Not your grandmother’s book comes out any more

Dr. Lynn Remly, president

When the Friends of the Hudson Library started their book sales decades ago, they were cramped into the basement of the 1910 building on Aurora Road, lucky to bring in $50 for a good 8-hour sale, according to Eunice Friedman, vice president of the Friends and a 50-year veteran of the sales.

Today, the Friends sales reach coast to coast, to all states, to millions of customers; their opening hours now extend to 24/7, all thanks to an online sales effort that has brought in $16,000 in just three years.

The world has changed, and the Friends have adapted. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Friedman recalls the 1970s, when the population of Hudson was about 10,000 and the city still a small town centered on the Clocktower square. The sales room in the basement of the old library was “like a shoebox,” she remembers, with books lining two creaky shelves along the walls and piled on rows of bookcases down the center. Organization was in short supply. No windows meant dingy viewing, and the small room – sharing space with the archives and the staff lunchroom – meant limited patrons.

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