Time for 2’s

Children who are 2 years old before June 10th and will not turn 3 years old before July 22 are invited to register for our 2-year-old Story Time Pilot program during Summer Reading. Meeting times will be on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM on June 10, 17, 24, and July 8, 15, and 22. Parent/Guardian will be present in the room with their child. Limited registration is available until June 3, or until the class is full. Register here.

Aspiring Authors, Meet Inkie.org

Inkie.org is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

Inkie.org allows you to:

  • Create an ebook from your manuscript
  • Share your ebook with Illinois readers
  • Enter your work in an annual contest for Soon-to-be-Famous Illinois Authors

Inkie.org Library connects readers to local authors and community collections.

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

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.