Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.

When it rains, it pours – library supporters!

Raise the Roof Square Dance

The first annual Raise the Roof! Gala, held on Saturday, August 15th, was a great success! Thanks to all who attended – in spite of the deluge that ended just minutes before the event began!

More than 200 people attended and most of them bought raffle tickets, too. Bidders upped the prices on silent auction items including private tours, distant destinations, private trainers and even lunch with Assemblymember Didi Barrett. And several in the crowd invested in pieces of Library equipment that will help us furnish our new space at the Armory.

One attendee wrote:

I haven’t been to a fundraiser that I have enjoyed so much… lots of familiar faces, a beautiful evening on [a] gorgeous Columbia County farm estate, [a] feast of amazing food… My compliments to [you all] for your skills and perseverance in making this bold statement of commitment to Hudson’s new library.

The crowd was so enthusiastic that we’re all eager to get moving! Many thanks to the Host Committee Marie Rasner, Tessy Keller, Chris Boeke and Barbara Deisroth for organizing this great event. And thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and vendors. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

SAY CHEESE! for the Library

cheeseCheesemaker Renate Nollin will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, July 18 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

The term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

For the event, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example. The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

103 Warren Street
July 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20

Prison Public Memory Project Pop-Up Museum Visits the Library

Pop Up MuseumOn Tuesday, July 14 from 10am-7pm, the Prison Public Memory Project will be hosting a Pop-Up Museum on the Library lawn. This temporary exhibit will invite the community to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities centered on the theme of Life and Work at the New York State Training School for Girls.

For almost 80 years between 1904 and 1975, Hudson was home to the New York State Training School for Girls, once the largest reform schools for girls in the United States and one of the largest employers in Columbia County. The Pop-Up Museum will offer participants the opportunity to interact with historical artifacts such as photographs, letters, and institutional records on three tables in a hands-on museum-like setting. Visitors can also engage with the Training School’s history in a variety of interactive drawing and writing activities led by Prison Public Memory Project staff and volunteers and can tell and listen to others’ stories. Community members are invited to bring any of their own photos, documents and other artifacts relating to the Training School or to the people who lived or worked there for temporary display on the museum tables. For those who wish to have a portrait taken with their artifact, a photographer will be available. Light refreshments will be served as supplies last.

Please join us for SAY CHEESE!

Ben reading to the goatsCheesemaker Brent Zimmerman will be appearing at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, this coming Saturday, June 20 at 5:30pm as part of the series, SAY CHEESE! A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library, the event is co-presented by Dena Moran, founder of Olde Hudson, and Peg Patterson, owner of Dish Hudson.

Ticket holders will learn about cheeses, sample some local varieties, sip seasonal punch and get tips on beautiful presentations using Patterson’s elegant inventory of tableware. Zimmerman, a cheesemaker who worked for 20 years in Italy before coming to the Hudson River Valley to establish a local farm, will also be selling copies of his book, Get Your Goat. Special discounts from both retailers will be provided to those in attendance.

Tickets may be purchased in advance via PayPal button below. For more information visit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library Site.

103 Warren Street
June 20, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Tickets are $20.00 for the evening, $35.00 for the series of two events.*

*Save the Date for our next SAY CHEESE! event:
Saturday, July 18, 5:30pm–7:00pm: Cottage Cheese (in the true sense of the word)
Welcome to a world of small batch, regional, mostly fresh cheese–products of the adventurous cottage industries we keep learning about. This evening’s guest will be Renate Nollin, owner of Dutch Girl Cheese, where she produces authentic small batch cheeses from raw cow, goat and sheep’s milk.

June Book Club Special Meeting with Local Author Daniel Region

Daniel Region bookThe Hudson Area Library Book Club welcomes Daniel Region as a special guest on Friday, June 12 at 3:30pm for a discussion of his fictional memoir, Tales From Thurmons Corners. Region will read from and discuss the book at this special Book Club meeting. New members and guests are always welcome! Space is limited. Please RSVP by June 8 by calling Sharon at 518.828.1871.

About the Book
Tales from Thurmons Corners is a fictional memoir. It is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life.

Revisiting various moments of his early life, he regains the simplicity of living life fully with innocence and enthusiasm and learns that placing value on time and life gained not lost, is a blessing that is renewed every day, with every breath we take.

Tales from Thurmons Corners celebrates the quiet strength, common sense and resilience of the people who inhabit the flatland prairie.

Daniel RegionAbout the Author
Daniel B. Region’s professional artistic life has taken numerous paths; professional radio and television broadcaster, for 17 years the “Voice” of the Emmy Award winning daytime drama As The World Turns, an actor, theatre and film director, novelist, columnist, web designer and photographer. Mr. Region has written feature length screenplays, plays, two novels, Waiting For The Angel and The Shoe Tattoo, and this fictional memoir, Tales From Thurmons Corners, which is book one in a trilogy. He is currently at work on another novel, The Wolves at Your Door, set in the American Midwest during the Great Depression.

Fight the Winter Blues!

Let’s face it. February can be gloomy. It’s the time when we all think winter is dragging on for way too long and, at the same time, we’re seeing that glimmer of spring…just out of reach. Time for a party!


Join us at Café Le Perche Thursday, February 5, from 6pm-8pm for a get-together with author Tim Federle. A born entertainer and “quipper” extraordinaire, Tim will be sharing stories about the grueling research necessary to write his two “mixology” books: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. The event is free with purchases of drinks and books garnering a 20% donation to the Campaign.
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Starting from Seed: An Afternoon with Margaret Roach

TODAY! Saturday January 31, 2015, 3-5pm @ 360 Warren Street

MargaretRoachStartingFromSeedWant to grow your best vegetable and herb garden ever? It all starts with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions.  Join garden expert Margaret Roach, originator of the oft-praised website A Way to Garden (, on Saturday, January 31 from 3-5pm at the Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY. Let her demystify the politics and the practical “ahas” to get you growing with confidence! Bring your questions and go home with empowering handouts including a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules. Garden resources including Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand to entice you with their offerings. This event is a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets are $25. To reserve your ticket, select Add to Cart below and make your payment through PayPal. Tickets may also be reserved in the office at the Hudson Area Library (check or cash).