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The Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

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Libraries are changing.  Originally designed for solitary pursuits, they are now centers of activity.  Whether connecting people with resources or with one another, the library has moved beyond a whispered book repository and become a community hub committed to lifelong learning and collaboration.   Today users are exploring an expanding world of ideas, discovering new skills, investigating new fields of knowledge, even learning new languages. Continue reading

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Cottage [Industry] Cheeses to be Featured at SAY CHEESE! – Part Two

cheeseThe term “cottage industry” is often used when referring to small, very personal businesses – often run out of the founder’s home and intensely hands-on. With this in mind, Olde Hudson’s founder, Dena Moran, coined the use of the term “cottage cheeses” to refer to locally made, she calls them “neighbor-made”, small batch cheeses.

They are the focus of this coming Saturday’s (July 18) concluding seminar, SAY CHEESE! – Part Two, a series that has focused on discussions of regionally made cheeses – their characteristics and some of the creative techniques utilized in their making. For this Saturday, Moran has selected mostly, but not exclusively, fresh cheeses – those that have not been aged. Generally speaking, these cheeses are softer, often spreadable and with a rind. Brie is a familiar example.

The evening will include featured cheesemaker, Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese. She’ll be participating in a Q&A with Moran to talk about her cheeses and cheesemaking in general.

Guests can taste the cheeses, have conversation with the experts, sample some seasonal punch, browse the inventory at Dish Hudson and enjoy the adjacent garden – all while supporting the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

Tickets are required and cost $20.00 each. The event will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 5:30pm-7pm at Dish Hudson, 103 Warren Street, Hudson NY.

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Onward and Upward!

We're halfway to our fundraising goal! Featured from left are Assistant Library Director Marie Stark, Trixie Starr, David Murphy and Theresa Parsons, Co-chairs of the Committee for the Campaign, and Library supporter Jack Simpson.

We’re halfway to our fundraising goal! Featured from left are Assistant Library Director Marie Stark, Trixie Starr, David Murphy and Theresa Parsons, Co-chairs of the Committee for the Campaign, and Library supporter Jack Simpson.

Half Way to $2 Million Goal

On Thursday, June 18 we raised the progress level on our thermometer sign to one million dollars – halfway to our three year goal! In honor of the upcoming weekend’s Hudson Pride festivities, and to emphasize the all-inclusive nature of the Library, our latest addition was posted in rainbow colors and “presented” by local drag queen, Trixie Starr.

The Campaign is supported in part by gifts and pledges from The T. Backer Fund, The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, The Chaiken Foundation, The Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, The Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation, The Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, The Raymond C. Kennedy Foundation, Inc., the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program, The Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation, The Taconic Foundation, Inc., and many generous individuals and corporate sponsors.

Contributions can be made by clicking here.

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Raise the Roof! Save the Date: August 15

raisetheroofJoin us Down-on-the-Farm. A benefit for the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library!

Stroll the grounds of this beautiful farm – on Middle Road, less than 5 miles from Hudson. Listen to live music while you enjoy great summer dining by a local chef. Then when the stars come out, join your neighbors and kick up some sawdust on the dance floor. RAISE the ROOF!

Much more to come!

Put the date on your calendar and buy tickets today!
Date: Saturday, August 15 – 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Tickets: $100.00 per person in advance
At the door: $125.00 per person

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Vintage Hudson Map Benefits Library

This dirigible eye-view is an excerpt from a map of Hudson available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, in either a framed ($450) or unframed ($150) version.

This dirigible eye-view is an excerpt from a map of Hudson available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, in either a framed ($450) or unframed ($150) version.

In 1923, aerial view maps were all the rage. Airplanes (or, aero-planes) were just coming into their own and the experience of viewing expansive scenes from above was a sensation. Lithographers took advantage of this interest and began creating overhead views of any subject that they felt might be saleable – particularly those of well-to-do cities. As a benefit for the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library, Hudson City Books at 553 Warren Street is offering an archival inkjet print of one such map – an “Aero-View of Hudson New York”.

The 1923 original, part of the History Collection at the Library, was meticulously cleaned and restored prior to being re-produced using an archival inkjet process. The result is a re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

“The detail is wonderful,” says bookstore owner Karen Montone. “Every time I walk by, I notice something new.” Included in this rendering are the buildings that house the current library and its future home, the Hudson Armory.
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