The NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a one-book, one-community program that brings together residents from throughout the St. Croix Valley around a common book and related events. This year's book is "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. The novel is about actors trying to preserve art and culture after a flu pandemic wipes out much of civilization.

Communities across the valley have planned unique events open to anyone who's interested. For the complete agenda, go to

Hudson Library events:

• The Museum of Civilization display in the lobby - March 25-29.

• Hudson Library Big Read Book Club. Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Hudson Library. Please register at the front desk.

• "A Century After the Flu Pandemic: Life in Wisconsin During the Killer Flu of 1918-1919." presented by historian and former UW-River Falls professor Kurt Leichtle. Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., Hudson Library. Please register online or at the front desk.

• Movie: "Contagion" Saturday, April 27, 12:30 p.m. Hudson Library. Snacks included.

For more information about this and other programs, please visit or call 715-386-3101. See you at the library!

Upcoming events

Meditation & Mindfulness, Session 1: An Introduction to Mindfulness. Monday, March 11th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mindfulness helps bring awareness to what you are experiencing through your senses, thoughts and emotions. Learn daily practices and gain a new sense of curiosity. Register online or at the front desk.

Tween STEAM: Oil Spill, Tuesday, March 12, 6-7 p.m. We'll recreate an oil spill, experiment with clean-up techniques and discuss the health of the earth's bodies of water. Register online or at the front desk.

What's Cooking at the Library? Paleo Cooking, Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Discussion and tasting - bring questions! Ages 16+. Register online or at the front desk.

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday, March 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Exploring Family Search," presented by Lois Mackin, PhD.

Sunday, Matinee, Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m. We'll be watching "The Secret of Roan Inish" (PG). Snacks too! Everyone welcome!

Library Board Meeting, Tuesday, March 19, 5:30-8 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Art Night: Wire-Wrapped Pendants, Wednesday, March 20,6-7:30 p.m. Make wire-wrapped pendants using glass or stone cabochons. This is an artist led class. Ages 18+. Register online or at the front desk.

Adult Story Time at Hop & Barrel Brewing, Thursday, March 21, 7-8 p.m. Why should kids have all the fun? This month's theme is "Get Me Outta Here!" Snacks provided. Beer for purchase. Ages 21+.

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.

Novel Bunch Book Club, Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," by Agatha Christie. A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Club, Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "The Vile Village," by Lemony Snicket.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.