Hudson History Walk

Join us August 8, at 6:30pm, for a guided walking tour of Hudson offered by the Hudson History Room. The tour begins at the library. Booklets are available at the library and at the library’s booth at the Hudson Farmer’s Market. Please visit the library or call us at 309-726-1103 to sign up.

Teen Advisory League – Chopped Challenge

Our next TAL meeting will be on Monday, July 26, 2021. We will be having our first Chopped Challenge. Pick up your bag of ingredients between 4 and 5:00 PM to make an incredible appetizer. You will have 1 hour to return with an amazing dish to be judged by a selected panel of judges. Tuesday, July 27 will be the next date for the entree challenge. Wednesday, July 28 will be the dessert challenge day. You won’t want to miss this Teen Summer Reading Program Challenge. Registration is required for this event. You may participate in 1 or all 3 challenges. Top 3 winners of each event will be put in a drawing for the grand prize of $25 VISA Gift Card.

Job Openings

The library is taking applications for part-time library assistants working one to three evenings per week and Saturdays. Duties include checking out to patrons, checking items back in, shelving, helping patrons locate materials, assisting with programming as needed, and other duties as they arise.

Strong customer service skills mandatory. Applicants must be comfortable with computers and are required to learn the library circulation system. Starting wage is $11.00/hour.

Applications may be dropped off in person at the library desk or emailed to

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


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


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


How to search for DVDs in the online catalog

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.