Job Opening

We are looking for a Technology Help Provider for our new One-on-One Technology Help program. This is a part time position that does not have set hours, as the program is by appointment. This position will be done virtually in the fall and may move to in-person sessions at the library, depending upon health and safety guidelines. The position is for 5 – 7 hrs./wk., at $25/hr., and will run from September 2020 – April 2021.

The goal of the Hudson Area Library’s Technology Help program is to provide the public with individualized support for their technology needs while developing their independence to address those needs in order to attain more confidence and competence as learners and users of technology such as computers, mobile devices, and online resources.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with respondents to set up appointments for providing technology help.
  • Diagnose technology problems remotely (later on may be in person) through patrons’ accounting of technology needs.
  • Troubleshoot specific technology challenges.Give detailed instructions to address patrons’ technology needs.
  • Organize accounting of hours and number of patrons utilizing the program and reporting data to the Program Director.

Job Requirements:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Familiarity with PC and Mac platforms as well as a variety of mobile devices.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals especially on detailed technology instructions for patrons with varying levels of tech literacy.
  • Ability to be proactive and independent in work-related tasks.
  • Familiarity with online library resources such as hoopla, OverDrive, and Kanopy, as well as the library’s online catalog preferred.

Please send a letter of interest and resume with references to Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Applications will be accepted until September 5, 2020

Anticipated start date: September 8, 2020.

Norma Hart Has Passed Away

Norma HartWe have sad news to share. Norma Hart, longtime library supporter, Friend, and former librarian, has passed away. Many have fond memories of her in the Children’s Room, and to this day remember the library as ‘Ms. Hart’s Library.’ Norma was also the visionary and creator behind the formation of the Library’s History Room Collection over 40 years ago.

After being honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library at their Annual Meeting in April 2014, Ms. Hart shared these words of wisdom: “you have to bring some light to whatever corner of the world you are in.” We are forever grateful to Ms. Hart for her many contributions to the library and for shining her light in our little corner of the world for so many wonderful years. We will miss her dearly.

How to Become a Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer at the library, whether by working at the front desk, helping out in the Children’s Room, or even just shelving books, please print and fill out this Volunteer Application and bring it to the staff office of the library. While we do not have the staff time to accept and train all applicants, your application will be kept on file for future need. Thank you in advance for your interest!

Hudson Area Library Welcomes Our New Assistant Library Manager

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As of January, the Hudson Area Library has a new Assistant Library Manager, Cayla Consaga.  After harboring a lifelong love of reading, Cayla decided to get her Bachelors in English from Siena College and her Masters in Information Science from the University at Albany. Prior to joining the Hudson Area Library staff, she worked at Blodgett Memorial Library in Fishkill and Beekman Library in Poughquag. Cayla is available in the staff office daily to help patrons and visitors with their information and communication needs. We are excited to welcome Cayla to the Hudson Area Library community!

Goodbye to our dear friend Kathleen Hintze


Kathleen, a 20+ year employee of the Hudson Area Library and a familiar face and voice to hundreds of library visitors over the years, passed away early Wednesday morning. Although struggling for years from her bouts with cancer, Kathleen was at work at the library until the end of October. She was admitted into hospice care at St. Peter’s Hospital earlier this week. Her dear friend and our colleague Janet Miller was with her throughout her last day.

We will join together on Sunday, November 27, from noon-3:00pm, at Kozel’s Restaurant on Rte. 9H to celebrate the memories we have of our dear friend Kathleen. If you have any pictures, interesting stories, or a memory to share, please join us. If you plan on attending, please sign up at the library circulation desk. Dinner will be paid individually.

If you would like to make a donation to the library in memory of Kathleen, please see Janet, Anne, or Emily. Donations will go towards the purchase of DVDs for the library collection.

Corey Fleming Resigns as Library Director

Corey Fleming has announced that he has accepted a position as Regional Manager of the Hartford, CT Library System, a career opportunity he felt he could not let pass.  His last day working at the library will be Friday, August 12th.  We wish him well.

Corey is working with the staff and trustees to ensure as seamless a transition as possible.  A search for a new library director has begun.  In the interim, and until a new director has been hired, we have asked Emily Bennison, Library Assistant, to bridge the gap by assuming extra administrative and management duties.

President of the Board of Trustees, Theresa Parsons said, “These transitions are always difficult. However, we are fortunate to have staff and volunteers with many years of experience and a deep interest in the library.  They’ll keep the library running smoothly and in a professional manner.”