Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year's celebration takes place Sept. 23-29 and the library is marking the event with a display of historically and recently banned and challenged books.
Join us for a fun evening with author, actress and comedienne Lorna Landvik. Lorna, a Minnesota native, has written 11 novels, including "Patty Jane's House of Curl," "The Tall Pine Polka," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons," "Once in a Blue Moon Lodge," "Welcome to the Great Mysterious," and "'Tis the Season and Best to Laugh." She has performed both improv and stand-up comedy and has also acted in plays such as "Bad Seed," "Valley of the Dolls," and "My Backyard Party."
Beginning Sept. 13, the library will be hosting a new book club for grade school kids based on the very popular children's series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket, the pen name of author Daniel Handler. The collection is based on the sad lives of the three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, who are sent to live with their evil relative, Count Olaf, after the suspicious deaths of their parents in a fire.
Mary Moriarty Davis has been the beloved children's librarian at the Hudson Public Library for almost 15 years. An entire generation has grown-up attending her special story times with singing, storytelling and her ever-popular puppet character, Baby Bear. Her creativity, warmth and gift for programming and storytelling has defined the spirit and character of our youth services department.
It's been a busy summer at the Hudson Area Public Library, and we are so proud of the success of our Summer Reading Program. Hundreds of Hudson residents of all ages participated in our Book Your Summer Reading Program. The Tuesday programs proved to be well loved and well attended with lots of audience participation and exuberance. We had magicians, comedians, musicians, storytellers, creatures, critters and even a yo-yo master. Be sure to check out some of our photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In today's world, we hear a lot about S.T.E.M., but have you heard of S.T.E.A.M.? These acronyms share the "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math", but S.T.E.A.M. adds in Art+Design. Regardless of the acronym, the objective for the Hudson Area Public Library is to offer opportunities for exploration, innovation and collaboration by providing access to the tools and resources needed for creation, development, design and production in an environment where ideas flow freely and conversations are sparked.
As a resource and tool for the local community, it was important the Hudson Area Public Library's website be accessible, easy to navigate, and promote the multitude of programs offered. The library partnered with local design studio Christiansen Creative to design and develop the new site. Overall, the goal was to create a better user experience while raising awareness of all the services and programs available to the communities it serves.
Librarians think you're never too old for young adult books, and millions of readers agree. By some estimates, nearly 70 percent of teen titles are purchased by readers older than 18. That's why we're starting Forever Young Adult at the Hudson Area Public Library. This new book club is for adult readers who love teen novels. We'll meet the first Wednesday of the month from September through October. (January is the exception. We'll meet the second Wednesday.) The club starts at 7 p.m. and includes refreshments.
They're only 18 inches tall, but they're the biggest craze in girls toys. American Girl Dolls top Christmas lists, birthday wishes and the priorities of girls who save their allowances. At the Hudson Area Library, we're launching a five-session American Girl Doll club this fall for fans. Girls don't have to own an official American Girl Doll to participate. They can be fans of any doll or even stuffed animals. Everyone is welcome.
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.