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Hudson Library column: Riverfest programming at the library

Tina Norris

The library has several events scheduled in conjunction with the St. Croix RiverFest July 17-22. This year's festival is special as it marks 50 years since the St. Croix was designated a national wild and scenic river. The core purpose of RiverFest is to bring people down to the river not only to enjoy its beauty but to educate our community about its preservation and host a river clean-up.

All of our story times during RiverFest week will be river-themed with books and puppet shows that celebrate and educate about our waterways and preserving them. These special story times will be: Toddler Time - Tuesday, July 17 at 10:15 a.m.; Babies & Books - Wednesday, and Thursday, July 18 and 19 at 10:15 a.m.; and Stories for All - Wednesday, July 18 at 11:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 18 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. we hope you and your young children can join us for "Animals Along the River." Melissa Dupont from Willow River State Park will be bringing some small river animals for a visit and discussing their lives in the water.

To round out RiverFest week at the library we are hosting "The Mermaid Echo" on Saturday, July 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Echo will be telling us about her trip in the St. Croix River from Prescott to Hudson and the beauty and pollution she encountered on her way. This is an all ages whole family event.

If you would like more information about RiverFest and the schedule of events, you can visit their website at We hope you can join us!

Upcoming events

Teen Chef - Cooking Thru the Book, Thursday, June 28, 1-2:30 p.m. Learn recipes inspired by books. We'll be making seed cake. Registration required.

Library closes early, Tuesday, July 3, 5 p.m.

Library closed, Wednesday, July 4 Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. (closed Wednesday, this week) Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m. (closed Wednesday, this week)

Book clubs: No book clubs this week. 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,, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the library!