The Friends of the Library is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing enrichment, advocacy and support to the library community.
After 40 years of continuous well-organized activities, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a modification of the way the Friends have traditionally provided support of Rodgers Memorial Library services. To reduce risk to our regular Second Hand Prose customers, we have temporarily suspended monthly sales at the Hills Building. We will advise you of future adjustments to our programming.
Click here to read about the history of the Friends.
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The Friends meet the third Tuesday of September, November, January, March, and May, from 7-9pm. Currently the Business Meetings are held virtually and all are welcome to attend. Registration for meetings can be made on the Library’s Event calendar for the appropriate month. Click here to register.
The slate of 2020-2021 Friends officers are:
- President: Susan Gould
- Vice-President: Janice Walsh
- Treasurer: Linda Kipnes
- Recording Secretary: Margaret Femia
- Corresponding Secretary: Susan Malen
What do the Friends do?
The Friends support and provide funding for a variety of Library programs, including:
- The Leonard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship, which has been awarded to graduating Hudson high school seniors since 2002 (see below for more information),
- The Annual Visit with Santa,
- Seasonal Library decorations,
- Summer Reading Program prizes for community children,
- Prizes for National Poetry Week, and
- Recognition for Library staff and volunteers during National Library Week each April.
In addition, the Friends supplement Library equipment, devices which include a 3-D Printer, a Telescope, and Early Literacy Learning Kits for the Children’s Room. Annual movie licenses and several museum passes which enhance learning activities for Hudson families are also provided by the Friends.
The Friends sponsor or co-sponsor enrichment activities including Author Forums and NH Humanities Council Speakers and Concerts.
The Friends hold monthly opportunities for community members to select gently pre-owned books and electronic media at Second Hand Prose (SHP) sessions on the lower level of the Hills Memorial Library. There is also a small kiosk at the Rodgers Library where pre-owned books, CD’s and DVD’s can be purchased. Proceeds from these sales are dedicated to Library enrichment.
- 2019 Report (PDF)
- 2018 Report (PDF)
- 2017 Report (PDF)
- 2016 Report (PDF)
- 2015 Report (PDF)
- 2014 Report (PDF)
- 2013 Report (PDF)
- 2012 Report (PDF)
- 2011 Report (PDF)
- 2010 Report (PDF)
- 2009 Report (PDF)
- 2008 Report (PDF)
- 2007 Report (PDF)
- 2006 Report (PDF)
- 2005 Report (PDF)
Leonard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2002, this scholarship honors the memory of Lenny Smith, one of Hudson’s long-time public servants and a strong library advocate. The Friends award the scholarship annually to graduating seniors who are Hudson residents. Applicants are asked to write an essay about the impact that access to libraries has had on their high school years. Scholarship forms are available by clicking on the links below, or stop by the library to pick one up in person. Applications are due by May 15.
Join the Friends!
NOTE: Membership dues have been waived for 2020-2021 but we encourage you to stay involved in our committee work and planning for the future. Among the current committees are Publicity, Membership, Scholarship, Special Events, and Social Media.
Membership categories include Individual, Family, Patron, and Business Members including support from:
America’s Pets 2018
Brox Industries 2016
Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Homes 2000
Early Start Learning Academy 2002
Enterprise Bank 2016
French Insurance Agency 2000
Friend Lumber 2018
Granite Subaru 2018
Hudson True Value Hardware 2001
Kendall Pond Pizza 2018
Kiwanis of Hudson, Inc. 2001
Soucy Financial Services / Nationwide Insurance 2018
Sousa Realty and Development Co. 2001
Suzie’s Diner 2019
Today’s Image Hair 2000