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.

The next storytime will be offered April 30 at 1 p.m. Registration is required. Stop in, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020 or visit hudsonlibrary.org to register.

Do database research on small businesses May 3

To commemorate the Hudson Library & Historical Society celebrating National Small Business Week learn to find valuable company, industry and financial information for your small business by using premium databases on May 3 at 10 a.m.

The library subscribes to more than 90 databases and most are accessible from home. This class will cover six databases: Business Insights: Essential,Business Source Premiere, First Research, Hoover's, LexisNexisand Reference USA. They provide access to many full-text articles from trade and academic journals, magazines, newspapers and SWOT reports.

Business Insights: Essential offers company and industry information from directories, academic and business news sources, statistical and financial data, SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) reports with list making and charting capabilities.

Business Source Premiere provides full text access from more than 3,650 scholarly business journals, including full text for nearly 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. It also has SWOT reports from Datamonitor, a leading business information company specializing in industry analysis.

First Research is primarily an industry database covering over 500 industries plus the ability to rank them by key metrics. It is only available at the library as is its sister database, Hoovers. Hoover's provides list making capabilities, company, financial and industry information.

LexisNexis provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications with access to over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources including national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources.

Reference USA is a directory of 11 million U.S. businesses, 1 million Canadian businesses, 120 million U.S. households, 11 million Canadian residents, and 683,000 U.S. health care providers. Search for businesses by SIC code, sales volume number of employees geographic location by city, state, county or standard metropolitan area and much more. It is a primary resource for list making for networking, sales and marketing with ten separate searchable modules.

The program is free but seating is limited. Register online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658, Ext. 1010 for information.

Enjoy an evening with folk singer John Gorka

Contemporary American folk singer-songwriter John Gorka will take over the Hudson Library & Historical Society stage on May 4 at 7 p.m.

With his soulful baritone voice and rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion, Gorka has been filling concert venues throughout the United States and Europe for well over two decades. Rolling Stone magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement."

Hailing from New Jersey, but forged in the Greenwich Village Fast Folk scene, he honed his craft and persona into an unmistakable image. A shy, wry, insightful and sensitive singer-songwriter, Gorka's old songs ring as true as they ever did, and the new ones are just as good.

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

STEAM Storytime

The STEAM Storytime program at the Hudson Library continues on May 5 from 9:30 and 11 a.m. with Earth, Sun, Moon. Children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver can enjoy stories and songs before doing hands-on activities and crafts.

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

Evening with Pulitzer-winning journalist, author Susan Faludi

The Hudson Library & Historical Society is honored to present an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi on May 8 at 7 p.m. as part of the Libby Walker Women's Studies Series.

Faludi will discuss feminism, while also exploring the other forms of identity--gender, religious, national--through the lens of her father's many identity transformations -- from Holocaust survivor to suburban dad to household despot to trans woman at the age of 76 -- and how that led her to explore the larger preoccupation with identity that consumes our age.

Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and "Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man," and "The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

She graduated from Harvard University, majoring in American and English history and literature. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, and The Baffler, among other publications. Faludi won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism while at The Wall Street Journal, for a story about the painful human consequences of a leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores.

Copies of Faludi's books 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.

Professor Neda Zawahri leads Saudi Arabia in Transition discussion

The Hudson Library & Historical Society continues its 2017 Great Decisions discussion series on May 10 at 7 p.m with a discussion on Saudi Arabia in Transition. Dr. Neda Zawahri, professor of political science at Cleveland State University, will moderate the discussion.

Zawahri holds a PhD in political science from the University of Virginia and has done extensive field research in the Middle East and South Asia. She is a four time recipient of the Merit Award for Research at Cleveland State University.

Great Decisions is free and open to anyone interested in discussing foreign policies. The group will meet monthly. Participants watch a 30-minute documentary from the Great Decisions in Foreign Policy PBS television 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.

Learn about Census Data for GrantWriting May 10

Learn about the sources of census data that can be useful in grant writing including American Community Survey and American FactFinder at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on May 10 at 10 a.m. Tim Sarko, data dissemination specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau will lead the program.

The ACS and American FactFinder are tools based upon by the U.S. Census Bureau data collected during the decennial enumeration as well as interval surveys. The data provide demographic information and may be used to illustrate community needs assessments based upon the statistics gathered.

The Entrepreneurship Series is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Register at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Explore Flavors of Spring with Chef Bob Sferra

Join Chef Bob Sferra as he explores the "Flavors of Spring, " preparing recipes featuring seasonal ingredients at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Sferra earned a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts from The French Culinary Institute in New York City and attended the Cooking School at the Ritz-Escoffier in Paris and L'Ecole Lenotre in Plaisir, France. He has served as the Pastry Chef at the Inn at Turner's Mill in Hudson, Executive Chef at The Harp-Irish Pub, chef at The Foundation House of the Cleveland Clinic and is managing his own company, Culinary Occasion in South Euclid.

Registration is required by visiting hudsonlibrary.org or calling 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Celebrating National Small Business Week

To celebrate National Small Business Week the Hudson Library & Historical Society will offer a lineup of business focused technology courses. The list of programs includes:

Using Twitter and Instagram for Business on May 2, 7 p.m.

Databases for Small Business on May 3, 10 a.m.

Google for Business on May 4, 10 a.m.

Email Marketing with MailChimp on May 6, 10 a.m.

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