Scharnett Architects & Associates designed the Hudson Area Public Library, located in Hudson, Illinois. Balancing both current and future needs of the community, the initial design on the large lot was approached with the ability to expand in the future on either side of the structure, while not looking out of place. To maximize light in a one-story building, tall vertical windows were used, however they most often appear in pairs with brick in between, creating visual interest outside and natural alcoves inside for readers. Large interior windows in the entrance provide an open feel, and the intentional contrast of the dark wood and oak add natural depth. Old historic imagery throughout the space, anchored by the History Room, and the exposed brick in the community room with the names of donors, brings the supportive community into the space.