Founded in 1951, the Friends of the Library is a volunteer organization that turns books into dollars through the sale of used books donated by the community.
These profits go to the Hudson Library and Historical Society to fund improvements, resources and materials. Only through the generous contributions of books from the community and the dedication of volunteers can the Friends donate so generously.
Donations totaling more than $30,000 were made to the Hudson Library in 2017 for the purchase of adult, juvenile and large print books; adult DVDs; adult programming; Library Cafe support; the Summer Reading Program; and the annual $1,000 gift to the Perry Noe STEM Grant.
The Perry Noe STEM Grant was started in January 2016 and honors Perry Noe, who led the Friends as its president from 2003 to 2015. It helps fund an initiative for youth services that provides curriculum enrichment for teens, tweens and children in science technology, engineering and math. Programs focusing on basic and advanced coding, scratch, gaming and related topics have been offered and collaborations with entrepreneurs and academic institutions will form productive programs in the future.
This program has proved successful and the library reports that classes were filled throughout 2017.
To create this funding, the Friends conducts two full-day sales the first Saturday and third Thursday of each month with sales every Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon. Throughout the year, special sales are conducted to coordinate with events at the library. Credit cards are now accepted, which has improved sales as well as provided a convenience to customers.
Visit the Friends to see the inventory, purchase books at savings, donate books to keep the shelves full, volunteer time to help the sorters and/or sellers and become a Friends member to show support. January 2018 is membership month and we invite people to join.
Membership dues include: individual $15; family $25; student $10; patron $50; sustaining member $100; and benefactor $200. All are for one year. Contact Karin Hensel at 330-730-9109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for membership information. Memberships are accepted throughout the year.
The Friends thank Hudson residents for supporting the group through the years. The Friends could not succeed in their efforts, officials say, without the help of donations and volunteered time.