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Library column: Summer reading program book clubs

Tina Norris

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:

"Junie B. Jones" series, Thursday, June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Bring younger readers who enjoy Barbara Park's beloved series. We'll talk about the books, have a themed snack and do activities.

"Hatchet," Thursday, July 12, 1-2 p.m. Written by Gary Paulsen, "Hatchet" is a riveting survival story. For tweens.

"The 14th Goldfish," Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1-2 p.m. Written by Jennifer Holm, this story features a girl whose grandfather is transformed into his former middle school-aged self. For tweens.

We also have a series of book clubs for tweens who want to explore new places through stories. All sessions include snacks and activities related to the books. Registration at the children's desk is required. The club dates and titles are as follows:

"Furthermore," Wednesday, June 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. By Tahereh Mafi. Travel to the magical land of Furthermore with Alice as she searches for her missing father.

"Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded," Wednesday, July 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. By Sage Blackwood. Go to magic school with Chantel and her friends while they try to save the kingdom.

"Minecraft: The Island," Wednesday, Aug. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m. By Max Brooks. Journey to the world of Minecraft with a new hero as he tries to uncover the secrets of a mysterious island.

For teens, we have a fun Rant and Rave Teen Book Club on Wednesday, June 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. We'll rant and rave together about our most and least favorite books. Snacks provided. No registration required.

We also have two special book clubs for boys in grades 3-6 this summer. Bill Nye's "Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World" will be featured Wednesday, July 25, 1-2 p.m. Peter Brown's "The Wild Robot Escapes" will be featured Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. Snacks and activities included. Registration at the children's desk required.

The library's regular book club, A Novel Bunch, will continue meeting in the summer. Titles are "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward on Thursday, July 12; "We're Going to Need More Wine" by Gabrielle Union on Thursday, Aug. 9; and "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See on Thursday, Aug. 9. Club times are 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

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!

Do It Yourself Lawn Design, Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m. to noon. Join us for a gardening program with JoAnn Ryan focused on making choices to beautify your lawn.

Book Your Summer Reading Program Kick-off, Tuesday, June 5, 1-2 p.m. With Snake Discovery and Pepper Fest Princesses. Snacks & crafts! Fun for the whole family!

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday, June 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Planning a genealogy research trip presented by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.

Make a Macrame Bookmark,Thursday, June 7, 3-8 p.m. Part of our Book Your Summer kick-off. All ages Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Book Clubs: No book clubs meeting this week.

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