Book Club for Tweens meets Dec. 20

Book lovers in grades 4 to 6 are invited to join us at the Hudson Library for a monthly book discussion on the third Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The book for Dec. 20 is "Beautiful Blue World" by Suzanne LaFleur:

"Beautiful Blue World" is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.

Sofarende is at war. For 12-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they'll be all right. But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

This touching and suspenseful novel is a brilliant re-imagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon and children have the power to see what adults cannot.

Copies of the book are available at the children's room desk. Register at www.hudsonlibrary.org.

Stop in or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020 for more information.

Research Databases for Small Businesses

Learn to find valuable company, industry and financial information for a small business by using premium databases at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The library subscribes to more than 90 specialized databases and most of them are accessible from home. This class will cover six databases including Business Insights: Essential, Business Source Premiere, First Research, Hoover's, LexisNexis and Reference USA. These six are a sampling of business-oriented sources and can be valuable aids when researching companies and industries, markets and financial information. They provide access to many full-text articles from trade and academic journals, magazines, newspapers and SWOT reports.

This program is free but seating is limited. Register online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 for information.

Teens can make a holiday craft

Teens in grades 6 and up can drop in at the Hudson Library to decorate a glass ornament for any holiday they choose, or just for the fun of it. The library provides materials and you provide the imagination. The activity will be Dec. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

No registration is required get more information by calling 330-653-6658 ext. 1032.

Sleigh-in movie Dec. 22

Children of all ages with a caregiver can create a cardboard box sleigh to sit in while they watch short holiday films and enjoy snacks on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

Registration is required and can be done online at hudsonlibrary.org, or by calling 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Meet sled dog racer Jan. 7

Karen Land, a three-time participant in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska, will discuss how she got involved with sled dog racing and what led her to participate in the sport's most grueling race in presentation for families on Jan. 7.

The Race starts down the city streets of Anchorage, crosses the treacherous Alaskan Range Mountains and follows the bitterly cold Yukon River to the Bering Sea and the gold rush town of Nome. This program starts at 1 p.m. in the Flood Meeting room at the Hudson Library.

Register at hudsonlibrary.org or by calling 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Between the Lines Book Club upcoming selections

The Hudson Library's Between the Lines Book Club has selected new titles to be discussed in the coming months.

The Italian writer Elena Ferrante's four-book "Neapolitan Novels" series has received worldwide acclaim. The first in the series, "My Brilliant Friend," will be discussed at the Jan. 9 meeting. The New York Times Book Review says, "'Elena Ferrante is one of the great novelists of our time. Her voice is passionate, her view sweeping and her gaze basilisk.'"

On Feb. 13 the club will discuss "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J. D. Vance. The Economist says, "You will not read a more important book about America this year." The non-fiction debut set in Appalachia "is a beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America," says the Wall Street Journal.

March 13 will focus on Louise Erdrich's 2016 title, "LaRose." This literary masterpiece's premise is provocative. A man goes deer hunting and accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor's son; so consumed by guilt and sorrow, the man and his wife agree to give their son LaRose to the distraught neighbor to raise. The Washington Post calls it "A masterly tale of grief and love."

The April 10 meeting will be devoted to a hugely popular international best-selling novel that has taken the world by storm, "A Man Called Ove," by Fredrik Backman. The Swedish book, written in 2012, was translated into English a year later and a Swedish feature film was just released in the U.S. this fall.

The story follows a 59-year-old curmudgeon who slowly learns to appreciate life again. The San Diego Union Tribune named it one of the Best Books of 2015. The paper proclaims, "You will laugh, you will cry, as his heartbreaking story unfolds through the diverse cast of characters that enter his life, all uninvited. You will never look at the grumpy people who come into your life in quite the same way. A very memorable read."

The book club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, in the Eldredge Room on the second floor of the library. No registration is required. Even if you haven't finished the book, you're welcome to listen and participate. New members are always welcome. Copies of the next month's book are available at the Circulation Desk. Audio copies and large print also may be available. Call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010, for more information.

Enter a Lego Contest Jan. 14

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to enter an original Lego creation in the Hudson Library Lego Contest on Jan. 14. Builders can register at hudsonlibrary.org for one of two sessions - 2 or 3:30 p.m. Children must use their own Legos, Duplos, or other plastic bricks to create an original design. Complete rules and contest information are available online.

Families, friends and library patrons are welcome to come and vote for their favorite entries. Prizes will be awarded at each session for the crowd favorites in a variety of categories. Winners must be present to collect their prizes, and winning entries will be displayed in the library's vignette room for one week following the contest. For more information visit or call the Children's Library at 330-653-6658 ext 1020.

Ballet Excel Ohio to perform

Ballet Excel Ohio's ballerinas are coming to the Hudson Library on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. They will be performing a sneak peak of the ballet The Little Mermaid. Do you wish you could be part of their world? Come to hear the classic story of "The Little Mermaid." Children will have the opportunity to meet the costumed characters and participate in a dance. Please register all attending.

Hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Chinese New Year Celebration Jan. 22

Returning to the Hudson Library & Historical Society for its sixth year, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Northeast Ohio's traditional Chinese orchestra, will present a colorful new program to ring in the "Year of the Rooster" on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.

For this year's concert the seven-member ensemble will welcome guest soloist Yang Jin, one of China's top performers on the pipa and zhongruan lutes. Yang Jin will play several solo pieces as well as join with the ensemble for the finale. A graduate of the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, Yang Jin has toured internationally and was recently featured with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

In addition to performances by Yang Jin, the program will include two pieces depicting the clamor and excitement of a dragon boat race, as well as a rare performance of an art song from the Ming Dynasty, accompanied by the gugin, an ancient 7string zither.

All ages are welcome and there is no registration for this free program. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.