Job Opening

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Apr 182019

Hudson Area Public Library seeks a part-time library assistant for approximately 15 hours per week.  Duties include processing interlibrary loan, charging & discharging materials, working with patrons, and other duties as assigned.

Strong customer service skills mandatory.  Applicants must be comfortable with computers, have a knowledge of spreadsheet software, and are required to learn library circulation system.

Must be available Monday through Thursday evenings and occasional Fridays and Saturdays. Applications may be emailed to or dropped off in person at the library during regular hours.

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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.

BiblioBoard Library

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Apr 012019

eRead Illinois has partnered with BiblioLabs to bring you a collection of e-books that’s available to any Illinois resident. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login.

The BiblioBoard platform features a collection from Recovering the Classics (which features public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images), a curated Popup Picks collection that changes quarterly, as well as collections from the Bodleian Library and the BiblioBoard Core. There is no limit on simultaneous use; items in the collection can be read by 1 or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles. Visit BiblioBoard.

Dolores Bauman 1942-2019

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Mar 192019

We are sad to relate the passing of Dolores Bauman, Hudson Area Public Library Director from 1991 to 2005. Her obituary is below.

October 08, 1942 – March 17, 2019

Dolores M. (Godshall) Bauman, 76, of Pennsburg, PA, formerly of Normal, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 in the hospice unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA.

She was the loving wife of Wilbur E. Bauman for 53 years. Dolores was born in Harleysville, PA to the late Stanley and Minerva (Landis) Godshall.

A graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in 1960, she graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1966 with a degree in elementary education.

Dolores will be remembered for her gregarious personality and contagious laugh. She enjoyed volunteering for Care & Share Book Shoppe, Souderton from 2010 to 2017. She served as Library Director at the Hudson Area Public Library District, Hudson, IL from 1991 to 2005. During the 80’s she worked as “Story Lady” in the Unit 5 School District, Normal, IL. Dolores began her career in the late 60’s teaching elementary school in Green Lane, PA.

Dolores was a member of Salford Mennonite Church, where she was a pastoral care visitor and a member of the sewing circle. She had also been a member of Mennonite Church of Normal in Normal, IL, and First Deaf Mennonite Church in Lancaster, PA, where she was active in Sunday School and Bible School programs.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbur; her daughter Angie D. Clemens (married to Jim) of Dayton, VA; her son Tony D. Bauman (married to Pam) of Bloomington, IL; her grandchildren Alex, Lena, Adam, and Emily; her brothers Leon Godshall (married to Carol) of East Petersburg, PA, Samuel Godshall (married to Sharon) of Harleysville, PA, Luke Godshall (married to Suzanne) of Springfield, VA, and Glenn Godshall (married to Cindy) of Souderton, PA; and her sister Norell Godshall of Ambler, PA.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 31st, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff’s Mill Road, Harleysville, PA 19438. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff’s Mill Road, Harleysville, PA 19438 c/o Sewing Circle, and to the Care & Share Thrift Shoppes, 783 Route 113, Souderton, PA 18964 c/o Book Shoppe.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, PA 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit

Book Chat

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Jan 162019

Book Chat meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30am. Come and discuss what you’ve been reading with other fun and friendly readers! This is a quick peek at some of the books we read in March!

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. 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!