Join the Literary Guild

Good Riddance, a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an “enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist” (Washington Post), is the May selection for the Literary Guild. Request your copy at the library desk and join us for “an enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent [and] wholly original” discussion. Literary Guild meets Thursday, May 20, at 7pm.

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.

Hudson’s Reads 2021

This year’s must-reads according to your friends and neighbors (in no particular order):

  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
  • The Hope Chest, The Summer Cottage, The Recipe Box, and The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
  • Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson
  • The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  • Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristin Welch

Pandemic Tales

The library is dedicated to preserving all areas of Hudson History through the work that goes on in the Hudson History Room. We are living through unprecedented and historic times right now. The History Room wants to know about the experiences of Hudson residents so that we can record and pass on our shared story to future generations of Hudson residents. Take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire and tell us about your experiences with COVID-19. Feel free to share the link with your friends, neighbors, and family so we can get as many responses as possible.

Eventually, we would like to create a collection of responses and artifacts from this time in the History Room so the more responses we get, the more complete the collection will be! Thank you for your help.

Make Your Card Work for You!

Now is the perfect time to explore our great selection of e-resources available through the online catalog, RSAcat Mobile app, Axis360, Libby, OverDrive, Tumblebooks, and BiblioBoard. If you do not know your PIN, please email us at so we can reset it for you. We have video tutorials to help you learn how to search the catalog to place a hold, install the RSAcat Mobile app to your phone, and install e-resource apps so you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home. Do you need a card? Start here!

Say Goodbye to Overdue Fines!

The Library Board has voted to cease collection of fines for overdue materials. If you borrow it, bring it back. If you need it a little longer, go ahead and renew it. If you get an overdue notice, it’s a friendly reminder to renew or return. Returning library materials is just doing your neighbor a favor. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items still apply.

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. They connect to 4G LTE speeds through a cellular network. 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 Sprint mobile coverage.

Rules for borrowing

  • You must be 18 or older to check out a hot spot.
  • 7-day checkout.
  • 1 renewal on units without holds.
  • 2 of our hot spots can be placed on hold via the online catalog just like a book. The other 2 are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Holds will remain on the hold shelf for pickup for 2 days then pass to the next user.
  • 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.