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 16, 2018
Adults, Children, Programs

High Five! Heads to Greenport Conservation Area

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 21, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Greenport Conservation Area with nature educator Heidi Bock, program facilitator Kathy Mabb and outreach and recruitment person Savoia Jones. Families should meet at the library. Transportation is available to the library if needed and there will transportation to the conservation area. Heidi will be leading a nature walk and nature activities for the children and their caregivers while Kathy and Savoia will discuss how these activities develop reading skills in children.

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), and is wheelchair accessible.

Heidi Bock is stewardship and education manager at the Columbia Land Conservancy. She is a native of Columbia County and has been at the CLC since 20016. Heidi has always been amazed and the beauty and abundant natural resources of this area. She looks forward to working with our High Five! families on the joys of nature education.

Savoia Jones is a graduate of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Mommie and Me class. She is an active community member and, as the parent of a young child, believes that exposing children to nature and the world around them, books, community resources and experiences can develop reading skills in children.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

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Posted: April 10, 2018
Children, Programs, Young Adults

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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Posted: April 7, 2018
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

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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Posted: April 1, 2018
Children, Programs

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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Posted: April 1, 2018
Adults, Children, Programs

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.

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.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

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.

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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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