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: October 4, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs

High Five! Our Early Literacy Family Program Is Back!

Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce another 5-week series of High Five! Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! Trips, free books & prizes! October 20  High Five! will be with folkteller & performance artist Pamela Badila, who teaches our Folktales & Stories  class. Lunch, free children’s books & door prizes!

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27

Trips to Philip Apple Orchard and Dalmatian Day at  FASNY Museum of Firefighting and a Halloween party are some of the special events planned for High Five! families. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch will be provided. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program.

To sign up for High Five! email or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.


Posted: October 1, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Watercolor w/ Your Grandperson: Halloween-Themed

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library will host our second grandparents, children, and grandchildren watercolor workshop with teaching artist Gretchen Kelly. Youth and adult participants paint in watercolors with the Halloween theme as it is found in nature: pumpkins, fall leaves, gourds, branches, bugs, bats, spider webs, vines, branches, owls, and more.

All materials will be provided. Refreshments will follow.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 1-4pm

Registration: Registration is required. Email, call 518.828.1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library.


Posted: September 20, 2018
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Saturday Movie Matinee: Spirited Away (2002)

Program Description: Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council is pleased to present another Saturday Movie Matinee. This month’s feature will be of the Hayo Miyazki’s  classic Spirited Away. Spirited Away tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents who stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 13, 4-7pm

Registration/Suggested Audience:  This movie is open to tweens, teens and families and is held as part of the Council’s ongoing Saturday Movie Matinee series. As usual for matinees there will be raffle prizes and free popcorn. For more information: please email or call 518-828-1792



Posted: September 15, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Census 2020 : Stand Up and Be Counted!

Program Description: The library hosts a public information forum about the importance of an accurate census count for vital funding on a local level and what we can do to ensure an accurate count. This event is sponsored by NY Council on Families and Children, NY Civic Engagement Table, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, and Michael Chameides, Supervisor, Ward 3 of the City of Hudson. Childcare, food, and refreshments provided. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 4, 6-8pm.

Registration: Reserve your seat by going to For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. 

What does Census 2020 mean for us and our communities? Vital funding for local infrastructure and social services depends on an accurate count of the population from the Census. Information and discussion will be centered around: What can we do to improve participation from hard-to-count populations? How do we engage vulnerable communities and the general population to ensure an accurate census?

“The census has a huge impact on our community,” says Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at the library. “We are excited to be working with agencies, non-profits, and elected officials in order to bring the community together to explore solutions.”  

“We are seeing funding cuts to the census, a leadership vacuum, and the possible inclusion of intimidating questions. These could lead to our communities being undercounted, ” says Ann Sullivan, Hudson Valley Civic Engagement Coordinator at the New York Civic Engagement Table. “Locally, we need everyone working together to overcome these barriers.”

“If the census undercounts our community, we’ll lose funding and political representation,” says Supervisor Michael Chameides, (Hudson-3). “We need to organize and make sure everyone gets counted.”  


Posted: September 6, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Pamela Badila, folkteller & performance artist, reads, tells and perform folktales from around the world with children and their families. This special story hour gives families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures. Craft and music activities follow the folktelling.

Date/Time: Sundays, 2-3pm beginning September 9Mrs. Badila just completed directing and performing at “The Badila Family: A Celebration of Community and Culture,”  a successful summer weekend at Hudson Hall. This artistic and cultural celebration included Mrs. Badila’s production of “Spirit of the River” based on a West African folktale.  

“This library program will focus on tales throughout the world with a mix of reading many beautiful children’s folktale stories, telling folktales to represent the oral tradition they began in, and performing and doing crafts with the children based on what we’ve read and heard.” stated Mrs. Badila.

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.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. “Folktales & Stories” is geared towards children ages 6-11, however children of all ages are welcome.

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


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 @