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Contact the Rodgers Library at 603-886-6030 or askus@rodgerslibrary.org
Library Hours Beginning Monday, April 16 through June 16
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturdays: 9am - 5pm
Sundays: CLOSED
Library CLOSED 
The Library will be CLOSED Sunday, April 1, in observance of Easter 
Have a safe and peaceful holiday! 
Strategic Planning Survey 2018
Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. Your assessments, views and opinions will help us to better plan and deliver library services best suited to our patrons' needs.
Thank you!  

The "Peeps" Show! 
Month of April 2018 
Break out the craft supplies! The library will once again host its annual "Peeps" Diorama Contest this April. Recreate any theme from children's or adult literature (Peep puns are highly encouraged!) using marshmallow Peeps. Create a diorama 24" wide or less and enter to win our Peeps contest! Visitors will vote for their favorite Peeps diorama, so enter early to collect more votes!
All entries will receive a special Peeps chick made on our 3D printer. Questions? Call Amy Friedman at the Rodgers Library, 603-886-6030.
Free Tax Help at the Library
Tuesdays & Saturdays
February 3-April 7
Volunteers from AARP will be at the library on Tuesdays and Saturdays to assist senior citizens and low-income tax payers with their federal returns. 

Online appointment registration is available and recommended, though walk-ins will be welcome if there is availability.  Make an appointment online or call the library at 603-886-6030 for more information. 

Please Note: Tax assistance volunteers cannot help prepare any of the following:
  • Schedule C over $10,000 in expenses,
  • Complicated/lengthy Schedule D forms without proper paperwork,
  • Schedule E,
  • Other specialized forms. 
Annual Poetry Contest for Hudson Residents of All Ages!
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, and the library will once again host its Annual Poetry Contest. Enter your original poem and include your name, grade (or "Adult" in not in grade school) and phone number, and be eligible to win a prize in one of five categories:
  • 2nd grade and younger
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Adult
Paper entries may be mailed to or dropped off at the library (196 Derry Road, Hudson, 03051), at the Hudson Senior Center, or left with your (public) school librarian. Send E-mail entries to amyfriedman@rodgerslibrary.org, either as text in the email or as a MS Word or PDF attachment. Deadline for submissions is April 30.

The prize ceremony and poetry reading will be held at the library on Friday, May 4, at 3:30pm. Poets are welcome to read their submissions, provided that the subject matter is appropriate for general audiences. All prize winners will be invited, and everyone is welcome to the poetry reading.
Life Coaching Event: Manage Your Thoughts
(Rescheduled from February) 
Tuesday, April 10
7 pm

Our experience of our lives is a result of the thoughts we think. Left unmanaged, our thoughts naturally travel toward scarcity, isolation, and negativity. That's just how our brains are wired. But we can consciously turn our thoughts to abundance, connection, and positivity. The result of making these conscious choices? A life full of joy and meaning.
Join Master Life Coach Diane MacKinnon, M.D. to train your brain to manage your thoughts. 

Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.  
Cookbook and Recipe Club 
Wednesday, April 11 
Love to cook and bake? Join us as we discuss and sample foods from recipe books in the Rodgers Library collection. Prepare a recipe from The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer and George Bryant, and bring your tasty dish to the meeting for members to sample.
Please register online, or call to register and inform library staff of the recipe you have selected in order to avoid duplicate dishes.
Register online here.
Genealogy Club
Friday, April 13, 1:30pm
DCU Monthly Concerts Presents:
Big Band Idols with Ken Lelen
Saturday, April 14 @ 2pm
Joins us as we host vocalist and vintage guitarist Ken Lelen for his presentation of "Big Band Idols," a compilation of hits by "Big Band" leaders and popular vocalists of that era.
Thanks to a generous grant from Digital Credit Union, the Rodgers Library will be hosting a free concert series the second Saturday of each month. Upcoming concerts:
May 12: Great Bay Sailor, Songs of the Sea
June 9: Ramblin' Richard Kruppa, Songs of WWI
Financial Strategies for Women: Money Smart Week Program
Tuesday, April 24

April 21 - 28 is Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Join us for a financial strategies program geared specifically for women hosted by Financial Advisor Kendra Kearney from Rise Private Wealth Management.

