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.

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.

Introduction to Google Calendar

The Hudson Library & Historical Society will host an Introduction to Google Calendar class on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Learn how to use Google's online calendar for effective time management. Find out how to share event information, invites, notifications and more. Prerequisites: an active Gmail account (must know password) and basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register at or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Teen, Meet and Eat group to meet monthly

Teens can explore and share their favorite topics through books, movies, TV shows, art and more each month at the Hudson library.

"Teen, Meet and Eat" is an exciting new club that meets the second Saturday of the month and explores a variety of genres. From steampunk to pop culture, all topics are open for discussion and all discussion will be chosen by TME members. A new topic will be featured each month. Pizza, donated by Donato's, will be provided.

Feb. 11: TBA

March 11: TBA

April 15: TBA

May 13: TBA

Pizza is guaranteed for those who sign up, so be sure to register!

Registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1032 or visit to register.

Community Hymn Sing celebrating 25 years of Wilhelm Organ

This year marks 25 years since the installation of the great Wilhelm pipe organ at First Congregational Church in 1991. Please join First Congregational Church in continuing to celebrate this milestone as we join in a Community Hymn Sing in the Sanctuary on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. Helps celebrate a rich heritage of hymn music across history accompanied by the Wilhelm organ. The program of the hymn sing will be based on favorite hymns from the congregation of First Congregational Church.

Admission to the hymn sing is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Wilhelm organ fund.

Contact Charlotte Beers Plank at with any questions.

Exploring Japanese Culture and Calligraphy

Haruhide Osugi, Japan Outreach Coordinator from Kent State University, will give a presentation on traditional Japanese culture and calligraphy on Feb. 12 to teens grades 6-12. Osugi is part of the Japan Outreach Initiative, a program that works to promote a greater understanding of Japan through interactive programs. The event will include a 30-minute presentation by Osugi followed by a hands-on calligraphy activity.

This program starts at 2 p.m. in the Flood Meeting room at the Hudson Library.

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

Ready, Set, Design! with STEM program

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to a fun and exciting STEM program at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Participants will work together to quickly solve an open-ended problem with limited time and material.

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, will conduct this STEM workshop that incorporates collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving in teams through a hands-on design challenge to help students think creatively.

Registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020 or visit to sign up.

Upcycled Mosaic patterns workshop

Be creative with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Inspired by Middle Eastern and Moroccan tile mosaic art, learn and make repeat pattern designs using everyday recycled materials! The class is Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. and is for grades 3 5.

Registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020 or visit to sign up.

Professor leads future of Europe discussion at Great Decisions Series

The Hudson Library & Historical Society kicks off its 2017 Great Decisions foreign affairs discussion series on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m with a discussion on the future of Europe. Dr. Keith K. Lepak, the coordinator of peace and conflict studies at Youngstown State University, will moderate the discussion. Copies of the briefing books, which contain short essays about each topic, are available for participants to check out from the library.

Lepak teaches courses in international government and international relations at Youngstown State University. His publications in international affairs include the book, "Prelude and Solidarity: Poland and the Politics of the Gierek Regime."

Great Decisions, the largest discussion group on foreign affairs in the United States, is free and open to anyone interested in discussing foreign policies. The group will meet monthly. Participants will meet, watch a 30-minute documentary from the Great Decisions in Foreign Policy PBS televisions series and discuss. Expert moderators from area universities and organizations will lead the conversation.

No registration required. For more information, visit or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Sign up for SAT Practice Test Feb. 26

An SAT Practice Test for high school students will be offered at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

On Feb. 26 at 1 p.m., the Princeton Review will administer the redesigned timed SAT test (minus the writing portion). It will last approximately 3 ° hours. Students are asked to bring pencils and a calculator.

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