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Library column: STEAM at the Hudson Area Library

Tina Norris

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 we look to the future, one of our key goals is to create a unique space for tinkering, exploring, creating, producing, designing, hacking, sharing, writing, inventing, building, imagining...

This fall the library is beginning a new session of Tween S.T.E.A.M. programs.

• Sept. 11, 6-7 p.m. Build Balloon Cars - Learn about engineering design and kinetic and potential energy. We'll design, build and race balloon-powered cars.

• Oct. 9, 6-7 p.m. Bristlebots. Interested in robotics? We'll make mini-robots out of toothbrush heads and test them in races.

• Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Historic Thanksgiving Cooking. What kinds of food were really made during the first Thanksgivings in our country? Hint: it wasn't mashed potatoes! We'll make traditional colonial and Native American recipes in this cooking program.

• Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Christmas Cooking Around the World. We'll make and sample traditional Christmas favorites from around the world: Flotegrot from Norway, Ring Cookies from Mexico, and Spiced Hot Chocolate from Peru.

You can register for all of our Tween S.T.E.A.M. courses online or at the library's front desk.

For kids grades 4-8 we're offering two Maker Magic classes this fall. Register online or at the front desk for these programs as well.

• Sept. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Video Game Design. Have you ever wanted to create your own video game? Here's your chance. You'll channel your creative potential and gain greater understanding of important topics like design logic and computer science and learn about history, science and mathematics through the games you create.

• Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.- K'Nex Engineering. Are you an aspiring engineer? Design and build structures with K'Nex. After the build we'll add engines and make our structures move and complete tasks.

Another S.T.E.A.M. related program for kids is our monthly Construction Club which meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We give kids a variety of materials and challenge them to create. We have Legos and K'nex, but also use everyday items like straws, marshmallows and toothpicks. This program is for kids grades 3-6.

For more information about these programs visit our website, www.hudsonpubliclibrary.org, or give us a call at 715-386-3101.

Upcoming events

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday, Aug. 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "There's an App for That! Cool Apps to Help You With Your Family History Research Anywhere," presented by Tina Norris M.L.I.S.

Teen Advisory Board T.A.B., Friday, Aug. 10, 4-5 p.m. New members welcome! Grades 6-12.

Harry Potter Wizarding School, Aug. 13-17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-6. Class is full, but you can still get on the waitlist.

Tween STEAM: Wind Chimes, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 4-5 p.m. For tweens. Register online or at the front desk.

Code Your Own Star Wars Project, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1-3 p.m. Use SCRATCH to code your own animations, games, simulations and more! Grades 3-6. This class is full but you can still get on the waitlist.

Introduction to 3D Printing, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2:30-3:15 p.m. In the library iLab. Everyone welcome.

Construction Club, Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K'nex and more. Grades 3-6.

Story Time: No Story Time this week. Next session begins Aug. 21.

Novel Bunch Book Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane," by Lisa See. Bookmarks Book Club, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Small Great Things," by Jodi Picoult. Tween Book Club, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m. "Minecraft: The Island," by Max Brooks. Rant & Rave Teen Book Club, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Rant and rave about your most hated or favorite books. iLABS: Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday 11a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tech Help: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 4-5 p.m.

For all event details please visit our website, www.hudsonpubliclibrary.org, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the Library!