Children’s Programs

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

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Children’s Program News

Only the most recent five Children's Programs are shown here. Go to Children's Programs Archive for complete listings.

Posted: April 12, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs

Our NEW Spring Parent Child Academy at the Library to Begin Soon!

Parent, volunteer and children reading during a Parent Child Academy session.

Sign up at the library for our new 5-week Parent Child Academy, which will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children’s activities, including a Story and Craft Hour, by our Children’s Librarian and AmeriCorps workers for ages 2+ will available in the library while parents attend a workshop and discussion session. This is our third series of workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter Kindergarten ready to read! Participants will receive free books and prizes each week!

As a special activity on Saturday, May 6 families will each be given a gift certificate to spend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. After meeting at the library and receiving a bag lunch and the gift certificates, attendees and the Academy teacher Kathy Mabb and other library personnel will ride the festival bus (which will be stopping at the library) to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival for a day of fun, activities and shopping for children’s books.

We will be arranging other trips and/or outdoor activities for this Academy series as well. For further information and to sign up email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: April 11, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Tiny Book Exhibit & Miniature Book-Making Workshop

We are partnering again this spring with Drop, Forge & Tool and The Creativity Caravan for miniature book-making events in anticipation of a Hudson-wide exhibit of tiny books.

Bookmaking workshops will take place Tuesday, April 25 in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library. A workshop for seniors and other library patrons will run from 1-3pm; a program with members of Perfect Ten teen group and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood children will take place from 4-6pm. Both sessions at the library are free to attend and open to the general public.


The workshops will be presented by Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan, a studio, gallery and “imaginarium” located in Montclair, NJ. These workshops are in anticipation of “Let Me Tell You: Tiny Books, Big Ideas,” a community exhibit scheduled to debut at Drop Forge & Tool, a creative arts residency and workshop space located at 442 Warren Street, on May 22, 2017. Participants in the tiny book workshops will be invited to submit their creations to the exhibit, which will run through June 25, 2017.

During the spring and summer of 2016, Tingle and Stein transformed their 1965 Covered Wagon caravan into The Tiny Book Show, a roving bookmobile filled with more than 325 miniature books—each measuring less than 3 inches—made by amateur and professional artists and writers from around the world. They stopped in more than 60 locations around the country to display the exhibit, and taught book-making workshops at each exhibit stop. The project route included stops in Hudson in May of 2016, at Basilica Farm & Flea and at the Hudson Area Library.

The Creativity Caravan will be teaching other local workshops including a Tiny Book-Making Intensive at Drop Forge & Tool on Sunday, April 23 for $75 per student.

The free workshops at the Hudson Area Library will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: March 10, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Congolese Celebration Shout-out on Rural Intelligence

The Congolese Celebration got a mention on the radio show Rural Intelligence Report, a radio show covering news in Berkshire, northern Dutchess, northern Litchfield, and our very own Columbia counties. We audio above is a clip of the March 5 episode of their program. You can find the full episode here.


Posted: February 19, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Congolese Cultural Celebration

Join us on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 4pm, for a special Congolese Cultural Celebration. Pamela Badila, the Badila family and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo.

A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre, the well-known Badila Family ensemble, based right here in Hudson. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. There will be a brief percussion and dance workshop offered to guests during the day, which is open to families for discovery. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for this tribute to their father’s homeland. A variety of foods from Congo and other African origins, made popular in the Congo will be available for sampling. Attendees are welcome to join in all activities throughout!

Pamela Badila is a visual and performing artist with a background in education. She is also co-founder of the prestigious Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with husband, Elombe Andre Badila. This family-based ensemble produces live performances of traditional music, song, dance and folklife stories. After traveling through eleven countries in North America, Europe and Africa, Mrs. Badila has accumulated enriching influences of world cultures and developed a succinct appreciation for engaging in the building of strong community dynamics. Mother of ten children and grandmother of ten, Mrs. Badila continues to evolve in the purpose of guiding youth to their highest potential.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


Posted: February 15, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs, Young Adults

Hudson Area Library and Drop Forge & Tool Present “Living Library”

The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.


Only the most recent five Children's Programs are shown here. Go to Children's Programs Archive for complete listings.



Ongoing Children’s Programs

Pre-K Children Story and Craft Hour

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-11am
Stories with crafts and free play.

Children’s Story and Craft Hour

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Stories with crafts and free play.

Kids’ Out-of-School Time Activities and Free Play

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3pm-8pm, Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm.
Join Ms. Kathy for arts and crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more.

Language Enrichment for Kids

Ages: 2 and up
Dates: Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
Literacy skills practice for youth ages 2 and up who are wishing to improve their English language abilities. Coincides with Wednesday evening Adult ESL classes.

For more information call 518-828-1792 or email info @ hudsonarealibrary.org.