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:
VIRTUAL: Web Develop
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. (Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6 p.m.)
In partnership with Gigalearn, the library will offer a four-part virtual series on web development for entrepreneurs. The eight-hour series supports entrepreneurs getting ready to launch their own business or develop a new website for an existing business. Staff from GigaLearn, LLC, will discuss best practices for user-experience, search engine optimization and hosting options in this hands-on class. Each participant will create a free account, learn to customize it and leave with a functioning website. 
Prerequisites: strong mouse and keyboard skills and the ability to commit to attending all sessions.  
VIRTUAL: 2021 Etsy C
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. (Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, October 23, 9:30 a.m.)
Do you already make custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products for sale or gift giving? If so, this 4-week virtual course will teach you how to start an online shop for your unique line of handcrafted items. In partnership with Etsy, a leader in e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, the library is offering free virtual classes beginning Wednesday, October 6 to help craft makers like you establish an online business to sell your products to a wider market and earn extra income. The application deadline has passed. 

VIRTUAL Grant Seeker
Thursday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.
Learn to find grant resources and identify potential funders at a virtual workshop that will offer tips and suggestions on how best to identify funding sources for non-profit organizations and highlight the electronic resources available for free at the library. This virtual workshop will include a demonstration of a limited version of the Foundation Directory Online that can be accessed from home.
VIRTUAL: Design Thin
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.
During this virtual class, entrepreneurs will learn the five phases of the Design Thinking process and how that process can lead to more effective products and services that address the challenges of your target audience. Design thinking can be used to create a new company, invent a new product or even refresh existing products and services. This class is provided through a partnership with Grow with Google, which specializes in training and resources to help individuals grow their skills, career or business. 
VIRTUAL: Pitch Night
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Seven entrepreneurs will be selected from a pool of online applications to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, and two runners-up will each receive a $2,500 cash prize.

This event is one of many planned for the City of Hudson’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), returning for the eighth consecutive year, November 8-14. “Pitch Night” and GEW 2021 are generously supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
VIRTUAL: An Evening
Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

Stacey Vanek Smith, host of The Indicator from NPR’s Planet Money, will be the keynote speaker for Hudson’s 8th celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Vanek Smith will discuss her latest book, Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace, a guide for how women can take and maintain power in careers where they have long been cast as second-best. While aimed toward women, Booklist, in a starred review, states that "this playbook from NPR host Smith could work for any sex… Guidance to relate to, and follow.”

VIRTUAL: Mail Merge
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m.
Learn how to easily create, manage and send bulk letters and other print media using mail merge. During this virtual class, participants will learn how to generate a list of potential customers or clients using a library business database and then create bulk communications that are ready to be mailed. Prerequisites: Strong mouse and keyboard skills, basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. 
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