New To The Collection

Want to know what’s new to the collection? Be sure to check out the New in the Library pages (buttons located on the right sidebar) to see our new and upcoming titles! Want to be the first to read the new releases? Ask library staff about the Adopt a Book Program or learn more online at the Adopt a Book page.

Here’s a sample of our recent acquisitions:

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt VonnegutIn these previously unpublished stories, Vonnegut’s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars—and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays—a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. A hog farmer’s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about “the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit.” But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh?

Click here to view our new and upcoming fiction titles.

Young Mandela: the Revolutionary Years by David James Smith

Nelson Mandela is well-known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world’s elder statesman–the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president in South Africa. But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. And, in Young Mandela, award-winning journalist and author David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names and disguises and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state.

Click here to view our new and upcoming non-fiction titles.

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself. Winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.

Click here to view our new and upcoming children and young adult titles.

Adopt a Book

Jump to the Head of the Waiting List and Help Us Put More Books on the Shelves

The Hudson Area Library offers the Adopt a Book program so that our patrons can be the first in line to read our newest books.  It also gives you the chance to help support the library’s collection development.

All that you need to do to participate is donate $15 and pick out a book from the list of books that are available for adoption or request a book “off-list” that you would like the library to own. When the book comes in, you will be the first to read it! The book will also have a commemorative bookplate honoring your donation.

This program has been a very beneficial program for the library and avid readers alike. It gives patrons a chance to jump ahead of the waiting list for high demand books from authors and it helps the library purchase more books than it otherwise would be able to.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly where your donation is going. An adopted book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again.

Contact the Library staff to learn more about this program or to adopt a book!

You may make your $15 donation by check or in cash, or via credit card by clicking the PayPal donate button below.