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 or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Learn about Shmoop AP Testing Database April 4

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.

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

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 or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Learn about science of good cooking

Learn the techniques of sauting and stir frying, the cornerstones of cooking, with Catherine St. John, owner and school director of Western Reserve School of Cooking, on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

St. John will demonstrate a simple saut of chicken with shallots, garlic, herbs, lemon and white wine as well as a chicken stir fry with broccoli and cashews. She will also serve a salad of mixed greens with a balsamic vinaigrette and demonstrate how to make an emulsified dressing.

St. John a graduate of the Tante Marie's School of Cooking. She has worked in the culinary field for over 30 years as an executive chef, teacher, caterer, consultant and personal chef and teacher at WRSOC for 20 years. She has also worked on the WRSOC cookbook "Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes: Lessons Learned at one of the Oldest Cooking Schools in America," and appears on Fox 8 in Cleveland.

Register for this free program at For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 for information.

Compete in the Teen Poetry Slam

The Hudson Library will be hosting a Teen Poetry Slam April 6 at 7 p.m.

Bring your most creative stanzas to the teen room. The poet who receives the most applause will win a Starbucks gift card. Be sure to bring a printed copy of your poem on hand for the librarian to review. The library will also serve tea and cookies.

Exploring Japanese culture and calligraphy

Join Haruhide Osugi, Japan Outreach Coordinator from Kent State University, for a presentation on traditional Japanese culture and calligraphy on April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society during its new extended Friday hours. Learn about the different styles of Japanese calligraphy and its connection with daily life. The program will include an introduction to Japanese Calligraphy Culture followed by a hands-on calligraphy activity.

Do the Bunny Hop

Osugi is part of the Japan Outreach Initiative, a program that works to promote a greater understanding of Japan through interactive programs. Space is limited, registration is required. Register online at or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Hop into the library for spring fun. Come to the Bunny Hop on April 8 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. where we'll have stories, songs, balloon animals, face painting, snack and a craft. Plus live bunnies and a special visitor.

For families with children ages 2 and up (Infant siblings welcome to attend).

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

Chardon Polka Band performs April 9

The Hudson Library & Historical Society Music Series welcomes The Chardon Polka Band on April 9 at 2 p.m.

Known for being innovative and extremely adaptive, this group of five has an extensive catalogue of traditional polkas mixed with their own tunes and polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga. They love to entertain and enjoy adding their own unique edge and antics to the genre of polka.

While continuing to be active in Cleveland where they got their start, these musicians often take to the road. They have played at an NFL game, headlined for some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation, and even opened for the Cleveland Orchestra.

All ages are welcome and there is no registration for this free program. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit

Enjoy monthly STEAM storytimes

The STEAM Storytime program meets April 7 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. with All about the Weather. Children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver can enjoy stories and songs before doing hands-on activities and crafts.

The series will continues May 5 with Earth, Sun, Moon.

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

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,, 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.

Teen girls to experience chemical engineering

The Hudson Library invites girls in grades 6-12 to join the University of Akron's Women in Engineering group in activities exploring chemical engineering on April 11 at 4 p.m.

The Women in Engineering network includes innovative and exciting programming to introduce girls to engineering opportunities and to support women in reaching their full potential. It serves as a catalyst for increasing the number of women in engineering.

All materials will be provided at this free hands-on engineering activity, however registration is required. To register, visit For more information, call the Teen Room at 330-653-6658 ext. 1032.