Baby sign language is a rapidly growing practice among parents who hope to develop the cognitive skills and emotional health of their infants. Why use sign language if your baby can hear though? Surprisingly, there are lots of reasons! Learn about those reasons and more at our free Baby Sign Language Class. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. The course will be taught by speech language pathologist Jenny Lief in partnership with Hudson Hospital & Clinic.
Why should kids have all the fun? Hudson Public Library is working in partnership with Hop & Barrel Brewing to host an adult story time on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7-8 p.m. The evening's theme is "Hot Nights." Librarians, brewers, and community members will read aloud various "Hot Nights" stories to an adult (ages 21+) audience. We're hoping to make this a monthly event with varying themes. Snacks will be provided and there will be beer for purchase.
Reading doesn't have to be a solitary experience. You can enjoy the journey with other readers through a book club. At the Hudson Area Library, we have book clubs for readers of all ages and fans of all genres. Younger kids tend to love a series, so we often hold multiple sessions focusing on one author's work. Last year we started a "Series of Unfortunate Events" book club. This book club meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is for kids in grades 3-6.
On Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m., the Hudson Library will be joining in the worldwide celebration of Harry Potter World Book Night. We hope you can join us as we celebrate everything Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. Every aspiring Hogwarts student can start the night by being sorted into their house. There will be a Dobby sock game, a scavenger hunt, Harry Potter trivia games and crafts too. The evening won't be complete until you discover your patronus. Be sure to wear your Harry Potter costumes and gear. This program is for fans in grades K-6.
Adulting: The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks. We're running a series for teens who are launching themselves toward independence. Register online or at the front desk. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6-7:30 p.m Session One: What's in Your Wallet? Hopefully Money. Learn about balancing a checking account, student loans, car loans, credit cards and the adultiest of all financial topics: savings.
Come to the library 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 to celebrate all things Dav Pilkey! Pilkey is author of several fabulously popular children's book series including Captain Underpants, Dog Man, Ricky Ricotta and The Dumb Bunnies, and the recipient of numerous children's literature awards. He is well known for his hilarious, comic illustration style and irreverent humor. At the party we'll have special games, crafts, treats and activities all related to Dog Man and Captain Underpants.
Beginning Jan. 6, 2019, the library will be open from 12-4 p.m. every Sunday, through May 19. There will be a hiatus for summer break and then we'll open on Sundays again when school resumes. We'll be celebrating with a Grand Opening party on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and a performance by the Schiffelly Puppets. The Schiffelly Puppets is an all-ages show with comedy, original puppet characters, and life lessons mixed with classic fairy tales. It's an action-packed entertainment extravaganza! We'll also be holding a prize drawing for baskets full of books.
Come to the library 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, to meet Jacqueline West, author of the bestselling middle-grade "Elsewhere" series. Her new novel "The Collectors," has been called "a brilliant fantasy adventure." West is also the author of the YA novel "Dreamers Often Lie," and the NYT-bestselling MG series "The Books of Elsewhere." Her debut, "The Shadows" (The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One), garnered multiple starred reviews and state award nominations, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and received the 2010 CYBILS award for fantasy/science fiction.
It's a dark and stormy night. Not to mention cold. Survive and thrive during the season with great books and the library's winter reading program running from Jan. 3 through Feb. 28. Just stop by the library and pick-up a winter reading bingo sheet. Complete book-related activities. Submit the sheet. Win prizes and wait for spring. It's that easy. We're hosting several events to help you survive and thrive during our coldest Wisconsin winter months.
The new year is often a time of reflection and of course resolutions. We thought a great way to begin 2019 would be to host a health fair to educate and inform our community about all the great health and wellness resources and opportunities we have right here in Hudson. So we hope you will join us at the library 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 as we present the Hudson Family Health Festival.