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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 Limit by event type:
Cut the Cord on Cabl
Monday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.
Are you interested in learning alternatives to your cable or satellite provider? This introductory class will present tips and tricks to access broadcast television, choose a streaming device, enjoy on-demand and live television, lower your Internet costs and maximize your savings. 
Google Photos
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.

Learn all about the free online photo storage and sharing program, Google Photos. This program will allow you to manage and create photo albums that are accessible anywhere via the cloud! You’ll also learn how to edit and create slideshows of your memories.

Prerequisites: Must have an active Gmail account and know password. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required.

Get Your Business On
Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2 p.m.
Does your small business lack an online presence? Learn how to create and update your free Google Business Profile, increase awareness and engagement with customers by posting interactive content, discover how people are finding your business and how Google can use your profile to generate a free website. 
Prerequisites: an active Gmail account (must know username and password), basic mouse and keyboard skills.
 
Excel for Beginners
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2 p.m.
Learn the basics of this popular spreadsheet program to enhance your current job skills or to start building your resume. Get a hands-on introduction, including learning how to create a spreadsheet, enter and format data, and work with basic formulas and functions. Prerequisites: Basic mouse and keyboard skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Word is recommended.
Podcasting for Absol
Monday, Sep. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to make your own podcasts from scratch. This hands-on class will walk participants through the steps of planning, recording, producing and uploading their podcast to the world. This free class will utilize the library’s new Creativity Lab, a state-of-the-art studio featuring equipment and space for music, video and photographic production. 
Prerequisites: basic mouse and keyboard skills.
 
Creative Presentatio
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2 p.m.
Design a presentation that impresses your audience with Canva, a free, web-based design tool that offers everything you need to turn ideas into stunning designs. The Hudson Library & Historical Society will offer a hands-on Canva workshop to help you learn the tools for creating a professional looking presentation. This class will cover how to use Canva’s presentation templates that are free to personalize so you can easily edit and collaborate with your colleagues. Prerequisites: Email address, strong mouse, keyboard and web navigation skills.  
Facebook for Busines
Monday, Sep. 16, 7 p.m.
Are you interested in promoting your business on Facebook, but are unsure where to start? Learn how to create a free Facebook business page, post tailored content using Facebook’s posting tools, create ad campaigns and analyze your impact using Facebook’s analytics. This class will also cover best practices and answer frequently asked questions so you can get the most out of using Facebook to promote your business.
Prerequisites: Facebook personal account (must know email address and password), basic mouse and keyboard skills.
 
An Introduction to G
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2 pm
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. 
Web Design with Wix
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2 p.m.
Wix offers a simple drag-and-drop approach to website design and gives you everything you need to create a stunning, free website, with no coding skills necessary. This workshop will be a demonstration of the Wix editor—participants will not be creating personal websites during the presentation. Prerequisites: Strong mouse and keyboard skills.
 
iPhone Tips & Tricks
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2 p.m.
Improve your iPhone skills, and learn about new features with Apple's newest operating system, customizing your phone, security and more. Prerequisites: Familiarity with iPhone, please bring smartphone and/or tablet, as well as device ID and password.
Advanced Gmail
Thursday, Sep. 26, 7 pm
Learn advanced email functions and applications including managing contacts, filtering email, and discover how to access Google Calendar, Keep and Tasks from the comfort of you Gmail inbox!  Find out how powerful this free email service can be.  

Prerequisites: an active Gmail account (must know password) and basic mouse and keyboard skills. 
 
Intermediate Excel
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Learn how to use some of Excel’s more powerful features. This class will cover formulas and functions, sorting and filtering, advanced formatting and basic charts and graphs. Prerequisites: Participants must have taken Excel for Beginners or be very familiar with Excel basics.
Family Memories: Sav
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
Learn how to save, share and organize your family memories. In this class, we will highlight equipment in our Digital Family History Center that can be used to convert slides, negatives, photos and videos to a digital format. Alternative storage solutions and organization for your digitized slides, negatives, photos and videos will also be covered. Participants are encouraged to attend the follow-up program on editing and creating family memories.
Google Analytics for
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m.
Learn how to use google Analytics to boost your business and website’s performance. This class will cover how to create your free Google Analytics account, analyze basic reports, identify customer behaviors and use all of the provided data to create achievable goals for your company. 
Prerequisites: an active Gmail account (must know email and password), an active website URL for your company and basic keyboard skills. 
 
Genealogy for Beginn
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m.
In celebration of October’s Family History Month 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. Prerequisites: Strong mouse and keyboard skills.
Family Memories: Edi
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Learn how to edit and create projects using your digitized slides, negatives, photos and videos. In this class, we will highlight photo-editing software that can be used to enhance digital content. Learn about the variety of tools that can be used to create that perfect family memento, including preservation tips for old photographs and negatives. 
Family Memories: Wor
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to use equipment from our Digital Family History Center to scan family photos and edit those photos using Photoshop Elements 12. A brief overview of some of the most useful tools in Photoshop Elements 12 will be demonstrated. Participants are asked to bring in 3 family photos to retouch and edit. 
An Introduction to F
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 am
This hands-on class will introduce researchers to Fold3, one of the premiere databases searching for military records. Participants of this class will learn about the basic searching capabilities and other resources that are part of this database.

Prerequisites: Basic computer and mouse skills. 
 
Windows 10 Tips & Tr
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.
Discover tips and tricks for using the latest Windows operating system, Windows 10. This class will cover how to use essential features including the redesigned start menu, Action Center, Cortana, Microsoft Edge and the Microsoft Store. This class is beneficial to anyone transitioning to Windows 10 from an earlier version as well as those looking for additional hands-on experience using a Windows operating system.
Prerequisites: basic mouse and keyboard skills.
 
Editing Podcasts and
Monday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Give your podcasts or other audio files a professional polish by learning how to edit them using Audacity, a free and open-source sound recording and audio editing program. Learn how to load audio files into the program, edit files and export their final products into Mp3 and WAV formats. Participants are asked to bring their own headphones for this class. 
Prerequisites: advanced mouse and keyboard skills.
 
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