holiday story tie


Join us for stories around the Christmas tree and gingerbread house decorating!
Thursday December 11th beginning at 6:30 pm
Friday December 12th beginning at 10:30 am
Hudson Area Public Library
To enjoy an evening of holiday fun!
Register HERE!





food for fines

food for fines

Hudson Area Library is forgiving fines for patrons who bring, canned goods, boxed meals, or paper products to donate to

The Hudson Love Baskets.

All donations should be within the use-by-date, undented, and unopened.
Donations apply to Hudson Area Library fines only and not for payment of lost library materials.
Please check in at the Circulation Desk to have fines removed from your record.

Please bring items to the library by

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

      Suggested donations are:
Canned goods
Boxed meals and cereals
Paper products

Thank you for your support and donations!


 Looking for something good to read? The Core Collection is a list of recommended books to keep in a library’s collection because they are either classics, well written-popular books, and/or are great representations of a genre of writing. If you want to peruse Hudson’s Core Collection volumes, here is the list! It is listed by author last name.


ancestryUse for free
at the library!

Visit the library and use any of our computers–or bring your own!–to access No login required: click here to access (note: this link only works if you are in the library building!).  Stop by today to start your genealogical research. And if your ancestors lived in or near Hudson, you can do even more in-depth research at the library’s Hudson History Room!


lit guild nov 2014


Join us for the Mother/Daughter Bookclub


death cloud

Teens and their moms hang out, talk about books, and eat snacks! The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 PM. We’ll be discussing Death Cloud by Andrew Lane. Bring your opinions, your appetite, and a list of books you’d like to discuss in the future! To reserve your copies of the book, please call the library for more information at 726-1103 or stop at the front desk. New members are always welcome!

And for December a Book-Into-Movie night:

stardust book into movie






Book Chat


Bookchat will meet Thursday, November 20, Thursday, December 18 and Thursday, January 29 at 10:30 in the Community Room. All are welcome! There’s no assigned reading: bring whatever you’ve been reading lately, and swap book recommendations with others. See you there! 



This graphic is from the book "A Story for Bear."

Going back to school? Get your Library card!

Remember your most important school supply: your library card! It’s your key to success in school, unlocking books for book reports, computers with Internet access, and recreational reading for all ages. Students entering kindergarten may have a library card of their own with their parent’s permission. Start off the school year right: get your library card today!


E-Book News

Overdrive recently updated, which means downloading E-books is easier than ever! To find e-books, click on “Find E-Books and Audio” on the right-hand sidebar. For directions on how to download an e-book using Overdrive, click here:


Hudson Obituary Index Updated

Researching your family’s history? The Hudson History Room is a great place to start. Look for folks who were buried here in town, and/or start your genealogical research, by checking our list of obituaries available in the History Room. Obituary information comes solely from obituaries filed at the Hudson Area Public Library District’s History Room. The full obituaries are located at the Hudson History Room.  All places named within the obituaries are located in Illinois unless otherwise noted. Copies are available at the library for ten cents a page OR by mail for a flat five dollar fee. Click here for the index.


History Room News!

Take a look at the library’s Hudson History Room

You’ll find:

  • Notebooks of Homes in Hudson Village and Township 1838-1930 and 1950 to present
  • Obituaries and military records
  • Information on Hudson and rural schools
  • A collection of Elbert Hubbard books
  • Vintage photographs
  • Historical displays

Click here to access our online content, such as our online obituary and newspaper databases!