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: February 15, 2018
Adults, Children, Programs

High Five! & Story Hour w/ Kathy Mabb: Science Lab…to Build Young Children’s Literacy

Hudson Area Library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce a special High Five! Saturday, February 17, 11am – 1pm. Kathy Mabb our High Five! facilitator will be focusing on Science picture books during our Story Hour and offering a follow-up discussion with High Five! families about simple science activities that help children with reading skills.

Kathy Mabb has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. She directed a tri-county teen parent education program for over ten years and is currently a Head Start teacher. She has been working with the library with early childhood programs including High Five! and is a published author in the Chicken Soup series.

After the discussion families can choose free children’s books and there will be a lunch of mac ‘n cheese and salad and a field trip to Spotty Dog Books with families who have attended 4 or more session in Winter High Five! receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on books.

Transportation is available: email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided.

In the High Five! program, families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. 

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Posted: February 8, 2018
Children, Programs

New Sunday Storytelling Program for Children & Families Begins February 11

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

As part of our expansion for 2018, we are proud to offer “Folktales & Stories for Children & Families” with Pamela Badila, Sundays, 1-2pm beginning February 11.

During our new Sunday hours, Mrs. Badila will present folktales from around the world to children and their families. This special story hour will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.

Pamela is best known as the matriarch of the Badila clan and co-founder, with her late husband Elombe, of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre. This community theatre company is known for their percussion ensemble, featured annually at the Hudson Winter Walk event and many others in the Northeast. Pamela writes and produces for Diata Diata, and for many years has brought people together through the power of stories. She looks forward to this new adventure!

This program is free and open to the public and take place in the library’s Community Room and children’s area. The library is wheelchair accessible and strollers are welcome.

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Posted: February 8, 2018
Children, Programs

Frederick Douglass Was Born (02/14/1818): A Family Program

We will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (born an enslaved person he did not know the actual date of his birth) with a cultural and literary presentation for ages 7 – 12 and their families on Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-4:30pm. Frederick Douglass Was Born! features Elena Mosley, executive director of Operation Unite NY, who will present readings and fun activities of the life of Frederick Douglass. There will also be a specially decorated cake in honor of Mr. Douglass, who taught himself to read, escaped from slavery, and spent his life speaking on behalf of abolition and women’s rights.

Elena Mosley is an educator, dancer, registered nurse, and a lover of history. As a mom, she exposed her children to their family history as well as the history of African Americans. This event is geared toward children honoring a famous quote by Mr. Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” This day coincides with Valentine’s Day and enables participants to show their love for our American history and a man who helped make our union more perfect.

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Posted: February 8, 2018
Children, Programs

Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families

 

As part of expanded programming in 2018, We are proud to offer Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families, Tuesdays, 10 – 11am beginning January 9. In Movement & Music musician Abby Lappen will present movement and songs for children as part of a special Story Hour in the Community Room. Families can learn how to use song and movement to help develop children’s pre-reading and reading skills.

Abby has been a driving force in the performing arts in this region for over 30 years as founder, director, and dancer/choreographer of Amble Dance. In addition she has led groups and taught at Camphill Village and The Hudson Opera House for twenty years, and has been a consultant in movement and music in mental health. She has recorded five albums, one of which is devoted to quality family time: Generations of Music and Miracles. She is delighted to join in programs for the Library.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: February 5, 2018
Adults, Children, Programs

A Special High Five! this Week: Children’s Books about Feelings

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce a special High Five! Saturday, February 10, 11am – 1pm. Brenda Shufelt will be reading books about feelings to children and their families during our Story Hour.

You may know Brenda as the library’s program director but you may not know that she was an elementary school children’s librarian for 25 years and a citywide mentor for school librarians in New York City. Brenda has developed a collection of books that help children be empathetic and kind to themselves and others. These books are funny, clever, moving and help to put a child at ease with what they face as they navigate socially. Brenda and High Five! facilitator & early childhood expert Kathy Mabb will answer questions on what books are appropriate for different age levels, children’s personality and stages of development. Families will have time to select books from the library collection to bring home and read with their children.

In the High Five! program, families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available.

The last Saturday ends with a field trip to Spotty Dog Books with each family that has participated in the program receiving a $25 gift certificate to spend at the store.

To sign up for High Five! or request transportation: 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 under five, and is wheelchair accessible.

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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.

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