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: July 26, 2018
Adults, Children, History Room, News, Programs

Oakdale Lake Picnic & Oakdale Past and Future Exhibition

Oakdale Lake June 1963. Howard Gibson Collection.

 Program Description: Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake will throw the first annual Oakdale Lake Picnic open to all of Hudson, ushering in a new era of community use and involvement at Oakdale. There will be free hot dogs with pickles made by Oakdale campers and Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut; Stewart’s ice cream; and a DJ. The Oakdale Picnic offers the first ever viewing of a new exhibit, co-created by the Hudson Area Library,  Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake. The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,”  includes historic photographs, maps, and memorabilia on Oakdale.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 4-6pm

The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,” consists of black and white photographs of Oakdale Lake in its heyday, maps and quotes from early Oakdale Lake plans, beginning in 1911, an original color 1995 plan that includes design elements never implemented, and a concise history of Hudson’s relationship with its own lake. An expanded exhibit will be remounted by the Hudson Area Library in January 2019.

Representatives from Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake, as well as from the Hudson Valley Initiative, a program of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, will be on hand to talk about plans for improvement of Oakdale Lake and organizational goals and results. For more information email Info@hudsonyouth.org or call 518.828.1792 x101.

The Oakdale Picnic is made possible by the generous support of the City of Hudson, Metzwood Insurance, the Friends of Hudson Youth, and the Friends of Oakdale Lake.

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Posted: July 11, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Folktales & Stories for Little Ones & Their Families

Program Description: While Pamela Badila is on summer hiatus, Sam Gruber, Summer Reading teacher and Library Assistant, reads and tells traditional stories from around the world with music, performance and crafts for children and their families.

Date/Time: Sundays, 1-2pm. July 1 through August 26.

Suggested Audience: Children of all ages

Preregistration: Not required

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Posted: July 10, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Sounds of Summer for Youth of All Ages

Program Description: Sounds of Summer, our youth summer reading program, focuses on music, sound and books and activities on those topics. Summer Reading helps to build literacy skills while also maintaining a positive attitude towards reading and learning during summer vacation.

Date/Time: Monday – Friday, July 9 – August 10, 10am – 12pm

 The Sounds of Summer is led by children’s librarian Janice Scali; Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher; and one of the newest members of our staff, Sam Gruber. This summer reading program includes stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! Guests, like Hudson Mayor Rick Rector, Earth Scientist Wayne Kinney and Music Teacher Patricia Almstead read and do activities with the children. This program is recommended for Pre-K to elementary school aged children, but all ages are welcome.

Youth are also invited to log their reading this summer. Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. There will be special prizes and rewards for program attendance and summer reading log entries.

workshops for tweens and teens 

In addition to our daily Summer Reading Program, the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council, composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers, have planned DIBS (Do It Better Series). DIBS is a series of workshops that offer participants the chance to work with an expert in a specialized field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program will include workshops on painting with artist Jeffrey Gibson and sound exploration with Deep Listening Institute, as well as a Creative Writing & Performance workshop.

The library continues its partnership with the City of Hudson Youth Center and various art organizations and spaces in the Mid-Hudson region to offer collaborative field trips for tweens and teens. This includes Watch + Talk, a new film screening series with Basilica Hudson in collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and a private tour of El Anatsui, the new exhibition at Jack Shainman’s The School Kinderhook.

 Happy Summer Reading!

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Posted: July 4, 2018
Children, News, Programs

Drag Queen Story Time at the Library

Program Description:  The Link Project and OutHudson in collaboration with the library are hosting Merrie Cherry for Drag Queen Story Time. There will be a drag queen treasure chest of costumes for kids. Complimentary cookies provided by Trixie’s Oven. The first 15 families will receive a free copy of “I Am Jazz”, a story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 14, 11am – 12pm

What do drag queens and children have in common? They love dressing up and all things sparkly! Named one of “Brooklyn’s most beautiful people” by Paper magazine, Merrie Cherry is a drag queen and nightlife event planner based in New York City. She created the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, an annual awards show honoring the creative output of the Brooklyn borough. She is the host and creator of DRAGnet, the longest running drag competition in Brooklyn. She has performed in various festivals and shows across the United States, including the Austin International Drag Festival, Bushwig, and the Queer New York International Arts Festival.

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Posted: July 1, 2018
Adults, Children, History Room, News, Programs

Family Field Trip to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Hudson Area Library Kids in an Historic Tug O’ War!

Program Description: All ages and families are welcome to join us for a tour of & activities at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Transportation and lunch will be provided. To sign up email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x1010. Meet at the library at 11:30am to join us on this annual free family trip. Rain or shine we will be heading out!

Date/Time: Monday, July 23, 11:30 – 3pm

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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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