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 hudsonlibrary.org 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 www.hudsonlibrary.org to sign up.

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.

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 hudsonlibrary.org 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 hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

An unfortunate matinee and more Feb. 20

Bring the kids to the library on their day off school for a showing of an unfortunate movie on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The film, which is now an equally dismal TV series, is about a trio of orphans who are sent to live with an alarming uncle, played by Jim Carrey. There will be a craft offered after the PG-rated movie.

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

Book Club for Tweens meets Feb. 21

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 Feb. 21 is "The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel," a fantasy about a famed medieval scientist who discovers the secret of immortality.

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

Learn business and personal financial planning

Cynthia M. Kula, CPA/PFS, CFP will present a program at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on business and personal financial planning Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Kula has more than 35 years of public accounting experience and is director of tax at Walthall CPAs.

A graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelor of science in computer and information science, Kula is a frequent speaker to and writer for industry and community groups, trade associations, the OSCPA, and Lorman Educational Services. She also volunteers for the Plain Dealer Tax Call-in and the OSCPA FETCH! Day.

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.

Adult Coloring in the Cafe Feb. 22

Life got you stressed out? Relax and get in touch with your creative side at the Hudson Library & Historical Society's Coloring in the Cafe program on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Adult coloring books are all the rage lately--they've been described as fun, therapeutic, and even "yoga for your brain!" Find out what all the fuss is about and de-stress while you're at it. The library will provide light refreshments, a relaxing atmosphere and everything you need to start coloring.

This program will be held in the library's Brewster Cafe. No registration is necessary.

Learn about resources for non-profits Feb. 22

Representatives of the Akron office of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence will discuss resources for non-profits as part of Hudson Library & Historical Society Winter/Spring 2017 Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Series on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Learn about services BVU provides to nonprofits, such as referral of board members, pro bono and direct service volunteers.

Representatives from BVU will include Regional Vice PresidentBeth Winter, Director, Nonprofit Engagement Kimberly Simpson-Kee and Director, Business Engagement Andrea Wlaszyn. Participants will have an opportunity to speak with members of BVU in a small-group setting about services that can strengthen their nonprofit.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence's mission is to promote business volunteerism and foster excellence in nonprofit organizations. BVU is a national model organization that strengthens nonprofits by involving thousands of volunteers from the community; engaging hundreds of business executives and professionals on nonprofit boards of directors; and providing leading-edge board and management consulting and training services for nonprofits.

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 for information.

Learn Jewish Genealogy with the Hudson Genealogy Study Group

Join the Hudson Genealogy Study Group at the Hudson Library & Historical Society to discover the world of Jewish Genealogy on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.

Shayna Mucherheide, branch manager at the Cleveland Public Library- Lorain Branch, will speak on her extensive research and published work on her Eastern European Jewish family history. Learn how to conduct Ashkenazi Jewish family history research and write a narrative of your findings. Emphasis will be placed on obtaining primary records via archives, online databases and LDS microfilms.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1017 or visit hudsonlibrary.org to sign up.

Enjoy Sensory Story Times monthly

Sensory Story Times at the Hudson Library & Historical Society are designed especially for young children with special needs and sensory integration challenges.

The content is geared toward children ages 3 to 6 with a caregiver, but all children are welcome to participate in this interactive, fun and educational program. Families can enjoy a quieter atmosphere on a day that is less busy at the library. The goal is to provide a relaxed environment for children who may be overstimulated in a typical storytime program. A time of play will be offered at the conclusion of the program that will include sensory toys and an opportunity for parents and children to foster relationships and gain support from each other.

This new storytime series will be offered the last Sunday of each month (Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30) at 1 p.m. Registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020 or visit hudsonlibrary.org to register.

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 hudsonlibrary.org.

Ohio State Forms for 2016 Tax Year at library

In recent years the Ohio Department of Taxation has found that only 10 percent of printed personal income tax returns end up being filed with the state of Ohio. To eliminate this waste of paper, they are ending bulk distributions. Income Tax Instruction booklets, however, will continue to be sent to libraries.

Paper forms can still be obtained by:

1) Visiting the Ohio Department of Taxation Web site (tax.ohio.gov)

2) Calling our toll-free Forms Request line (1-800-282-1782), or

3) Writing to:

Ohio Department of Taxation

P.O. Box 2476

Columbus, Ohio 43216-2476

Friends of Hudson Library book sale schedule

The Hudson library has always taken pride in being able to provide patrons with the forms needed to file annual income taxes. Unfortunately, these changes are outside of the library's control. Library staff will gladly point patrons toward the necessary resources, and patrons can use the library's public computers to access resources online.

Fall has arrived, and so have the fall and winter holiday books at the Friends of the Hudson Library book sale room. The Friends hold full day book sales on the first Saturday and third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning only book sales take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Most major credit cards are now being accepted for purchases over $10. Books make great gifts, and many new and like-new books can be found at the book sales. Specialty books such as large print, books on CD and non-English texts are also available.

The Friends welcome donations of clean, sellable books. CDs, DVDs and collectible or vintage book are also appreciated. Outdated reference materials, textbooks, damaged items and VHS tapes are not accepted. For more information, contact Sue McDonald at 330-653-9751.

Homework Connection tutoring returns

The Hudson Library begins its Homework Connection tutoring program, a free homework help service for middle school and high school students, in the Teen Room every Monday and Tuesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program that does not require registration. It will not take place on days that there is no school.

Students from the Hudson High School's National Honor Society volunteer their services for this program. The library is pleased to partner with the schools in this community outreach effort.

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

Great Reads at the Hudson Library Courtesy of Hudson Garden Club

The Hudson library now has an extensive collection on gardening due to our donations over the decades--all due to the Hudson Home and Garden Tour support. These items are available for all patrons of the Cleveland Public Library system to check out via intra-library loan, so our outreach really does go far. Winter is re-appearing this week - perfect weather to curl up with a good gardening book.

Since 1933, HGC has been purchasing books, magazines and films for the local library as a way to fulfill the club's mission--spreading the knowledge and love of gardening. The additions to the library now number in the hundreds of volumes--all related to gardening. Topics include garden design, how-to manuals, gardening history, famous gardens, books on specific plants, landscaping, pruning, garden essays, photography of flowers, flower arranging, herbs, vegetable gardening and more.

Every year, the club donates about 30 adult and youth books to the Hudson library. HGC also funds gardening magazine subscriptions and videos. When a new book arrives, it is placed on the New Books shelf for six months before it is shelved with the general collection. Each item contains a book plate acknowledging our club.

This annual donation for the benefit of the Hudson community is made possible by the proceeds from the Hudson Home and Garden Tour that our club organizes every June.

For more information, visit www.hudsongardenclub.org/category/community.

Learn during Microsoft Office Month in March

Do you need help with Microsoft Office? March has officially been named Microsoft Office Month at the Hudson Library & Historical Society! Learn the tips and tricks behind the Office Suite of programs including: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Publisher and Access. Whether you are a beginner or looking to discover more advanced features we have you covered. Unable to attend a class? Schedule a one-on-one technology appointment. Participants who complete the series will receive a library certificate (not associated with Microsoft certification).

The list of programs includes:

Excel for Beginners | March 1, 2 p.m.

Intermediate Excel | March 8, 2 p.m.

Introduction to PowerPoint | March 6, 7 p.m.

Intermediate PowerPoint | March 13, 7 p.m.

Intermediate Word | March 8, 7 p.m.

Introduction to Publisher | March 9, 2 p.m.

Introduction to Access | March 20, 7 p.m.

Space is limited, registration is required. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.