Hudson -- Technology and innovation.
Those are the watchwords of the Hudson Library and Historical Society's 2012 annual report delivered at the board of directors annual meeting and election last month.
"We've made enormous strides in technology," said library Executive Director E. Leslie Polott. "Last year was a year of technological achievements and innovation."
In 2012 the library increased the number and variety of database offerings, added more tech classes, purchased additional laptop computers, expanded digital music offerings, expanded eBook services, purchased iPads and other tablets for in-house use and purchased pre-loaded eBook readers for children and teens, according to Polott.
"All libraries are attempting to provide as much technology as possible but we have tried to be on the cutting edge," Polott said.
The library also accrued high numbers in items circulated and visitors.
"It has been a remarkable year," Polott said. "We checked out more than a million items and close to a million people passed through our doors."
Last year the library offered 1,200 programs which drew 35,000 attendees. The library also focused on providing job seeker resources and encouraging new business with the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research.
"I think the people are happy with what we are doing," Polott said.
The library also earned national recognition -- for the fifth year in a row -- from America's Star Libraries. Hudson's library was selected from a pool of 7,570 libraries across the country for its exceptional service.
According to Polott, libraries keep changing to meet the needs of their communities.
"They are community centers -- the heart and soul of the community -- supporting all aspects of their lives," Polott said.