Registration requested, although walk-ins are welcome. Please click here to register.  
Cooking and Gardening with Herbs with Chef Liz Barbour
Wednesday, April 25

Join local chef Liz Barbour for a slide show presentation of her cottage-sized gardens, followed by a cooking demonstration and sampling of her delicious recipes featuring fresh herbs.

Registration now open! Space is limited, so sign up now!

Preregistration required by April 18
Please register for this event by clicking here or by calling the library at 603-886-6030.
Rodgers Library Gallery Exhibits presents:
Student Art Exhibit Open House
Hudson Memorial School Artists
Tuesday, April 17
6 - 7:30pm

Art pieces created by the talented students of the Hudson Memorial School will be on exhibit in the Community Room and in the lobby display case for the month of April. Join us for an Open House on April 17 and meet some of the student artists. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.
National Library Week 
April 8-15
Stop by the library anytime during National Library Week and enter our National Library Week raffle! The winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Noteworthy and Continuing Drop-In Events
Family STEM Nights - Mondays, 5:30pm (all ages): Science,
Technology, Engineering & Math drop-in! STEM activities for the entire family!

Stories with Stuffies - Tuesdays, 6:30pm (all ages)
: Bring your favorite stuffed animal for stories at the library every Tuesday! All ages welcome. Wearing pajamas is highly encouraged!

Sensory Playtime - Wednesdays, 10am (ages 3-5):
Explore the senses through play on Wednesday mornings. Drop in between 10 and 11. Recommended for ages 3-5. Younger children welcome at caretakers' discretion.

Movers & Shakers - Thursdays, 10am (walkers - age 2):

For our confident walkers up to age 2. Join us on Thursdays for stories, songs and movement.

Books & Babies - Fridays, 10:30am (babies 0 to 18 months):
:Drop in for stories, songs and playtime. Connect with other mommies, daddies, caretakers, and their babies.

LEGO Build Day - Saturdays all day (all ages): Come play with our thousands of LEGOs!

Photo by samer daboul from Pexels

Weekly Events
(Registration Required - click on dates to register, unless otherwise noted)


April 2, 9, 16, & 30
10am: Toddler Time (age 2)

April 3, 10, & 17
10am: Story time (ages 3-5)

April 4, 11, & 18
NEW! Potions 101! (ages 8-11)
This isn't Snape's dungeon! Come check out what's brewin' at the RML.

April 5, 12 & 19
5pm: Crafty Kids (ages 6-8) (formerly Messy 'Manda)
3:30pm: Paws to Read with Elsa (all ages) (visit our Events Calendar to sign up for specific times)
1:30pm: Story Time (ages 3-5)

Check our online Events Calendar for more information. Children's Events are the blocks in purple.

Spring Vacation Activities and Schedules!

April 23 - 27

Monday, April 23
5:30pm: Family STEM Night

Tuesday, April 27
2pm: Interactive Movie (all ages)
Join Ariel for an under-the-sea adventure!

Wednesday, April 25
2-4pm: Drop-In Craft (all ages)

Thursday, April 26
2-4pm: Tinker Lab (all ages)

Friday, April 27
10:30am: Books & Babies
2-4pm: Outdoor Obstacles (all ages)
Test your luck on our outdoor obstacle course!

Saturday, April 28
2pm: Mythology Book Club (ages 9-12) (click here to register)
Giants, hydras and dragons, oh MY!
Family STEM Night Every Monday @ 5:30!

March 2018
April 2: Fraction Quilts 
April 9: Hexbug Mazes 
April 16: Magnet Contraptions 
April 23: Wind-Powered Vehicle
April 30: Light Circuits

Every Monday 5:30-7:30. Kids ages 6-12 can drop-in with their families. Adult supervision is required. Most projects take about 20 minutes. 

Teen Events in 2018
You can always get the most up-to-date information on teen events, services and programs by visiting the RML Teen Blog at rmlteens.wordpress.com.

