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Look What the Library Has!

by Deena C. Bouknight


The perfect tonic for the incredibly sleepy days of winter – a visit to Hudson Library.


“When in doubt, go to the library.” A quote attributed to J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame – but a comment filled with truth, as Hudson’s librarian can attest.

Not only is winter a time for nestling inside with a good book, but Carlyn Morenus said there is much more that residents and visitors can get out of a library visit. And everything is free!

“They can hang out by our gas fireplace in the Adult Reading Room with a book, magazine, or a friend,” she said. “Assemble a jigsaw puzzle, or take some home with you.”

Plus, select movies will be shown to the public on January 8 and 15, and on February 5 and 19. Or, check out DVD or Blu-ray movies. And content can be streamed through Kanopy, visit their website at fontanalib.kanopy.com.

Beat winter blues by perusing Hudson Library’s music CD collection – everything from classical to country to jazz and pop is available to check out and lift spirits.

The Hudson Library is also a place to get out of the cold and learn a new skill or hobby through MakerTools, which features DIY project opportunities and instruction.

Since children often become stir crazy during the winter season, the wonderful Children’s Room is a way for them to blow off steam and enjoy reading or being read to.

Explained Morenus, “It’s full of interactive play things for the kids (and adults) to enjoy that are mounted on the walls, on the ends of bookshelves … building blocks, puzzle boards, tablets with children’s apps, and much more.” 

While the popular Books & Bites author talk series will be back in the spring/summer, a must-not-miss winter event is “A Sense of Place: Public Readings of Creative Writing About Highlands” on January 10.

Morenus’ teaser for the 2020 Books & Bites includes the names of scheduled authors and dates when they will visit Hudson:

Susan Meissner, “The Last Year of the War” - May 20;

Kimmery Martin, “The Cure for Everything” - June 13;

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White, “All the Ways We Said Goodbye” - July 11;

These programs are free as well, and authors have books available for purchase and signing.

Finally, there is always free Wi-Fi and a notary available at Hudson Library.

Carlyn said everyone should have a library card. It’s easy to obtain one!

Stop by Hudson Library at 544 Main Street. For more information, call (828) 526-3031. Its wireless signal is available 24 hours a day and no membership or password are required.

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