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Overdrive: eBooks and audiobooks
Escape the Library! Escape Room Adventure
Monday, July 31 - Saturday, August 6
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 3pm
Saturday: 10am - 11am

Solve the clues and puzzles to escape from our library escape room - you only have an hour! Sign up with your family or with a group of friends.

Free Friday Film Festival
July 28: Hacksaw Ridge
August 4: HIdden Figures
August 11: The Zookeeper's Wife
August 18: Going in Style
August 25: Fences

All movies begin at 3:30pm. Check our movie line for more information:
Free Friday Films are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
How To Coach Yourself
Tuesday, August 8, 7pm

Join our interactive session on self-coaching. Discussion will include simple ways to self-coach and become more accepting of yourself and others.
Presented by Master Life Coach Diane MacKinnon, M.D.
Registration requested, walk-ins welcome. Register here.
Book Bingo for All Ages!
Thursday, August 17, 2 - 3:30pm

Play Book Bingo for a chance to win popular book titles for every age group! Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult or teen. Refreshments available. No registration necessary, just drop in!
DCU Concert Series
Friday, August 18, 7PM
Saturday, September 9, 7:30PM 
Thanks to a generous grant from Digital Federal Credit Union, the library is pleased to host a free concert series throughout 2017. 

August 18: Fallen Houses (Classic rock)
September 9: High Strung Strummers (Old time fiddle tunes and Ozark ballads)

Eclipse Party!
Monday, August 21 
Drop in for a total eclipse of the sun! On August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse throughout the US. Join us for a live streaming of the eclipse presented courtesy of NASA Eclipse Across America Megacast, munch on "Eclipse Cookies," sip on "Sunshine Punch," or bring your snacks to nosh on. Special eclipse glasses will be available for purchase, or build your own pinhole projector with our pinhole projector supplies. No registration necessary.
Group Singing at Fairview Healthcare
Monday, August 21
Meet in the lobby of Laurel Place @ 1:45pm

Join our community outreach and come sing with us at Fairview Healthcare! No talent necessary. Copies of songbooks "Rise Up Singing" will be provided. Come get happy with us!
Art Exhibit: The Paintings of Judy Palfrey
Through the month of August

This month's exhibit will feature the paintings of Judy Palfrey, a local artist whose love of nature is evident in her paintings of landscapes and larger-than-life floral paintings.

Her art will be featured in the Community Room through the end of July.
Build a Better World
Children's Summer Reading:
Build a Better World

June 23 - August 15

Tuesday, August 8
RML Side Lawn
Steve Blunt

Tuesday, August 15
Hills Garrison Cafeteria
Magician Norman Ng
Kid in a Box
  • August 9: Tinker Lab
  • August 14: Quadro Giant Building Set


  • July 31-Aug 5: Escape Room

Start times vary! Check the events calendar for full details. 

Kids Build BLocks
More Fun Programs
Visit the event calendar for a complete listing and more details about all activities.

Ages 2 - 4:
  • Little Builders, August 11, 1 - 3pm
Ages 3 - 5: 
  • Slimy Story Time, August 7, 10:30am
Ages 6 - 8:
  • Stupendous STEAM, August 10, 6:30-7:30pm
All Ages
  • Bubble Day, August 11, 10am - 12pm
Build a Better World
Teen Summer Reading
Build a Better World

Sign up now at:

Log your reading from any computer or mobile device.

Many of our programs have limited space. While registration is not required, unless otherwise stated, not registering means your place is not guaranteed. Once the limit for a program is reached, other teens will be turned away at the door. Preference will ALWAYS be given to those who register in advance, as long as they are on time for the program.

tl;dr: Register to guarantee a spot! Check the Events Calendar for a complete list of programs!
Girls Who Code Camp
Tue, August 1, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Mother-Daughter Bookclub
Wed, August 23, 6:30PM

Improv Theater Group
Tue, Aug 1, 4PM - 5PM

Escape Room
Mon, July 31
Tue, August 1
Wed, August 2
Thu, August 3
Fri, August 4
Sat, August 5

SAT/ACT Information Session
Thu, August 3, 3PM - 4PM

Proctored SAT Practice Test
Sat, August 5, 9AM

SRP Finale!
Date Change: Wed, August 9, 2PM - 3:30PM
Girls Who Code Finale!
Date Change: Wed, August 9, 6:30-8pm

Proctored ACT Practice Test
Sat, August 12, 9AM
Adult Summer Reading
Pages for Prizes
July 1 - August 31

Get a raffle ticket for every library book, eBook and audiobook you read or listen to!  Earn extra tickets for attending library events.

Prize Drawings: prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Get a coupon for a free book at the Second Hand Prose booksale for participating.

Tell circulation how many items you've read, or register online and track your reading yourself. Visit
Free Friday Film Fest
Fridays, July 21 - August 25, 3:30PM 

July 28: Hacksaw Ridge
Aug 4: Hidden Figures
Aug 11: The Zookeeper's Wife
Aug 18: Going in Style
Aug 25: Fences

Free Family Films
Saturday, 10AM

August 26: The Boss Baby

Woman cooking
Coming This Fall: Recipe Book Discussion Group
Love to cook and bake?

Come join us each month as we highlight and sample foods from recipe books found here at the Rodgers Library. Each month, participants are encouraged to make and bring in a recipe from that month's chosen cookbook or food theme. Engage with others about what has and has not worked in your recipe adventures. And, of course, lots of food tastings included!

Look for more details at summer's end...
Animal Adventures
New Museum Passes!
Animal Adventures, Bolton, MA
See a wide variety of exotic and native animals that are unwanted or unable to care for themselves at this animal rescue center. Three animal encounter shows daily. Pass admits up to 4 people at no charge.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Explore this 30-acre sculpture park and the art museum on the grounds that features rotating exhibits. A wonderful place for a summer picnic. Pass allows 4 adults admission for $5 each. Children 12 and under free.

And enjoy our other attractions and passes this summer!
Franklin Park Zoo, Squam Lake Natural Science Center, York's Wild Kingdom Zoo & Amusement Park, Castle in the Clouds, Stone Zoo, Strawbery Banke, and more!

Second Hand Prose
Sunday, August 3 , 11AM - 3PM
Thursday, August 17, 5PM - 8PM 
Hills Memorial Library
'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

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 501c(3) organization, have business meetings five timesa 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 July Events
Borderline Spinners 
Mon 8/7, 6PM
Evening Book Group
  Summer Reading
Thu 8/3, 7PM 
Genealogy Club
Fri 8/11, 1:30PM

Free Family Films
The Boss Baby
Sat, 8/26, 10am   
Book/Film Discussion
Hidden Figures
Film: Tue 8/15, 11:30AM
Book: Tue 8/15, 1:30PM
Bring a bag lunch!

Group Singing
At Fairview Healthcare
Mon 8/21, Meet at 1:45pm in the Fairview Healthcare lobby

Mother/Daughter Bookclub
El Deafo
Wed 8/23, 6:30PM 
Crochet Slam
Mondays, 6:30PM

Geopolitics in Today's World
Thursdays, 11:30AM-1:30PM

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