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Library column: Teen art at the library

At the Hudson Area Library, we have an upcoming teen series that's a mash-up of art and technology.

Early March features two special events in the library world: Will Eisner Week (March 1-7) and Teen Tech Week (March 4-10). Eisner, a legendary comic artist who created The Spirit, John Law and Lady Luck, is also considered the father of the graphic novel.

In honor of Eisner's work, we have a local comic artist offering a comics workshop for teens. Collin Kiesow studied entertainment design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, specifically animation, digital cinema and comics/sequential art. In his session (Saturday, March 3), Kiesow will demonstrate comic panel transitions and layouts, share the do's and don'ts of comics, and offer fun comic-related activities.

Kiesow recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish "Ink." The black-and-white comic features a young woman named Sarah who moonlights as a superhero while looking for a day job in Queens. He'll have copies available at his session.

Teen Tech Week is when libraries showcase the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and modern careers. Millions of American teens do not have access to a home computer. Without libraries, they would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills.

On March 6 and March 7, we'll have workshops for teens and tweens so they can explore the digital art tools available at our library, including electronic drawing tablets, photography and photo manipulation software. We'll help teens become content creators and learn how to leverage library resources to share their creations through podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or other digital resources.

Learn more by visiting our website, www.hudsonareapubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 715-386-3101.

Upcoming events

• Winter Reading Program for teens and adults runs through March 3.

• 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.

• Lost Slipper Story Time, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. In honor of "Tell a Fairy Tale Day," listen to the Midnight Ball Princess tell classic and not so classic tales from her kingdom.

• STEAM for Tweens, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Cupcake Wars. We'll do the baking and provide the supplies. Tweens bring their creativity. Registration required.

• NASA Engineering Design Challenge, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 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.

• T.A.B. - Teen Advisory Board, 4-5 p.m. Friday, March 2. New members always welcome.

• Creating Comics Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Learn about comics and how to create them with local comics artist, Collin Kiesow. Tween-Adult.

Book Clubs

No book clubs meeting this week.

iLABS

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

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