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LibraryColumn: Book your summer at the Hudson Library

Tina Norris

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.

Families will be able to register online for the summer reading program. You can track reading minutes and complete challenges to earn prizes. Watch the website for details. We'll also have a paper version available.

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas who weren't needed for farm work, to use the library and develop the habit of reading.

At the Hudson Area Library, our all-ages program not only includes reading incentives; it features free entertainment for families. Nearly every Tuesday this summer, we'll have afternoon events that include performers, animal visits and other educational opportunities.

This year we'll also launch our first week-long day camp for kids. Our Harry Potter Wizarding School will run from Aug. 6-10.

Watch this column and the website for details. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Upcoming events

Paper Quilled Earrings, Thursday, May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 14+. Registration required.

4th Friday Film, Friday, May 25, 3:45-6 p.m. "Ferdinand" (PG). We'll provide the popcorn. Everyone welcome!

Game Day, Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for a variety of board games!

What You Can Do For Pollinators, Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creating a pollinator-friendly garden habitat. Presented by Heather Holm.

Library closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

FDIC's Money Smart for Small Business, Thursday, May 31, 3-5 p.m. Financial Management. presented by Dr. Eric Biltonen, Community and Economic Development Educator with UW Extension.

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.), Friday, June 1, 4-5 p.m. New members welcome!

Hamil-Con, Saturday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Re-enactors, artifacts, presentation about the play, crafts, food sampling, sing-along, and drawings for prizes! An all ages, whole family event! Story Time resumes June 5

Book Clubs: Lunar Chronicles Teen Book Club, Tuesday May 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "Winter" by Marissa Meyer

iLabs Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon to 7 p.m, Friday 11 a.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,, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the Library!