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Hudson Library column: Calling all wizards!

Tina Norris

The Hudson Area Public Library will transform into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's Hudson Satellite Campus in a special camp for kids from Aug. 6-10.

After the sorting ceremony, our young wizards will spend two hours each afternoon learning potions, herbology, transfiguration and the care of magical creatures, including creatures that speak parseltongue. (A translation for muggles: that means live snakes.)

Our professors will organize crafts, whip up a batch of butterbeer and organize quidditch teams for a tournament in Riverfront Park. Our wizards in training can test their Potter knowledge with trivia and a horcrux scavenger hunt. Each participant will get a special souvenir from our satellite campus.

Space for the camp is limited, registration begins June 11 at the front desk. The camp is designed for kids in grades 3-6, but exceptions can be made. Once kids are registered, they will receive a special acceptance letter. There is no fee for the camp, and all supplies are provided.

The library has many programs for kids this summer - from book clubs to STEAM activities to special storytimes. Most Tuesday afternoons we're bringing in performers to do fun all-ages events like magic, music and yo-yo tricks.

We've added additional events this year to help parents fill the extra long summer break in the school district due to construction. Check the website for information. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated.

Upcoming events

  • Friends of the Library, Thursday, June 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tween STEAM: Oil Spill, Thursday, June 14, 11 a.m. to noon. We'll replicate the effects of an oil spill and explore ways to clean it up. Registration required.
  • "Reasonable Doubt," author visit, Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to noon. Join local author Jean Kallberg Krauss for a discussion about her book, "Reasonable Doubt."
  • Dazzling Dave, Yo-Yo Master, Tuesday, June 19, 1-2 p.m. Great for the whole family and tons of fun! An all ages, whole family program. Part of our Book Your Summer reading program.
  • Library Board Meeting, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Pete the Cat Party, Wednesday, June 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Stories, crafts, games and songs. Ages 0-5.
  • Beginning Coding, Wednesday, June 20, 1-2 p.m. A no-tech coding program for beginners. Grades 3-6.
  • Reading With Teachers From Willow River Elementary, Wednesday, June 20, 1-2 p.m.
  • Introduction to 3D Printing, Wednesday, June 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Construction Club, Thursday, June 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K'Nex and more. Grades 3-6.
  • Keeping Chickens, Thursday, June 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. With Leif Halverson and his hen, Mrs. Patmore.
  • 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.
  • Novel Bunch Book Club, Thursday, June 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "Sing, Unburied Sing," by Jesmyn Ward.
  • Bookmarks Book Club, Wednesday, June 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Precious and Grace," by Alexander McCall Smith.
  • Tween Book Club, Wednesday, June 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. "Furthermore," by Tahereh Mafi. Register at the children's desk.
  • Teen Rant & Rave Book Club, Wednesday, June 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Rant and rave about your most hated or favorite books.
  • Grandparent/Grandchild Book Club, Thursday, June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. We'll be discussing the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Parks. Register at the children's desk.
  • iLABS: Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon to 7p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tech Help: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 4-5 p.m.