Hudson Library Director E. Leslie Polott shared the variety of activities, programs and services that the Library and Historical Society.
Polott says residents can find out about all of these new projects on the website, e-mail updates (for anyone with a library card) or by stopping into the library itself.
Taking some time to look back at the past year for the Library, Polott said it was a very good year. The American Library Association named Hudson as a Starred Library for the fifth consecutive year. The award is given based on the library's circulation, visits (both more than 1 million), programming and public Internet use.
Take a look at what else Polott had to say:
Q) What’s in store for the Library in the next year and beyond?
We will be offering more and more technology-relate products as the year goes on along with streaming products, including streaming audio. Hopefully we’ll be offering a streaming video product later this year. We already have the digital magazine product. We offer a lot of academic support products, like the universal classroom.
I think that you’ll see some significant changes in how we deliver services in the next couple of years. We’re moving away from the primarily print and multi-media product into more of a digital product. It doesn’t mean we won’t have books in the library, but we will be offering a broader assortment of products to help people. People are using more and more digital products and the library’s going to reflect those changes as well.
Q) How does the library's connection to the Hudson Historical Society give residents unique access to the history of the city?
A) The Hudson Library and Historical Society was created in 1910 as both a library and a historical society. Therefore, as part of our historical society mission, we preserve community resources and use them to help educate Hudson residents about our local history through the use of the primary resource materials we own (letters, deeds, journals, diaries, receipts-cookbooks, photographs, newspapers...as well as through our museum resources such as antiques, pottery, silver, glassware, textiles, clothing...)
We work closely with the Hudson schools to help support their curriculum needs through class visits, workshops and historic reenactments. We also highlight Hudson's history through the use of our 20 plus exhibit cases and vignette room spread throughout our building which contain innovative displays. This helps bring history to life. We also conduct numerous programs throughout the year, many of which deal with historic topics.