Books and beer? Words and wine? At the Hudson Area Public Library, we like to try new things. On Friday, May 3 we're launching our first ever Happy Hour With Authors event featuring author Nickolas Butler.

The library closes at 6 p.m. on Friday. We'll re-open right away for adults only. Butler fans can have some social time, enjoy a glass of wine or beer and hear about Nickolas Butler's new book "Little Faith."

We'll have free appetizers with a cash bar. You need a ticket to get into the event; they're free and you can get them at the library.

Butler is the best-selling and prize-winning author of "Shotgun Lovesongs," "Beneath the Bonfire," "The Hearts of Men," and "Little Faith," his newest. Publisher's Weekly said "Little Faith" is "storytelling at its finest."

Funding for this and other programs is provided by community members who donate to the Hudson Area Public Library Foundation.

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

Upcoming events

Dogs & Tots, Thursday April 18, 6-6:45 p.m. Learn how to prepare your dog for a new baby. Register online or at the front desk.

Adult Storytime at Hop & Barrel, Thursday April 18, 7-8 p.m. Why should kids have all the fun? Our theme is "Wish You Were Beer." Snacks provided. Beer for purchase. Ages 21+

Closed April 19, Good Friday

Closed April 21, Easter

"A Century After the Flu Pandemic," Tuesday April 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by professor Kurt Leichtle. Register online or at the front desk.

Film "Contagion" (PG13), Saturday April 27, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Part of our NEA Big Read series of events.

Stone Soup Storytime, Monday April 29, 10:30-11:15 a.m. We'll have a Stone Soup puppet show, make real soup and do a related craft. Register at the youth services desk. For preschoolers.

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.

Traveling Book Club, Thursday April 18, 6-8 p.m. Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate. Hosted by the Roberts Library at Barn Board. Register at the front desk.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.