The Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

The future starts today.

Oral History Instructor Melinda Braathen offers technology training to participants in the Oral History Workshop.

Oral History Instructor Melinda Braathen offers technology training to participants in the Oral History Workshop.

Libraries are changing.  Originally designed for solitary pursuits, they are now centers of activity.  Whether connecting people with resources or with one another, the library has moved beyond a whispered book repository and become a community hub committed to lifelong learning and collaboration.   Today users are exploring an expanding world of ideas, discovering new skills, investigating new fields of knowledge, even learning new languages.

In many ways, the Hudson Area Library has already begun transforming itself into a library of the 21st century. We provide opportunities for community members to connect and collaborate – both with one-another and the world.  We help members in their quest to not only learn, but to create knowledge.  Along the way we have grown to be a resource for finding jobs, earning a high school equivalency diploma and sharing special interests with like-minded enthusiasts.

And while we continue to provide access to a wealth of books for educational and recreational reading, we also support the community in navigating the myriad informational resources available in the digital era.

 It’s a great story.

Imagine this space filled with books, work stations, comfortable reading areas and engaged community members. Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Imagine this space filled with books, work stations, comfortable reading areas and engaged community members. Photo courtesy of Dan Region.

Our voyage started when The Galvan Foundation offered us 13,000 sq. ft. (double that of the current Library) in the Hudson Armory – just one block East of our current building.  They agreed to do all the renovations to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and infrastructure if we would leverage their support and raise funds for the interior.

So we got busy and we did our homework.  We consulted with experts in library design.  We engaged our members through workshops, focus groups and surveys.  We visited the most state-of-the-art libraries being built today.  And we studied how libraries will be used in the future.  Our design allows for a community atmosphere – one that uses libraries not just for solitary study, but for collaboration, creativity, and, yes, even comfort and relaxation.  We’ve created a beautiful, open floor plan; a library built for today and tomorrow.

Our goal is to raise 2 million dollars.

70% of the funds we need – $1.4 million – is for furniture, fixtures and equipment.  Our shopping list includes all the furnishings you’d expect in a typical library – bookshelves, computers, chairs, tables, desks, lighting and cabinets.  It also includes sofas, tablets, e-readers, and a self-checkout station. This will help accommodate the roughly 25 new members we currently welcome each month with more expected once our move is completed.

There is nothing like hands-on learning to expand the horizons of children. Increased programming will be available at the new library.

There is nothing like hands-on learning to expand the horizons of children. Increased programming will be available at the new library.

With the remaining $600,000, we will be able to hire additional staff, thus enabling expanded programming – more lectures, book readings, performances and classes.  It will also allow us to put all that extra floor space to good use by enlarging our collections – print, digital and virtual.  A portion of these funds is also earmarked for seed money towards a long-term reserve account.

Please donate.

We ask you to help steer the Hudson Area Library into the 21st Century.  There is more detailed information throughout this website about donating and other ways that you can help.  If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, feel free to e-mail or phone.  As a library after all, we can definitely help you find what you’re looking for.

Best wishes and thanks.

Theresa Parsons, David Murphy – Co-Chairs

Campaign for the Hudson Area Library