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! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child!

We are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program in collaboration with The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, January 20, 27, and February 3, 10 & 17.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn fun, everyday activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There is a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library, with special guest readers (including our very own Library Director, Emily Chameides), while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and transportation to the library is available.  Continue reading

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Promise Family Day at the Hudson Area Library

This Saturday, September 16, 1-2:30pm Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and the library will sponsor, Promise Family Day, at the library. This event will include book readings and activities with Kathy Mabb, facilitator of our High Five! program for families with children birth to 5 years old; apple cider and doughnuts; and book and school supply giveaways. All families with children in the birth to five age range are welcome to attend and can bring older children as well.

Families can also register for High Five! during this event. High Five!: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child is an early literacy family program that will begin Sat., Oct. 7. This program is a partnership between GHPN and the library. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the main desk of the library.

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