Saturday, August 29: Cook Books at the Hudson Farmers Market

IMG_3146Summer may be winding down, but the Hudson Farmers Market on Columbia and 6th Street remains in full swing with fresh, local produce and the Friends Cook Book Sale will be there once again! Great books celebrating the area’s bounties of the season, on a wide range of topics, will be offered for sale Saturday, August 29 from 9:30am-1pm. Discover mouth-watering recipes, for everything from appetizers to grilling to entertaining, all at great prices!

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Book Sale Blitz

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is celebrating the New Year with a Book Sale Blitz! For two days only, everything in the Book Sale Room will be half price. This incredible sale starts on Friday, January 16th from 1-5pm, and continues on Saturday, January 17th from 10 -2pm.
The shelves are packed with a wide assortment of new and gently used books, all carefully sorted and displayed for easy browsing. An assortment of specialty and newly released books in a multitude of categories, including a wide range of unique vintage and collectible books, will also be offered.
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Art Book Sale this Friday and Saturday

Art Book SaleArt enthusiasts—picture this! Bargains abound at the Third Annual Art Book Sale, taking place for three days during Hudson’s ArtsWalk 2014.

This specialty book sale will be held in the Book Sale Room in the Hudson Library, started Saturday, October 4 and continues this weekend on Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th from 10 til 2pm. The Book Sale Room and special Art Book Sale are sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Featured will be hundreds of books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design, as well as titles on art history, artist’s monographs, biographies and various art techniques (watercolor, pastels, collage, etc.). Hardcovers, paperbacks, catalogues, magazines and coffee table books will be offered, all priced to sell.
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The Joy of Cook Books, Fresh This Season!

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Back by popular demand— the Friends of the Hudson Area Library Cook Book Sale is coming to the Hudson Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 9th from 9:30 til 1pm.

Whether you’re looking to expand your kitchen’s library, improve your skills, or just try out some new recipes with great fresh ingredients, this special sale will offer an eclectic collection of vintage, new, and used cook books in many categories. Included will be titles for gourmet, quick meals and menus, summer barbecues and grilling, entertaining and ethnic cuisines. There will be hundreds of titles and food groups to choose from, including appetizers, salads, meats, seafood, vegetables, desserts and more! All books will be offered at very low discount prices for this mouth-watering sale.
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Tickets Now on Sale for Friends Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Set sail with the Friends of the Hudson Area Library for what is certain to be a high point of the summer, the Sunset Cocktail Cruise on the Hudson River, Saturday, July 12th. This year’s cruise will feature a spectacular local fireworks display with unobscured viewing onboard the Spirit of the Hudson.

The cruise sails from the dock at the Hudson Riverfront Park at 7:30pm for a festive evening of magnificent views of the Hudson Valley at sunset, live jazz, cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres, all while cruising on the enchanting Hudson. Boarding begins at 7pm and will return to the waterfront dock at 10pm. Also featured will be a raffle with many unique items and free door prizes on board. Raffle items include theater tickets, gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, as well as many goods and services.

Join the Friends for this great opportunity to support the library and enjoy a fabulous evening on the Hudson River, a win-win for everyone!

Tickets are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets will be sold at the Hudson Area Library at $60 per person. Tickets are not refundable. To reserve tickets, call 518.828.1792, Tuesday through Saturday. Or stop by the Library at 400 State Street and get your tickets today!

Colossal Cook Book Sale This Weekend!

Calling all home cooks, food lovers and professional chefs!

Colossal Cook Book Sale

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be offering over 500 great cookbooks at the “Colossal Cook Book Sale” on Friday, April 26th from 1-4pm, and Saturday, April 27th from 10-2pm. This large and eclectic collection of vintage, new, and used cookbooks will be on the shelves in the Book Sale Room at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street in Hudson. All books will be offered at discounted prices.

Included in this large selection are quick and easy meals, baking, barbeque and grilling, gourmet, entertaining and menu guides as well as many ethnic cuisines. Cookbooks make great gifts too, whether it’s for the serious food lover or the occasional cook – you’ll be sure to find something for everyone at this great sale!

Special guest, cookbook author, columnist and professional caterer, Susan Simon will be on hand to answer all of your cooking, recipe and ingredients questions on Saturday, from 11-1:00pm. Susan has written five cookbooks and currently writes a food column for the Register Star titled “Susan Simon Says: Food for Thought”.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development of the library’s services to the community.

The Friends Donate Thirteen New Audio Books

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library have generously donated thirteen newly-released and soon-to-be released books on CD to the Hudson Area Library’s collection. The new acquisitions include a combination of fiction and non-fiction works, and several different genres.

The titles of the new fiction audiobooks that will be available this month are: The Sunshine When She’s Gone, a novel about marriage by Thea Goodman; The Obituary Writer, a literary mystery and love story by Ann Hood; The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper; A Tale for the Time Being, written and narrated by Ruth Ozeki; House of Earth, the only finished novel by Woody Guthrie, a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America; and The Burgess Boys, the newest work of literary art by Elizabeth Strout.

The titles for the soon-to-be released fiction audiobooks are: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; The House of Special Purpose, a novel that is part love story, part historical epic and part tragedy by John Boyne; Maya’s Notebook, a contemporary coming-of-age story by Isabel Allende; Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, written and narrated by David Sedaris; and The Woman Upstairs by New York Times best-selling author, Claire Messud.

The two non-fiction titles will be released in April and are Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall and In the Body of the World by playwright, author and activist, Eve Ensler.

Click on the titles above to learn more about each title or to place a hold on the first available copy! Many thanks to the Friends for their kind donation!

New Art DVDs Added To Collection

Image of Cover Art for DVDsFourteen new titles were added recently to the DVD collection of the Hudson Area Library, thanks to the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.  The additions focus on documentaries about art, artists, and the art world. These titles were carefully selected by the Library staff to reflect their patrons’ growing interest in this media and genre.The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services for the Library.

The new titles include “Waste Land”, the award-winning documentary by Lucy Walker;  “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis”, a documentary about the revolutionary artist Jack Smith; “The Cats of Mirikitani”, an intimate exploration of  New York artist Jimmy Mirikitani;  “Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow”;  “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”;  the award winning dance documentary “First Position”;  “Exit By the Gift Shop”, a film by street artist Bansky; “The Woodmans”, a film about American photographer Francesca Woodman; “Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides”, about the British artist who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from nature; “Joan Mitchell: Portrait of An Abstract Painter”;  “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine”, a journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism; “War Dance”, a superb documentary that reveals the redemptive power of music, even in the most horrific places;  “How To Draw A Bunny”, the documentary about artist Ray Johnson and his signature cartoon rabbit;  and “Manufactured Landscapes”, a striking documentary on the world and work of renowned photographer Ed Burtynsky.

All titles are available at the Hudson Area Library or can be requested online at Each DVD can be borrowed for up to seven days, completely free of charge with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.