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Happening at the Hudson

by Luke Osteen

With its bustling calendar, Hudson Library acts as a beacon for bored children and adults.

With Summer in full session, Hudson Library maintains its position as Highlands’ easy antidote to creeping boredom and general listlessness.

For children, consider the richness of this calendar:

At 10:40 A.M. Thursdays, the library hosts Storytime, which features a fun tale, music, movement, and maybe even a simple lesson. These sessions are perfect for children ages 3 to 5, although younger and older kids are always welcome.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club meets at 3:30 P.M. Thursday, July 11. This is open to all curious kids, and you can never tell what’ll be offered – Robot Construction? Gear Creations? 3D Pens? Marble Rolls? Whatever the project, you can be assured that it’ll be educational, overlaid with a dose of fun.

Crafternoon, the ongoing arts and crafts series, offers up Rock Painting at 3:30 P.M. Thursday, July 18. This is a fun activity for kids (and adults) and participants are invited to decorate one rock or several. The finished stones may be taken home or cached for others to enjoy.

Lego Club meets at 3:30 P.M. Thursday, July 25. The library maintains buckets and buckets of Lego and Duplo, and children are invited to unleash their dreams. Their creations are always astonishing.

All of these activities are free, and families do not need to be library cardholders to participate.

But here’s the thing – Hudson Library offers plenty of activities to keep adults from getting bored as well.

Books and Bites, set for 12:30 P.M. Saturday, July 13, spotlights author Jonathan Putnam, creator of the wildly popular Lincoln & Speed mysteries. Putnam will be on hand to speak about his books, sign copies of his latest, “A House Divided,” and share lunch bites with his audience. You can learn more about him on Page 161 of this month’s Laurel.

Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor is the centerpiece of the Library’s Community Coffee, set for 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 26. Taylor will talk about town issues, his art, or just about anything people want to chat about. These talks have proved to be extremely popular, and you don’t have to be a Highlands resident or library patron to attend and participate.

Hudson Library is located at 554 Main Street (just past The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation) in Highlands. For more information, call (828) 526-5278.

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