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Library column: Book clubs at the library

Reading doesn't have to be a solitary experience. You can enjoy the journey with other readers through a book club.

Starting a book club might seem overwhelming — you have to get friends to commit, select titles, find a meeting site and settle on topics for discussion. You can eliminate those hassles by joining an existing club.

At the Hudson Area Library, we have book clubs for readers of all ages and fans of all genres.

Younger kids tend to love a series, so we often hold multiple sessions focusing on one author's work. This year we've started a six-session club for "Land of Stories" by Chris Colfer. We have one session for each book. To give kids an enhanced reading experience, the sessions include activities related to the book, information about the author and background about the themes of the books. In the Colfer program, for example, kids are learning about the history of fairy tales.

This summer we'll feature a grandparent-grandchild book club including these titles: "Junie B. Jones" for younger kids and their grandparents. "Savvy" and "The Fourteenth Goldfish" will be the titles for grandparents of upper elementary students and tweens.

For teenagers, we consider commercial appeal as well as literary value. We also try to include diverse books, such as "I Am Malala," so kids better understand the world around them. This winter, our teen club is reading the popular four-book "Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer.

The Novel Bunch Book Club is led by our librarians and features contemporary fiction and nonfiction titles. It meets during the evening, and members can attend regularly or sporadically — whatever fits their schedule.

Bookmarks Book Club is organized by library patrons. For information about Bookmarks, stop at the circulation desk.

For readers who have a private club, the library has book club kits. You can check out 10 books, complete with a discussion guide, for your entire group. Titles include "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, "I Still Dream About You" by Fannie Flagg, "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger and many more. The full list is available on the library's website.

Upcoming events

*Winter Reading Program for teens and adults runs through March 3*

NASA Engineering Design Challenge, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. This program is offered by Christopher Mick from Space St. Croix with an Out of School Learning grant from the NASA Glenn Research Center. It runs four Saturdays beginning Feb. 10 for kids grades 6-8. Registration required.

Library Board Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Meetings are open to the public.

3-D Printing Workshop, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Learn how to use our 3-D printer.

Making Felted Bracelets, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Learn needle felting techniques. Registration required. Ages 14 and up.

Fourth Friday Film: "The Princess Bride," 3:45-6 p.m. Popcorn provided. All ages.

Game Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Classic and new board games. All ages.

NASA Engineering Design Challenge, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. This program is offered by Christopher Mick from Space St. Croix with an Out of School Learning grant from the NASA Glenn Research Center. It runs four Saturdays beginning Feb. 10 for kids grades 6-8. Registration required.

Book clubs

Teen Book Club: "The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet" by Marissa Meyer, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Discussion, snacks and activities. Grades 7 and up.

Bookmarks Book Club: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Each month's meeting will be hosted by a different librarian, and we hope you'll join us for a variety of topics and genres.

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Open Lab Time: noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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