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“Hello Hudson! I am your new library director, Sam Smith. I am a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a Masters in Library and Information Science and am thrilled to be here! I have been working in libraries for seven years, but have loved them my entire life. I am excited to serve this community and continue the outstanding work of Hudson Area Public Library District!”

~Sam Smith




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On-line registration will begin August 15th
and will close on October 3rd

A Six-week, 30 – 40 Minute Program
for Prekindergarten Ages 3 – 5
Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 OR
Friday mornings beginning at 10:30


Fall Story Time
October 9/10, October 16/17, October 23/24,
October 30/31, November 6/7, and November 13/14

Parents are required to stay in the building during story time.



Come in and grab a Book Haunt sheet!

it's easy to do

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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.


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at the library!

Visit the library and use any of our computers–or bring your own!–to access Ancestry.com. No login required: click here to access ancestry.com (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!


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Join us for the Mother/Daughter Bookclub



Teens and their moms hang out, talk about books, and eat snacks! The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00 PM. We’ll be discussing The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. 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 November:

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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: http://alliance.lib.overdrive.com/35D013B3-14B1-4D29-9AD5-BD9DC766044A/10/50/en/NextGen.htm _________________________________________________________________________________________

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.


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Bookchat meets the second Friday of the month at 3PM 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!



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!