Family Program: Mealtimes & Early Literacy with Kathy Mabb & Chef Nicole LoBue

Nicole LoBue teaching a teen & senior cooking library program.

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 7, 11am–1pm will feature Chef Nicole LoBue and our facilitator Kathy Mabb. Nicole and Kathy will read to the children and their families during Story Hour, there will be a parent discussion on using mealtime to develop children’s reading skills, and then parents and children will make a salad together under Chef LoBue’s direction. 

Lunch for all participants will be a rice and vegetable dish and salad.

Participants will receive free books and prizes! Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. Participants can also register at the library on Saturday April 7, before the program. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

Nicole Lobue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. Nicole’s work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder of Wild Gather, an herbalism school in the Hudson Valley, a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work — in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom — Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.

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