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: June 18, 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: May 25, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Sounds of Summer for Youth of All Ages

It’s that time of year: the time to celebrate reading at the library! Sounds of Summer, our youth summer reading program, focuses on music, sound and books and activities on those topics. Hudson Area Library’s Summer Reading Program helps to build literacy skills while also maintaining a positive attitude towards reading and learning during summer vacation.

Summer Reading: 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: May 15, 2018
Children, Programs

Planting Activities for Young Gardeners w/ Greenport Garden Club

Program Description: Young gardeners will plant cuttings to make new plants,  plant seeds and design bouquets. All materials provided courtesy of the Greenport Garden Club, whose members will work with the youth.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 2 – 3pm

Suggested Audience: 5 – 10 year olds

Pre-registration required.

Participants will also plant seeds and design bouquets. Please dress your children in clothing suitable for light gardening and expect them to come home with a spring treat from the garden!

In collaboration with the Greenport Garden Club, this free activity takes place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Registration is limited to 15. Please register in advance by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, or by calling us at (518) 828-1792 ext 101.

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Posted: May 15, 2018
Adults, Children, History Room, Programs, Young Adults

Know Your Flag: History of the American Flag & Flag Day

From Ciancetti/Neefus Photo Collection in Hudson Area Library History Room

Program Description: Commemorate the 241st year since the adoption of the American flag, with presentations about the history and importance of the flag, of Flag Day itself and of our ever popular Hudson Flag Day Parade. There will also be a special American flag cake.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 7 from 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This is a family-friendly event.

There will be a wonderful display of the American flag throughout history provided by the Hudson Elks Lodge 787. Dan Shaughnasey, member and past Exalted Ruler of the Hudson Elk’s Lodge 787, will present how to properly care for, display, and dispose of the flag. Shaughnasey, a Hudson native and U.S. Army veteran, will also teach guests the proper flag folding techniques.

Hudson Flag Day Parade Committee members Skip Kastner and Michael Madison will be sharing information about the history and significance of Flag Day. Dressed in their uniforms, Kastner and Madison will provide insight into one of Hudson’s most popular holidays and beloved parades. Historic Hudson Flag Day parade images will also be displayed. For more information on the Flag Day Parade or to make a donation to the parade visit: http://hudsonflagdayparade.org/

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Hudson Area Library Community Room, which is wheelchair accessible.

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: April 9, 2018
Adults, Children, Programs

Make a Mother’s Day Vase at the Library!

Children of all ages are welcome to join our children’s librarian, AmeriCorps workers, and volunteers and Make a Mother’s Day Vase on Saturday, May 12 at 11:30am. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Participants will create colorful flower vases yarn-wrapped bottles and jars that they can bring home and gift to mom on Sunday!

Join Children’s Librarian Ms. Janice (Janice Scali) and High Five! Volunteer Robin Weber who will lead this fun activity. Our AmeriCorps workers Arline Resto and Mary Shivers will be on hand to help out the littlest participants.

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

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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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