From July 16-21 Hudson will be celebrating its annual RiverFest with a wide range of activities. The community is coming together for the theme of "RiverFest - A Party with a Purpose." This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to learn more about our natural landscape. Here at the library we're excited to host events about wildlife and preservation in the St. Croix River Valley. We will have three events over the course of the week.
This July, stop by the Hudson Area Public Library for our fifth annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Ice Cream Social is a fun, all ages event; it's being presented in partnership with the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation. Members from both groups will be in the library lobby serving root beer floats and The Bazillions, a popular band that plays fun music for all ages will perform from 11 a.m. to noon.
Librarians and educators talk about the importance of reading in the summer, but there's another subject that keeps kids' creativity sparked when they're on school break: art. We've planned art opportunities throughout the summer at the library. Not only is art fun, but practicing art and learning to appreciate it are critical parts of a child's development.
Did you know you don't need a bunch of money to learn a new language? In fact, all you need is a library card and a computer. The Hudson Library provides language subscriptions through Transparent Language Online. You can learn how to speak another language free of charge by engaging in practice activities such as listening, reading, speaking and writing. Save time and money by learning a language from the comfort of your home, or you can use a public computer at the library. What does Transparent Language Online provide?
Summer Reading at the library has officially started! Blast off into space, learn about writing, travel back to the early days of Wisconsin, and experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter! We have something for everyone so come on down to the library for an unforgettable summer. Space Camp: This is a five-day event that explores all things related to space. Kids can assemble rovers, learn about planting on Mars, assemble model rockets, and much more. It will run 2-4 p.m. June 24-28. You can register at the youth services desk.
Alexander Hamilton has leapt off the $10 bill in a big way. The Broadway musical is a runaway hit, spawning a bestselling soundtrack, spin-off books, clothing and a renewed interest in one of America's most fascinating Founding Fathers. We're bringing the craze to Hudson with "Hamil-Con" on Saturday, June 15, in a celebration of both American history and the blockbuster broadway show. At Lakefront Park we'll have Revolutionary War reenactors who will display artifacts, fire muskets over the river, and talk about military life during colonial America.
Our summer reading program has an exciting array of activities. Alongside blasting off into reading, you can also come to the library every Tuesday to enjoy lots of fun entertainment. Our schedule includes magicians, ventriloquists, music and more: • June 18, 1 p.m. Isaiah the Magician: Join us for an interactive comedy magic show. Everyone is welcome! • June 25, 1 p.m. nake Discovery!: Join Emily from Snake Discovery and learn about her incredible lizards, frogs and snakes. Participants will even have a chance to touch the reptiles! Bring the whole family!
From a school perspective, the "summer slide" is not found at your neighborhood park. It's a term educators use to describe kids sliding backward academically during the summer. Reading is key to stopping the summer slide, which is why libraries across the country offer summer reading programs with fun activities and reading incentives. According to Booksource, students who read during the summer gain an average of one month of reading proficiency. Students who don't read lose an average of two to three months proficiency and over time, those lost months add up to years.
We are excited to host award-winning mystery writer David Housewright on Thursday, May 23. He will discuss his new novel "Dead Man's Mistress," the 16th installment in the Rushmore McKenzie series. Housewright, a member of the illustrious "Minnesota Writers on the Map," has 23 novels under his belt.
For our last After-Hours Teen and Tween night, the library will turn into a spine-tingling space where youth will be transported to a world of mystery and intrigue. Mentalist and magician Robert Halbrook will present a program of "Dark Tales of Mystery and Intrigue" on Friday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m.