April 2018

Off the shelf newsletter



1K Books Before K

Officially, kids learn to read in kindergarten. Unofficially, kids start learning how to be readers during their first weeks and months of life. That's why educators recommend parents read not just to their preschoolers but to their toddlers and babies. The movement for early literacy has a campaign called "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten."

A number with that many zeroes might sound overwhelming, but the math is reasonable. If you read one book each night, you'd hit 1,000 books in just over three years. Reading three books each night hits the goal in about one year.

Reading is an early indicator of academic success, yet studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties in learning to read. Early experiences and interactions are a key factor in a child's brain development. If they grow up enjoying stories, it's easier to get them to read independently when they're older.

It doesn't matter if parents are re-reading books. The act of reading — not the constant introduction of new stories — is what's important.

Parents can sign up for "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" online or at the library. Keep track of your reading and kids can earn stickers and small prizes as incentives. For more information go to and click on the button that says "Children."

Construction Club

At the Hudson Area Library, we know the only thing kids like better than construction is destruction. Now they can do both.

We're hosting a Construction Club for kids on the third Thursday of every month. We give them a variety of materials and challenge them to create. We have Legos and K'nex, but we also use everyday items.

Have you ever watched a kid unwrap an expensive toy and then play with the box? Their imaginations are fueled by ordinary objects. When we give kids marshmallows and toothpicks, they find a way to build a tower.

Kids' natural curiosity drives them to put things together--and take them apart—to learn how things work. Educators describe these skills as inquiry-based learning and tactile perceptions. Kids just call it tinkering.

In Construction Club, we let kids tinker. The projects help them develop fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities and creative minds. Kids also learn how to collaborate when they work on challenges together.

Earth Day At The Library

Earth Day is a global holiday with Wisconsin roots. At the Hudson Area Library, we've planned activities to commemorate the occasion.

Nearly 200 countries now celebrate Earth Day, but the event was conceived locally by former Wisconsin Governor and Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson formed a bipartisan partnership to launch the national "teach-in on the environment" we now call Earth Day, held each year on April 22.

Families can join us Saturday, April 28 to plant a flower at the library. We'll have a variety of flower options, including seeds for families to take home.

Elementary students have a special project on Saturday, April 14. Using natural materials, kids can make Fairy House Dioramas here at the library. They also can make one at home and bring it to the library. We'll display all the entries, and patrons can vote on their favorite.

For tweens and teens, we're going to have a craft program on Saturday, April 21. We'll recycle CDs and turn them into beautiful scratch art. There will be a separate craft for younger kids who want to participate.

There's no registration for any of the Earth Day activities.

Hope you can join us!

New Fiction in April

The Fallen by David Baldacci

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

The Knowledge by Martha Grimes

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen

Twisted Prey by John Sandford

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter

I've Got My Eyes On You by Mary Higgins Clark

Varnia by Charles Frazier

Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

May 2018

Off the shelf newsletter



T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board)

 At the Hudson Area Library, we believe teens hold the key to the future. We want to help them unlock it by offering fun leadership opportunities.

We’re looking for active members for our Teen Advisory Board (TAB), a group comprised of teens in grades 6-12. The board meets one Friday each month, and members also participate in programs. We count on TAB members to tell us about the kinds of books, magazines, movies and music they'd like to see at the library.

We believe teen involvement gives youth a more authentic library experience. TAB members help ensure the library is a teen-friendly place and that we're planning programs teens actually want to attend with their friends.

For teens, TAB service boosts their confidence, teaches them how to manage time and resources, gives them a sense of ownership in the library, and offers a chance to acquire community service hours. Teens can make new friends and mentor younger members.

We ask TAB applicants to fill out a short form that asks about their interests, ideas, favorite genres and special skills.

Get the application and more information at Click on the 'Teens and Tweens" button. 

Spring Cleaning

 When it comes to organization, most people love the result but dread the process. At the Hudson Area Library, we've invited a professional organizer to share her best strategies to take the stress out of spring cleaning.

Valerie Cady, who runs Winnow and Spruce Organizing, will share the psychological benefits of getting organized, how to overcome organizational hurdles, how to make decisions about what to keep, and creative ways to store and enjoy what we love. Her program "Clear the Clutter, Keep the Joy" is Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please register for this event.

Whether you own too many things, are surrounded by an abundance of items you've inherited from loved ones, or you simply want to downsize, we've asked Cady to share her strategies that will take you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling overjoyed. Cady has tackled projects as small as a closet and as large as a 50-foot storage trailer. She also does special projects such as setting up a filing system, organizing a computer, creating digital photo albums or organizing recipes.

Learn more about Cady at her website:

Gardening At The Library

In anticipation of summer, the Hudson library will be hosting two special gardening programs this month.

On Saturday, May 12 at 10:30, you can join us for a program about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from a local farmer. Megan Greeson from Sweet Top Farm will be leading a presentation and discussion about CSA, its history in our region, what it is, its importance and how you can participate. Her farm in Deer Park, Wisconsin grows more than 75 varieties of vegetables using sustainable, chemical free practices and delivers to Hudson, North Hudson, River Falls, and Woodbury.

The library is also very fortunate to be hosting multi-award winning author Heather Holm on Saturday, May 26 at 10:30 for a program entitled "What You Can Do for Pollinators." Roughly one third of the agricultural output in the U.S. is dependent on pollinators like butterflies, bees, bats and ants. Much of the food we eat and plants we enjoy are dependent on their work and industry. Holm will be sharing her insight and knowledge to help you grow a pollinator-friendly garden this summer. To find out more, check out her website -

Everyone is welcome and there's no registration required for either of these programs.

Hope you can join us!

New Fiction in May

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

How It Happened by Michael Koryta

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

Before And Again by Barbara Delinsky

Twisted Prey by John Sandford

The Cast by Danielle Steel

Love And Ruin by Paula Mclain

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts

A Court Of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas 


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