Chinese Music Ensemble

performs 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.

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

Families can celebrate the Year of the Rooster and the Chinese new year together on Jan. 28 between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy food, crafts and entertainment for all. Register at hudsonlibrary.org. For more information visit or call the Children's Library at 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Generation startup screening Jan. 25

Along with the support from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Hudson Library & Historical Society will be presenting the movie "Generation Startup" on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the library's Teen Room.

The movie goes to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it's an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action--with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country's economic future is at stake.

Register at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1032.

Children can

take Kindermusik

Kindermusik is the world's leading music-and-movement program for children in early childhood development. The Hudson Library & Historical Society will be expanding their Kindermusik programming availability in the spring of 2017. The library will offer two sessions for the infant-2 year old group (9:30 and 10:15 a.m.) and one session for 3-5-year-olds at 11 a.m.

Sessions are for 3-5-year-old children only. Parents are free to browse the library for the half hour while they wait. If your 3-year-old child does not feel comfortable coming to the program alone, register with one of the younger groups. Registration for the Jan. 27 program starts Dec. 29. Visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Try out PS4 Virtual

Reality Jan. 29

Teens are invited to experience the latest in virtual reality gaming. On Jan. 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Hudson Library will feature the PlayStation VR in the Teen Room on the big video wall. Those in grades 6-12 can enjoy an afternoon of fun free of charge.

The PlayStation VR takes gaming to the next level by transporting users to the virtual worlds of their games. PS VR leverages state-of-the-art technologies, such as 360 degree head tracking, wide field of view, and high refresh rates, to heighten the emotions gamers experience as they play and make them believe they've been transported to another world.

For further information, please contact the library's Teen Room at 330-653-6658 ext. 1032.

ACT Practice Test

A free ACT Practice Test for high school students will be offered at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. On Jan. 29 at 1 p.m., the Princeton Review will administer the timed ACT test (minus the writing portion). It will last approximately 3 ° hours. Students are asked to bring pencils and a calculator. This is a free program.

Registration is required and space is limited. For further information or to register, call the Teen Room at 330-653-6658 ext. 1032 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.

English for Speakers

of Other Languages

information session

The Hudson Library & Historical Society, along with Project Learn, will hold an information session on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. for people who want to learn English. Project Learn will give out information about English learning resources and do basic tests of participants' English ability. Anyone who is interested in ESOL classes should attend.

Through The Eyes of the Artist: Steve McCurry

The Hudson Library & Historical Society continues a series of artist biographical lectures on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. when local art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman Discusses the photographer Steve McCurry.

McCurry is an American photographer who is known for his work in photojournalism. He is best known for his 1984 photograph "Afghan Girl," which originally appeared in National Geographic. Attendees will be given an informative postcard that includes facts about the artist's life. Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

An Evening with

Author Tracy Chevalier

International bestselling author Tracy Chevalier returns to the Hudson Library & Historical Society to discuss her latest book, "At the Edge of the Orchard" on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The book, set in Northwest Ohio, tells the story of a pioneer family living and struggling on the American frontier.

Chevalier is the author of eight historical novels, including the international bestseller "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which has sold over 5 million copies and been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. American by birth, British by geography, she lives in London with her husband, son and cat. She is also the editor of "Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre." Chevalier is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has honorary doctorates from her alma maters Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia.

Copies of "At the Edge of the Orchard" will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Enjoy STEAM storytimes

The STEAM Storytime program is back Feb. 3 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. with Discover Dinosaurs. Children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver can enjoy stories and songs before doing hands-on activities and crafts.

The series will continue on the first Friday of every month through May.

March 3: The World of Ohio Animals

April 7: All about the Weather

May 5: Earth, Sun, Moon

Register for one of the two sessions at hudsonlibrary.org. For more information visit or call the Children's Library at 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Entrepreneurship Series: Content Marketing talk

Jessa Hochman, CEO of Citrus Social, a Cleveland content marketing firm, will speak as part of the Hudson Library's Winter/Spring 2017 Entrepreneurship Series on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Hochman will discuss content marketing with a focus on social media.

Hochman is known for her ability to combine social media marketing and content creation. Specializing in nonprofit and "B to C" businesses, Hochman has acted as a website editor, professional blogger, and has been recognized for her successes in content marketing with a Gold PRSA award and several publishing credits.

The Entrepreneurship Series is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.