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Be part of the FOOD CHAIN!

Help the Hudson Area Library and have some FUN!

  • Get together with friends over this winter to chase away the winter blahs.
  • Be a guest at follow-up parties …have a great social season.
  • Have a party while feeling good about giving.
  • Get to know your neighbors (or have an excuse to check out your neighbors!)
  • Try out all those recipes you’ve been clipping.

dinner-party 5Here’s how it works

  • Invite friends to your house for a meal.
  • Charge them a fee.
  • Send that fee to the Library.
  • Encourage each guest to repeat the process at their house.

Invite 2 people, 6 people or 50 people. Whatever is comfortable for you – it’s your party! Consider using this as an opportunity to meet your neighbors, help a newcomer in town to get settled, or renew old acquaintances. Use the library as an excuse to widen your circle!

Dinner party 8Charge $20.00 or $100.00 per person – or anywhere in between. You decide. Use the complexity of the meal as your guide. How much would your guests spend on a restaurant entrée of cheeseburger and French fries? How much for rack of lamb or pasta? Do you love 5 course formal spreads? Or a quick casserole? Serve lobster and caviar or SPAM. (Well, maybe we should draw the line….) Your choice. And don’t be limited by the time of day. A delicious lunch or pancake-filled morning works just as well.

Consider some library related entertainment. Know an author who’ll contribute a reading? Have your guests dress as their favorite literary character. Maybe the kids want to “Show and Tell” a favorite book. Or choose a “food” book: Diane Mott Davidson’s Dying for Chocolate (1993) is filled with mouth-watering recipes.

Make all checks payable to “Hudson Area Library”. Put Food Chain on the memo line.

Send to:
Hudson Area Library
Box 830
Hudson, NY 12534

Print out an instruction page and give it to each guest. We want each of them to have a dinner party too. Same rules apply. And, hopefully, they’ll pass on the FOOD CHAIN within 2 months (or sooner).

In the best possible way, this is a pyramid scheme made for our cause! So join in. Send out those invites and help the Hudson Area Library serve the community in its new digs.

Pooh’s World Comes Alive – for Adults

Kathryn Aalto at Spotty Dog Books & Ale Thursday, November 19 at 7PM

Eeyore's House - photo by Kathyn ASalto

Eeyore’s House – photo by Kathyn Aalto

In southeast England there exists a 6,000 acre tract of land that is among the most beloved (and protected) on earth – the Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the hundreds of illustrations published in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. And yet, as certain as readers are of the look of the Hundred Acre Woods, few have known that there is a real place that provided the origin for E.H. Shepherd’s iconographic drawings. The photo is one of several of Eeyore’s houses that children and adults build annually in Ashdown Forest.

Map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s World

On Thursday, November 19th, landscape designer and author, Kathryn Aalto, will be sharing her photos of Ashdown Forest along with her “map” of Pooh’s world. In her only Hudson Valley appearance, Aalto will be at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson beginning at 7:00pm. A portion of book sales will benefit the Campaign for the NEW Hudson Area Library. Continue reading

Ghostly Gallop Runs into the Record Books

Kids take off on 1 mile event

Kids take off on 1 mile event

Thanks to the more than 300 people who made Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop a huge success! The weather was perfect for running, the crowds cheered every participant, almost 80 children crossed the finish line and even a couple dogs and a few “stroller babies” were seen on the course.  Several competitors praised the new course and the addition of chip timing – giving them a “personal best” to try to beat during the coming year.

More than 20 sponsors helped – either through donations or in-kind gifts of goods or services.  Those generous donations covered the costs of the event.  Other anonymous sponsors helped underwrite the participation of the kids – offsetting a portion of their registration fees. Continue reading

The Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

imageThe future starts today

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