Meet Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast' March 28

Children are invited to join Belle from the story of "Beauty and the Beast" as she visits the library March 28 at 2 p.m.

Enjoy pictures with Belle, crafts related to this beloved fairy tale, including creating a paper rose, and a showing of the animated film. Children are invited to dress up as their favorite character from this story. This program is geared toward pre-K through grade 5 and their families.

Registration is required. Visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658.

Author Paul Watson discusses new book

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson as he discusses the mystery behind an 1845 shipwreck and its recent discovery as chronicled in his latest book, "Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition," at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on March 28 at 7 p.m.

Watson, who himself was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition in 2014, will tell the fascinating true story of Sir John Franklin and his crew who set off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage and were forced to abandon ship. Booklist calls the book, "Riveting. . . . An engrossing chronicle of a legendary doomed naval voyage and the nearly 200-year effort to bring the Franklin Expedition to a close."

Watson is the author of Where War Lives and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Headliner Award, the George Polk Award and the Robert Capa Gold Medal.

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

Learn to useQuickBooks 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.

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

Hudson library launches writing critique group

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.

An evening with Amy Stewart

Author Amy Stewart returns to discuss her New York Times bestseller, "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities" at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on April 3 at 7 p.m.

In "Wicked Plants," Stewart tackles plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Learn about which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South) and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). Stewart will draw upon history, medicine, science and more for this lively and entertaining program.

Stewart is the author of eight books, including four nonfiction New York Times bestsellers: "The Drunken Botanist," "Wicked Bugs," "Wicked Plants" and "Flower Confidential." She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society's Book Award and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award.

This program is generously sponsored by the Hudson Garden Club. Copies of "Wicked Plants" 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.

William Geroux, Author of The Mathews Men

Author William Geroux will discuss his book, "The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats" on April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

The book tells the fascinating true story of seven U.S. merchant marine brothers who found themselves as targets of U-boats off the coast of the United States during World War II. Kirkus called it "poignanta deep, compassionate group biography of these 'unsung heroes' of the Merchant Marines."

Geroux wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 25 years. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Associated Press, and various regional magazines. He also has worked for Maersk, the largest container-shipping company in the world.

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