The War Memorial Library in Hudson is a non-profit registered charity providing a subscription library of printed and digital materials, primarily in the English language, to the residents of Hudson, Quebec and surrounding communities.Operated by volunteers, the Library is self-financing through membership fees, donations and fund raising activities. The Library in turn donates, to local charities, funds in excess of its own needs.The building and the Library serve as a memorial to those in Hudson who served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Write Stuff - Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak is a Polish-Canadian novelist, who came to Canada in 1981 to study at McGill University. She remained here after imposition of martial law prevented her from returning to Poland. After working at Radio Canada for two years, she moved to Toronto to teach at Sheridan College, and her first acclaimed novel Necessary Lies was published in 2000.  The library has just acquired her latest novel, The Chosen Maiden. Blending fact with fiction, it tells the story of the Nijinsky siblings, Bronia and Vaslav, and how Bronia fights to be recognised as a ballet dancer in the shadow of her brother, deemed a prodigy. For more details click here.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hudson Box Office (HBO) - The French Village

The library has just acquired the first series of Un Village Francais, a French television drama series. It is set in June 1940 in the fictional village of Villeneuve, along the French-Swiss border. The village is thrown into dissary by the occupying German military who quickly take control of all aspects of village life. This is a gripping, historically accurate period drama, exploring resistance and collaboration. From schoolteacher to doctor to businessman to chief of police, the village inhabitants must make tough choices under German rule, when the slightest mistake can have fatal consequences. It stars Robin Renucci and Audrey Fleurot. Click here for more details.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Have Your Say! You did!



A huge thanks to our members who answered our call to attend a Focus Group and share ideas about what they wanted from our library in the future.  We received many suggestions about how to attract new members and how to continue to provide a relevant library experience to our current members.   

We are pleased that our members really love the WML our building, book selection and courses — and most of all, our members really appreciate our volunteers who work diligently to keep the library running.   

Did you know that the War Memorial Library is maintained and run solely by volunteers?  That’s right.  Currently, our 35 library volunteers perform an amazing 3,500+ hours of volunteer work per year and this does not include the devoted volunteers of the Bunker who raise the money that keeps the library operating.  Because of the dedication and commitment of all our volunteers, we are able to keep the WML operating year after year.

We hope to implement many of the suggestions received.  However to do this, we need help.   We are looking for people with specific skill sets to help us expand our activities.    

Have you ever considered volunteering at the WML?  
We are currently looking for people with skills in social media, communications, graphic design, writing and children’s storytelling. We’re also looking for a volunteer who can deliver books to shut-ins as well as one who can teach a program on using Android devices such as mobile phones and tablets.  Or, if you can lead a book club, or have an idea for an activity you could animate, or would like to talk with us about what you can do to help, please email us at Hudson Librarian.

With more members helping, we will be able to turn some of the wonderful suggestions we received into realities!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Good Luck June!














This month we are featuring one of our amazing volunteers, JUNE PEDERSEN. June, a former nurse, is a long- time Hudson resident and a valuable, hardworking member of our library staff.

At a very young 85, June is also an active member of the West Island Dragons, which is part of a larger organization of Breast Cancer Survivors (BCS) who race dragon boats. She has been a paddler since 2003.

The BCS movement started in Vancouver in 1996 when a sports medicine doctor, Don McKenzie, wanted to prove that upper body exercise might prevent lymphoedema, a swelling of the arms that sometimes occurs after breast surgery. Of the original 26 women who took part, several are still around to give invaluable aid to countries that wish to hold the International Racing Festivals. The first was held in Vancouver in 2005 – 68 teams; Australia in 2007 – 69 teams; Peterborough, Ontario in 2010 – 69 teams; and Sarasota, Florida in 2014 – 102 teams. June says she has been fortunate enough to have been to all of them.

This year the competition is in Florence, Italy from July 4th to 8th. There will be more than 120 teams, each consisting of 22 Survivors in a boat – 20 paddlers, one steersperson and one drummer. This tournament will have the added challenge of the heat in July.

June serves as a wonderful role model to all who are battling any disease and to all who think of age as just a state of mind!! We at the War Memorial Library wish June only the very best on this exciting adventure.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Murder Ink - Clare Mackintosh


Clare Mackintosh is a British Sunday Times bestselling author and former police officer. She spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. Mackintosh left the police in 2011 and now writes full time.
Mackintosh’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, selling over one million copies worldwide. Her second novel, I See You, was also a number one Sunday Times bestseller.  Let Me Lie is her third novel.
The library has acquired all three novels. 
Mackintosh lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.  To visit her online, click here.

