High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child Spring 2019!

Program Description: The library’s and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood early literacy program “High Five!” is back. Our new spring session includes “Using Gardening Activities to Develop Literacy”,  “Literacy Activities to do on a Rainy Day” and trips to Hudson Farmers’ Market, Greenport Conservation Area and Hudson Children’s Book Festival.

Each week the program begins with Story Time in the library with High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb and special guest readers including the ladies of the Greenport Garden Club, crafter Robin Weber, and educators Pamela Badila and Hosneara Kader. Crafts and literacy activities, with an emphasis on dictated writing, follows. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week. Gift certificates to Rolling Grocer 19 and Hudson Children’s Book Festival will be awarded to all families with excellent attendance! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods kids like to eat.

Date/Time: Saturdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4 & 11, 11am – 1pm.

Registration: To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. Transportation to the library is available upon request.

Target Audience: Families with children birth to 6 years old. Older siblings welcome.

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High Five! Our Early Family Literacy Programs Returns this January!

Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s early family literacy 5-week program includes “Weaving Tales & Oral Traditions to Develop Literacy”, “Cooking as a Means of Encouraging Literacy in Your Child” and “Stuck Indoors? Literacy Ideas for Snowy Days”. Story & Craft Hour, parent discussion & lunch. Door prizes & free books each Saturday. $25 gift certificate to Rolling Grocer 19 for regular attendees.

Date/Time: Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2/11am-1pm

Registration: For families with children birth to 6 years old. Older siblings welcome. Transportation to library is available upon request. Registration is appreciated.  Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk at the library. Continue reading

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High Five! Our Early Literacy Family Program Is Back!

Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce another 5-week series of High Five! 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! Trips, free books & prizes! October 27  Our last High Five! of the fall season will be with folkteller & performance artist Pamela Badila and Library Exploration educator Eileen Ordu. We will have a special Halloween story hour (not too scary!) and a Halloween party for our High Five! families. Lunch, free children’s books & door prizes!

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27 Continue reading

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High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child: Spring Edition!

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, our fifth 5-week early literacy family program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018. Our spring session includes “Using Mealtime, Using Music & Song, and Using Nature to Develop Pre-Reading Skills” as well as “How Farmers’ Market Trips Develop Vocabulary”, and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Guest readers/instructors include chef Nicole LoBue, musician Abby Lappen, and Heidi Bock of the Columbia Land Conservancy. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. There will be special events during and following sessions. Continue reading

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High Five! with Seth Travins: Experience & Discuss the Importance of Song in a Child’s Life

We are proud to announce a special High Five! on Saturday, January 27, 11am-1pm. Musician Seth Travins will be singing to and with children and their families during our Story Hour. After Seth sings with the children they will engage in a related craft activity in the library while parents discuss the power of song in literacy development with Seth and our facilitator, Kathy Mabb, in the community room. Bring your own songs and music traditions that you have with your child!

Seth Travins has lived and played music in Columbia County for the last 20 years. He plays upright bass with The Wiyos. He is also a multi instrumentalist and songwriter. He has collaborated with many musicians in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. He enjoys singing American Folk Songs for children, and draws from the records of Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Continue reading

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A Special High Five! on Folktelling for Families this Saturday, January 20

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

This week Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm join our High Five! program, a collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This will be our first in the new High Five! series (as last Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather). Pamela Badila, local resident and member of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater will be doing a folktelling session with the children. Then she and our High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb will be discussing how to incorporate story telling into family life as a means of encouraging early literacy development. There will be free books, prizes and a fresh cooked lunch will be served. Transportation is available. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library to register for the program and to make transportation arrangements. Continue reading

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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!

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