Promise Family Day at the Hudson Area Library

This Saturday, September 16, 1-2:30pm Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and the library will sponsor, Promise Family Day, at the library. This event will include book readings and activities with Kathy Mabb, facilitator of our High Five! program for families with children birth to 5 years old; apple cider and doughnuts; and book and school supply giveaways. All families with children in the birth to five age range are welcome to attend and can bring older children as well.

Families can also register for High Five! during this event. High Five!: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child is an early literacy family program that will begin Sat., Oct. 7. This program is a partnership between GHPN and the library. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the main desk of the library.

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High Five! Our NEW Early Literacy Program


The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There will be a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library while parents attend a discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch will be provided. Continue reading

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Get Your Kids to Love Reading With Tumblebooks!

All members of the Mid-Hudson Library System have access to TumbleBooks, and now there’s a new app to access them! TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which help to teach kids the joy of reading.

TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an e-picture-book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes a large selection of beloved children’s story books, from leading children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, and many more!

To download the app to your phone, click the buttons below that correspond to your App Store. For instructions on how to get started, click here. If you want to use your desktop, click here. If you need any help with this app, our Reference and Tech Services Librarian is more than happy to help!

Get it on Google Play

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NEW Parent Child Academy at the Hudson Area Library

A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

If you have a child, birth to five, we encourage you to join the Parent Child Academy to celebrate and strengthen your role as your child’s first and best teacher. Join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter school ready to read. Receive free books and prizes each week! A cash incentive will be given for exceptional attendance.

Our 5-week Parent Child Academy will empower parents as the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives. The Academy will provide a friendly environment in which to learn about using activities to build children’s literacy in their daily home lives. These activities, and the resources provided by the Academy, will help prepare children to learn to read and write when they enter Kindergarten. This is our second series of 5 workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.

The Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at the library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children’s activities, including a Story and Craft Hour, by our Children’s Librarian and AmeriCorps workers for ages 2+ will available in the library while parents attend a workshop and discussion session.

For further information and to sign up email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant.

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Caps For Sale Puppet Show

Caps for Sale postcardWe’re pleased to welcome PuppeTree back to the Hudson Area Library for a puppet show based on the classic children’s book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.*

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm, the Vermont-based theater workshop and puppet company will perform an updated puppet production of Caps for Sale. The performance will celebrate diversity by retelling the classic tale several times with puppets from a variety of world cultures – Africa, India, Estonia, and the Middle East. Children and families are sure to have a raucous good time with Caps for Sale’s tale of mischief.

Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or further information please call Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at 518-828-1792 x101.

*Some of you will remember PuppeTree from last summer’s fabulous Swimmy/Swimmer puppet show, based on the Leo Lionni classic picture book, Swimmy. We couldn’t wait to get them back to Hudson!

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Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.

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Amazing Animals at the Library

pictures of a boy being shown a corn snake and a girl holding a chinchilla

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC

On Saturday, May 28, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles, including a chinchilla, rabbit, bearded dragon, milk snake, and more. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 10:30am-11:30am and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

This special program is made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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Summer Program Meet and Greet

12973130_10201914344496656_4149230093426765180_oWondering what your children can do this Summer? Join us in the library’s Community Room on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm to meet representatives from local youth-serving organizations. From band camp to sailing, sports to computers, find out what’s available this summer for kids and teens at this summer program meet and greet. At the event, pick up a copy of the Summer Festival Guide — a booklet highlighting activities for children and teens in the area. The event will include light refreshments and free pen giveaways for the first 50 students that attend.

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