From a school perspective, the "summer slide" is not found at your neighborhood park. It's a term educators use to describe kids sliding backward academically during the summer.

Reading is key to stopping the summer slide, which is why libraries across the country offer summer reading programs with fun activities and reading incentives. According to Booksource, students who read during the summer gain an average of one month of reading proficiency. Students who don't read lose an average of two to three months proficiency and over time, those lost months add up to years.

At the Hudson Area Public Library, we've made our 2019 Summer Reading Program more fun and easier than ever. Our theme is "A Universe of Stories." The program works like this:

For preschoolers, sign up. Get an activity sheet, collect stickers and earn entries for a grand prize drawing - passes to the Giggle Factory.

For grades K-5, sign up. Log reading time, collect prizes and earn entries for a grand prize drawing - four passes to the Minnesota Zoo.

For grades 6-12, take a blank bookmark, read (or listen to) books or magazines and fill in the information on the bookmark. Get entered into weekly drawings for gift cards and entries for a grand prize drawing - two tickets to Nickelodeon World Amusement Park.

Sign up any time after June 1. We have paper forms you can get at the library, or you can sign up on our website using a Google form. We'll collect entries for prizes until Aug. 23.

We'll officially celebrate summer reading Thursday, June 13, which is a perfect time to sign up. We'll have cookie decorating in the lobby (until supplies last), and we invite you to decorate a rocket for our space journey. Consider it our community's blast into summer vacation.

On Tuesdays beginning June 18, we have eight special family performances planned. Our first performer is Isaiah the Magician at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. Watch the web site, Facebook and calendar for details. Also look for our fun summer camps.

Our summer reading program is funded by the Hudson Area Public Library Foundation. Thanks to everyone who donates to the foundation!

Upcoming events

Health online: Finding Information You Can Trust, Thursday, May 23, 10-11:30 a.m. A hands-on workshop to learn how to get around the internet to find reliable health information. The event will be held off-site at the Marie Blakeman Community Center. Register online or at the front desk.

An Evening with David Housewright, Thursday, May 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The award-winning mystery writer will talk about his new book, "Dead Man's Mistress".

Spring Cleaning Clothing Swap, Saturday, May 25, 1-3 p.m. Bring your gently used clothing for a swap. Ages 14+

Sing, Play & Learn with MacPhail, Wednesday, May 29, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Music-based program for preschoolers to wrap-up our spring storytimes. Regular Storytime resumes June 18th.

Story Time: Resumes June 18

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.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.

For all event details, visit, or call the library at 715-386-3101. See you at the library!