Live music at Hudson library opens new opportunities for learning

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A library in the Bay Area is bringing in musical performers for education and entertainment. This new concept to grow the library experience is what's right with Tampa Bay.

The Polka All-Stars Band recently performed at the Hudson Public Library. It's the group's first time playing a gig among the stacks of books.

The Hudson music program brings in bands and musicians three times a month for the community to enjoy. 

"It's a great experience for the community," said Hudson Library Branch Manager Katrina Rash. "We bring in all different kinds of music here."

The goal of the musical experiences is to bring more people into the library. Rash said once people come to the library, they are exposed to all the things the library offers, some of which the public may not realize.

"There's a variety of things that they can do, activities that they can do here at the library and it's just for them to come in and learn just enjoy being here," Rash explained.

The music performance program is about five years old and brings out large crowds to the library.

"I think it is a lot of fun," said Christine Kellogg who visit's the library. "Its a lot of fun. It's nice to enjoy the culture of Poland right here in the United States."

Rash says they bring in genres of music, such as polka, that many patrons have never before heard live. 

"It's something that people can enjoy. They can just come to the library, enjoy it, and maybe hear types of music that they normally might not get to hear," Rash said.