Note: Remember, if there's no school, there are no teen programs
Questions? Email Teen Services Librarian James at teens@rodgerslibrary.org.
Mondays, April 2, 16 & 30  
Feeling a little analog? Beginning Monday, March 19, the library's entire catalog of board games will be at your teen's disposal. There will be snacks and a D&D campaign run by Teen Services Librarian James.
Tuesday, April 3 
Does your teen want to help shape the library's future? Every month we have a one-hour meeting in which teens get to have a voice in the library's development, including the collection and programming. And they earn an hour of community service each time they attend!
Contact Teen Services Librarian James at teens@rodgerslibrary.org for more information.

Tuesday, April 10 
Give your teens a chance to tell stories about their favorite characters!

This is a creative writing group, where young teen writers will have the chance to share their work and help each other grow as artists.

Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday, the library turns its Community Room into a teen center. There are snacks, games, YouTube videos and the chance to just hang out with friends. 

Every Thursday 2-4:30pm
Have a teen with a head for video games? Send them to Button Mashers! Each week, teens gather to play together on the library's Wii or whatever portable systems or laptops they bring from home.
Friends of the Rodgers Library
Second Hand Prose
Sunday, April 8, 11am - 3pm
Thursday, April 19, 5 - 8pm 
Hills Memorial Library Basement

'Early Bird' admitta nce at 10AM Sunday granted to paid members of the Friends. You may become a member at the sale for as little as $10. Please enter via the ramp at the rear of the building. DONATIONS of DVDs, CDs, and gently used books are NEEDED and may be brought to Second Hand Prose or to the Library during regular hours. 
Become a Friend!
All are welcome!

A special relationship...

Become a Friend of the Rodgers Memorial Library by joining a group of volunteers who support a variety of activities including the purchase of the 3D Printer, the Telescope, learning modules and other equipment for the children's room; award the Leonard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship; provide funding for the Summer Reading Program, movie licenses, Santa photos, author forums and a variety of Humanities Council programs.

Choose from activities including being a Santa's Helper, Second Hand Prose "librarians", celebrating National Library Week with library staff, or participate in a variety of other opportunities. 

The Friends have supported the Hudson library system for over 35 years and were instrumental in focusing on the need to build a new home for expanded services which culminated in the construction and opening of the new library donated by the Rodgers family in 2009. 

The Friends are a 501(c)(3) organization, have business meetings five times a year to plan for activities and form necessary sub-committees. Tax-deductible annual membership dues are $10 (individual), $20 (family), $30 (patron) or $50 (business).

Even if your time is limited you can make a difference! Pick up an application at the library or contact the Friends by email.

Additional April Events
See our website for details and information
Free Films 
@ the Library

Films are sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Darkest Hour
Monday, April 9 
2pm & 6:30pm
Snacks will be served 
Free Family Film
Sunday, April 28 
Snacks will be served
Monthly Programs
Evening Book Discussion
History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
Thursday, April 5
Books available at the circulation desk

Genealogy Club
Friday, April 13
professional genealogist Seema Kenny of the MA Society of Genealogists will discuss using Google to find vital statistics as well as historical and social context of our ancestors' lives

Writing Group
Friday, April 20
9:30am - 12:30pm
Registration requested, Walk-ins welcome on a space-available basis

Harbor Health & Wellness Mobile Health Van
Thursday, April 26
10am -2pm
Dental Care for low-income & homeless
Group Singing
At Fairview Healthcare
Monday, April 16
2 - 4pm
Meet in Laurel Place Lobby by 2pm

Book Discussion

Killed at the Whim of a Hat
by Colin Cotterill
Tuesday, April 17
Books available at the circulation desk

Weekly Programs

U'Decide Quilters
Tuesdays @ 10am
Drop in!
(Teenage Takeover at Your Library)
Wednesdays, 2:15-4:30pm
Just drop in!

Geopolitics in Today's World
Thursdays, 11am -1pm
Walk-ins welcome!

Button Mashers
Thursdays, 2:15 - 4:30pm

Drop In Stitchers
Fridays, 9:30-11:30am