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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 (UPDATED 12/01/16):
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th ST
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.

Progress Report – 2/21/2015

Here are photographs that give a closer look at the progress being made on the new Library.

Board President Mark Orton said that the work being done during the past few months, while vital, wasn’t very visible.  “Running electrical wires and plumbing lines in a space as big as the Armory didn’t make much of an impression,” he said.  “But now various aspects of this huge project are coming together and coming together quickly.  Once spaces begin being framed out, we can picture more clearly exactly how the new Library will look when completed.  Given how long we’ve been planning this, it’s really exciting as it comes to fruition.”

It is anticipated that move-in will take place by the end of this year.


This photo shows the western (Short Street) side of the drill shed with framing of the History Room, the Teen Room and a staff Book Processing Room at the center back.



An overall view of the drill shed looking towards Fifth Street. The main entrance is in the center with partitions in place under the mezzanine.


Looking towards the West (Short Street), framing is visible as is the partitioning off of the second floor.


The handicapped accessible ramp with installed stone veneer is in the foreground. Stairs, also covered in stone veneer, are shown towards the center back. A pier, faced with brick, is visible in the foreground.


The view directly across the full expanse of the drill shed from the main entry towards Short St end of Armory.



Fifth St. Front entry/foyer. To the right is the Community Center and on the left are Library offices.


Stairwell to the left when entering by the Fifth Street (Main) entrance. Breakthrough is for elevator.

Watch for the Warren Street Canvas

Perfect Ten students at a Summer event with Perfect Ten Director, Laura Miller

Perfect Ten students at a Summer event with Perfect Ten Director, Laura Miller

Businesses located on Warren Street should be receiving visitors from the organization Perfect Ten After School in the next couple of months. The young women, all local high school students, focus not only on academic skills, but dedication to social interaction as well. Under the watchful eye of Director Laura Miller and Founder Paula Forman, the students will be gathering information to update the listings for the most highly trafficked thoroughfare in Columbia County.

We are working with Perfect Ten and the Hudson Development Corporation to amass an accurate record of all the businesses on and adjacent to Warren Street. We want to build a closer relationship with the business community and the Hudson Walking Guide (an HDC project) will benefit from our canvassing as well.

Until now, no one has put together a comprehensive list of Warren Street businesses. Participation in the Hudson Walking Guide is voluntary as is membership in the Chamber of Commerce. We want to document it all – first floor, second floor, back rooms, anyplace there is a business, we’d like to record it.

Keep your eyes open for these students. Offer them a handshake and maybe even a tour. This is a perfect example of how community outreach can benefit everyone

Reserve Your Ticket for the Steamboats on the Hudson Talk by Peter Stott

Bard_Dewitt_Clinton_MMFloating palaces. That’s what they were called. They were modern, elegant, and F-A-S-T. For almost a quarter of a century, there were more than 100 steamboats traveling up and down the Hudson River. Commercial steamboat travel was instrumental in establishing the wealth and power of riverfront communities. And steamboat captains were the lords of their domain – often praised for their courteousness and quick response to emergencies.

Come hear Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and author of Looking for Work, in an illustrated talk on this alluring and romantic mode of travel. The talk will focus on steamboats and their captains during the heyday of river travel – 1824–1839. Refreshments included.

The talk with be held on Saturday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm at TK Home and Garden, 441 Warren St., 2nd Floor. Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved at the Hudson Area Library office or online (see instructions below). All proceeds benefit the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

To reserve a ticket for the Peter Stott lecture, click the add to cart button below. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket, you can change the quantity in your cart.