Fundraiser: Virtual Tea Tasting with Kim Bach

Description: Join Kim Bach, owner of Verdigris Tea, for a virtual class and learn the basics of teas. Start with the plant – how and where it is grown, harvested, and processed. Then, practice brewing and sampling teas from the six basic tea categories: white, green, oolong, black, fermented, and herbal infusion.

Date/Time: March 16, 3pm (tea time!) via Zoom
Note: If you are not able to attend the live event, feel free to enroll and obtain the sample kit. We will provide you with an archived recording to view at a time more convenient for you.

Registration: Registration is now closed.

Once enrolled, present your receipt at Verdigris Tea (135 Warren – corner of Warren and 2nd Street) to pick up your sample kit containing .5 oz. of 6 different teas, a tea infuser basket, tea timer, instruction sheet, and 10% discount coupon to use during a subsequent visit – all included with the class fee. The library will send you the Zoom link to attend the virtual tea time event.

Thank you to Kim Bach for donating her time and supplies in support of the library. Your $25 fee will completely benefit the library.

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#GivingTuesday – Support Our 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, #GivingTuesday, this Tuesday, December 1, by supporting our vital programs, resources, and services.

Make a donation by credit card online via PayPal. Or send a check made out to Hudson Area Library to 51 N. 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534.

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

We’re excited to announce our first online art auction! The collection contains over 80 pieces of art by local Hudson Valley artists! The art auction is designed not only to help raise funds for the library but also to help local artists generate some much-needed income. Proceeds from the sales will be split between the artist and the library (45% to the artist, 55% to the library). Take a look at this incredible collection and share it with your friends!

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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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 Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free. Continue reading

Party in the Stacks! Celebrating 60 Years of the Hudson Area Library

You are invited to join us as we Party in the Stacks at the Hudson Area Library!

Saturday, June 29
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Food! Friends! Fun!

This year, for our annual summer celebration, we’re hosting a party at the library and celebrating 60 years since the library’s founding.

Online ticketing has been turned off. Tickets ($150/person) may be purchased at the event.

I am unable to attend but would like to make a contribution:

Party in the Stacks! Sponsorship Opportunities

This year is the 60th anniversary of our Library’s founding, so for our annual summer fundraiser, we’re going to Party in the Stacks! Mark your calendar and don’t miss this fun-filled evening in the Library – Saturday, June 29, 6:00-10pm.

As sponsor, you’ll be recognized as a member of the Party in the Stacks Host Committee. The unique benefits of sponsorship at each level are below.

Library Supporter $500

Two (2) tickets to Party in the Stacks and a high five

Library Partner $1000

Four (4) tickets to Party in the Stacks and a wink and a smile

Library Enthusiast $1500

Six (6) tickets to Party in the Stacks and 6 air kisses
Acknowledgement in the HAL e-newsletter

Library Patron $2500

all of the benefits of Enthusiast Sponsorship PLUS
Eight (8) tickets to Party in the Stacks and a huge hug
Logo/Name on print and digital invitations*
Logo/Name on all event signage and in the evening’s program

Library Benefactor $5000

all of the benefits of Patron Sponsorship PLUS
Ten (10) tickets to Party in the Stacks and our undying love
Honorary Chair(s) of the Benefit Committee
Opportunity to welcome guests at the event
Logo/Name acknowledgement on the HAL website for one year

Please contact Betsy Gramkow at to sign up as a sponsor and with any questions. You may also sign up as a sponsor by selecting a sponsor level above and making your contribution via PayPal.

The Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All but $75 per ticket/person may be considered a contribution and is tax deductible per IRS regulations.

* Please let us hear from you by MAY 1 in order to be listed as a Sponsor in our print invitation