From July 16-21 Hudson will be celebrating its annual RiverFest with a wide range of activities. The community is coming together for the theme of "RiverFest - A Party with a Purpose." This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to learn more about our natural landscape. Here at the library we're excited to host events about wildlife and preservation in the St. Croix River Valley. We will have three events over the course of the week.

The library has several events scheduled in conjunction with the St. Croix Riverfest. The core purpose of RiverFest is to bring people down to the river not only to enjoy its beauty but to educate our community about its preservation and host a river clean-up.

Come for a kick-off presentation, "The State of the St. Croix River," Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m. We will be hearing from two speakers:

• Storm Water Management in the City of Hudson, presented by Michael Mroz, Director of Public Works & Parks.

• How Clean is Our St. Croix River Today? presented by Jim Almendinger, PhD, Director of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station.

On Wednesday, July 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. join the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks and learn about two types of Wisconsin reptiles. This is a whole family event. Register online or at the front desk.

Friday, July 19, 1-2 p.m., the Carpenter Nature Center will be teaching us about raptors. A whole family event.

To round out RiverFest week, we are hosting "Echo the Mermaid" on Saturday, July 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.. Learn about microplastic pollution and how you can help. There will be a Q&A session with prizes, followed by a meet & greet and photos with Echo. Everyone welcome.

Upcoming events

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Case study in Genealogic Problem Solving" presented by Shirleen Hoffman.

Walk-In Teen Art, Thursday July 11, 2-6 p.m. Make a cool washer necklace. Just bring some friends and creativity. No registration required.

The State of the St. Croix River, Thursday July 11, 6:30-8 p.m. A RiverFest kick-off event. Everyone welcome.

Ping Pong Saturday, Saturday July 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ping pong table will be set up all day. Everyone welcome.

Ice Cream Social featuring the Bazillions, Saturday July 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for the library's annual ice cream social featuring a performance by The Bazillions. Everyone welcome.

Family Movie Day, Saturday July 13, 1-3 p.m. "Frozen" (PG). Snacks and drinks provided.

Writing Camp, Monday-Friday July 15-19, 2-4:15 p.m. Camp is full but a waiting list is available.

K-Kids, Monday July 15, 6-7 p.m. A service club for kids in grades 3-5. A partnership with Kiwanis.

Tom Pease Children's Concert, Tuesday July 16, 1-2 p.m.

Naturalist at the Library, Wednesday July 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Friends of the Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks will teach patrons about two types of Wisconsin reptiles. Register online or at the front desk. A whole family event.

Read with Teachers from Willow River, Wednesday July 17, 1-2 p.m. Teachers from Willow River Elementary read to kids and help them choose good books for their summer reading.

Adult Storytime at Hop & Barrel, Thursday July 18, 7-8 p.m. Why should kids have all the fun? This month's theme is "Hot Mess Express." Snacks provided, beer for purchase. 21+.

RiverFest at Lakefront Park, Thursday July 18, 6-8:15 p.m. The library joins community organizations with a booth at the park. We'll have our lawn games for family fun.

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 July 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. "Baby Teeth" by Zoje Stage.

Bookmarks Book Club, Wednesday July 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "They May Not Mean To, But They Do" by Cathleen Schine.

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