Parties & Openings
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Feb. 18 - Hudson
Charity Sock Auction
The Hudson Area Library, Chapter 1: A New Beginning
Lisa Green reports from Hudson. It takes a village to support (and use) a public library, so it wasn’t surprising to see a sizable crowd turn out for the ribbon cutting of the new Hudson Area Library on Saturday, April 9. The move to the former Hudson Armory (built in 1896 for $6,000) was seven years in the making. “Our metaphorical journey of a thousand miles led us two blocks from where we began,” said the library’s past board president Theresa Parsons. Now the grand building has been repurposed as a welcoming home base not just for the library but also for the Perfect 10 After School program and the Hudson Senior Center. The open-plan first floor is equipped with excellent wi-fi, tables topped with computers, comfy seating areas, a community/performance room, and a history room. “This is an anchor for community life,” said David Kent of the Galvan Foundation, which took on the task and expenses of renovating the building. Following remarks by Parsons, Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Congressman Chris Gibson, the crowd recited the pledge of allegiance and applauded as the honor guard marched. The children in the crowed helped hold onto the official ribbon that was cut by the board of trustees president David Murphy, and Emily Chameides, library director. It wasn’t but a few minutes until the computers were in use, the kids section had a crowd of little ones looking at books, and librarians were busy issuing library cards. Just a day in the life of a well-used, well-loved library. [Above, Chris Gibson and Theresa Parsons look on as Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton addresses the community.]
Hudson Post 184 American Legion honor guard added pomp to the circumstance; board of trustees president David Murphy and Emily Chameides, library director, share the scissors at the ribbon cutting.
The crowd files in; Lisa Durfee, owner of Five & Diamond Vintage Clothing and Lucy Nathanson, owner of Chapeaux de Lulu, admire the new library.
David Murphy with Ellen Henderson, a retired library employee and now a volunteer; Peg Patterson of Dish Hudson and Marc Robins.
Erica Kane, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Zoe Hamilton, and Lisa Walsh.