June - Non-Fiction







The Little Book of Stress Relief 
David Posen🍁








Click on title for more details:
I'll Be Gone in the Dark   Michelle McNamara
Canadian Wineries   Tony Aspler🍁
Garde Manger   Chuck Hughes🍁
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef   Frederic Morin🍁
Paris 2016   Rick Steeves
Paris Travel Guide for Women   Erica Stewart
Brazil   Regis St Louis
How I Won the War for the Allies   Doris Gregory
The Undertaker's Daughter   Kate Mayfield
Life of Irene Nemirovsky   Olivier Philipponnat

June - Children's Books








Demon Dentist 
David Walliams







Click on title for more details:
Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight   DC Knights
Spiderman, The Ultimate Guide   Marvel Comics
The Midnight Gang   David Walliams
Mythology   Neil Philip
Soldier   Simon Adams
Schtroumpferies   Peyo
Dindon Sauvage m'a laisse sa Plume   Lise Bonneville
Tiens-toi apres les oreilles a Papi!   Lise Bonneville
Chef-d'oevre de Chester   Melanie Watt🍁
Chester   Melanie Watt🍁
Hoofbeats#1: Lara and the Grey Mare   Kathleen Duey
Hoofbeats#2: Lara and the Moon-colored Filly   Kathleen Duey
Hoofbeats#3: Lara at Athenry Castle   Kathleen Duey
Hoofbeats#4: Lara and the Silent Place   Kathleen Duey
Saddle Island #1: Gallop to the Sea   Sharon Siamon🍁
Saddle Island#2: Secrets in the Sand   Sharon Siamon🍁
Saddle Island#3: Race to the Rescue   Sharon Siamon🍁
Cheetahs   Kate Albee
Monkeys   Christina Wilsdon
Lemurs   Sharon Fass Yates
Sheep   Christina Wilsdon
Why Do Chimps Kiss?   Camilla DeLa Bedoyere
My Happy Book   Kathy Knowles🍁
Open and Closed   Kathy Knowles🍁
See You Later   Kathy Knowles🍁
Just Me and My Dad   Mercer Mayer
I'm a Big Brother   Ronnie Randall


June - Mysteries








The Crow Trap
Ann Cleeves







Click on title for more details:
Sing a Worried Song   William Deverell🍁
Force of Nature   Jane Harper
The Second Sister   Claire Kendal
The Rabbit Hunter   Lars Keplar
I See You   Clare Mackintosh
Dead Pretty   David Mark
The Damage Done   James Oswald
Written in Bones   James Oswald
Die Last   Tony Parsons
Girl on Fire   Tony Parsons
The Hanging Club   Tony Parsons
The Paris Librarian   Mark Pryor
Invasion of Privacy   Christopher Reich
The Boy Who Saw   Simon Toyne
The 5th Horseman   James Patterson ( Large Print )

June - DVDs







The Post







Click on title for more details:
Everything, Everything
A French Village Series One
Going in Style
The Last Word
Outlander Season Three
Sisters of War
Their Finest

June - Fiction








The Horse Dancer
Jojo Moyes







Click on title for more details:
Tell Tale   Jeffrey Archer
Remembrance   Meg Cabot
Sisters of Heart and Snow   Margaret Dilloway
World Without End   Ken Follett
Sisters of Treason   Elizabeth Freemantle
Things We Have in Common   Tasha Kavanagh
Red Sparrow   Jason Matthews
A Time of Love and Tartan   Alexander McCall Smith
The Einstein Enigma   Jose Rodrigues Dos Santos
So Much for That   Lionel Shriver
The Chosen Maiden   Eva Stachniak
Never Let You Go   Chevy Stevens🍁
The Rome Affair   Karen Swan
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters   Ben Winters and Jane Austen 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hats Off to Greenwood




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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

July Book Sale















The July Book Sale starts at 2:30 pm on Monday, July 9th and runs until Saturday, June 14th.   Summer reading is featured.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Write Stuff - Jane Robins

Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent and the BBC. She has written three works of non-fiction, and she specialises in historical true crime. She has a particular interest in the history of forensics. The library has just acquired her first novel White Bodies, which is a chilling, psychological suspense novel, and has been compared to Girl on a Train. Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect young couple but behind the seemingly perfect facade lies a tale of obsession and violence. Jane Robins lives in London, for more details click here.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hudson Box Office (HBO) - Broadchurch

The library has recently acquired the DVD of the third, and final award-winning British TV series of Broadchurch. Once again the brilliant David Tennant and Olivia Colman star as Detectives Hardy and Miller, and lots of the characters from the first two seasons re-appear. Hardy and Miller are called in to investigate a serious sexual assault in the fictional town of Broadchurch in Dorset, and the emotional damage it causes to everyone connected to the crime and the victim. For more details click here.