Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Hudson Library & Historical Society! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.

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Hudson Writers Writi
Wednesday, Jul. 25, 7 p.m.

Do you like to write? Are you looking for a group of fellow writers with whom to share your work and writing goals? Join Hudson Writers, the library's writing critique group. Whether you write for fun or have dreams of being published, this group is the place where you can share your work and receive feedback from others. All genres and writing styles are welcome.

Hudson Writers will meet in Brewster Café on the last Wednesday of every month.

No registration is required.

Learn the Basics of
Thursday, Jul. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Catherine St. John, owner and school director of Western Reserve School of Cooking, will demonstrate the basics of French cooking.
The menu and instruction will consist of Smoked Salmon Canapes (smoked salmon with an herb cheese on top of a cucumber), Chicken Paillard (thinly pounded chicken) with a shaved vegetable salad and rich dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
 
Tax Cuts and Jobs Ac
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm
or call (330) 653-6658.

The Hudson Community Foundation (HCF) and the Hudson Library & Historical Society will present an informational panel on the recently passed Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The session will first involve a 20-minute presentation by members of HCF’s Professional Advisor Council (PAC). Of the 10 total members in HCF’s PAC, five members will present on the panel, including: Matt Hochstetler, Attorney at Day Ketterer, Ltd., Tom Judge, CPA, MBA, and Founding Partner of JLP CPAs, LLC, Keith Smith, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley, Rob Strachan, Principal, Strachan-Novak Insurance Services and Rich Warfield, CPA, Partner, DKC-Warfield and Company CPAs, Ltd. Following the panelists’ presentation, there will be an open forum for questions moderated by HCF President Lori McCleese.

Kent/Blossom Music F
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2 p.m.
This is the second of two unique concerts by chamber ensembles from the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Since 1968, string, woodwind, horn and piano students have come to Kent State University to develop professional skills through intensive study with visiting master artists, members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Kent State School of Music University faculty. Alumni of this program have gone on to positions in every major orchestra in the United States. No registration required.


 
Cemetery Walking Tou
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2 pm
or call (330) 653-6658.

Tour the Old Hudson Township Burying Ground, the final resting place for many of Hudson’s founders and early pioneers. Hear the stories behind the cemeteries' most infamous residents ranging from David Hudson, Owen Brown (father of abolitionist John Brown) and so many more. All walking tours are weather dependent and meet at the entrance to the library.

 Public Screening of
Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.
EDWINS, the authentic French restaurant located at Shaker Square, was the subject of a 2018 Academy Award nominated short subject documentary Knife Skills. The Hudson Library & Historical Society will screen the film followed by a Q&A with Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, founder, president and CEO. EDWINS will provide food samples from the restaurant. 
Between the Lines Bo
Monday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.
“The Necklace” by Claire McMillan is the August selection, with the author visiting the library two days later on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 pm. Publisher’s Weekly calls it "Glittering, Gatsby-esque...an emotionally resonant, captivating tale of love, loss, and family secrets that culminates in a satisfying finale."
Introduction to Powe
Monday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.
You’ve been asked to put together a presentation using PowerPoint and you have no idea where to begin.  The library will offer an Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint class to help you learn the basics of creating a professional looking presentation.    

PowerPoint is used to create visually appealing presentations that may include photographs, diagrams and text. This class covers the basics of PowerPoint, including creating a slideshow featuring text and pictures, rearranging slides, and saving and printing the presentation.  Prerequisites: Familiarity with Microsoft Word 2013 is recommended. Space is limited, registration is required.  Register online or call 330.653.6658 x1010 for more information.
 
Genealogy Databases
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2 pm
or call (330) 653-6658.
Discover the vast amount of information available through the Library’s premium database collection for your genealogy research needs. This class will introduce you to non-traditional genealogy databases to help with your quest in researching your family history. 
An Evening with Clai
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.
Join Claire McMillan for a discussion of her latest book, The Necklace, which tells the fictional story of two generations of the Quincy family and their connection to a mysterious family heirloom. The story, partially set in Cleveland, was inspired by the travel journals of Amasa Stone Mather. Kirkus Reviews called the book, “a complex and compelling narrative that balances intensity and levity.  Written with wit, compassion, and a meticulous attention to period and cultural detail." 
Civil War Walking To
Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 pm
or call (330) 653-6658.

Learn about the places and people of Hudson who played a role in our nation's Civil War, from abolitionist John Brown to the homes and stories of those involved. All walking tours are weather dependent and meet at the entrance to the library.

Whodunit? Mystery Bo
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m.
August's selection is New York Times bestselling author Brian Freeman's thriller Marathon. Library Journal said of the suspense novel, "
"Fast-paced . . . A reminder that, in these days and times, what seems to be foreign, politically, or religiously inspired terrorism may really be something quite different."
Writing to Publish S
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.

The library will kick off its annual Writing to Publish Series with memoir author Jill Grunenwald. Grunenwald will tell of her own experience writing memoir and give tips and tricks for the genre for aspiring writers.

Grunenwald is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Running with a Police Escort.

An Evening with Jame
Monday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.
James Robenalt, bestselling author of January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month that Changed America Forever, will return to the Hudson Library to discuss his latest book, Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland. Robenalt will discuss the armed confrontation between Black Nationalists and Cleveland Police officers, which led to at least 15 wounded and 6 people killed. Ballots and Bullets examines the roots of the violence, the trial and the political aftermath in Cleveland, a uniquely important city in the civil rights movement. A painstakingly researched and written study that is all too relevant today.
Through the Eyes of
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.

The library continues a series of artist biographical lectures when local art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman discusses the American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.  Her distinct flowers, cityscapes, landscapes and images of bones are iconic contributions to American Modernism.  Attendees will be given an informative postcard that includes facts about O’Keeffe’s life.
 

Hudson Writers Writi
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

Do you like to write? Are you looking for a group of fellow writers with whom to share your work and writing goals? Join Hudson Writers, the library's writing critique group. Whether you write for fun or have dreams of being published, this group is the place where you can share your work and receive feedback from others. All genres and writing styles are welcome.

Hudson Writers will meet in Brewster Café on the last Wednesday of every month.

No registration is required.

Underground Railroad
Thursday, Sep. 6, 2 pm

Discover the homes, sites and people that played a significant role in the anti-slavery movement of pre-Civil War Hudson. All walking tours are weather dependent and meet at the entrance to the library.

An Evening with Will
Thursday, Sep. 6, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658.

William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce will discuss their book Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America’s Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice. This true story recounts the dangerous exploits of 156th Post office Inspector, Frank Oldfield, as he helped to convict the Black Hand, a Sicilian-American crime ring that preyed on immigrants from the old country during the 19th century in the United States.

Introduction to Tai
Monday, Sep. 10, 1 pm (Mondays, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 1 pm)
or call (330) 653-6658.
Get an introduction to the practice of Tai Chi at the Hudson Library & Historical Society in a four-part series every Monday at 1pm beginning on September 10 with Nancy L. Gardner, LMT, APP, certified Tai Chi instructor. Tai Chi is an “internal” Chinese martial art, most often practiced for its many health benefits and mind/body connections. The movements are slow and deliberate, and are coordinated with specific breathing patterns.
Between the Lines Bo
Monday, Sep. 10, 7 p.m.
September's selection will be on the British runaway hit “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. People Magazine says, “This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving.” Reese Witherspoon has selected it for her nation-wide Book Club and the New York Times calls it “Satisfyingly quirky.”
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