Library News

Library news for October 1, 2012

Teen Read Week

“It Came from the Library!” is the theme for this year’s Teen Read Week.™ Observed from October 14-20, Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and the chance to win prizes at the Hudson Library.

Teens may sign up to be a part of a live tableau in of “Teens Reading This Week,” which will be staged in the library’s first floor lobby.  Hourly reading shifts are available after school, evenings and weekends during normal library hours.  The participant’s name will be entered in a prize drawing for each hour read.

Interested teens may sign up at the information desk near the children’s area. To make it more fun, teens are encouraged to sign up with a friend. Free refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library.

The Hudson Library is one of thousands of libraries across the world celebrating Teen Read Week with  programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials and free events. It’s a great time to reach out to teens who aren’t regular users and encourage them to discover the many reading options such as books, magazines, ebooks and audiobooks, as well as the free services the library can offer them.

Teens have so many options for entertainment that it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure. Reading is fun and relaxing and something that they can do for free just about anywhere. In addition, reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.  Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce.

Teen Read Week™ is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.  It’s held annually during the third week of October. An updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations can be found at the Web site,

Community Scan Day is fast approaching

The Community Scan Day, hosted by Hudson Area Library and the St. Croix County Historical Society, is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 3.  Have you started looking through your old family photos and documents for items to digitize?

We’d love to see any items that reflect the local history, people, places and events in Hudson and the surrounding area.  For example, please bring any photos of local homes, businesses, churches, schools, social events, past residents, or landmarks.  The Toll Bridge, the St. Croix River, military items, and local railroads are other topics of interest. Limit 10-20 items per person.

This is your chance to get your old photos digitized for free, and to contribute to a local history collection which family, friends and the public will be able to view online. Help us tell Hudson’s story at the Community Scan Day!

The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street, in room 219 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  No registration is necessary, and items will be scanned on a first come, first served basis. This a free event, however donations are appreciated.  Please call the library at 715-386-3101 with questions.

Online and print genealogy resources available from the library

    If you’re interested in the Community Scan Day, you may also be interested in the valuable genealogy resources offered through the MORE library system.  On the MORE Catalog web site, click on “Research Page” located about halfway down the page next to the image of a laptop.  On the Research Page, look for the “Genealogy and Local History” category. Some available resources of interest are:

  • Heritage Quest Online - Heritage Quest allows users to search census records from 1790-1930; the text of books and local histories by name or place; selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files; and other databases with historical and genealogical information.  You will need your library card to sign in to use this database.
  • - Through the library, you can access’s fantastic resources for doing genealogical research.  However, you must be using a library computer to access it.  Use Ancestry, you can search for relatives through census and voter lists; birth, marriage and death records; immigration and travel papers; and newspapers and periodicals.  You can also download templates and forms for mapping and organizing your research.
  • Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, St. Croix, and Rusk Counties: Local History Collection - This collection of images is hosted by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, and is made up of selections from local public library history collections.  
  • Links to genealogy and historic image resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The library has also recently purchased some new genealogy-related books.  Look for them and our other books about genealogy at the Community Scan Day.  They are Tracing your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition by John Grenham, and Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials edited by Carol Smallwood and Elaine Williams.  The Hudson Area Library History Room, located on the second floor of the library, is also full of resources for local history buffs.

Story Times

Come join us for preschool and baby story times!  Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, puppets and action activities. No registration is required for any of the programs.  

  • Rhyme Time Baby Story Time - Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. Ages birth to talking.
  • Walkey-Talkey Story Time - Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15 a.m. Talking to 3 years.
  • Wiggles and Giggles Story Time - Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Ages 3 to 5 years.

Author Michael Perry to visit the library

Join us at the library to hear author Michael Perry. He is a humorist and author of several bestselling memoirs including Population 485, Truck, Coop, Off Main Street essay collection and his latest memoir, Visiting Tom. He will be at the library on Friday, October 26 at 6:30 pm. There is free admission. To reserve a seat, call the library (715-386-3101) or stop at the circulation desk. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place Nov. 7-10 in the lobby of the library. Book donations are gratefully accepted and tax deductible.  Hours for the sale are as follows:

            Wednesday, November 7 from 10 am to 8 pm
            Thursday, November 8 from 10 am to 8 pm
            Friday, November 9 from 10 am to 6 pm
            Saturday, November 10 from 10 am to 3 pm

Teen Book Club book is part of statewide reading campaign

This month’s Teen Book Club selection, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, is one of October’s featured Read On Wisconsin titles.  Read On Wisconsin is a statewide literacy program that promotes high-quality books for kids and teens.  It was originally started as an online book club by former Wisconsin First lady Jessica Doyle, and is now run by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

There is a copy of Anya’s Ghost, a graphic novel about a high school girl who falls down a welland befriends a ghost, available for walk-in reading at the children’s desk in the library.  A perfect choice to read during the “Teens Reading This Week” live tableau during Teen Read Week!

On-going monthly programs and meetings:

---Teen Book Club, Thursday, October 25, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
---Mystery Book Club, Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Faithful Place, by Tana French
---Bookmarks Book Club, Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 a.m., The Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
---Page Turners Book Club, Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m., The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach