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Hudson Library Notes: Forever Young Adult book club at the library

Tina Norris

Librarians think you're never too old for young adult books, and millions of readers agree. By some estimates, nearly 70 percent of teen titles are purchased by readers older than 18.

That's why we're starting Forever Young Adult at the Hudson Area Public Library. This new book club is for adult readers who love teen novels. We'll meet the first Wednesday of the month from September through October. (January is the exception. We'll meet the second Wednesday.) The club starts at 7 p.m. and includes refreshments.

In the past, the occasional teen novel would catch the eyes of adult readers. J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," for example, is widely believed to have helped create the young adult genre. The series that hooked millions of adults on YA, however, is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. Her blockbuster series is a blend of middle grade and young adult.

Since then, adults have flocked to the YA sections in bookstores and libraries. The reasons are varied—teen titles are shorter, which makes them attractive options for busy adults. They also cost less, and the plot-driven storytelling creates real page-turners. Publishing houses produce many high-concept stories, such as "Divergent" and "Hunger Games," that become blockbuster movies. Those hit movies drive book sales.

Many teen novels are beautifully written, and they supersede their genre and win critical acclaim. Titles like "The Book Thief," "The Giver" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" have landed on critics' must-read lists.

Please join us for Forever Young Adult. We'll have multiple copies of the books available for check out. Here's the schedule:

• Sept. 5: "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater

• Oct. 3: "The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie

• Nov. 7: "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart

• Dec. 5: "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell

• Jan. 9: "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon

• Feb. 6: "The Truth About Alice" by Jennifer Mathieu

• March 6: "Dumplin'" by Julie Murphy

• April 3: "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika Sanchez

• May 1: "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

Upcoming events

Teen Chef - Cooking Thru the Book, Thursday, July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Learn recipes inspired by books. We'll be making treacle tart, which is featured in Alice in Wonderland and is a favorite in Harry Potter. Grades 6-12. Register online or at the front desk.

Fourth Friday, Film, Friday, July 27, 3:45-6 p.m. "Sherlock Gnomes" (PG). We'll provide the popcorn. All welcome!

Game day!, Saturday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for a variety of board games. Everyone welcome!

U-2 Incident Presentation & Lecture, Monday, July 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Gary Powers Jr. for a presentation about his father, U-2 pilot Gary Powers, the May 1, 1960 U-2 Incident, and his exchange for a Soviet spy as depicted in the Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies.

Minnesota's Jack Sparrow, Tuesday, July 31, 1-2 p.m. The storytelling pirate. Part of our Book Your Summer reading program. An all ages, whole family event!

Apollo Mission Presentation, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join STEM educator Christopher Mick of Space St. Croix. No registration required. A whole family event!

Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m.

Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m.

Stories for All (0-5), Wednesday,s 11:15 a.m.

Book Clubs: No book clubs meeting this week.

iLABS: Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2p.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!