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Hudson Area Joint Library is near Lakefront Park area

The new location for the Hudson Library has been a hit. From February to May this year, over 56,000 people have walked through their doors. And compared to their circulation from early last year, their circulation has increased 32 percent.

Located at 700 First St., the Hudson Area Joint Library now occupies most of the building at the corner of Vine and First streets, across from Lakefront Park and the St. Croix river and right next door to The Phipps Center for the Arts.

The library leases its new space from the City of Hudson who owns the building. The Hudson Police Department occupies a portion of the building as well.

The library is flooded with natural light from numerous large windows and has many environmentally friendly features.

The first floor includes a spacious atrium, the circulation desk, computer lab and study rooms. The second floor which is accessible via a wide, winding stairwell or by elevator, is home to the children's library and storyroom, adult fiction and non-fiction, and the periodicals. These is also a history room, a special area for teens and several meeting rooms as well as the Friends of the Library Bookstore. The new library also offers community meeting rooms and provides much needed work and office space for library employees.

The Hudson Area Joint Library reflects the collaboration of the city of Hudson, the village of North Hudson and the towns of Hudson and St. Joseph. The partnership has enabled the Hudson library to receive 100 percent of library tax money collected from the participating municipalities, thus increasing the funding. The board includes representatives from each municipality.

The library offers MORE, My Online Resource catalog that provides access to cardholders from any of the 35-plus libraries in the MORE system to go online and reserve books, check their patron records for due dates or fines, and renew their books. This online service is available 24-7 at Patrons can also access an array of books and download them to their computer through this Web site.

The library's collection of more than 68,000 books, magazines and other literature coexist with Internet and word-processing stations. The library offers books on CDs, DVDs, videos, recorded music and an increasing number items now available for MP3 players.

Children's programs are conducted year-round. The summer reading programs which served more than 1,000 readers in 2009, have different themes each year and encourage children to read during summer vacation. One of their most popular programs is the pre-school reading program that has a spring, summer and fall session. There are also books clubs for both young readers and adults.

The library has wireless connections for anyone with a laptop computer to connect to the Internet from the lobby or main library area.

The library also sponsors a book club that is open to the public. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month.

The library's hours are 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.