Spring Break Activities in the Children’s Room

Kids Break Week

During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will offer special programming each day as well as our regularly scheduled programming. We hope you’ll join us! All ages welcome!

Tuesday

Poetry & Songs en Espanol
Tuesday, April 15, 12pm-2pm

Will Pflaum, of Hudson’s new homeschool group HATCH, will translate an old Spanish poem that has never before been translated into English. Pflaum, who will instruct this program entirely in Spanish, will also teach kids a song from Argentina & have his guitar & drums on hand for some musical fun!

Kids Fun Night
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday

Pre-K Story Hour
Wednesday, April 16, 10am-11am

What Can You Make With an Egg Carton?
Wednesday, April 16, 12pm-5pm

A critter garden. A flower wreath. Tulips, goggles, fish, ships, owls, & turtles! Use recycled cardboard egg cartons to make any of these ideas, or come up with your own!

Scholarshop with Operation Unite
Wednesday, April 16, 4pm-5pm

ESL Language Enrichment
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm

Thursday

Pre-K Story Hour
Thursday, April 17, 10am-11am

Make Your Garden Grow!
Thursday, April 17th from 12-5pm

The Kids First Initiative, the Hudson Community Garden, & the HCSD Enrichment Initiative have collaborated for this exciting program. We will plant basil, parsley, lavender, mint, calendula, marigold, lemon balm & kale seeds using paper towel tubes & organic soil. Information will be provided on how to care for your plants at home & ideas for using your herbs, flowers, & veggies in recipes & teas.

Friday

Hear a Poem, Draw a Picture!
Friday, April 18th from 12pm-3pm

During this program, kids will listen to poems & use their imaginations to draw pictures of what’s happening in the poems.

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Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative Launches “Storytime on the Go”

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The Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative (KFI) announced Thursday a new early literacy effort, “Storytime on the Go.” The Kids First Initiative seeks to connect with parents and caregivers of infants in toddlers in Hudson, Stockport, and Greenport in order to foster early literacy skills. KFI also aims to provide parents and caregivers with important techniques in reading, talking, and bonding with their young children with books, stories, and songs. By bringing the Hudson Area Library’s resources for young children to locations throughout our community, KFI seeks to provide unique and ample opportunities for parents to expose their infants and toddlers to books and language.
 
“Reading books and sharing stories with infants and toddlers is essential for childrens’ intellectual development and future success in school. It is never too early to read to your child,” said Hudson Area Library Youth Services Coordinator Jaclyn Bruntfield.
 
According to “United for Libraries,” a division of the American Library Association, “Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences. Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences – parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval.”
 
The first “Storytime on the Go” will be at Camphill Solaris at 360 Warren St., Hudson, from 1:00-4:00PM on March 15, 2014. The event is free and open to the public and geared toward children ages 0-3, their parents and caregivers, and older siblings. Storytime on the Go is made possible with early literacy grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
 
The Kids First Initiative – By putting kids first, we nurture lifelong learners.

New Graphic Novel Section Open for Browsing in Children’s Room

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Take a step up from comic books: introduce your child to graphic novels! Our children’s graphic novel section has something for all levels of kid readers, from preschool to junior high, including award-winning titles and popular series. Here you can find novels of all kinds, like fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, history, biography and more! A graphic novel is a book told through a combination of words and illustrations. Graphic novels are great resources for reluctant and struggling readers and help young readers of all reading levels to develop visual literacy skills.

Drumming with Operation Unite, Tuesday November 26

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Come make some beats (and some noise!) in the kids room with us! Kuumba Dance and Drum, a performing arts program of Operation Unite, will be joining us in the kids room on Tuesday, November 26 from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Come learn how to play traditional African music on the drums with us. Children and families of all ages are welcome to help us make some music!

Girl Scout Troop 1635 Donates Kids Books to the Library!

Girl Scout Troop 1635

A big thank you to Girl Scout Troop 1635 for their recent donation of 14 new children’s book to the library’s collection! The books include informational books, chapter books, and picture books; new releases, classics, and books from popular series. The troop’s donation was made as part of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s Buzz About Books Community Service Project. Check out the full list of donated titles below:

October Parents Book Club Meeting, Saturday October 19

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This month, the Parents Book Club will be meeting on Saturday, October 19th from 10am-12pm, instead of on their customary fourth Saturday of the month. They will be discussing Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Babies and young children are welcome, and children who can use the bathroom independently are welcome to join Ms. Janice in the Children’s Room for stories, crafts, music, movement, and free play. This reading group is co-sponsored and facilitated by Linda of Green Momma Bear.

New Kids Art Workshops for August

Art Classes For Kids

Make art at the Hudson Area Library this August with artist and teacher Alison Fox! Three free classes for children ages 4 and up will be held during three Fridays in August from 10am-12pm in the library’s children’s room. 

Friday August 9, 10am-12pm
First Class:  Simple Paper Marionettes

Come make jointed puppets to set to your own story. Have fun deciding how to paint, collage and color your puppet.

Friday August 16, 10am-12pm
Second Class:  Shadow Puppets

We will make our own shadow puppets using Chinese shadow puppets for inspiration. We will have a simple cereal box shadow puppet theater that you can make at home.

Friday August 23, 10am-12pm
Third Class:  Hand Puppets

We will explore ways we can use our hands to create movement for puppets. Some puppets will be sewn, others just need drawing to come alive.

Third Annual Super Summer Kids Book Sale

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Attention parents, teachers and kids of all ages! Come find great summer books for reading fun, books for school or even a special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are having their Third Annual Summer Kids Book Sale for two days so that all kids can have the opportunity to own great books at little cost. The sale will be held on two days, Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be music sing-a-longs, story time and activities in the Children’s Room at the library both days.

Raffle tickets for a gift basket of great children’s books, book bag and gift coupons will also be available for purchase those days. Tickets will be sold for just $1 each, or 6 for $5. This terrific gift basket is valued at over $50.

The Friends welcome donations of gently used books and other media throughout the year. Call the library at (518)828.1792 in advance of donating to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please, no encyclopedias, textbooks, periodicals, technical publications, manuals or books in poor condition.