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.

Ghostly Gallop 5K to be held Sunday, October 25

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The 15th annual Ghostly Gallop run/walk will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015. All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library.

1-mile Kids Run/Walk – 11am (ages 4-12 – $5.00) Kids registration closes 10/23.
5K Road Race – 11:30am ($25) – Price increases 10/15.
5K Community Walk – 11:30am ($25) – Price increases 10/15.

All festivities take place at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534

The new 5K course has been certified for us by an official from USA Track & Field. It is relatively flat and the only busy street on the course will be closed to vehicle traffic, insuring safety for the participants. The course map can be seen on the Ghostly Gallop website. The 1-mile Fun Run is on Harry Howard Avenue which will be closed to traffic for this event.

Racing teams are welcome.

Advance registration is recommended. Race packets will be ready for pick-up at Steiner’s Sporting Goods (corner of Warren and Third) on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. We strongly recommend getting your packet in advance. Avoid lines on Sunday! We are anticipating 400 participants.

Winners will be added to the traditional roster of the William F. Cranna Memorial Cup.

Go to the website to register and for more information. www.GhostlyGallop.info. This October event is the perfect way to support the Library!

RACE DAY is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015 – 11:00am

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.