Genealogy speaker to address church records

On March 25 at 10 a.m. the Hudson Genealogical Study Group welcomes Trudy Painting to discuss Accessing Church Records. Painting is a long time genealogy group member and genealogist.

Church records may include baptisms, marriages, burials, as well as membership and participation in church activities. Church affiliation often accounts for migration patterns. The examination of Church records often can uncover vital clues in determining one's family history.

No registration is required. For further information on this program please contact the archives department at 330-653-6658 ext. 1043 or email historical.society@hudson.lib.oh.us.

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 (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.

Hudson library restores Friday afternoon hours

Customers of the Hudson Library & Historical Society will again be able to stock up on weekend reading material, music CDs, DVDs, tech gadgets and science kits for kids on Friday afternoons starting April 7 when the facility will remain open until 5 p.m.

"We are very excited to expand our Friday afternoon hours and plan to fill the time with enrichment programs for all ages," said the library's Executive Director E. Leslie Polott. "This would not have been possible without the passage of the 2016 library levy and the support of the Hudson voters."

On the first Friday, April 7, a 2 p.m. program is planned for adults, "Exploring Japanese Culture and Calligraphy," which gives an introduction to Japanese culture followed by a hands-on calligraphy activity. A "Teen Trivia" interactive group contest will be held at 3:30, using the Teen Room's video wall and mobile devices. Look for more programs, crafts, activities and a new Non-Fiction Book Club to come on Fridays in the coming weeks and months. For more information or to register for library programs, visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658.

Learn to use QuickBooks online

Tips & techniques on using QuickBooks Online will be explained in a two-part workshop from Kathy Dise, President and Founder of BudgetEase, at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Part I will be March 29 and Part II on March 30, with both workshops beginning at 6:30 p.m. Register for each session separately. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to follow along with the program.

The first night will cover determining which version of QuickBooks Online is best for you, creating a QuickBooks Online account, setting company preferences, syncing transactions from the bank, learning how to add a product, customer or vender, and where to enter bills, invoices and checks. Part II will review adding products, customers and vendors, bank reconciliations, setting up an invoice template, adding memorized transactions, setting up inventory, inventory management and customizing and exporting reports.

Kathy Dise is the president and founder of BudgetEase. She earned her MBA in finance from the University of Toledo and her BBA in finance from St. Mary's. Along with 20 years of experience in the banking industry, Dise is also a QuickBooks Certified Accountant for desktop and online products. Before founding BudgetEase, Dise worked at the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Center commercializing cardiovascular technologies.

This program is part of the library's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research Entrepreneurship Series and is also co-sponsored by the Akron SCORE chapter. Register for each session at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Learn to make video stories with Flipagram

Create and share compelling, visual stories with the Flipagram app for your Apple or Android device at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on March 29 at 2 p.m.

Flipagrams are short photo-video stories created from your favorite images and music. Learn how to create a flipagram and how to share your posts on your favorite social networks. Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable navigating their device and should be able to install the free Flipagram app from their app store. Please bring smartphone or tablet.

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

Hudson library launches writing critique group

Do you like to write? Are you looking for a group of fellow writers with whom to share your work and writing goals?

On March 29 at 7 pm, the Hudson Library & Historical Society will launch the first meeting of Hudson Writers, a new writing critique group to meet monthly at the library in Brewster Caf. Whether you write for fun or have dreams of being published, this group is the place where you can share your work and receive feedback from others. All genres and writing styles are welcome.

Bring your work to share and be ready to read and comment on work of other writers in the group. Light refreshments will be provided for this opening meeting.

Hudson Writers will meet in Brewster Caf on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

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

Spring break make & take March 29

Drop-in and get crafty! Come to the Story Time room anytime between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and March 30 to make some crafts. Different crafts will be available throughout the day and will be first come first serve. Make as many as you like. All ages are welcomed. The crafts will be geared toward ages 4-6. No registration is required.

High school students can learn how the premium database Shmoop can help them study for AP tests and improve their scores. The Hudson Library & Historical Society is offering this free program on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Flood Family Meeting Room.

Learn about Shmoop AP Testing Database April 4

Shmoop is a unique database that gives students individualized and specialized help in test preparation. Each of Shmoop's Test Prep guides includes comprehensive content review, hundreds of drills with answer explanations and videos, full-length practice tests, info about the format and scoring of the exam, and strategies for test day.

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

Learn to cook for food allergies

For individuals who have food allergies, finding healthy and tasteful meals can be challenging. Get some meal planning ideas from Heinen's Colleen Burch and Ryan McKenna when they prepare samples of allergy-friendly meals, baking ideas and alternatives to pantry staples at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

They will also discuss how food allergies develop, the most common allergens, going gluten free and avoiding potential allergens.

Burch is a Heinen's Certified Health Coach who has been able to reverse the negative side effects of food allergens and additives for herself. McKenna is a Heinen's Wellness Consultant and Certified Personal Trainer.

Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 for information.

Book Club announces new titles

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

On April 10 the group will discuss one of the biggest books of 2016, "A Man Called Ove," by Fredrik Backman. The Swedish book, written in 2012, was translated into English a year later and the resulting Swedish feature film was nominated for two Academy Awards. The story follows a 59-year old curmudgeon who slowly learns to appreciate life again.

On May 8 the club will turn its attention to the iconic dystopian classic, "1984" by George Orwell. Renewed interest in this title caused it to sell out on Amazon in January and it remains on the top of many best-seller lists.

The June 12 selection, "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren, is an autobiography called "Brilliant" by the Washington Post and "EngrossingThrilling" by The New York Times. Jahren, a geobiologist, puts forth "a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist." This surprise best-seller was nominated for the National Books Critics Circle Award, was a New York Times Notable Book and named "One of the Best Books of the Year" by The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Kirkus Reviews.

July10 the club will discuss the 2016 National Book Award Winner "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. Michael Schaub of NPR calls it "an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction."

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles will be the focus on August 14. This New York Times bestseller was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Full of humor and intrigue, the book tells the tale of a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.

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.