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Library column: Construction Club at the library

Tina Norris

At the Hudson Area Library, we know the only thing kids like better than construction is destruction.

Now they can do both.

We're hosting a Construction Club for kids on the third Thursday of every month. We give them a variety of materials and challenge them to create. We have Legos and K'nex, but we also use everyday items. Have you ever watched a kid unwrap an expensive toy and then play with the box? Their imaginations are fueled by ordinary objects. When we give kids marshmallows and toothpicks, they find a way to build a tower.

Kids' natural curiosity drives them to put things together—and take them apart—to learn how things work. Educators describe these skills as inquiry-based learning and tactile perceptions. Kids just call it tinkering.

In Construction Club, we let kids tinker. The projects help them develop fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities and creative minds. Kids also learn how to collaborate when they work on challenges together.

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

Upcoming events

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

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

• Spring Break Legos, March 5-9, 1-4 p.m. We will have all the Legos out for building along with a daily challenge. Grades K-6.

• Maker Magic - Fluid Power, Monday March 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn the science behind hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Grades 4-8. Registration required.

• Teen Art Night, Tuesday March 6, 6-7 p.m. Explore digital art in the new iLab. Tween-teen. Registration required.

• Teen Photography Night, Wednesday March 7, 6-7 p.m. Explore the photography equipment and photo manipulation software in the iLab. Tween-teen. Registration required.

• Genealogy at the Library, Thursday March 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. How Can I Be Better at Using the Internet for My Genealogy? Presented by genealogist Tom Rice.

• Spring Break Movie Matinee, Friday March 9, 3-5:30 p.m. "Thor: Ragnarok" PG-13. We'll provide the popcorn!

• Swan Walk, Saturday March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A short film, "Trumpeter Swans... For Generations to Come" with a brief information session about the swans and their recovery program, followed by a walk (if the conditions are right) to see some of the swans wintering along the St.Croix River. Everyone welcome.

Book Clubs

Novel Bunch Book Club, Thursday March 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman.


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