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The Friends of the Library group is hosting a series of free seminars on a variety of financial issues in Room 218 on the second floor (above the Library) of the Municipal Building on from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. with a 15 minute break between sessions. September's programs will focus on family money matters and are geared toward families, especially those with children.

On the Thursday, Sept. 24, seminar the speakers will address issues of interest to families with college-bound children.

In the first session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cheryl Maplethorpe, Ph.D., director of Financial Aid Division of the Office of Higher Education in Minnesota, will discuss financial aid, preparing your child for college, the college application and enrollment process and saving for college.

The next session, from 7:45-8:45 features Ann Hall from Edward Jones speaking about "Paying for Education." a realistic overview of education costs and options for saving for education, including 529 plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts and financial aid.

Reservations are suggested, but not required for these free programs. A schedule of the entire fall series is available at the library. For more information call Sue at (715) 386-4454 or (877) 386-9065.

After-school read-aloud

Popcorn, Newberys and LOOGS (lots of other good stories), the award-winning after-school, read-aloud program for children in grades 1-5, begins Tuesday, Oct. 6. The reading is from 4-4:30 p.m. and is preceded by pre-reading enrichment activities for the children who arrive early.

The book chosen to start the program is "Young Mr. Meeker and His Exciting Journey to Oregon," by Miriam E. Mason. Written in 1952, this delightful historical fiction is based upon the true story of Ezra Meeker's wagon train journey on the Oregon Trail in 1852.

Registration is required for this free program and should be made by noon on the day each new session starts. Popcorn is served for the children to enjoy while they listen to the reading. Each week there's a drawing for a free boo. A grand prize drawing at the conclusion of each book.

Popcorn, Newberys and LOOGS is held every Tuesday, October-May, on days when school is in session. To register, sign up in the children's library or call (715) 386-3101 by noon, Oct. 6.

Children's Story Times

The fall-winter story time session will resume on Oct. 5. In the meantime, Miss Mary, Baby Bear, and the puppets, will be preparing for the new session and taking a short vacation.

Teen Read Week

Teens will be reading for the fun of it and the chance to win prizes as the library celebrates the twelfth annual Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24. This year's theme is Read Beyond Reality at your library, which encourages teens to read something out of this world, such as fantasy or science fiction.

Teen Read Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is celebrated to encourage teens to spend time reading for pleasure. With so many options for entertainment, it's important to remind them that reading is free, fun, and can be done anywhere. Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce.

The Hudson Library is one of more than 5,000 school and public libraries participating this year. The Teen Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this year's event; a live tableau of teens reading in a staged area in the lobby of the municipal building where the library is housed. Teens may sign up on the adult side of the library for hourly reading shifts after school, evenings and weekends during normal library hours. To make it more fun, participants are encouraged to sign up with a friend. Free refreshments will be provided and each participant may enter the prize drawing.

Library Book Club

The book club selection for Oct. 20 is "The River of Doubt," by Candice Millard. It tells the harrowing story of Teddy Roosevelt's journey down an unexplored tributary of the Amazon known as the River of Doubt. Led by Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the rest of the small group faced an unbelievable series of hardships. Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide in his search for adventure that nearly came to a disastrous end. The book club meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, and new members are always welcome. For more information, contact Library Director Linda Donaldson or go to the library's Web site: www.hudsonpubliclibrary