Friends of the Hudson Area Library

THE FRIENDS OF THE HUDSON AREA LIBRARY was established in 1999 to assist the Hudson Area Association Library in providing programs and supplies to enhance library services for the communities of Hudson and Greenport. Over the years, our dedicated and energetic volunteers have been raising funds for and creating awareness of the Library by participating in and supporting community events.

The Hudson Area Association Library, like many small town and rural libraries in New York State, has a modest operating budget. It sustains itself year-to-year with operating funds from the communities it serves, through the generosity of individual and corporate donors and Friends like you!

The Friends is currently focusing our efforts on raising funds to grow the Library’s collection in all media types to support the core mission of literacy. One hundred percent of every dollar the Friends raise is used to purchase new books, audio books, DVDs, music and multimedia for the library!

TEN GREAT REASONS TO JOIN THE FRIENDS:

1. Get involved in your community and help your innovative ideas go to work for your library.
2. Have the opportunity to introduce others to your favorite book while working in the book sale room! Or, find out about books you may have never come across otherwise while browsing the Book Sale Room.
3. You won’t be weighing your schedule down with another weekly commitment: Volunteer only for committees or events you are interested in.
4. We have something for everyone: Event planner? Help plan one of our many outreach events.
5. Super Organizer? Help sort and organize books the many donations we receive each week.
6. Technology junkie? Help us reach every member of our community with the ever-changing world of technology.
7. Language lover? Help us with our many public relations efforts and letter writing campaigns.
8. Student looking for community service? Spend your hours with us, and get credit, too!
9. Impart your knowledge to others: Break out your inner teacher and share your expertise in classes for your community. Classes teaching Spanish and technology for seniors are common and popular. Add your subject to the list!
10. Meet monthly with other book lovers and make new friends!

The Friends meet monthly on the third Wednesday at 6pm at the Library. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. If one (or all) of these reasons spiked your interest, please contact us for more information on joining. We look forward to meeting you!

You may also support the Friends by liking us on Facebook. Get status updates on what the Friends are doing, information on upcoming events, and more!

Take a look at what our volunteers accomplished this past year:

2012 OUTREACH/PROGRAMS:

Computer Classes The Friends continue to raise funds to support the growing need for special programs and computer classes for adults and seniors.

Hudson’s Children’s Book Festival We were excited to be a part of this year’s festival, which featured a wonderful and large group of children’s book authors and illustrators, and even better, students and parents who love to read.

“The Repurposed Library,” An Etsy Craft Workshop The Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Etsy-Hudson were pleased to partner for a special, free, world-wide Etsy Craft Party. Participants of all ages were able to craft from a variety of paper projects that creatively reused and recycled books into artwork.

“Open Book: An Open Photographic Exhibition” The exhibit, presented by the Friends and the Columbia County Photography Club, was opened to the public through a well-attended reception. The photographs, among which featured landscapes, flora, book studies and other still lifes, hung in the library until October. A percentage of every purchase benefited the Friends. We look forward to continuing this as an annual event for years to come.

Greenport Community Day This event served as a great day of encouraging reading and library use with children and community members.

175th Anniversary of the Founding of Greenport Reception The reception hosted by the Friends, the Board of Trustees, the History Room Committee, and attracted a large audience, including members of the Greenport Historical Society. Guest speaker Wendy McDaris introduced the special displays of materials in the History Room. Stockport Historian Viola Williams also presented a collection of historical artifacts.

Friends in All the Right Places The owner of Sketch, a fun, new art supply store in Hudson, has generously offered to sell a large collection of Friends’ art books. So, now there are even more opportunities to buy great books at great prices.

Ghostly Gallop We support the Library with Hudson’s favorite annual Halloween 5K run, the Ghostly Gallop!

Winter Walk We always enjoy welcoming the holiday season in December at Hudson’s annual Winter Walk. This year features well-known children’s author Jennifer Berne and illustrator Keith Bendis signing their book, “Calvin Can’t Fly,” along with Calvin himself and kid’s drawing activities.

2012 FUNDRAISING:

Super Saturday Kids Book Sales & Wacky Wednesdays
All children’s books were offered at discounted prices to encourage reading for children of every age. These sales are always a wonderful opportunity for the children in our community to experience the joy of books and reading for lifelong rewards.

We also increased the hours of the Book Sale Room this year, now open every Saturday. The room is newly-refurbished and we are continuously adding new books for even better selections each week.

Hudson’s Farmer’s Market Special Saturday Cookbook Sale Thanks to a recent and very generous donation, the Friends recently held a special cookbook sale at the market. This event offered an opportunity for customers to peruse a large and eclectic collection of vintage, new and gently-used cookbooks in many categories.

Arts Walk We were pleased to be able to offer the photography exhibit in the library as a feature of Arts Walk this year, in addition to offering an Art Book Sale, which attracted many new customers to our always popular Book Sale Room.

Chili Cook-off We also held a special cookbook sale at Hudson’s Chili Cook-off in October, taking the cold weather in stride and happily sharing our variety of cookbooks with those who attended.

Buy a Leaf Program For the annual National Friends of the Library Recognition Week in October, we asked visitors to purchase a paper cut-out of a leaf for whatever donation they chose, and to write why they loved the library on it. We got a variety of great answers, which were then displayed in the circulation room.

OUR 2012 CONTRIBUTIONS:

DVD donations, including 15 documentaries for Black History Month, 14 Art/Artist Documentaries, and 10 popular new-releases.

34 New Audio Books on CD, expanding our collection with a wide range of titles and subjects, including best sellers in fiction and non-fiction.

Keeping it Local: A collection of 21 books by local authors is now on the shelves at the Library thanks to a generous contribution from the Friends. These new items include works of poetry, art, travel, music, architecture, fiction and non-fiction.

Graphic Novels: 17 new teen graphic novels were donated this Spring, thanks to the Friends. Once thought only for kids who were considered “reluctant readers,” graphic novels have proven to be popular with everyone, encouraging a new kind of interactive literacy.