Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.


This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.
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Author Talk With Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander

KwameOn Friday, May 6 at 3:30pm join us in welcoming Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover (winner of the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King award) and Booked to the Hudson Area Library.

Kwame Alexander is known for his signature blend of fast-paced verse combined with sports lingo and rhythmic raps, with which he creates an accessible mix of drama and poetry. A former reluctant reader himself, Alexander hopes his books will show young readers, in particular African-American boys, that books can be as exciting and fun as sports or video games. He travels the world each year speaking to young people about the power of books and poetry. We are pleased to join the Hudson Children’s Book Festival in welcoming him to Hudson. Continue reading

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Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Ellen Jensen Abbott

Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Ellen Jensen Abbott writes about her library experiences:

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There are many perks to being a teacher: the excitement and energy of working with youth; spending time reading and discussing great works of literature; spring break. But one of the perks has been central to my growth as a writer. That perk is the special access I get to my school library. Continue reading

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Join Us This Weekend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, May 3rd at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the biggest gathering of children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators you’ve ever seen! There will be books for sale, exhibitions, book readings, and live performances by:

Aaron Nigel Smith, Call to Action at 11:00am

John Farrell, High Hopes and Common Threads at 12:30pm

The Hudson Area Library and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will have tables at the Festival, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

The Festival will take place at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, located at 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free! For parking, transportation and more information visit the Hudson Children’s Book Festival website.

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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

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Hudson Children’s Book Festival Illustrators Spotlight

Authors may write the story, but with picture books the illustrators help set the scene and the tone of the story, develop characters and settings, show actions and reactions, and help bring the story to life! Here are three of the many children’s book illustrators that will be present at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd:

BryanCollierBryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He received Caldecott Honors for the books Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and, most recently, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill. Mr. Collier lives in New York. Learn more about Bryan Collier at http://www.bryancollier.com. Continue reading

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Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Lesa Cline-Ransome

lesaHudson Children’s Book Festival author Lesa Cline-Ransome writes about her library experiences:

On Main Street, right smack in the heart of Malden Square, sat our town library. As a child, I was a frequent flier, visiting right after school and on weekends.  I loved the smell of wood and glue and paper almost as much as I loved the books. On the shelves sat my escape, adventure, a universe of possibility, all at my fingertips. As I presented my library card and the librarian stamped the return dates on each of my selections, I reveled in each loud thunk.  The date was just a formality for me.  I devoured each book so quickly, they were returned well before the due date. Continue reading

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