Check Out Our Magazines

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Aug 162019

If you haven’t checked out our magazines lately, you haven’t checked out our magazines! We have a number of new titles as well as old favorites! Check them out!

The Wonder Years: Parenting Teens

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Aug 132019

The developmental period of adolescence is a whole new parenting experience. You can one moment be filled with joy over your child’s growing independence and, in the next, terrified by the risks and challenges they face. Elizabeth Hamilton from will present a discussion for the parents of teens and preteens on September 17 at 6:30pm. Please register for this program online or by calling the library.

Teen Advisory League

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Jul 182019

Teens, be a part of what’s happening at the library!! Teen Advisory League meets monthly on the 4th Monday at 6pm to discuss books, games, movies and more!! Refreshments will be served!! Register on the Teen Advisory League page to let Mrs. Johnson know you can be there!!

Explore More Illinois

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Apr 012019

Library Cardholder Discounts From Museums and Cultural Attractions

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) is developing a new online program to allow cardholders from participating RAILS libraries to reserve free passes, discount admission, and other incentives from cultural attractions in Illinois, such as museums, cultural centers, zoos, aquariums, gardens, historical societies, etc.

With your Hudson library card you will be able to take advantage of free/discounted admission and other deals from a wide variety of Illinois museums and cultural attractions. Visit the Explore More Illinois FAQ page.

Go to Explore More Illinois reservation page.

Attraction of the Month
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum uses a combination of scholarship and showmanship to immerse visitors in Lincoln’s life and times. As an Explore More Illinois attraction, they are offering $2 off the price of a regular adult admission. 

The following new exhibits are on display for limited times and are included with museum admission. In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II, All Aboard: America’s Love of Railroads, and C-SPAN’s traveling exhibit American Presidents: Life Portraits.

Participating Attractions

  • 1950s Park Forest House Museum / Park Forest
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum / Springfield
  • American Toby Jug Museum / Evanston
  • Central Illinois Connection Center / Chatsworth
  • Chicago Children’s Museum / Chicago
  • Chicago Maritime Museum / Chicago
  • Discovery Center Museum / Rockford
  • DuSable Musem of African American History Museum / Chicago
  • Edwards Place / Springfield
  • Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park / Oak Park
  • Homewood Science Center / Homewood
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum / Skokie
  • Kankakee County Museum / Kankakee
  • Kidzeum of Health and Science / Springfield
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art / Evanston
  • Momence Heritage Days / Momence
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College / Chicago
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum / Peoria
  • Springfield Arts Association / Springfield
  • Viking Ship / Geneva

This list was last updated on May 9, 2019. The list of participating and attractions and their offers are subject to change. Please log into Explore More Illinois to see the most current offerings.

Book Chat

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Jan 162019

Book Chat meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30am. Join our eclectic group of readers as we discuss all the great stuff we’re reading and all that’s on our “to read” lists!! We meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Upcoming dates: July 24, August 22, and September 26.

Knit & Crochet Group

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Jan 162019

The Knit and Crochet group meets every other Wednesday at 1:00pm to craft items for donation to local charities. We are currently crafting for the Boys and Girls Clubs. This is a fun and chatty group, and new members are a treat!

Yarn is provided. Can’t make it to the meetings? Pick up some yarn at the Library then drop off your finished projects! Watch the Library calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Core Collection

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Jan 112019

The Core Collection is a selection of classics, well-written popular books, and great representations of a genre. View our Library’s Core Collection list or browse our shelves to locate books with a Core Collection label.

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Jan 112019

Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

You can use on a library computer or your own device when you are logged in to the library’s wifi.


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Jan 112019
What Will You Read Next?

With NoveList you can discover read-alikes for your favorite book, series or author. You can find out what book comes next in a series, create lists of books you’ve read or want to read. NoveList keeps you up to date with new releases and award lists. You can print or download discussion questions for book groups and much, much more!

The link to NoveList is in the QuickLinks section of the sidebar to the right. Simply sign in with your library card number and find your next great read!