The Hudson Library & Historical Society is gearing up in a big way for National Library Week 2017, which runs Sunday, April 9 through Saturday, April 15. There will be ongoing special events for all ages and valuable prize give-aways.
National Library Week is a national observance sponsored since 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. The week-long celebration also promotes library use and hopes to increase support for libraries of all types including public and school libraries. Stop in and show your support for the Hudson Library and you could win a prize! Register for programs at www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330.653.6658, x1010 (Adults) or x1020 (Children’s) for more information.
National Library Week prizes will be on display in the library lobby display cases. Receive an entry form every time you check out at least ten (10) items during April 9-15 to increase your chance of winning. Entry forms will be available at the circulation desk. Prizes include books, DVDs and other items of interest for kids and teens, and a coffee basket for adults featuring the brand-new canvas library bag and Malley’s chocolate bars. Winners will be drawn at random and contacted by telephone.
The week-long lineup of entertaining and informative programs begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday with the hugely popular Chardon Polka Band, who will play their unique brand of polka in the library rotunda. The Band is in high demand outside of the Buckeye state, having played at an NFL game, headlined for some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation and even opened for the Cleveland Orchestra.
The evening of Monday, April 10, has something for everyone. At 6:30 p.m., families and budding authors can hear the 2016 Caldecott Award Winner, author Lindsay Mattick, explain how her great grandfather, a veterinarian in World War I, rescued a real, live bear known today as Winnie the Pooh. Learn the remarkable true story and hear about Mattick’s journey of turning her family’s heart-warming story into the award-winning title, “Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.”
Also on Monday night the library’s Between the Lines Book Club will meet at 7:00 in the second floor Eldredge Reading Room to discuss “A Man Called Ove,” one of the most popular books of 2016. Simultaneously, a 3D Printing class will be held in the library’s technology lab.
On Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., teens can dream big by joining the University of Akron’s Women in Engineering group in activities exploring chemical engineering. Girls in Engineering is for grades 6-12.
Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to a Caribbean Carnival on Wednesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. This art workshop features festival artist, Wendy Mahon, who will illustrate the diversity and cultures of the world through the artistic techniques of mask making, fabric design or batik.
A Stuffed Animal Sleepover is planned for Thursday, April 13th. Bring your favorite stuffed animal (or second favorite) to the library at 7:00 p.m. for a special storytime, and then tuck your animal in for a sleepover. They will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games and probably staying up very late! Pick them up the next morning on Friday April 14th at 10:00 a.m. where we’ll see pictures of their antics, make a craft and enjoy a light breakfast.
On Friday at 3:00 p.m. 3D Printing for Tweens (grades 3-5) will focus on Original Designs created in Tinkercad. The library will print the design for you and prints will be ready for pick-up within one week. (Students must have attended at least one other 3D printing class in order to participate in this free-style creation class.)
National Library Week wraps up Saturday with Panda Kung Fu, a fun kung fu class for kids. Two sessions will be offered: 11:00 a.m. for ages 4-7 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. Registration is required.