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: September 13, 2019
Adults, Children, Fundraising, Programs, Young Adults

19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free.

Registration for the 5K and Kids One Mile Fun Run is open. Each participant in the Kids One Mile Fun Run will receive a free book. The book giveaway is sponsored by Furniture Plus and made possible by the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Ronsani Brothers Paving is the lead sponsor of this year’s Ghostly Gallop. Runners in the 5K will follow a USA Track and Field-sanctioned out-and-back course. The race is looking for sponsors and volunteers. Visit ghostlygallop.info for more information and to register!

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Posted: September 10, 2019
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Fall Watercolor w/ your Grand Person Workshops

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library continue these popular art classes with local artist Gretchen Kelly. September features seasonal handpicked local botanicals in bud vases and bouquet arrangements, back to school still lifes with books, and picture references of animals. October’s themes include seasonal handpicked fall botanicals in arrangements with pumpkins and gourds, bats, ravens, skeletons, skulls, bugs and creepy creatures for Halloween. All materials will be provided.

Date/Time: Saturdays, September 21 & October 19, 2-4pm

Audience/Registration: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult. Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library. In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.

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Posted: September 8, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Children Can Make a Pillow at the Library!

Program Description: The Pillow Project  comes to the library! All children attending this program leave with a pillow they create themselves (no sewing, just cutting fabric strips with scissors!). The Pillow Project was founded by teenager Ella Gibbs who believes that children need and want a pillow to hug and comfort them. All of the materials needed to make a pillow are supplied by Ella at no cost. Participating children choose their own fleece fabrics, make and keep their own pillow.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 23/11am-1pm

Registration/Audience: This event is free and open to children of all ages (though younger ones will need help from their caregiver to create their pillow). Registration is preferred. To register email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
Four years ago Ella crowdfunded The Pillow Project, raised about $5000 and has subsequently taken The Pillow Project to thirteen states. The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood of Hudson, NY was one of The Pillow Project’s first partners. Among other local organizations Ella has partnered with over the years are the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Stride (Chatham,) YMCA (Greenbush, Guilderland, Canaan, CT,) Hope 7 Center (Troy) and St. Peter’s Waveriders.

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Posted: September 8, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Second Saturdays Story and Craft Hour

Program Description: Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. September features books on autumn leaves and crafting with potato stamps. In October children make tissue paper cat collages. All materials provided.

Audience: For children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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Posted: September 7, 2019
Children, News, Programs

High Five! Fall Sessions

Program Description: We are proud to announce the fall series of High Five!, our 3-week early literacy family program, done in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. High Five! meets at the library and sessions include “Fall Family Activities and Vocabulary for your Child”, “Developing Fine Motor Skills Needed for Writing” and includes a trip to an apple orchard and a Halloween party curated by master storyteller Pamela Badila.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 12, 19, & 26

Audience/Registration: High Five! is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). 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.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Each week the program begins with Story Time in the library with High Five! facilitator Alyssa Moore and special guest readers. Crafts and literacy activities, with an emphasis on dictated writing, follow. Families will engage in discussion and have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week. Gift certificates to Spotty Dog books will be awarded to all families with excellent attendance! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods that kids like to eat.

High Five! facilitator Alyssa Moore stated: “This is my third year teaching first grade for the Hudson City School District. I’m also a graduate of Hudson High School. I went into teaching to make a difference with students’ social and emotional learning because I believe that social emotional learning is just as important as academics. I believe that families should be involved in students’ social emotional and academic learning. Because of this I make it a priority to be a “school mom” for all my students and a partner for all my families.” We welcome Alyssa to our High Five! family.

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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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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