Storytime on the Go Visits Bliss Towers

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Stop by the courtyard at Bliss Towers (State St. and 2nd St., Hudson) for Storytime on the Go this Friday, August 28 from 3PM-5PM. The event will include stories, puzzles, hand-puppets, crafts, book giveaways and other early literacy activities for children ages 0-5 and their families. We hope to see you there!

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Back to School Fun Night

Kids Break WeekJoin Ms. Pam in the Children’s Room on Tuesday, September 1 from 6-7pm for Back to School Fun Night! Come on in and get excited for the start of the new school year. There will be stories for the elementary set and students of all ages can decorate goal posters with ideas they have for making the 2015-2016 year the best yet. There will be a bookmark making station where kids can create their own bookmark to save their place in all those great books they will be reading this year. We’ll also have book giveaways and other fun activities to help get kids excited for the coming school year.

Explore Our NEW StarWalk Kids Media Collection

swk_boys_readingWe are happy to announce that our library has added hundreds of titles to our online eBook collection from StarWalk Kids Media. The service is available 24-7 for use at the library, at home, or on the go and includes a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction eBooks that you and your children will love reading (or having read to you)!

To access the collection either select the StarWalk Kids Media button on our homepage or follow this link. Our username and password are both hal (for Hudson Area Library) – we keep things simple when reading is involved!

Story Hour with Special Guest, Jerrice Baptiste

JerriceBaptisteHudson Valley based poet and educator, Jerrice Baptiste, will be our special guest during Story Hour on Wednesday, January 14 at 10am. Baptiste will read from her children’s book, Tu Es Ma Belle, a poetic story about a young girl’s Haitian family tradition that ties together family living in many different places and across generations.

Final Multicultural Adventures Program of 2014!

OperationUniteChinaThemeMulticulturalAdventuresThe Multicultural Adventures program with Operation Unite wraps up this week with a multicultural celebration! Join us as we explore different countries and cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The final program will includes a picture craft from Bangladesh, henna hand art from India, music and dance from Turkey, and poetry, music & dance from Colombia. The program will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome! We hope you will join us!

This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Back To School Book Sale!

photoThis Saturday, August 23 and next, August 30th, the Friends are offering a special Back To School Book Sale from 10am-1pm. A perfect opportunity for teachers, parents, and of course, kids, to stock up on fun books for reading and learning!

Now that summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school, books for classrooms and home bookshelves need to be replenished and the Book Sale Room has something for everyone, from toddlers to teens.

All kids books are specially priced to encourage reading throughout the year. There are thousands of titles to choose from, including picture books, early reader books, non-fiction books, chapter books and a large selection of young adult titles as well. Within those categories are a variety of topics, including adventure, classics, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, history, humor, nature, science, sports, and much more in many formats–board books for the little ones, hardcovers and paperbacks, as well as a large selection of kids movies and music too!
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Join Us at This Great Local Event!

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Summer is the time to be outdoors enjoying this great weather and the great neighbors we have in Hudson. Come join us as we spread the word about the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library!

On August 23rd, Columbia Street, between Front and 2nd, becomes host to the Unity in the Community Block Party from noon until 5pm. The block party is hosted by our friends at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

We’ll be raffling off an assortment of kids books (free entry!) including Big Nate Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce, Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey, Amulet: Escape from Lucien (Vol. 6) by Kazu Kibuishi, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and lots more. We’ll also be offering LICK ice cream gift certificates. How great is that!

Celebrate Summer! Bring the family! Learn about our progress on the new Library. Meet residents and Library lovers. This event is tailor-made for fun in the sun. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone.

Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media: hudsonarealibrary.org/storytime/