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Library column: With a grateful heart...

Tina Norris

As the old year passes and the New Year beckons, I want to take a moment to say thank you for generously supporting the Hudson Area Public Library, the Hudson Area Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. Your donations to the Hudson Area Library Foundation, as well as to the Friends of the Library, has provided the library with much needed financial support for programming, special events and additional resources. In 2017, the Hudson Area Library Foundation provided financial support for a wide variety of programming and resources for all ages. For adults, the foundation provided grants for adult programming that included history and genealogy presentations, an urban gardening series, and craft workshops, as well as the Winter Reading Program for adults and teens. For local entrepreneurs and small businesses, grants provided the library the opportunity to present workshops on starting a small business, and to provide additional resources for the business community. For youth, the foundation provided grants for author visits, early literacy programs, STEAM programming and a special visit from Santa this year. The foundation provided grants for community events such as the second annual Library Con and the Summer Reading Program with weekly events for all ages. It's because of your generosity that the Hudson Area Public Library can provide dynamic programming, we can be a resource for our whole community, and we can intentionally serve our community. So, to all who have contributed to the Hudson Area Library Foundation it is with a grateful heart that I say "thank you" on behalf of the Hudson Area Public Library staff, the Hudson Area Library Board and the Hudson Area Library Foundation.

Libraries are not just about books, we are about putting those books into action through learning, literacy and living. When you open a book, you never know where it will lead you. Let it teach and inspire you and share it with others. Thank you for an amazing 2017, and cheers to a bright and memorable 2018.

Upcoming events

  • Family Film Showing: "Cars 3," 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Join us for a family-friendly new release and free popcorn!
  • Tween Etiquette and Culture Dinner, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. A multi-course meal will be served with discussions of etiquette and fine dining. Registration and permission slip required for after-hours event.
  • Paper-bag Princess Storytime, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16. Enjoy princess-themed stories and make paper bag dresses, suits of armor or anything you can dream up. Bring the whole family and find us in the Storytime Room.
  • Teen Cookie Exchange, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Grades 6-12, bring a plate of your favorite cookies to exchange and learn to bake Russian teacakes! Registration required as supplies are limited.
  • 3-D Printing Workshop, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Have you explored our iLABS yet? Our 3-D printing workshop is the perfect place to start. Join us and learn about the possibilities available through 3-D printing. Bring your questions and ideas.
  • Library Board Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Meetings are open to the public and interested people are invited to attend!
  • Stitch Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Bring your knitting, crochet, paper-piecing, embroidery, quilting, cross stitch, even your mending, or any other hand-stitching project you are working on and enjoy relaxed conversation.
  • Legos in the Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 23. Children of all ages are invited to drop by and enjoy Lego challenges and free creation time. Find us in the Storytime Room.
  • iLABS 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.

Book clubs

  • Bookmarks Book Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. "Breakfast at Sally's" by Richard LeMieux.

For all event details please visit, or call the library at 715-386-3101.