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Hudson Library
554 Main St.
P.O. Box 430
Highlands, NC 28741

Fax: 828-526-5278

Librarian: Mary Lou Worley

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Open five days a week, Highlands' Hudson Library serves the area's full-time and seasonal residents with...

• Latest best-sellers

• Movies, music, CDs & tapes

• Free internet access

• Comfortable reading area

• Great children's space

• Information center, wireless internet

• Magazines & newspapers

More about the library

Library Closings


The library will be closed for training on Monday, Friday, September 26. Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.




Mary Lou Worley, Librarian Retires from Hudson Library


Mary Lou Worley, Hudson Librarian, retired at the end of March after serving for over fifteen years as Hudson’s librarian.


As the third longest serving librarian of Hudson, she has seen many changes. Perhaps the biggest was the expansion of the library. It gave her so much more room to house the extensive collection of materials and books. But it also made it difficult to maintain the high standards of service that the Hudson Library has always had.


Bob Trevathan, who was the President of the Hudson Board at that time says of Mary Lou, “I have some fond memories of Mary Lou as she and I endured some tough and exciting times together. That was during the year and a half it took to finish the recent renovation and upgrade of our Hudson Library. I was in charge of it and she was the one, as head librarian, mainly inconvenienced by all of the changing schedules necessary in a large project like that. She was always there for me, imparting valuable knowledge of the workings of the Hudson, always with a smile on her face to brighten my day. She will be missed, but I'll never forget all she did for me and the Hudson.”


Community Coffee


In collaboration with Town of Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor, there will be a community coffee at the library on the last Friday of each month from 11 am to Noon. Each sesssion will feature issues of concern to the town and its citizens, presented by a variety of organizations.



The Lady and the Old Timers Band - Free Concerts


Local musicians, most from Macon County, will share their special blend of classic country music, golden oldies and gospel tunes at the Hudson Library on the first Friday of every month, May through October at 1:30 pm.


“The Lady and the Old Timers” a band of nine old timers, five over 80 with the oldest being 88 years young, will provide vocals and music by stringed instruments and one harmonica.


Members include vocalist Delia Sears along with Fred Kirkland and Jim Brown on guitar; Roy Wood on dulcimer; Martha Wood on fiddle; Carl Sears on bass; "Wild Bill" Jackson on harmonica; Robert Bradley on mandolin; and Roy Ramsey on dobro.


The public is enthusiastically invited to attend this special presentation which is free.




Free Movies At The Library


Movies are free and projected onto an 8 x 10 ft. screen using and LCD projector.


Due to Production Studio guidelines the library may not include movie titles or studio names in its advertising. Please call the library for movie titles.



Third Wednesday in the Month - 2:00 pm. English subtitles will be turned on for all films as a courtesy to those with hearing difficulties. Donations are always welcome. Popcorn will be served; feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


First Wednesday in the Month
– 3:30 pm. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Children's movies are all rated G or PG. Donations are always welcome. Popcorn will be served; feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.




New Sign for Library


The new sign for the Hudson Library has been installed and is an eye-catching beauty. It was modeled after the painting by Rosemary Stiefel.










Child on ComputerJust for Kids

Hudson Library has a kids library that’s separate from the adult section, with lots of books and four computers for children through middle-school age.

During the week, there are special programs for preschoolers and home-schoolers.

Check out the amazing dragon puzzle table in the children's room/ It was completely handmade by architect Paul Schmitt.


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  Wed 10 am - 5:30 pm
  Thu 10 am - 5:30 pm
  Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm
  Sat 10 am - 4 pm
  Sun Closed  
  Mon Closed  




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