UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.
Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, William Ranney 1853
Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909, a lecture by Stephen McErleane, Director of the New Netherland Institute.
Date/Time: This program will be rescheduled. The new date and time will be announced on the library website.
Audience/Registration: Free and open to the public. The library’s Community Room is wheelchair accessible. No registration required. Continue reading →
UPDATE: This program has switched to first & third Saturdays at 11am.
Program Description: Pamela Badila, folkteller & performance artist, reads, tells and perform folktales from around the world with children and their families. This special story hour gives families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures. Craft and music activities follow the folktelling.
Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994
Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.
This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist. Continue reading →
The Armory wore its party hat for the library’s one year celebration.
Thank you all: patrons, volunteers, board members, staff, Friends of the Hudson Area Library, musicians, dancers, programs presenters and video creators! Our Saturday, April 8 Open House: One Year at the Armory was a great success. We had a raucous, fun, community-oriented, history-exploring, book checking out, music-listening, dance-enjoying, video-viewing, people-watching, seeing-old-&-new-friends time! See our photos and video on Facebook and Instagram.
Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.
UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library
The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.
Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:
Friday, August 12, 7pm
Sunday, August 14, 3pm
Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.
The shelves and furniture have been installed. Tech installation is underway and the physical move begins tomorrow, Saturday, April 2. We will close our doors at 400 State Street at 5pm on Friday, April 1 and open in our brand new location on Saturday, April 9.
While we are closed, items may be returned in the curbside book return at 400 State Street, or better yet return your items on Saturday, April 9 when we reopen in our new home!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS COME FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING! 10am, Saturday, April 9 51 N. 5th Street
We are pleased, proud and excited. We hope everyone in the entire community comes out to share in this great accomplishment! Continue reading →
Watch This Space! Empty shelves, wait to be filled with books. Computer tables wait to get their electronics. And comfy chairs wait to be slid into place. The new Hudson Area Library is almost ready. The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, April 9. Everyone is invited.
The Hudson Area Library is pleased and excited to announce that the last day for business at the current address will be Friday, April 1. On Saturday, April 2, movers will begin packing up books in anticipation of the move to their new quarters in the former Hudson Armory. It is anticipated that the move itself will take about a week.
“It’s wonderful to finally realize all our plans,” said Board President Mark Orton. “It seems like we’ve been working on this forever. Now it’s just a few weeks until we’ll be situated in a whole new space.”
There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am in front of the new Library. In recognition of the Armory’s original tenants in 1898 – the 23rd Separate [Infantry] Company, a military contingent will present colors. The High School Band is expected to play and several dignitaries will participate. The conclusion will be a Ribbon Cutting after which everyone is invited into the Library. Also open to the public will be the third floor facilities occupied by Perfect Ten After School and the Senior Center on the second floor.
“We want everyone to come and join in this wonderful celebration,” Orton continued. “This Library is for the entire community. Once those doors open, the public will see what a great show place this is, and a wonderful source of civic pride. After all the planning, we’re eager to share the result.”
The Ribbon Cutting will take place outside the new Library, 51 North 5th Street, on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10am.