The Hudson Area Public Library has two programs planned around St. Patrick's Day this week. Teens and tweens are invited to the library 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 16 for St. Patty's Pi Day - a special program to celebrate Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day in one event. We'll be eating the traditional Pi Day pie and watching the Irish animated film, "Song of the Sea."
At the Hudson Area Library, we're showcasing the results of Wisconsin's successful swan recovery program. On Saturday, March 10, we'll kick off our program with a short movie from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the state's Trumpeter Swan Recovery Program. Then we'll take a walk north of the library to see the swans' home along the St. Croix River.
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.
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.
Reading doesn't have to be a solitary experience. You can enjoy the journey with other readers through a book club. Starting a book club might seem overwhelming — you have to get friends to commit, select titles, find a meeting site and settle on topics for discussion. You can eliminate those hassles by joining an existing club. At the Hudson Area Library, we have book clubs for readers of all ages and fans of all genres.
At the Hudson Area Public Library, we know the importance of early literacy. Learning and language begins at birth through social interactions, singing songs, telling stories and talking to one another. Parents, grandparents and family members all play an important role in preparing children for future success and helping them become confident and motivated learners.
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.
At the Hudson Area Public Library, we're sharing our excitement for the new iLABS. We have a plethora of options available for community members to use — a Brother computerized sewing machine, a Cricut 2 air machine, iPads and iMacs featuring new and exciting software for audio/visual/graphic design creation, studio photo kits, and more. These tools are available for exploration and use during open lab time (pick up a calendar of events at the library; the iLABS are open Monday-Saturday).
At the Hudson Area Public Library, we're honored to be hosting a special speaker during October's genealogy session (10:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month). Nelly Trocmé Hewett, the oldest of four children, was born in northern France in 1927. In the early 1930s her family moved to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Nelly's father, André (a pastor and a pacifist), and his wife Magda were deeply involved in the rescue of numerous refugees during World War II.
At the Hudson Area Public Library, we are excited and proud to formally introduce our new iLABS, funded by the Library Foundation's 2016 annual drive campaign. An iLAB is a makerspace: it's a place for people of all ages to come and create, make, tinker, try, develop, share resources and knowledge and collaborate. It's an informal learning space where ideas can become reality, innovation happens, and the entrepreneurial spirits soar.