For kids, reading and writing go together like peanut butter and jelly. That's why we offer a monthly Young Writer's Workshop at the Hudson Area Library. Even if young writers don't want to become professional writers, the skills they learn through creative writing will benefit them in virtually any career.
The library has several events scheduled in conjunction with the St. Croix RiverFest July 17-22. This year's festival is special as it marks 50 years since the St. Croix was designated a national wild and scenic river. The core purpose of RiverFest is to bring people down to the river not only to enjoy its beauty but to educate our community about its preservation and host a river clean-up.
July 14, stop by the Hudson Area Public Library for our fourth annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social is a fun event for kids and all ages to enjoy, presented in partnership with the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation. Members from both groups will be in the library lobby serving root beer floats, and the fiddler group Hoof on the Roof will provide the entertainment from 11 a.m. to noon. If you're not familiar with the Hoof on the Roof, check out their website (hoofontheroof.wordpress.com) for a preview.
The Hudson Area Public Library will transform into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's Hudson Satellite Campus in a special camp for kids from Aug. 6-10. After the sorting ceremony, our young wizards will spend two hours each afternoon learning potions, herbology, transfiguration and the care of magical creatures, including creatures that speak parseltongue. (A translation for muggles: that means live snakes.)
Plan to "Book Your Summer" at the Hudson Area Public Library! As part of our summer reading program, we're hosting a series of performers for all ages. The programs are Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and, as always, they're free. Here's the schedule: Tuesday, June 12. The Big Fun Show: This one-man show features comedy, juggling, magic and modern vaudeville. Dave Walbridge ("Mr. Big Fun") has created unique shows and great memories for 21 years.
When we called this year's summer reading program "Book Your Summer," we meant it! This summer the Hudson Area Public Library has some great summer book clubs lined up for fans of all genres and for all ages. This summer we're offering our first Grandparent-Grandchild book club. It's a chance for grandparents to have fun and connect with grandkids over books they'll love. Registration at the children's desk is required. The club dates and titles are as follows:
We've planned a summer reading program full of cool events and great prizes. The kick-off for "Book Your Summer" is Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. We're opening the summer-long series of programs with Snake Discovery. Families can meet a wildlife educator who'll bring exotic reptiles, a turtle and several snakes, including a large boa constrictor. After the program, kids will have "petting" time with the animals. We'll be joined by princesses from the North Hudson Pepper Fest who will serve popsicles and help kids work on reptile-themed crafts.
Alexander Hamilton has leapt off the $10 bill in a big way. The Broadway musical is a runaway hit, spawning a bestselling soundtrack, spin-off books, clothing and a renewed interest in one of America's most fascinating Founding Fathers. We're bringing the craze to Hudson with "Hamil-Con" on Saturday, June 2, in a celebration of both American history and the blockbuster show. Hamilton is known for his opposition to slavery, helping create America's financial system, writing many of "The Federalist Papers" and his untimely death in a duel with Aaron Burr.
The Hudson Area Public Library has adopted a new fines policy that includes a 21-day grace period for overdue materials. In other words, patrons won't face fees until an item is three weeks late. This policy applies to all regular items such as books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs. Please note that special collections, such as rental DVDs, lucky day books, and equipment are not included in this policy change and will continue to accrue fines. Any fines accrued prior to the new policies implementation will remain on your card and need to be paid.
In anticipation of summer, the Hudson library will host two special gardening programs this month.