December E-Newsletter

Hudson Area Library Receives $100,000 Gift to the Capital Campaign
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The Hudson Area Library has announced a $100,000 pledge from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation for its capital campaign to re-purpose the Armory building as a 21st century library.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by this very generous gift, which will bring us to nearly $550,000 in gifts and pledges received to date toward our $2 million goal,” said Theresa Parsons, the capital campaign co-chair with David Murphy, who added, “We are heartened by this leadership gift, as we are relying on the community to help us create the world class library that it deserves.”

The new library will include much-needed classroom space and a 1,200 square foot community room for public meetings, readings and performances, and for the first time, the library will be ADA accessible. The much larger, 12,000 foot space and open floor plan provide the library with the flexibility to adapt to new technologies and ways of learning and communicating, allowing the it to evolve in the same space over time. The design also includes an exterior plaza for reading, relaxing, programming and outdoor book sales.

For more on the HAL Capital Campaign please visit the new campaign website.

As a joint project, the Galvan Foundation is committed to the complete renovation of the Armory. The Library needs to raise an additional $1.4 million for the furniture, fixtures and equipment to bring the new space to life as a library. Additional funds are sought to enlarge the collections, hire new staff and build endowment for the future. Construction is set to begin in the winter of 2014 with occupancy in winter of 2015.

Download the press release here.

Meet Children's Author Jennifer Berne at the Friends Winter Walk Event, Saturday December 7 from 5-8pmjennifer berne

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce that award-winning children's author, Jennifer Berne will be signing her two new books for young readers at 217 Warren Street for Winter Walk on Saturday, December 7th from 5-8pm. Chosen by the Friends as this year’s Winter Walk offering to encourage a love of reading in children of all ages, both of these delightful titles, Nighty-Night, Sleep Tight and On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, make perfect gifts for the holidays this season. All proceeds from purchases that evening will go towards funding new books and other media for the Hudson Area Library’s collection. Quantities are limited, but both hardcover books are available for preorder. Simply call the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook at Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Author Talk with J. Thomas Allison, author of Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes: Contests & Collisions, Thursday, December 12, 6pm

The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee is pleased to welcome Author J. Thomas Allison to the library on Thursday, December 12 for a discussion of his book, Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes: Contests & Collisions.  Beginning in the mid-1800s, steamboats carried people between New York City and the Albany area on the Hudson River. Romantic images lull us into believing it was a quiet means of travel, but a crowded river, faulty equipment and the bravado of the captains resulted in at least one major catastrophe every year. Night boats collided and sank, carelessness caused boiler explosions, races put passengers at risk and fires would quickly swallow the wooden vessels. Collected from eyewitness accounts, Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes features some of the most exciting and frightening stories of peril aboard steamboats on the Hudson River. Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds supporting the library.

Register Now for the December 5th Basic Computer Class

The Library will be holding its second free basic computer class on Thursday, December 5  from 11am-12:30pm in the Hudson Area Library public computer lab. Come learn how to set up an email address, search the web, use Facebook and more. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 518-828-1792 or stopping by the Hudson Area Library staff office.  

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Adopt-A-Book for the Holidays - A Matching Grant from the Friends!

The Friends are inviting everyone to participate in the Library’s Adopt-A-Book program with their special Adopt-A-Book Matching Grant.  From now until the end of the year, adopt a brand new book for the library’s collection for just $15 and the Friends will match your contribution with an additional book donation. That means for your $15 donation the Library will receive $30 towards new titles for the collection! Just like the library’s ongoing Adopt-A-Book program, donors will be able to read the book they choose first when it arrives, and receive a commemorative bookplate that will allow them to honor special people in their lives (or even pets!). To participate in the Adopt a Book program, all you need to do is pick out a book that you want the library to have or select from the list of December releases that are available for adoption. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, use your love of books to make a difference, and see exactly how your donation is being used. Truly a wonderful idea for holiday gift giving for the person who has everything, an adopted library book is a gift that can be opened and read, again and again!

Books for kids and teens are also available for adoption! Support our young readers by adopting some new picture books, easy readers, chapter books, or YA titles! The commemorative bookplate can bear your name or that of a special child or teen in your life. Choose from our children's and YA selection list or request another title that you would like to see on our shelves (or more importantly, in the hands of our area’s youth)! Contact Library staff for more information or to select a title for adoption.

December Children's Programs
The holidays are just around the corner, so the Library has added new events and extended staff time in the Children's Room for more holiday break fun! Here is the full Children's Room calendar for December:

Ongoing Programs
Graphic Novel Club: Tuesdays 3-5pm, All ages

Join fellow graphic novel fans in talking about your favorite books, drawing characters, browsing the library's graphic novel collection, or just taking some time to read!
Kids' Fun Night: Tuesdays 3:30-7:30pm, All ages

