The Hudson Library & Historical Society is gearing up in a big way for National Library Week 2017, which runs April 9 - 15. There will be ongoing special events for all ages and valuable prize give-aways.

National Library Week prizes will be on display in the library lobby display cases. Receive an entry form every time you check out at least 10 items during April 9-15 to increase your chance of winning. Entry forms will be available at the circulation desk. Prizes include books, DVDs and other items of interest for kids and teens, and a coffee basket for adults featuring the brand-new canvas library bag and Malley's chocolate bars. Winners will be drawn at random and contacted by telephone.

The week-long lineup of entertaining and informative programs begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday with the hugely popular Chardon Polka Band, who will play their unique brand of polka in the library rotunda. The band is in high demand outside of the Buckeye state, having played at an NFL game, headlined for some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation and even opened for the Cleveland Orchestra.

The evening of April 10 has something for everyone. At 6:30 p.m., families and budding authors can hear the 2016 Caldecott Award Winner, author Lindsay Mattick, explain how her great grandfather, a veterinarian in World War I, rescued a real, live bear known today as Winnie the Pooh. Learn the remarkable true story and hear about Mattick's journey of turning her family's heart-warming story into the award-winning title, "Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear."

Also on Monday night the library's Between the Lines Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the second floor Eldredge Reading Room to discuss "A Man Called Ove," one of the most popular books of 2016. Simultaneously, a 3D Printing class will be held in the library's technology lab.

On April 11 at 4 p.m., teens can dream big by joining the University of Akron's Women in Engineering group in activities exploring chemical engineering. Girls in Engineering is for grades 6-12.

Chilren in grades 3-5 are invited to a Caribbean Carnival on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. This art workshop features festival artist, Wendy Mahon, who will illustrate the diversity and cultures of the world through the artistic techniques of mask making, fabric design or batik.

A Stuffed Animal Sleepover is planned for April 13. Bring a favorite stuffed animal to the library at 7 p.m. for a special storytime, and then tuck your animal in for a sleepover. They will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games and probably staying up very late. Pick them up the next morning on April 14 at 10 a.m. where we'll see pictures of their antics, make a craft and enjoy a light breakfast.

On April 14 at 3p.m., 3D Printing for Tweens (grades 3-5) will focus on Original Designs created in Tinkercad. The library will print the design for you and prints will be ready for pick-up within one week. (Students must have attended at least one other 3D printing class in order to participate in this free-style creation class.)

National Library Week wraps up Saturday with Panda Kung Fu, a fun kung fu class for kids. Two sessions will be offered: 11 a.m. for ages 4-7 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. Registration is required.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored since 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. The week-long celebration also promotes library use and hopes to increase support for libraries of all types including public and school libraries. Stop in and show your support for the Hudson Library and you could win a prize! Register for programs at www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 (Adults) or ext. 1020 (Children's) for more information.