Patrons may have noticed that our children's area has been "under construction" for a few months and may be wondering why. The Friends of the Library and local businesses provided us with grants to overhaul our children's area to better meet the needs of patrons. The grants allowed us to replenish all of our children's materials so we could provide a more up-to-date collection. Additionally, we were able to restructure our children's area into a Picture Book City. This is a system of organizing picture books by topic rather than alphabetically by author. With inspiration from neighboring and nationwide libraries, we initiated this remodel with the goal of making children's materials easier to locate and access.

Just like any city, ours will have neighborhoods. For example, we will have an "Imagination" neighborhood which will include books about pirates and dragons, while the "Favorites" neighborhood will include, well, favorite books from past to present (think Berenstain Bears and Pete the Cat). Instead of answering the question "who wrote that one book about dinosaurs?" we direct you to the place where all of the dinosaur books are located. We hope to have the project completed by early 2020 and cannot wait to welcome you all into our new city.

All of our projects are initiated with the community in mind. We welcome everyone and want to make our space accessible to all. This means recognizing where changes can be made and implementing them. We understand the pivotal community role we play; libraries are a transformative space, and when changes are made you, as participants and contributors to our institution, will be kept informed.

Thank you to the following donors who made this revitalization project possible: Friends of the Hudson Library, AnnMarie Foundation, Bethel Church Endowment Fund, Citizens State Bank, Daybreak Rotary, First American, First Community National Bank, Hudson Community Foundation, Midwest One, St. Croix Electric Commitment to Community, Women of Bethel and Xcel Energy.

For more information about this or other programs at the library, visit www.hudsonpubliclibrary.org or call us at 715-386-3101.

Upcoming events

Summer Reading Program, ongoing. It's not too late to sign up and qualify for incentives and prizes. Program is for tots through teens!

Teen Summer Film Friday, Friday, July 26, 3-5:30 p.m. "The Outsiders" (PG-13). Popcorn and snacks!

Ping Pong Saturday, Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ping pong table will be set up in room 219 or the young adult area. Everyone welcome.

Dazzling Dave-YoYo Master, Tuesday, July 30, 1-2 p.m. A part of our Summer Performance Tuesday, series. Everyone welcome.

Books & Benches, Wednesday, July 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime at the art bench at picnic point. Grades K-6.

Tween Bingo Night, Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7:30 p.m. We'll have lots of snacks plus fun prizes. Register online or at the front desk.

Story Time: Thursday, Aug. 8 is the last Storytime until Sept. 10.

Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m.

Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m.

Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Summer Mystery Book Club for Kids, Friday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.