Amazing Animals Visit the Children’s Room

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

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC


On Saturday, July 19, 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. Species may include such animals as a rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, box turtle, bearded dragon, corn snake, and even a baby alligator. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 11am-12pm on Saturday, July 19, and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

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Kids Learn about Nutrition and Food Science at the Library!

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The library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer programming for youth kicked off with “Food Scientists,” a two-day program taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator Jaime O’Donnell.

Created with Nokia Smart CamThe kids learned that celery sitting in a cup of food coloring will draw the color into its stalk and that vinegar and baking soda create a foamy fizz. They also learned why sugar is bad for one’s body and took turns measuring how much sugar is in soda and energy drinks. Ms. Jaime finished up the program by helping the kids make healthy strawberry banana smoothies.

Thank you to Ms. Jaime for kicking off our summer children’s events with such a fun and educational program!

Last Chance to Register for “Food Scientists” at the Library!

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Join us for our first special kids program of the summer! “Food Scientists,” with Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Jaime O’Donnell, will be held on Tues., June 24 and Thurs. June 26 from 4:00-5:00PM each day.

Kids will find out the answers to such questions as, “Why does food steam and sizzle when it cooks?” and “Why does soda have bubbles in it?”

Be sure to register today for this fun and exciting program suitable for kids of all ages! Friday, June 20 is the last day to register. For more information, please contact Youth Services Coordinator Jaclyn Bruntfield at jbruntfield @ hudsonarealibrary.org

OverDrive Kids’ eReading Room Now Open Online!

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Good news for kids! The Mid Hudson Library System’s digital downloads site, OverDrive, now has a special portal just for juvenile eBook and audiobook downloads: The Kids’ eReading Room!

This new, easy to navigate site features large pictures of books, so it is easy for your child to see what is available for download. Children and parents may also browse by subject, reading level, and what is new and popular. There is even a section just for books similar to the Harry Potter series!

To check out the Room, visit the MHLS Digital Downloads site and scroll down to click on the “For Kids” button. This new portal is a great way to get kids interested in reading and using their library card, so encourage your child to visit the Kids’ eReading Room today! 

May Children’s Programs

tulipsBe sure to visit the library’s table at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd for a sneak peek at our exciting summer programming! Our “Story Time on the Go” early literacy program will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this month on Saturday, May 17th. Stop by the library to check out books by our May Author of the Month, Leo Lionni, whose birthday was May 5, 1910. Check out the list of special events in the Children’s Room listed below! To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website. Continue reading

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.

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.