February 2018

Off the shelf newsletter




Laura Ingalls Wilder Week

At the Hudson Area Public Library, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of America’s most cherished authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who would’ve turned 151 years old on February 7th. Her enduring series of Little House books continue to stir the imagination of generations of readers. We’re honoring this Wisconsin-born writer with a series of events emphasizing authenticity. Events featured include a Laura cook-a-thon, Laura inspired crafts, a story time, book club and a special presentation entitled “Everything Laura Ingalls Wilder Left Out of Her Novels.”

All the program details can be found on our website.

Engineering Design Challenge

On Saturdays, February 10th through March 3rd, the library is hosting an Engineering Design Challenge program for kids in grades 6-8. This special class is being offered by Christopher Mick from Space St. Croix with an Out of School Learning grant from the NASA Glenn Research Center. Using the engineering design process, students will design, build, and improve a stand-alone solar powered pumping system. Investigations will include building a solar-powered oven to learn about reflecting solar energy to heat up a tasty treat, learning how light intensity changes as you move away from the source and how lenses can be used to manipulate light.

Call in or stop by the front desk to register. 

Winter Reading

A good book, a cup of cocoa and a comfy chair - winter is for reading! The library’s winter reading program had its kick-off on January 3rd, but it’s not too late to join. Visit our website to register and check-out the reading challenges you’ll be able to complete to earn entries for prizes. Registration at the circulation desk and paper reading logs will also be available to log your reading time if you prefer to go the old-school route. Prizes include gift cards from several of our local Hudson businesses and some wonderful, winter-themed gift baskets. Anyone ages 13 and up is invited to join us. Don’t miss out on this winter fun!

New Fiction in February

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Fifty Fifty by James Patterson
Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
Poison by John Lescroart
Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding
A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
The Deceivers by Alex Berenson
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

March 2018

Off the shelf newsletter



Teen Art and Tech at the Library

At the Hudson Area Library, we have an upcoming teen series that’s a mash-up of art and technology.

Early March features two special events in the library world: Will Eisner Week (March 1-7) and Teen Tech Week (March 4-10). Eisner, a legendary comic artist who created The Spirit, John Law and Lady Luck, is also considered the father of the graphic novel.

On March 3rd, in honor of Eisner’s work, we have local comic artist, Collin Kiesow, offering a comics workshop for teens. In this workshop, Kiesow will demonstrate comic panel transitions and layouts, share the do’s and don’ts of comics, and offer fun comic-related activities.

On March 6 and March 7, we’ll have workshops for teens and tweens so they can explore the digital art tools available at our library, including electronic drawing tablets, photography and photo manipulation software. We’ll help teens become content creators and learn how to leverage library resources to share their creations through podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or other digital resources.

New iLabs

Have you visited our new iLABS yet? Located downstairs next to the Computer Lab, you will find iLABS for all ages—a 3-D printer, new computers and tablets with amazing software for audio/visual/graphic design creation, a digital converter for transferring your personal VHS movies to DVD, and more.

You’re invited to use the new equipment during Open Lab time: noon-7:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm Friday, and 11:00 am-2:00 pm on Saturdays. You can use your library card to check out equipment for use in the library: a Brother computerized sewing machine, Cricut machine, Canon camera and/or tripod, a drawing touch tablet & art pen, a Snowball microphone for recording vocals, podcasts & narration, and a photo studio kit with green, black & white backdrop screens, lightboxes & umbrella reflectors. Join us at the Library and put ideas into action!

Rince Na Chroi

Wear your dancing shoes and bring your Irish spirit to the library on March 17th at 1:00 pm for a special St. Patrick’s Day event. The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers from St. Paul will be giving a demonstration and a little Irish dancing lesson.

Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na Cree), Gaelic for “dance of the heart,” was founded by Katie Stephens Spangler in 2003 and is located in St. Paul, MN. The dance troupe has grown from about 15 to over 150 since then. They have performed all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest at events such as the Irish Fair of Minnesota, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Grand Old Day, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and many more.

The school offers classes for all ages and skill levels, including adults and a summer dance camp. You can visit their website, to see all their classes and schedule of upcoming performances.

New Fiction in March

The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
Red Alert by James Patterson
The Disappeared by C.J. Box
Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel
The Flight Attendant by Christopher Bohjalian
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson
The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin
Children of Blood and Stone by Tomi Adeyemi
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliot
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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