Once a year the Friends of the Hudson Library hold a meeting for members and guests to relate the accomplishments of the past year and explain next year’s strategic plans for helping the Library.

This year’s meeting will be Nov. 14 in the Hudson Library Eldredge Room from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All community residents are invited; however, only Friends members may vote.

Following, from the Friends newsletter, is an analysis of the 2019 Friends activities and support for the Library expressed by Lynn Remly, President of the volunteer organization. It has been a very successful year, with 50 volunteers contributing a total of around 300 hours of work each mongh

Remly also discussed the regular book sales, which according to Treasurer Mary Keidel, have increased 14% in revenue this year.

Remly thanked the community for its support, both in the form of donations and purchases.

"Patrons of the book sales often comment on the quality and variety of the books on our shelves, as well as the attractive display they form," she said. "Because of the volunteers’ efforts in sorting and selling donated books, the Friends will contribute over $30,000 to the Hudson Library and Historical Society by year’s end, a sum that will allow the Library to offer more books and materials and more of the programs that are so popular with patrons in Hudson and beyond."

She added that an emphasis in online sales through Amazon now adds about $500 per month in sales.

"We expect that on-line sales will form an ever-larger contribution to our intake as time goes on, all to the benefit of the Library and its patrons," she said.

She said one of the group’s goals is to increase membership in 2020, and a Membership/Publicity Committee to direct outreach efforts.

"We will continue to make ourselves better known to the Hudson community through articles in the Hub-Times and notices on social media, in the hope that people in the area will support us by becoming members."

Remly said the Friends have prepared a 2020 calendar that highlights monthly themes for the Friends Bookstore. In addition, the monthly theme will be featured in a Bookstore window display to encourage adults and children to browse the store shelves for treasures.

December’s display will offer a Holiday book sale that takes place on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m to purchase books that range in price from 50 cents to 2 dollars.

For information about becoming a Friends member or volunteer, see www.hudsonlibrary.org/support-the-library/friends-of-the-library/