Director’s Daily Storm Damage Update

September 20, 2021 We are meeting with the insurance adjuster this week and should be able to report soon about the status of library services. Clearly we’ll be closed awhile for cleaning and repairs, but we want to offer curbside service as soon as possible. All programs for the week of Sept. 20 are canceled.… Read more »

Fall Programming

This fall the library is so excited to return to indoor, in-person programming! We’re bringing back old standbys and adding in some new.  All our storytime sessions will be back including PJ Storytime and Adult Storytime on Thursday evenings. STEM program opportunities include hands-on Science Guy Tuesdays and Girls Who Code, both scheduled to begin… Read more »

Visit our YouTube Channel!

Have you visited our YouTube channel? On it you will find STEM videos, storytime, instructional videos and more. We have content for all ages. Subscribe (for free) by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to a local business of your choice. Currently, we have around 150 subscribers. For… Read more »

Libraries and Parents Provide Strategies for Virtual School Success

  Many families are adjusting to at-home learning this fall. Join a panel of local parents who are experienced with virtual schooling to learn about some of their strategies that keep home life and school life both running smoothly. In this Zoom event on October 12 at 6:30 you’ll have a chance to ask your own questions, too. Sponsored… Read more »

Expanded Hours

On any given non-pandemic day, the library’s computer stations are nearly full from morning to night. Patrons write resumes, research family history, check email or simply surf the web for recipes. That’s all changed during COVID because of the library’s short hours, capacity limits and social distancing, so we’ve reimagined our technology resources to support… Read more »

Senior Living Facility Book Delivery

When the library reopened, we noticed a trend: Returning patrons were mostly middle age or younger. What happened to our senior citizens? Not surprisingly, many of them are COVID-cautious. They’re simply avoiding trips. The library offers contactless curbside pickup, too, but transportation can be an issue. The library is now delivering bins of books to… Read more »

Take Home Play Kits

Young kids like the library’s books, but there’s something else that keeps them coming. They love our selection of toys, games and puzzles. Those items have been stored since March because of the pandemic, so we created a series of fun play kits for families to check out and take home. The kits complement our… Read more »

We’re Open!

The Hudson Area Public Library will reopen for patron visits beginning Monday, July 6. The re-opening plan calls for limited hours and caps on number of visitors. “We’re thrilled to get people back in the building, but the top priority is the safety of patrons and staff. We’re taking a cautious approach. We appreciate everyone’s… Read more »

Bittersweet Departure, Tremendous Gratitude

From the smoky hills of Tennessee, I arrived in Hudson on a crisp October morning in 2015, with no idea of the challenges that lay ahead of me. At that time, the library was closed on Mondays, programming was minimal, and the issues of the past hung over the library like a shadow that stifles… Read more »

Reopening Status

When the WI Supreme Court struck down the governor’s “Safer at Home” order, people poured into downtown Hudson. The desire for our pre-pandemic lives is clear. Your library staff members are tackling the question of when and how to open the Hudson Area Public Library. (For information about other regional libraries, please check their websites.)… Read more »