First and Third Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Mrs. Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Arts educator, writer, director and performer Pamela Badila reads and tells traditional stories from around the world with music and performance and leads a related craft with children and their families. This special story hour will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that formed the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.

Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11am-12pm

Audience: Open to Children of All Ages. Continue reading

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Tots: Get on Board for Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am. The fall series begins on Tuesday, September 10. 

Registration: No registration necessary for this popular drop in program. For more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Puppet Play & Craft w/ Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Program Description: For a special library Story & Craft Hour, the Early Childhood teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School present, “Nkosnati and the Dragon: A South African Tale of Courage,” a puppet play for young children, with drumming, singing and a craft.

Time/Date: Saturday, March 23, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children from birth to 8 years old and their families.

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Planting Activities for Young Gardeners w/ Greenport Garden Club

Program Description: Young gardeners will plant cuttings to make new plants,  plant seeds and design bouquets. All materials provided courtesy of the Greenport Garden Club, whose members will work with the youth.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 2 – 3pm

Suggested Audience: 5 – 10 year olds

Pre-registration required. Continue reading

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PuppeTree Presents: Swimmy/Swimmer

Swimmy/Swimmer
On Wednesday, July 8 at 11am, join us in welcoming Vermont’s PuppeTree to the library with a stunning new production of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book Swimmy. This fully authorized multimedia production blends shadow puppets, animation and projections performed by the PuppeTree’s founder Ann Legunn. A visual and musical treat Swimmy features a classical music score that draws us into the undersea world and introduces children to lyrical work of Debussy.

The companion piece, Swimmer, is an original work inspired by Lionni’s wonderful story, set on a picturesque New England river. A young girl recognizes the threats to her beloved river and learns to organize the people that live along it’s banks to change their behavior and preserve the magic of the river. Swimmer boasts an original music score by Patrick Ross a fifth generation Vermont fiddler and composer. Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over 3 years to bring this beautiful and inspiring show to life.

Swimmy/Swimmer is ideal for 3 – 12 year olds and their families. Priority seating for Summer Reading Program attendees.

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