Film Screening & Celebration: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan by Robert Shetterly, courtesy KaneLewis Productions

Program Description: In culmination of our month-long celebration of children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, join us for a screening of “I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan.” Directed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, this documentary explores how Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. This screening is co-hosted with the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Families and youth of all ages are welcome. Special presentation, before the screening, of work created in our craft hours throughout the month. Fresh popcorn during movie &home-cooked food from Kayah Payton of the newly formed Grandma’s Kitchen!. 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: families and youth of all ages.

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Ashley Bryan Celebration

Beautiful Blackbird illustration by Ashley Bryan courtesy of The Ashley Bryan Center

Program Description: In celebration of Black History Month we are proud to present a month long tribute of famed children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. The library’s regularly scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Story & Craft Hours will be showcasing the different works and artistry of Ashley Bryan and his impact in the field of children literacy and education.

Date/Time: Wednesday & Thursday Story & Craft Hour, 10am-11am. Saturday Story and Craft Hour, 11am-12pm

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News from our Story & Craft Hour: 2019 Edition!

AmeriCorps Mary Shivers & Christa Shook work on a craft with a young library patron.

Wednesday 10-11am Story & Craft Hour Americorps workers Mary Shivers & Christa Shook read picture books and lead children in theme-related crafts. Recent craft activities include making superhero capes, designing children’s book bags, and creating turkeys from pine cones and pipe cleaners.

Americorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Janice Scali oversees the work of two of our youngest patrons.

Thursday 10-11am, Saturday 11am-12pm, Story & Craft Hour Children’s librarian Janice Scali reads picture books and leads children and families in theme-related crafts. 

Story & Craft Hour: Second Saturdays w/ Robin Weber – Saturdays, January 12, February 9 & March 9, 11am-12pm Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. Each session will have a seasonal theme with a story reading and craft activity.

All materials provided. For children 2 – 7 years old & their families.

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Second Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber

Program Description: In the second Saturday Story & Craft Hour in March children will craft a yarn nammas (god’s eye) and will be read an Ashley Bryan book with our our wonderful High Five! team member, Robin Weber.

Date/Time: March 9, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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Monthly Watercolor Workshops for Families: February

This month’s February 16 workshop focuses on seasonal still life from local fields and forests: iconic imagery of snowy farms, barns, and more along with presidents, groundhogs, etc.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library are hosting monthly watercolor painting workshops with local artist Gretchen Kelly. This series is titled Watercolor with Your Grand Person. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult.

Date/Time: Saturdays 2-4pm, February 16, & March 16

Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. Continue reading

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High Five! Our Early Family Literacy Programs Returns this January!

Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s early family literacy 5-week program includes “Weaving Tales & Oral Traditions to Develop Literacy”, “Cooking as a Means of Encouraging Literacy in Your Child” and “Stuck Indoors? Literacy Ideas for Snowy Days”. Story & Craft Hour, parent discussion & lunch. Door prizes & free books each Saturday. $25 gift certificate to Rolling Grocer 19 for regular attendees.

Date/Time: Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2/11am-1pm

Registration: For families with children birth to 6 years old. Older siblings welcome. Transportation to library is available upon request. Registration is appreciated.  Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk at the library. Continue reading

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Watercolor with your Grandperson! Make a Holiday Card or Picture

Program Description: Watercolor with your Grandperson!, hosted by The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library, is taught by Gretchen Kelly, artist and teacher. It is open to grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren who will paint a picture or card in watercolors with a holiday theme using pine cones, wreaths, candles, menorah, Christmas trees, holly, gift boxes and much more.

 Date/Time: December 15, 1-4pm 

Registration: Registration is required. Register for one of two sessions: 1-2:15pm and 2:30-3:45pm.To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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The Hudson Trolley Arrives at the Library

Early in the 20th century, a trolley ran up and down Warren Street. Is there anyone who remembers riding the trolley?

More recently many resident of the Hudson area may remember fondly the holiday window displays at Elijah Slocum Antiques on Warren Street owned by Bob & Marie Rasner. Bob is a train (& Hudson history) enthusiast and created a train set window display with some of Warren Street’s historic buildings (a project he created himself) and some creative license of trains and trolleys running through. His local history holiday scene will be recreated in the children area of the library for all to delight in.

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