Live Virtual Author Event with Chris Bohjalian

The library has partnered with the Virtual Programming Consortium to bring you a Live Virtual Author Event with Chris Bohjalian.

Join us either from home or in a group setting at the library, followed by discussion, on October 27th, at 6:30pm. Bohjalian will discuss his most recent novel, Hour of the Witch, “a rich and terrifying story… A grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour” (Real Simple). Please register online to attend either in person or from home.

Chris A. Bohjalian is an Armenian-American novelist and the author of 20 novels, including Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls, The Guest Room, and The Flight Attendant. The Flight Attendant has been made into a currently running series on HBO Max.

Literary Guild Book-into-Movie Night

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this “whip-smart and divinely funny” novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).

Join us November 18, at 5:30pm as we discuss Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple then watch the movie inspired by the book. This promises to be a fun discussion. Request your copy of the book at the library desk.

Illinois Juvenile & YA Award Books

The 2022 juvenile and young adult award books are available not only at the library this year; all titles are also available on Axis360 in e-book form and many in e-audiobook form as well.

  • The Monarch Award is for children grades K through 3. Five or more Monarch nominees must be read for children to be eligible to vote.
  • The Bluestem Award is for children grades 3 through 5. Four or more Bluestem nominees must be read for children to be eligible to vote.
  • The Caudill Award is for children grades 4 through 8. Three or more Caudill nominees must be read for children to be eligible to vote.
  • The Lincoln Award is for teens. Four or more Lincoln nominees must be read for teens to be eligible to vote.

The library has a Bluestem Board and a Caudill Board for children eligible to participate in the voting parties to post the books they have read. Make sure your child has been added to the appropriate board when they become eligible and update the board when they’ve read an additional title.

Video Tutorials

How to search the library online catalog

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How to install an e-Resource app to your phone or tablet (Use full screen mode to view)

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How to install and use the RSAcat Mobile app (Use full screen mode to view)

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How to search for DVDs in the online catalog

Internet to Go

Hudson Area Public Library patrons can borrow mobile hot spots to take the internet wherever they go.

A hot spot is a portable device that provides Wi-Fi internet access to computers, phones, or tablets. Library hot spots come with unlimited data and can connect up to 10 devices at a time. So, if you want a reliable internet connection for your devices on vacation or don’t have internet at home and have a project to work on, hot spots are a great option. Our hot spots work anywhere in the U.S. where there is T-mobile coverage.

Rules for borrowing

  • You must be 18 or older to check out a hot spot.
  • 7-day checkout, no renewals.
  • Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • 1 hot spot checkout per household per month.
  • The overdue fee for hot spots is 50 cents per day.
  • Hot spots are deactivated if overdue.
  • If lost or not returned, a $40 charge will be added to the patron’s account.

Explore More Illinois

Library Cardholder Discounts From Museums and Cultural Attractions

Explore More Illinois is a program developed by the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) which allows 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 can 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 to view current attractions and deals.