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New Hudson library expected to open Tuesday

The letters identifying the new building are real now. They were previously computer-generated on literature and pasted out during a recent fund-raising effort. The building is a total of 41,165 square feet, 30,000 is dedicated to the library, circulation and support. The remaining square footage houses the Hudson Police Department. Photo by Margaret Ontl1 / 2
Staff at the Hudson Area Joint Library paused last Friday for this photo during a get-acquainted tour of their new building. From the left are, front, Linda Donaldson, Carol Kojis, Joan Bushman and Jenny Jochimsen; second row, Amy Richardson, Hannah Simonson, Carisa Byers, Carol Hardin and Mary Davis. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 2

If all goes as planned, the doors will open at the new Hudson Area Joint Library at the corner of First and Vine streets on Tuesday, July 6.

The library's new home at 700 First St. occupies a large portion of the former NMC building, which was originally built as the corporate headquarters of Erickson Diversified. The city of Hudson purchased the building earlier this year. In addition to the space leased to the library, the Hudson Police Department relocated to a separate portion of the building in April.

The new library is substantially bigger than the former location at 911 Fourth St. Situated with a view of the St. Croix River, Lakefront Park and across the street from The Phipps Center for the Arts, the main floor contains a large atrium, computers, the periodicals, administrative offices and more.

The Children's Library is located upstairs along with adult fiction, non-fiction and the history room. The large second-floor meeting room will be used for library board meetings as well as for community uses. There is also a story room that will include the Children's Library puppet stage and the site of the very popular story hour.

The library has been closed since the end of May. The books and shelves were professionally packed and the move of more than 68,000 volumes was completed in just three days. The staff packed and moved everything else.

The staff will hit the ground running at their new home with the first of the Children's Summer Reading programs, Wiggles and Giggles, for ages 3-5 years, on Tuesday night from 7-7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. This program runs through Aug. 20 in the story room of the Children's Library on the second floor.

The schedule also includes "Rhyme Time Baby," the story time for "babies to talking" and their caregivers, on Wednesdays, beginning July 7 and running through Aug. 18 at a new time, 4 p.m.

"Walkey-Talkey," story time for those talking to age 3 with their caregivers, is scheduled for Monday and Wednesdays beginning July 7 at 11:15 a.m.

Registration is not required for any of the preschool programs.

Already underway is "Make a Splash," the summer program for grade school, preteen and teen students. The grade school programs are being held at the Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living facility at 3001 Hanley Road. The programs are Tuesdays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 10 and have titles like "Mad Science," "Pirates: Wild River Arts," "Green Wise Kids" readers theater, and a DNR presentation entitled "Foil Alien Water Species.

The library is also offering "Rewards for Reading." Students ages 10 and up are encouraged to read and complete a reading log and bring it into the library for a gift and other weekly incentives. The log can be downloaded from the library website.

And beginning this month, teachers from Willow River Elementary are volunteering their time to read aloud to their students and anyone else who shows up on Wednesdays in July beginning at 1 p.m. The teachers will read for 30 minutes and then spend another half hour helping students pick out books to read themselves.

Complete information on all the summer reading programs can be found on the library website.

The library will open as planned following the final inspection of the new elevator, which was expected to take place earlier this week. A grand opening celebration is being planned for the fall. For the most up-to-date information on the library, go to or call (715) 386-3101.