High Five! Visits the Farmers’ Market!

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 28, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market with program facilitator Kathy Mabb, program director and librarian Brenda Shufelt, and the High Five! team. Transportation is available upon request to the library to meet up and then to the farmers’ market. Brenda and Kathy will be leading a tour of the market and demonstrating how reading and exploring the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market can develop children’s vocabulary skills.

Each family who is a regular attendee of High Five! will receive $25 to spend at the Farmers’ Market courtesy of Berkshire Taconic Foundations’ Fresh and Healthy Food for All Initiative. Lunch will be provided at the market. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Continue reading

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Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.


This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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Make a Mother’s Day Vase at the Library!

Children of all ages are welcome to join our children’s librarian, AmeriCorps workers, and volunteers and Make a Mother’s Day Vase on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30am. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Participants will create colorful flower vases yarn-wrapped bottles and jars that they can bring home and gift to mom on Sunday!

So join Children’s Librarian Ms. Janice (Janice Scali) and High Five! Volunteer Robin Weber who will lead this fun activity. Our AmeriCorps workers Arline Resto and Mary Shivers will be on hand to help out the littlest participants.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.
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Drag Queen Ella Ghent Is Story Time Guest at the Library

The library, in collaboration with Out Hudson, is proud to present Drag Queen Story Time, Saturday, May 26 from 11am-12pm. 

Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; she is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, song and clowning.  Locally she was in the 2015 Hudson Pride Parade; was featured in the sitcom play ‘Twisted’ at Red Dot; unicycled in the 2016 Out Hudson parade and has performed at Waterworks Pub in Albany.

All kids and families are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.

OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY.  In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.

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High Five! Using Music & Song to Develop Your Child’s Reading Skills

Learning Rhythm & Song w/ Abby Lappen

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! at the library Saturday, April 14, 11am – 1pm features musician Abby Lappen. Abby led a session with families during our fall High Five! Series and the families asked for her return for more! This program is a time of song, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery. Program facilitator Kathy Mabb will discuss how song and music develops reading skills. Lunch for all participants will be mac ‘n cheese 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 on April 14 at the library, before the program begins. 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.

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High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child: Spring Edition!

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, our fifth 5-week early literacy family program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018. Our spring session includes “Using Mealtime, Using Music & Song, and Using Nature to Develop Pre-Reading Skills” as well as “How Farmers’ Market Trips Develop Vocabulary”, and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Guest readers/instructors include chef Nicole LoBue, musician Abby Lappen, and Heidi Bock of the Columbia Land Conservancy. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. There will be special events during and following sessions. Continue reading

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Songs and Storytelling for Children of All Ages: A Special Performance at the Library

The library is proud to host a free children’s concert of Krik Krak: Animal Tales from the Philippines, Haiti and ‘Round Here. This program of songs and storytelling for children of all ages will be Saturday, April 14 at 2:30pm and will be presented by the innovative Duo 1717. Comprised of Indian-Filipino-American pianist Veena K. Kulkarni-Rankin and Haitian baritone Jean Bernard Cerin, Duo 1717 synthesizes a broad cultural heritage with western classical training, telling stories and performing music from around the globe. This program features art and folk music about animals from the United States, the Philippines, and Haiti alongside two original musical adaptations of the Haitian and Filipino folktales “Tezen” and “Allah’s Favorite Butterfly.” Continue reading

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