Introduction to Gmail class Jan. 26

The Hudson Library & Historical Society will host an Introduction to Gmail class on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

Learn the basics of using Gmail, including composing and sending emails, labeling emails and more! If you are curious about switching to Gmail or want to learn more about your Gmail account, find out what a free Gmail account has to offer. Prerequisites: basic mouse and computer skills.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Learn of Feminist Foundations of Family Law

Tracy A. Thomas, Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law and the director of the Center for Constitutional Law, will discuss her new book, "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law" at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. The book examines Stanton's views on women's equality in marriage, divorce, domestic violence, childcare and other family issues.

Copies of Thomas's book 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.

Children can take Kindermusik

Kindermusik is the world's leading music-and-movement program for children in early childhood development. The Hudson Library & Historical Society will be expanding their Kindermusik programming availability in the spring of 2017. The library will offer two sessions for the infant-2 year old group (9:30 and 10:15 a.m.) and one session for 3-5-year-olds at 11 a.m.

Sessions are for 3-5-year-old children only. Parents are free to browse the library for the half hour while they wait. If your 3-year-old child does not feel comfortable coming to the program alone, register with one of the younger groups. Registration for the Jan. 27 program starts Dec. 29. Visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

Families can celebrate the Year of the Rooster and the Chinese new year together on Jan. 28 between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy food, crafts and entertainment for all. Register at hudsonlibrary.org. For more information visit or call the Children's Library at 330-653-6658 ext 1020.

Try out PS4 Virtual

Reality Jan. 29

Teens are invited to experience the latest in virtual reality gaming. On Jan. 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Hudson Library will feature the PlayStation VR in the Teen Room on the big video wall. Those in grades 6-12 can enjoy an afternoon of fun free of charge.

The PlayStation VR takes gaming to the next level by transporting users to the virtual worlds of their games. PS VR leverages state-of-the-art technologies, such as 360 degree head tracking, wide field of view, and high refresh rates, to heighten the emotions gamers experience as they play and make them believe they've been transported to another world.

For further information, please contact the library's Teen Room at 330-653-6658 ext. 1032.

ACT Practice Test

A free ACT Practice Test for high school students will be offered at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. On Jan. 29 at 1 p.m., the Princeton Review will administer the timed ACT test (minus the writing portion). It will last approximately 3 ° hours. Students are asked to bring pencils and a calculator. This is a free program.

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

English forSpeakers of Other Languages

information session

The Hudson Library & Historical Society, along with Project Learn, will hold an information session on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. for people who want to learn English. Project Learn will give out information about English learning resources and do basic tests of participants' English ability. Anyone who is interested in ESOL classes should attend.

Through The Eyes of the Artist: Steve McCurry

The Hudson Library & Historical Society continues a series of artist biographical lectures on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. when local art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman Discusses the photographer Steve McCurry.

McCurry is an American photographer who is known for his work in photojournalism. He is best known for his 1984 photograph "Afghan Girl," which originally appeared in National Geographic. Attendees will be given an informative postcard that includes facts about the artist's life. Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Children canexplore science

Children in grades 3 to 5 can explore the future of our energy resources with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hudson library. Space is limited register now at hudsonlibrary.org. For more information, visit or call the Children's Library at 330-653-6658, ext 1020.

Art to Go session

The Cleveland Museum of Art comes to the Hudson Library & Historical Society as part of a new interactive art education series for elementary-aged children. Children in grades 2 6 can see and touch real art objects from the museum's collections they learn about different arts around the world each month.

The first session on Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. (grades 2 3) and 5:30 p.m. (grades 4 6), will focus on Art from West and Central Africa. Children will be able to see and touch sculpture, textiles and metalwork while learning about the major art-producing regions featured in the museum's permanent collection: Asante, Kuba and Yoruba.

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

Dessert forValentine's Day

Join Barbara Talevich, owner of the West Side Bakery in Akron, will demonstrate the art of baking French Sable Heart cookies in time for your Valentine's Day at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Instruction to make the French sugar cookie will include two different fillings, chocolate ganache and strawberry preserve filling.

Since opening the bakery in 1995, Talevich has been recognized nationally by the Daily Meal website as one of America's 75 Best Bakeries, 50 Best Wedding Cakes Bakeries and locally as Akron's Best Bakery, Best Dessert, and Best Chocolate Cake among other accolades. They also provide extensive breakfast and lunch menus.

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

Introduction to Google Calendar

The Hudson Library & Historical Society will host an Introduction to Google Calendar class on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Learn how to use Google's online calendar for effective time management. Find out how to share event information, invites, notifications and more. Prerequisites: an active Gmail account (must know password) and basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Chamber ensembles to perform Feb. 11

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra ensembles will return to the Hudson Library & Historical Society stage on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. as part of the library's ongoing Music Series.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestrais made up of middle and high school student musicians from across Northeast Ohio. Membership is by audition only. The orchestra rehearses weekly, conducted and coached by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and performs the season's concerts in Severance Hall. A small number of students who participate in the Chamber Music Program have committed to additional rehearsals and coaching with Cleveland Orchestra members and perform in libraries, churches, museums, and assisted living facilities throughout the greater Cleveland area.

This is a free program and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.

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

Between the Lines Book Club selections

On Feb. 13 the club will discuss "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J. D. Vance. The Economist says, "You will not read a more important book about America this year." The non-fiction debut set in Appalachia "is a beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America," says the Wall Street Journal.

March 13 will focus on Louise Erdrich's 2016 title, "LaRose." This literary masterpiece's premise is provocative. A man goes deer hunting and accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor's son; so consumed by guilt and sorrow, the man and his wife agree to give their son LaRose to the distraught neighbor to raise. The Washington Post calls it "A masterly tale of grief and love."

The April 10 meeting will be devoted to a hugely popular international best-selling novel that has taken the world by storm, "A Man Called Ove," by Fredrik Backman. The Swedish book, written in 2012, was translated into English a year later and a Swedish feature film was just released in the U.S. this fall. The story follows a 59-year-old curmudgeon who slowly learns to appreciate life again. The San Diego Union Tribune named it one of the Best Books of 2015. The paper proclaims, "You will laugh, you will cry, as his heartbreaking story unfolds through the diverse cast of characters that enter his life, all uninvited. You will never look at the grumpy people who come into your life in quite the same way. A very memorable read."

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.