choose when it arrives, and receive a commemorative bookplate that will allow them to honor their donation or special people in their lives (or even pets!). Truly a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving for the person who has everything, an adopted library book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again! Continue reading →
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce that its recent Adopt-A-Book Matching Grant campaign resulted in the addition of forty new titles to the Library’s collection. Twenty books, newly adopted by patrons, were matched by the Friends with twenty additional titles. This new selection of adopted books include historical fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, mystery/suspense, humor, horror, short stories, biography/memoir and young adult fiction. Thank you to all of the generous patrons who participated in this special program!
Twenty additional titles were purchased by the Friends and added to the literary classics collection for the Library. All new books are currently on shelves at the Hudson Area Library and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a Mid-Hudson Library card, or by request online at www.hudsonarealibrary.org. The Adopt-A-Book program gives patrons the opportunity to support the Library’s collection development throughout the year.
Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith and Snowblind by Christopher Golden, a horror story were also adopted. A new short story, Starting Over by Elizabeth Spencer and four new biography/memoirs were added as well. They include The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, The Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley; Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet; Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Two new classics titles were also adopted, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Friends purchased twenty classic book titles, always popular choices. They include Black Boy by Richard Wright; Legs by William Kennedy; Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse; Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut; The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; White Noise by Don DeLillo; Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie; The Odyssey of Homer by Homer; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories by Ray Bradbury. Also included in this collection are: The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 by Adrienne Rich; The Mysterious Affairs at Styles by Agatha Christie; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker; The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to the increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library. For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library invites everyone to participate in the Library’s Adopt-A-Book program with their new special Matching Grant Campaign. From now until the end of the year, purchase a brand new book for the library’s collection for just $15 and the Friends will match your contribution with an additional book donation for the library collection.
Just like the library’s ongoing Adopt-A-Book program, donors will be able to read the book they choose first when it arrives, and receive a commemorative bookplate that will allow them to honor special people in their lives (or even pets!). This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly how your donation is being used. Truly a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving for the person who has everything, an adopted library book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again!
In order to make your selection, either review the list of suggested adoptable books at the front desk in the library, or check out the list of adoptable books online. Explore our great selection of new or soon-to-be released titles by all your favorite authors, in both fiction and nonfiction.
Great news! Due to popular demand, the Friends have extended the Adopt a Book deadline through May 15th! Just review our list of available titles, select a book for adoption and donate $10 to the Hudson Area Library. We’ll put you at the top of the waiting list so that you can read it first, and put a commemorative bookplate in the book honoring your donation! The general Adopt a Book donation gift is $15, but through May 15th the Friends of the Hudson Area Library are contributing $5 for each book, so the cost for the participant is only $10!
Just a few of the many books still available for adoption are Zero Hour by Clive Cussler, Heist by Janet Evanovich, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire: 125 Recipes For Cooking Outdoors, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, Fools: Stories by Joan Silber, The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. Contact the library staff or visit us today to adopt a book for the Hudson collection!
Want to know what’s new to the collection? Be sure to check out the New in the Library pages (buttons located on the right sidebar) to see our new and upcoming titles! Want to be the first to read the new releases? Ask library staff about the Adopt a Book Program or learn more online at the Adopt a Book page.
Here’s a sample of our recent acquisitions:
While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut
In these previously unpublished stories, Vonnegut’s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars—and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays—a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. A hog farmer’s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about “the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit.” But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh?
Young Mandela: the Revolutionary Years by David James Smith
Nelson Mandela is well-known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world’s elder statesman–the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president in South Africa. But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. And, in Young Mandela, award-winning journalist and author David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names and disguises and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state.
Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself. Winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.
Adopt a Book is a program that the Hudson Area Library offers to its patrons so they are the first to read our new books. It also gives you the chance to help support the library’s collection development. There is a list of books that are currently available for adoption. And remember, just because a book isn’t listed doesn’t mean you can’t adopt it . This is just general list of what is available from what is already on order. Go to the Adopt a Book page for more information, then contact the library staff via email form or telephone.
Jump to the Head of the Waiting List and Help Us Put More Books on the Shelves
The Hudson Area Library offers the Adopt a Book program so that our patrons can be the first in line to read our newest books. It also gives you the chance to help support the library’s collection development.
All that you need to do to participate is donate $15 and pick out a book from the list of books that are available for adoption or request a book “off-list” that you would like the library to own. When the book comes in, you will be the first to read it! The book will also have a commemorative bookplate honoring your donation.
This program has been a very beneficial program for the library and avid readers alike. It gives patrons a chance to jump ahead of the waiting list for high demand books from authors and it helps the library purchase more books than it otherwise would be able to.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly where your donation is going. An adopted book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again.
You may think that the library is entirely supported by tax funds. This is not the case. Less than 45% of our library’s annual operating budget comes from government funds. We depend on generous contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations to make up the balance of our budget. The library is a community asset that needs community support.
Send a check made out to the Hudson Area Library to 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson, NY 12534.
Do you pay your bills using online banking services? Consider adding the library to your monthly list! A monthly donation of $10 or $20 is very meaningful to the library. You can set up a monthly donation through the donate link above or through your personal bill paying services.
Thank you for supporting your library!
Adopt a Book
Help the library acquire new books and get a preferred place in line to read it first. Read all about how to Adopt A Book here.
Volunteer – Support the library by Donating Your Time and Energy
Volunteers are key to the functioning of the library. They do everything from greeting visitors, to checking books and materials in and out, to providing programs for children and others. If you would like to learn more about being a volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.
Friends of the Hudson Area Library
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a volunteer organization that conducts events and programs to support the library. The Friends meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.