“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Dance Club — Fridays 4-5pm

uniteOperation Unite New York is providing a dance program for all ages and skill levels at the library on Fridays, from 4pm-5pm. The program, which will showcase styles from different cultures, is ongoing and free to the public.

The instructor, Elena Mosley, founded the Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy and is the Director of Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, a not-for-profit that provides programs for youth and community members.

History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

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.

Join us for They Dance for Rain: A Slideshow Tuesday at 7pm

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In collaboration with Operation Unite, we are pleased to announce the presentation of They Dance For Rain: A Slideshow at the Hudson Area Library on Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm. They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. Both artists are Berkshire County natives and have studios based in Pittsfield, MA.

Josephina _Muthembwa14Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue, They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of tap dancers.
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March Children’s Programs

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March is Youth Art Month, so let’s create & get messy! According to The Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month is an “annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art & art education for all children.” On Tuesday afternoons, Ms. Jaclyn will facilitate different art projects that will be displayed in the library, so be sure to stop by! Youth Art Month will culminate with a special watercolor landscape class with artist Lea Springstead.

We have a new monthly program beginning this month called “First Friday Mosaic of Hudson.” This program will celebrate, from children’s perspectives, the diverse array of cultures in our community through storytelling, dress, food, games, toys, & special customs. We are looking for kids & families to come in & share stories from their own cultures, so if you are interested, let us know! 

Also new this month is “Story Time on the Go,” an early literacy program that will visit a new location in Hudson each month. Our first Story Hour on the Go will be at Camphill Solaris. Story Hour on the Go, along with our second month of special early literacy story hours at the library, are made possible with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Early Literacy Grant. 

The Children’s Room special events calendar is listed below. To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website.

Special Events
Youth Art Month Kickoff Painting Program: Tuesday, March 4th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
First Friday Mosaic of Hudson: Friday, March 7th from 3-5pm, All ages

Join us to learn about and celebrate Irish culture with storytelling, games, and traditional customs.
Storytelling with Movement: (Rescheduled from February 22nd) Saturday, March 8th from 1-2pm, All ages 
Join Dancer & Visual Artist Victoria Wilde Langley in learning storytelling through physical play & communication.
Youth Art Month Fun With Clay Program: Tuesday, March 11th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Story Time On The Go: Saturday, March 15th from 1-4pm, Ages 0-6 & siblings welcome!

Our first mobile story time will be at Camphill Solaris (360 Warren St., Hudson). Stop in for stories with puppetry & songs throughout the afternoon.
Youth Art Month Flower Collages: Tuesday, March 18th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Lunch For Bear: Thursday, March 20th from 10-11am, All ages

Bear wakes up from hibernation & is HUNGRY!  Sing songs, hear a story, & walk like a bear during this fun & interactive program with Mud Creek Environmental Center educator Chelsea Benson.
Mommy & Me / Daddy & Me Story Time, Saturday, March 22nd from 11am-12pm, Ages 1.5-3 years
Enjoy great stories, songs & rhymes, finger plays, & movement activities designed for toddlers & their caregivers.
Youth Art Month Pencil Self-Portraits: Tuesday, March 25th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Baby & Me Story Time: Wednesday, March 26th from 5-6pm,  Ages 0-18 months
We will share books for babies, learn fun songs & rhymes, & meet other families in this interactive & fun family program.
Youth Art Month Watercolors Class: Saturday, March 29th from 12-1pm, All ages
Join us for our Youth Art Month finale program with Artist Lea Springstead. Learn watercolor techniques & create your own landscape paintings to bring home!

Folk Dance of Argentina: The Chacarera, Saturday January 18th at 12:00pm

Credit: Vega, C. (1962): Danzas Argentinas. Buenos Aires: Fondo Nacional de Las Artes

Credit: Vega, C. (1962): Danzas Argentinas. Buenos Aires: Fondo Nacional de Las Artes

Your children can learn a fun, cultural dance with dance teacher Victoria Wilde Langley of Mouvance: Intergraded Movement, Saturday, January 18th at 12:00pm. The Chacarera is a partner dance with similarities to many Ibero-American folk dances. Chacarera is a dance of lively rhythm, great for energetic youngsters. Join in the fun with this opportunity to explore international folk dance and culture!

The Hudson Area Library Children’s Room Presents “The Kids First Initiative”

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Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:

Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages

Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.

Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.

Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages

The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.

Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.

Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.

For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website.