Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.

This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email or call 518-828-1792

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar


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.

Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Peter Jung

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome back Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating follow up presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875), specifically the local artists Sanford. R. Gifford, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Seventy images and paintings will be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
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May Book Club: The Silent Wife

Silent Wife

The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30pm in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library for a discussion of The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion.

About the book:
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love The Silent Wife. Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea


Sunday, May 8, 2pm–4pm

Community Room
The NEW Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th Street, Hudson

Treat your Mom! Come see a fashion show of vintage clothing. Enjoy homemade cakes and cookies along with tea from Verdigris-Hudson. Learn styling tips from the make-up experts at FACE Stockholm.

Music mixed by Young Paris. Community models including Mothers and daughters. Vintage clothing provided by Discipline Park

Tickets are $25.00 each. Bring your Mom for just $10.00 more. 

Reservations preferred. Click here!

A benefit for the Hudson Area Library.

Local History Speaker Series presents: An Evening of Reminiscence

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

The Hudson Area Library wants to hear your stories about early Hudson!

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is excited to present an evening of local history featuring your personal stories, experiences and memories of years gone by as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This very special event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm, followed by light refreshments. A sign up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event and participants will be given approximately seven minutes to present their story to the audience. All participants are encouraged to bring in photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share.
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We’re Open!

What a wonderful turn out for our Ribbon Cutting last Saturday! Instead of gray skies and flurries, we had bright sun and just a slight hint of warmer weather. Around 500 came through the doors, trying out our new computers, peeking into the History Room, meeting friends by the stacks, and exploring the Early Literacy area. Our thanks to Amanda Henry who gave tours of the Senior Center and Paula Forman, Laura Miller, Pamela Badila, and the Perfect Ten team, who passed out cupcakes on the Third Floor. 60 new library cards were created and we’re sure that as more and more of the community comes to see our beautiful new library, those numbers will increase.

Many thanks for a great day!

Photo courtesy of David Lee

Photo courtesy of David Lee

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region

Photo courtesy of Daniel Region

Update on the Move

Don’t miss the Opening Celebration Saturday 4/9/2016 at 10am.

Despite Monday’s Blizzard of 2016 (all 6 inches) the move is well under way. Arnoff Movers ( are continuing to do the heavy lifting with great professionalism. So the library is now filling up with books. One striking result is that for the first time the entire collection of over 22,000 books can be seen by simply turning around.

TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY – the various wizards from MidHudson Cable, S&F Technology, Jerry Jennings Electric, Mid Hudson Library System and our own volunteer guru of bits and bytes Michael Grisham have pulled together all of the pieces. We now have true high speed internet – 50 Mbps up and down. Undoubtedly the fastest service anywhere in the area. Almost all of the 24 public computer stations are in place and working. WiFi is everywhere. All of it fast!

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Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President David Murphy rounding up some details

Library Director Emily Chameides and Board President David Murphy rounding up some details

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Adult computing stations and adult library

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Childrens library looking towards Story Time Nook

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Kathy Parchuck sorting and arranging in the children’s craft space

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Adult lounge

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Norma Hart Honored by The Friends

Friends 20K donation Mrs. Norma Hart, a Hudson resident and one of the founders of The History Room at the Hudson Area Library, has been honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library through their gift in her memory.

The volunteer organization has taken advantage of “naming opportunities” available in the new Library and designated $20,000 as a named gift for History Room furnishings and cabinets in honor of Mrs. Hart.

“Besides being instrumental in the formation of the History Room, she was also very active in the Children’s Room for many years,” said Friends President Nancy Westbrook. “It is important to The Friends and community that she be honored for her dedication to Hudson Area Library patrons.” Continue reading