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Happenings at The Hudson

by Luke Osteen

Hudson Library fosters a love of discovery within all of its patrons.

Now that we’re here in June, Hudson Library is in full bloom to attract everyone in the community.

We’d normally spotlight the Childrens’ Summer Learning Program, which is open to all children, regardless of whether they own a library card. This will go on all summer long and will feature special children’s programs every Friday morning at 10:30, kid’s movies Friday afternoons at 2:00, and Kids Zone Activities will continue on Thursday afternoons at 3:30. Kids can earn prizes all summer long for reading – all their parents need to do is sign up at the library.

So the kids are alright, but Hudson Library also has something special for the grown-ups in Highlands.

Remember how last year PBS issued its Great American Read Challenge? Americans were invited to read what were judged to be Readers’ 100 Favorite Novels. Some were put off by the inclusion of modern “popular” works alongside undisputed classics (“Moby Dick” and “The Hunt for Red October?” “Little Women” and “The Help?”).

But most people rose to the challenge and expanded their horizons, rekindling their love of literature in all its incarnations.

Hudson Library is issuing its own challenge: Adult Summer Reading Bingo.

“We’ll reward our readers with prizes for completing rows on a reading bingo card,” says Librarian Carlyn Morenus. “It’s a fun way to reward yourself for reading!”

At press time, I don’t know what prizes Carlyn is offering (though I’m pretty sure the children in the Summer Learning Program can count on stickers – I suppose if you wish, she’ll give you stickers, too).

But it’s certain that if you’re an active participant in Reading Bingo, you’ll be rewarded with a limber mind, a clearer understanding of the complexities of the world, and a renewed appreciation for this wonderful community resource.

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