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 25, 2019
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NorthWinds Bassoon Ensemble in our Music in the Stacks Series

Program Description: We continue our 2019 Music in the Stacks, a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organization, with NorthWinds, a bassoon ensemble. They are facilitated by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society led by instrumental music teacher and News Channel 13 Top Teacher, Scott Vorwald.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 8, 4-5:30pm

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

NorthWinds, a self-described “typhoon of bassoons”, has found a cheerful and spirited platform for this unsung bass wind pipe. The ensemble was formed in 2017 with the idea that all music is created equal – except in a bassoon ensemble, which is more equal than others. These players bring out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious nature of the instrument in an accessible manner for the audience. The enthusiasm is infectious as the group performs and chats with the audience. What’s a double reed?  You “crow” a reed? Wait, it’s eight feet long? Contra? Hold on: is that an accordion up there?

“The Music in the Stacks concept fits right in with NorthWinds’ democratic format of music and interaction with the audience. Hearing beautiful music and learning how musicians train, practice, transpose, interact with each other and experience music all in the beautiful setting of our library’s main book stacks is a unique opportunity for the audience. Stay after the hour mini-concert to chat with the musicians during our wine and cheese reception.”, says Brenda Shufelt, Program Director.

The four bassoonists are John Douglas Ferrigno, Karen Kelland, Cornelia McGiver, and Nora Post. As for NorthWinds’ credentials? This is what they have offered: “the group has PhDs, post graduate degrees, and years of study with prestigious musicians; one of us has even left behind a distinguished career as an oboist and has come to see the light as a bassoonist.  Between the group we have toured Europe, performed solos with major orchestras, been part of Grammy nominated ensembles, and of course, trekked through the work-a-day world of the freelance musician.”

The Music in the Stacks concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduce the musicians and facilitate a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception follows each concert with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and interact the  musicians, youth emcees and each other. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. After turning in their passports they are then eligible for chances (based on the number of concerts attended) to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.

Concerts this past spring were performed by a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth and a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council. On September 29, Miho Hatori, Japanese singer, songwriter and musician performs experimental dance music and is hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0. Miho’s concert is curated Basilica Hudson who is waiving their curatorial and publicity fees. Finally, Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer hosted by Operation Unite NY concludes the 2019 Music in the Stacks series at a date to be determined in November.

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: July 19, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Drag Queen Story Time w/ Ella Ghent

Ella Ghent & unicycle at Hudson’s Flag Day Parade 2019.

Program Description: The library in collaboration with Out Hudson is proud to present this special Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up! There will also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 11am-12pm

Audience: The program is free and all kids and families are welcome. 

Originally from Chicago, Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; Ella is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, writing/singing songs, poetry and clowning. She has studied Waldorf education and her daytime persona (Michael) is the co-director and actor of The Camphill Hudson Players. Locally Ella has performed at Club Helsinki, Red Dot, Hudson Hall and various Camphill communities nationwide. Ella also unicycles in the Out Hudson and Flag Day Parades’. Ella has lived in Columbia County for 11 years and has spent the last 7 years in Hudson.

OutHudson is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, OutHudson is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY.

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Posted: July 17, 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: July 16, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Tots: Get on Board for Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am. The fall series begins on Tuesday, September 10. 

Registration: No registration necessary for this popular drop in program. For more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.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.

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

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Posted: July 15, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Drop-In and After School Children’s Activities

Program Description: Children’s library assistant Kathy Parchuk & Americorps worker Rajmina Chowdhury provide shared reading, arts & crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more for children during after school hours during the week. On Saturdays children’s library aide, Janice Scali, offers Drop-In Children’s Activities.

Date/Time: Monday – Friday, 3-5pm and Saturday 12 – 3pm

Audience: All ages of children and their families are welcome to join others in crafts, stories and more. No registration required.

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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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