Includes all-ages activities such as music, poetry, puzzles, games, crafts and more.
Learn to Read Program: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in children ages 3-6 by reading stories, practicing the alphabet and more.
Pre-K Story Hour: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-11am, Ages 1-5
Join us for story hour and tot-friendly crafts!
Game Night: 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm, All ages
Drop in for Twister, Uno, checkers, Connect Four, Apples to Apples, Scrabble and more!happy holidays
Language Enrichment: Wednesdays 6-8pm, All ages
Literacy skills practice for youth ages 2 and up who are wishing to improve their English language abilities. Coincides with Wednesday evening Adult ESL classes.
Chess Club: Thursdays 3-5pm, Ages 7 and up
Both beginners and advanced players are welcome. Learn to play or challenge someone new!
Lego Club: Thursdays 3-5pm, All ages
Make Lego and Duplo creations as individuals or in teams.
Activities and Free Play: Fridays 3-5pm, All ages
Do crafts, play games, read, and more with friends!
Children's Story and Craft Hour: Saturdays 11am-12pm and Drop-In Children's Activities: Saturdays 12-3pm, All ages
Join us in the Children's Room for story hour, crafts, games, and many more activities!

Special Events
Make Your Own Holiday Cards: Wednesday, December 11th from 3-5pm, All ages

Stop by to make a holiday card or two for your friends and family. We'll have all the supplies you'll need!
Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 17th from 3-6pm, All ages
Join us for some holiday fun, including holiday-themed crafts and stories. Snacks will be served, too!
Kwanzaa Celebration: Wednesday, December 18th from 5:30-6:30pm, All ages
Operation Unite will host a special Kwanzaa celebration, including drumming, singing, and a candle ceremony.
Holiday Break Fun! Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27 from 10am-5pm, All ages
The children's room will be staffed all day as we invite kids and families to drop in for holiday-themed crafts and stories.


very old bonesHudson Area Library Book Club Meets January 9th to discuss Very Old Bones by William Kennedy
The Hudson Area Library Book Club will be meeting to discuss William Kennedy's Very Old Bones on Thursday, January 9th at 3:30pm. New members and guests are always welcome! Their next shared read will be decided at this meeting. Have an idea for a great book club read? Join the club on the 9th or call ahead to share your ideas for future book club selections! Call the library for meeting location.

Book Club for Parents Announces Their January 25th Readhow children succeed
Parents/caregivers are invited to join our new Book Club for Parents, facilitated by Linda of Green Momma Bear, held 4th Saturdays of each month.  While parents engage in conversations about books and parenting joys and concerns, the kids make friends, read, paint, and play in the library's children's room. The next Book Club meeting will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 11am-12pm, discussing How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. Babies and young children are welcome to accompany their parents, and children who can use the bathroom independently are welcome to join Ms. Janice in the library's children's room for stories, crafts, music, movement, and free play. For more info contact Linda at or call the Library at 518-828-1792. New members and guests are always welcome.

holiday book sale booksThe Friends Annual Holiday Book Sale Continues!

What makes a better gift than a great book? The Friends Holiday Book Sale continues the first two Saturdays in December, the 7th and 14th from 10am til 1pm and presents the perfect opportunity to give generous gifts that will bring the joy of reading to everyone on your list, at a price to fit your budget! The sale offers many new and gently used books, all carefully chosen, sorted and displayed for easy browsing. There are also many vintage, collectable and specialty books in a multitude of categories, all affordably priced. Our elves will be adding new books to replenish the shelves, so be sure to stop in often and discover new selections. Happy shopping, and see you in the Book Sale Room! Please note: The Book Sale Room will be closed December 20th and 27th 

Hudson Area Library Announces the New and Improved Capital Campaign WebsiteCapital Campaign banner
The new Capital Campaign website is now available for viewing through the Hudson Area Library website under the menu tab "Armory Campaign".  This site is invaluable when it comes to information pertaining to the Hudson Area Library's upcoming move to the Armory and the individuals and foundations that are making that move possible. Visit the new Capital Campaign website to view schematics of the new library design, history and photographs of the Armory, or to make a donation towards the new building.

History Room Open Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday Mornings 10am-12pmorphan asylum

History buffs will love utilizing the resources available in the History Room, now open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. The Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. It contains copies of newspaper clippings, local history pamphlets, original documents and more. The History Room is also open Saturdays from 10am-12pm or by appointment. For more information, visit our History Room page.

fasnyMuseum Passes Available
Olana State Historic Site: With a valid Mid-Hudson Library System library card, patrons may check out passes that will allow free admission for up to six people. House tours are included, but must be reserved in advance. Learn more about visiting Olana and their current exhibits on the Olana State Historic Site website. These passes are made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Fireman's Association of the State of NY Museum of Firefighting: With a valid Mid-Hudson Library System library card, patrons may check out passes that will allow free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. For more information on the museum's collection and programs visit the FASNY Museum of Firefighting Website.

Passes may be reserved or borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis for up to two business days. Call the library or stop in for more information and to reserve passes.

People from all walks of life rely upon the library as a vital source of information and support, making it critical that we stay strong and continue to benefit our neighbors in Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport. With our abundant resources, engaging programs, and essential services, the Hudson Area Library is here to serve you and our vibrant community.

Thank you to the many donors and volunteers who have contributed to the library in 2013. With your generous support, we will continue to provide a much-needed place for thousands to learn, engage and connect.


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The Library will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. Happy Holidays!


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Hudson Area Library
400 State Street
Hudson, New York 12534
(518) 828-1792
The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens.