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!

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale

Program Description: Purchase new and gently-used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. And don’t forget to buy a freshly baked good on your way out! All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and enhance their contributions to the Hudson Area Library programs and collections.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 10am-3pm & Sunday, February 9, 1-3:30pm

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

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Writers Luncheon with Emily Sachar

Program Description: Award-winning writer Emily Sachar, founder of the Hudson Valley Memoir Collective, will be the guest speaker at a buffet luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Sachar is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir. Shut up and Let the Lady Teach (Simon and Schuster) which describes in vivid detail Sachar’s experience teaching math in a challenged Brooklyn, NY public school. Emily Sachar has also written widely for national magazines, and was a reporter for 13 years at Newsday.  She is a consulting historian and curriculum specialist at Olana, and the founder of the Hudson Valley Memoir Collective, which leads writing courses for adults 55 and older.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2 at 12 pm in the library’s community room

Reservation: Call (518) 828-1792 or visit the library, to assure your spot, payment of $25.00 must be received by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

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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:




Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale!

Program Description: The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale in the community room of the library. This is a great opportunity to purchase new and gently used books on a variety of subjects, including art books as well as CDs and DVDs. There will also be homemade baked desserts for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, enjoy a baked good, and support the Hudson Area Library!  

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library  supports library collections and programming. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends, and enhance contributions to the Hudson Area Library.

Date/ Time: Saturday, February 9, 10-3pm & Sunday, February 10, 1-3:30pm